Valletta 2018’s major multi-site exhibition, “Dal-Baħar Madwarha”, opens its doors to curious visitors across the Islands starting from the 10th of March. Curated by Maren Richter, large installations, performances and public interventions are taking place in both traditional and unexpected locations across Malta, exploring the idea of “islandness” in playful and critical ways.

Two megaphones – one placed at the St Roque Chapel, Valletta and the other over the harbour near Manoel Island – will be used to perform a participatory project. Together with għana singers and people from diverse backgrounds, transparadiso developed a text for a għana dialog addressing current urban and social issues of the Island Life. Once a month this text will be performed across the water between Valletta and Manoel Island.

transparadiso, a collective initiated by artist Barbara Holub and architect and urbanist Paul Rajakovics, operates in between architecture, art, urban design and urban intervention. transparadiso is engaged in developing new urbanistic tools and artistic strategies for “direct urbanism“. The projects range from design objects to architecture and complex issues of urban development and society with a focus on “research through practice”.

Next performance will be held on the 27th May.

1. St. Roche Chapel at St. Michael’s Countergurd, Valletta (access through Yellow Garage, off Great Siege Road)
2. The Foreshore of Manoel Island

Għannejja: Il-Bukku Vince, Angelo Theuma, Maria Aguis, Josmick Agius
Guitarists: John Saliba, Victor Grech, Frans Casha

Texts written by Maltese authors Jean Paul Borg, Jo Burden,
Immanuel Mifsud, were then transformed into contemporary Għana dialogues by the young Għannejja-Rapper Rachelle Deguara, and Għannejja l-Bukku Vince, Angelo Theuma, Maria Aguis and Josmick Agius.