Mahalla Festival 2018 – Final Report
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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 and initiatives from 20 countries. It was a Festival of film, literature, contemporary art, debates and several activities combining events that invite local and international participants to mobilize visitors to explore communities under new aspects. The Festival was located in venues around Valletta and Zabbar in Malta.
The Mahalla festival was a success and fulfilled all our expectations. The invited participants formed new synergies and a European network dedicated to mobility, inclusion and cultural identity has been expanded.
The festival strengthened local and international artistic practices and intercultural development.
The festival boosted new artistic narratives and innovations and contributed to a better understanding between communities.
The title, Palimpsest, originally denotes a piece of writing material on which the original writing has been erased to make room for later writing.
However, traces of the overwritten texts remain.
This paleographic phenomenon will inspire the artists of the Mahalla Festival 2022. They will be concerned with the use of resources in a
comprehensive way: in terms of ecological, economic, political, social and communal memory culture.