‘Sfilata fil-Kapitali’ (Parade in the Capital) is the platform for citizen-created presentations related to the Orfeo & Majnun project. Orfeo & Majnun: A Tale of Love, Loss & Longing consists of a theatre of emotions, where ancient myths from different cultures meet, Orfeo & Majnun brings two love stories together – that of Orpheus and Eurydice, the ultimate Greek tragic love story, and Layla and Majnun, the classic Persian tale that has come to be known as the Romeo and Juliet of the East.
The project engages with these central myths to explore the eternal themes of love, loss and longing, which will be retold in various forms by participants from all walks of life through the Orfeo & Majnun Music-Theatre Performance and through Sfilata Fil-Kapitali.
Taking place in Valletta on the 27th of October, the parade will see the participation of hundreds of citizens from various communities: band club members, musicians, storytellers, dancers, choirs and more. This fantastic parade sees a whole menagerie of animal puppets animated by participants taking a marvellous stroll through the streets of Valletta. Participants will go from street to street and from corner to corner, meeting surprises in the form of song, dance, short performances, storytelling, music-making, bands and many other forms of artistic expression.
Schedule for the day:
2-6pm: Animal Building Workshops (Pjazza San Ġorġ)
3-7.30pm: Raconteurs presenting films and performances (Spazju Kreattiv, Upper Barrakka Gardens, Triton Square, Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Castille Square)
3-9pm: Various dance interventions in front of the Law Courts
3.30-4.20pm – Various dance interventions in Pjazza San Ġorġ
4-8pm: The Malta School of Art explores the themes of Love, Loss & Longing through Ceramic Relief works, a Video Installation and 3D works. The pieces will be exhibited throughout the handsome 18th Century Baroque palazzo, Casa Brunet, which houses the Malta School of Art in Old Bakery Street, Valletta
4.30pm to 5.30pm and 7pm to 8pm – Parade with band marches, animals, dance and performances around Valletta (starting from St Paul’s Street, Merchant Street and Old Bakery Street, making its down Valletta and going back up through Republic Street, meeting at Pjazza Tritoni). The parade will be followed by band performances in Republic Street then Triton Square.
5pm, 7pm and 9pm: Min Imissu and Klassi Għalina O&M Parody (Pjazza Teatru Rjal)
7.30pm and 9.30pm: Valletta Love, Loss and Longing (Pjazza Tritoni)
10pm: Valletta Love Parade by Neo-X (Pjazza Tritoni)
Those who attend Sfilata fil-Kapitali may benefit from special rates when using sustainable means of transport provided by Nextbike and Tallinja Bikes. Use the code 863386 when renting a Nextbike, for a journey of 60 minutes to or from the city free of charge. The code can be used twice, on two separate trips. Tallinja Bikes will also be available for travel within the city, at a discount of 50% during Sfilata fil-Kapitali. Terms and conditions apply.
Download the Orfeo & Majnun information booklet from here.
-Orfeo & Majnun is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
This project is supported by the French Embassy and Alberta Group.
Valletta 2018 Premium Partners: General Soft Drinks Co. Ltd., Coca Cola, Bavaria and Bank of Valletta