Over the course of history, people have moved to other countries for many reasons: survival, hunger, persecution, climate change, and a new future. Sometimes they even move for love. Without migration and travel, the Mediterranean wouldn’t be what it is today: a region with a rich array of cultural backgrounds and heritage.

The Maltese poet Antoine Cassar wrote a poem about this theme, called Map of the Mediterranean. This poem moved Malta-based composer Luc Houtkamp and his POW Ensemble so deeply that they’ve created a show around the theme of migration in time for World Refugee Day. As Antoine Cassar recites his own poem, the experimental POW Ensemble perform newly composed songs about migration, the Mediterranean Sea and the current refugee crises.

Map of the Mediterranean will be held at Maori, Valletta between the 20th and 22nd June 2018.