Video – Mahalla Festival Malta 2018
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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.
Maltese and international participants were presented in exhibitions, concerts, performances, screenings and talks displaying different topics: language and migration, communities and diversity, new city cultures, mobile citizenship and future demands of communities.
The displayed art works, performances, installations, screenings, readings and talks were reflecting aspects of borders, armed conflicts and migration, minorities, hospitality and hostility, urban structures, inclusion and intercultural communication.
Several initiatives and cultural workers from Europe with and without migration background who are working in the fields of diversity, inclusion and intercultural debates attended the festival in Malta and exchanged their experiences.
The Wandering Tower is the title of a surrealist short story by Sergej Prokofiev from the times of vivid migration movements on the edge of the world wars.
The Festival was quoting the title as a metaphorical frame for Mahalla 2020/2021. The tower of Babel is connected as a motive to the search for the origin of language and the access to the divine.