ARC Research & Consultancy is wrapping off the third edition of ‘The Mediterranean Dimension’ project. This year's events were held between the 15 and 22 January at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta, Malta. The project continued to aim towards providing a platform for the promotion of intercultural elements, both through artistic opportunities as well as the creation of dialogue.
The Intercultural Music Residency included the participation of various Mediterranean artists and was led by Syrian composer and Ney player Louai Alhenawi. Musicians included Samuel Mallia (saxophone, Malta); Kaan Yurtsever (percussion, turkey); Amele Metlini (violin, France); Ali Gassara (kanun, Tunisia); and Yvette Buhagiar ('għana' singer, Malta).
The residency will culminate in MED Combo Valletta 3: a concert of ethnic music being held tomorrow Tuesday 22 January 2019, 20:00 at the Spazju Kreattiv Theatre. Entrance is €10 (general public) and €5 (concessions) - the event will be followed by a reception at Spazju Kreattiv. Tickets can be purchased via: https://www.kreattivita.org/event/med-combo-valletta-3-a-concert-of-ethnic-music-the-mediterranean-dimension/
Trading Traditions was the theme of a public debate which was held as part of this year's events, on Saturday 19 January at the Spazju Kreattiv Cinema. In the run-up to the Atelier Valletta 2019 organised by the European Festival Academy, and the final phase of the multi-annual project The Mediterranean Dimension, ARC Research & Consultancy invited Festivals in Malta and Gozo to discuss the role of its’ arts festivals in the context of ‘trading traditions’ in the Mediterranean, focusing on exchange, intercultural dialogue, participation and access to different cultures in the Mediterranean. Speakers included Daniel Azzopardi (ŻiguŻajg), Sean Buhagiar (Notte Bianca), Adrian Grima (Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival), Annabelle Stivala (Festivals Malta), Naima Delaere (European Festivals Association), and Davinia Galea (ARC Research & Consultancy).
The Mediterranean Dimension is an ARC Research & Consultancy project supported by Arts Council Malta and the Valletta 2018 - European Capital of Culture Multi‐Annual Support Grant (Malta Arts Fund), in collaboration with Medinea, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Spazju Kreattiv, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Centre for Research in Culture and Performance at the School of Performing Arts - University of Malta.
More information can be accessed through the following link: http://www.arcrc.eu/the-mediterranean-dimension.