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Generating New Narratives
Mahalla is a travelling festival of contemporary art, film and literature, with several ancillary events running alongside it.
Press Kit 2018

[ News ]

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    All Events

    Mahalla at Contemporary Istanbul

        The Mahalla Festival is participating at the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair (11.-15. September 2019) with three young female artists: Nora Byrne, Pınar Derin Gençer,…

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    Mahalla Erbil

    The Wandering Tower by Sergej Prokofjev is the Motive of the next Mahalla Festivals

      The working title of the Mahalla Festival next year in Cyprus and Arbil is "The Wandering Tower", an expression pointing on a bipolar reality…

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    Antonio Cosentino, a portable mind

    Carrying the art work from Istanbul to Malta on the plane was part of the concept. The Vintage suitcase had been bought from a flee…

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    The Wandering Tower

    Universal Motives of Unlimited Mobility   Mahalla Festival 2020   The Istanbul based association DIYALOG is organizing the third Mahalla festival in Arbil (Iraq) in…

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    Multi-layered Identities by Mathilde Melek An

    Mathilde Melek An produced the performance Videos “Golddess” in Mexico, Istanbul and Cappadocia. The artist is performing in a golden armor with a headdress fusing…

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    All Events Malta

    Video – Mahalla Festival Malta 2018

    The Mahalla Festival in Malta took place between Nov 17 and Nov 25 with the participation of more than 60 artists, writers, filmmakers, cultural workers…

[ About the Mahalla Festival ]

The Turkish based cultural association diyalog invented and realized the Mahalla Festival dedicated to migration, exile and cultural identity in the frame of the Istanbul Art Biennale 2017. The second Mahalla Festival took place in the frame of Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018.


The festivals brought together cultural actors and initiatives from different fields and different backgrounds in Europe and beyond to support an intercultural understanding in the field of migration, inclusion and local communities. Under the title Generating New Narratives the festival in Malta displayed art works, performances, installations, screenings, readings and talks reflecting aspects of borders, armed conflicts and migration, minorities, hospitality and hostility, urban structures, inclusion and intercultural communication.


In November 2016, following an invitation of the Villa Romana in Florence, various cultural initiatives from Europe came together at the Museum Centro Pecci, Prato, and at the Villa Romana, Florence, under the title Gravity for All. The question of this first discussion was: if the European migration crisis continues to be a scandal, how should artists and cultural actors behave?


The participants expressed the desire to establish a sustainable international network for the exchange of experiences between cultural initiatives and artists of the host countries and the newcomers. Since then the Mahalla Festival was established and is continuing on different locations. In 2020 we are planing to organize the Mahalla Festival in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.


In Malta the festival was supported by the Maltese Cultural Ministry, the German Foreign Ministry, the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the Allianz Kulturstiftung and other international private foundations.

[ Mahalla Festival Malta ]

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