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Valletta 2018, the curtain rises in the houses

The Roof Garden at the Valletta Design Cluster The Roof Garden at the Valletta Design Cluster Photo by Darren Agius

Many events for this month of October in Valletta, the European capital of culture for 2018. Among the main events EcocNews points out Altofest.

Altofest is a hybrid experimental art festival within the community, in which artists stage intimate performance in private houses across the city, in dialogue with the Valletta Design Cluster from the 13 to the 16 October.

Awarded by the EFA (European Festival Association) with the EFFE AWARD 2017-18 (Europe for Festivals Festivals for Europe), resulting in the six best festivals in Europe among more than 715 candidates. In 2018 it is included as a best practice in the annual report “Io sono cultura 2018” (t/n, I am culture), edited by Symbola Foundation.

Also in 2018, the Italian Ministry of Culture awarded it with the “European Year of Heritage” label. Winner of the Funder35 (2016); SIAE-Sillumina (2017); Allianz Kulturstiftung (2019) calls. In 2018 Altofest leaves the borders of Naples for the first time, inaugurating a series of special editions, commissioned by different European Capitals of Culture: Altofest Malta 2018 for Valletta 2018 ECoC; Altofest Matera-Basilicata 2019 for Matera 2019 ECoC; and on 2022 a re-edition for Valletta, commissioned by the Valletta Cultural Agency. It is also included in the Kaunas 2022 and Trenčín 2026 nomination dossier, acting as a de facto connector of a “spontaneous” network among the cities sharing this title.

To view the programme and reserve your space visit here

Below are the other scheduled events for october.

Valletta local food festival
A culinary journey through local cuisine history, the Valletta Local Food Festival promotes and celebrates the local culinary scene, its local food manufacturers and the variety of ingredients and recipes that are produced. The festival highlights different local products and techniques in the beautiful surroundings of the Valletta Design Cluster, during 20-22 October.

Str8 2 the blues
A Blues music extravaganza, replete with Blues classics and standards, including Delta blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues and New Orleans blues, adapted and performed by the Strait Collective featuring Wayne Camilleri on guitars along with guest musicians and vocalists. The concert takes place on the 29 October at 8:30pm in Strada Stretta.





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