Notte Bianca 2010 Programme – Cantilena being Exhibited

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This year Malta’s very popular Notte Bianca (White Night) will be held on the 25th September 2010 in Valletta.. hoping the weather holds..

Please note the corrected time for Ya Habibi Dance School.

At Cavalier House in Old Mint Street, Valletta, tonight there will be an exhibition held at the initiative of Lands Parliamentary Secretary Jason Azzopardi, will include the Cantilena by Pietru Caxaru – the oldest record available of the Maltese language. Caxaru’s Cantilena has not been shown in public for the past 10 years.

It was found by Prof. Geoffrey Wettinger and Fr Mikiel Fsadni back in 1966.

More information will be posted here.

A few  videos from last year’s Notte Bianca:

Traditional Maltese Wedding:

Eve Ransom:

Charles Briffa and Carlo Olivari Demanuele Carnival Company:

Meanwhile here are some of what you can expect this year.

Ya Habibi Dance School (Bellydancing show all night every hour on the hour). Near St James Bastions. Allow yourself to be transported into the fascinating world of oriental music and dance: from the scintillating folkloric moves of the Al Haggalla; the twirling of the Assaya; to the glamorous, lively modern cabaret styles. Performers: Jameelah Sultan (aka Jane Camilleri) and Odette Sammut.

Rise (band performing at Lower Barrakka from midnight to 1am)

Chellcy Reitsma and Fringe Benefits Malta (near the Central Bank and St. James Cavalier). A 20min. show every hour on the hour. Plus a short film about the history of Belly Dance and its many styles and folk traditions from different Mid-East and North African countries

St John’s Co-cathedral – Free entrance to all, not to be missed

Narcy Calamatta’s comedy play Piano Pianissimo Bla Fifra will be performed too.



Upper Barrakka Gardens – Wine Garden

Live Bands

6.00pm The Creepers

8.15pm Skimmed

9:15pm Mark Spiteri & Band

10.30pm Chris & Moira

12.00am Eve Ransom

1.30am Saving Alexis

8.00pm Firing of the Saluting Battery by Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna

Observing of Celestial Objects – The Astronomical Society of Malta

Castille Place (in front of Malta Stock Exchange)
6.00pm – onwards

Classical & Folk Music – The Klezmer Trio from Musique de Chambre

An Evening of Romantic Music – Barocco Cultural Events

St James Bastion (Central Bank Car Park)

Egyptian Band – ‘Ana Masry’
Sequins in the City Oriental Dance – Ya Habibi School of Middle Eastern Dance
Middle Eastern Dance – Fringe Benefits International Dance Company

Classic Sports Car Club Malta – Car Show (Drop-off/Pick-up Point)

Central Bank of Malta – Castille Place
The Central Bank of Malta Numismatic Collection – Currency Exhibition

St James Cavalier – Centre for Creativity
2.00pm M3P Inaugural Symposium

His Chair – Video and Photographic installation

Jess Flood-Paddock & Spartacus Chetwynd – Malta Contemporary Arts Foundation

St James Cavalier Children’s Summer Club Exhibition

Malta Cine Circle presents – Images from the Past

(a selection of historical video from the past 50 years of the Malta Cine Circle)

Children’s fun and games. Creativity sessions for all the Family

Hastings Garden – Kids Area
5.30pm – onwards. Sail into a Fairytale – games, storytelling, music and theatre for children with the Cheer up Animation Team

6.00pm – every hour.  Storytelling with Puppets – Rita Antoinette Borg

St John’s Cavalier – Cavalier Street

Addio del Passato : a theatre installation project with Pino Scicluna based on the “ internati “ in Malta during the 2nd World War

Hastings Garden

M3p – Alternative music concert

6.30pm Synergy

7.30pm Overouts

8.30pm R.A.S.

9.15pm Memento Nostri

10.00pm Loathe

11.00pm The Lesser Gods

12.00am Norm Rejection

1.00am Forsaken

Centru Servizz Anzjan – 3 Old Mint Street
Exhibition of works by the elderly at the Residential Homes for the Elderly and audio-visual presentations

Entertainment and folklore with talent by the elderly

7.20pm to 10.40pm – every 40 minutes – Discussion

Parliamentary Secretariat for Small Business and Land – Old Mint Street

Keeping the records straight – A selection of antique volumes from the National Notarial Archive including the Cantilena of Pietro Paolo Caxaro – the first example of written Maltese dating back to 1533.

National Museum of Fine Arts – South Street
Viewing of Museum

Exhibition: Emvin Cremona: Shaping a modern identity in Malta’s philatelic collection (1957- 1979): An exhibition of philatelic material exploring particular aspects of the work of artist Emvin Cremona in this field. In conjunction with Maltapost plc. At the Contemporary Hall.

Exhibition: Archaeology of the Future: An exhibition of paintings by Russian artist Galina Troizky at the Loggia

Exhibition curated by Heritage Malta

Holland Baroque Society: an ensemble from Utrecht will be performing live baroque music during the night inside the galleries of the museum

Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Investment – South Street

9.00pm; 10.30pm Caroline Calleja – The Enchanting Harp

Exhibition – Maiolica from the National Collection

Workers’ Memorial Building – South Street
8.00pm; 9.30pm; 11:00pm Jazz/funk unplugged band – In Beat

6.30pm; 12.00am 4th System Clarinet Quartet

City Theatre – Old Bakery Street
10:00pm; 12:00am Charles & Ron Fashion Show

Guided Tours – Ordinance Street

7.00pm; 7.30pm; 8.30pm; 9.00pm Children Stories at Valletta

8.00pm; 9.00pm; 9.15pm; 9.30pm; 9.45pm The Knights Historic Walk

10.00pm to 11.00pm; every 15 minutes Corsairs and Pirates Tour

11.15pm to 1.45am; every 30 minutes Haunted Houses of Valletta

11.30pm to 2.00am; every 30 minutes City of Crime

Sunday morning

09.30am & 11.00am Children Stories at Valletta

10.00am & 12.00pm Corsairs and Pirates Tour

10.30am & 11.30am The Knights Historic Walk

St Andrew’s Scots Church – South Street
6.00pm to 1.00am Viewing of Church

Musical interludes throughout the evening ranging from organ to rock gospel music

Galea’s Art Gallery – Strait Street

Echoes – 60 paintings created live during the Malta Arts Festival, Malta Jazz Festival and other events July/August 2010

Jam Band – a changing trio of local musicians

Palazzo Ferreria (Ministry of Education, Employment & the Family) – Republic Street
The Palazzo Ferreria was built in the late 19th century on the site of the Order of St John’s arsenal or ferreria, as the private residence for a wealthy wheat importer, Giuseppe Buttigieg and his wife Giovanna Camilleri.

6.00pm to 3.00am Exhibition and on hands works by students from the School of Art

Quicksand Duo Live and Unplugged

Soċjeta` Filarmonika Nazzjonali ‘La Valette’ – Republic Street
The ‘La Valette’ band has been playing in the streets of Valletta since the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in July 1875.

Viewing of Society Archives

St Barbara Church – Republic Street
8.00pm; 10.00pm; 11.00pm; 12.00am Harp Recital – Esmeralda Camilleri

Old Opera House Ruins
6.00pm – every hour La passion del Tango Argentino – Charlene Farrugia & Franko Bozac; Duo Mascagni

In collaboration with MITC & GHRC

Our Lady of Victory Church – Victory Square
This was the first church built in Valletta to commemorate the victory over the Turks during the so-called ‘Great Siege’ of 1565.

Auberge de Castille

The original Auberge was built by the renowned Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar in 1574. It was extensively re-modelled and virtually rebuilt in 1741, the present plan of the imposing structure attributed to Andrea Belli.

State and official rooms will be opened for viewing

Joy Gospel Singers

Armed Forces of Malta

Opening of part of underground passageway at the Auberge de Castille

‘Letteratura taħt l-art’ – Poetry Reading for children and adults by Maltese Poets Norbert Bugeja and Adrian Grima

Café’ Micallef – St Paul’s Street

7.00pm to 3.00am Jesmond Griscti solo guitar

Palazzo Parisio (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)  – Merchants Street
Built in the late 18th century, the Palazzo became Napoleon’s headquarters during his short visit in Malta.  It is named after Chevalier Paolo Parisio Muscati, a Neapolitan Maltese nobleman who played an influential role during the latter years of the Order of St. John’s rule in Malta.

Auberge d’Italie – Merchants Street
Built in 1574. The ornate arms above the entrance were made for Grand Master Gregorio Carafa.
‘Sacred Spaces’ – Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures by Antonio Mifsud
6.00pm – every hour Classical music – Lang Quartet

Photo Exhibition – The Maltese Coast

The Missions Office – 7 Merchants’ Street

Exhibition & ongoing presentation on the Life of Mother Theresa, including her relic

Exhibition on Mons. Cilia, founder of the Missions Office in Malta

Exhibition of Cribs from different Countries

Palazzo Castellania (Ministry for Health, the Elderly and Community Care) – Merchants’ Street

Sir Temi Zammit Laboratory

The Dungeons of Palazzo Castellania

‘Natura’ – Wood & Stone Sculpture Exhibition by Mario Agius

Exhibition – Valletta Glass

Display and Sale of fruit and vegetables

Health Promotion Information Desk

St Francis Church – Republic Street
5.15pm; 6.30pm; 8.00pm Mass

La Bottega del presepio from Ghaqda Hbieb tal-presepju

National Museum of Archaeology – Republic Street
Educational activities for the whole family. At the Lecture Room

Exhibition: Bamboo Weaves and Straw Weaves: An exhibition exploring the use of bamboo and straw to produce artistic, functional artefacts. In conjunction with the Chinese Cultural Centre. At the Grand Salon.

Exhibition: Latest Heritage Malta Major Acquisitions. An exhibition of recent acquisitions by Heritage Malta including works of art acquired from the late Dr Borg Olivier auction At the Medieval Hall.

Dance Hall Avenue – Strait Street between St John’s and Melita Street
6.00pm – every hour Interactive Ball Room Dancing All Night – Sway Dance Company

6.30pm – every hour Hip Hop & Break Dancing – Urban Echo

Din l-Art Ħelwa premises – Melita Street
Blue campaign photographic and Marine Biodiversity exhibition’ competition for the environment

2_22 – Great Siege Road

Johnny Cash Tribute Band

St Augustine Parish Church – Old Bakery Street

The foundation stone was laid in 1571 according to the plan of Geralomo Cassar. The church was rebuilt in 1765 according to a plan of Giuseppe Bonnici.

Rodex Arts and Crafts – Old Bakery Street

Street paintings of Valletta

Il-Bottegin ta’ San Martin Art Studio – Old Bakery Street
Art Alive – art exhibition and hands-on experience, including wood carving

Burlesque 1 – Strait Street between St John and St Lucy Street

Vaudeville Circus – The Dazzle Troupe

Great Siege Square
7.00pm Freddie Mizzi Band

9.30pm No Business Like Show Business with Joe Cutajar & Paul Abela Big Band

King’s Own Band Club – Republic Street
An exhibition of the Band Club’s treasures in the hall of King Edward VII


MEUSAC will provide an info point along with 2 multimedia displays featuring the EU’s CAP and the EU themed children’s cartoon ‘The Magical Adventures of Tommy & Rosy’.

San Giovanni Café & Restaurant- St John’s Square

Busuttil & Co. Band

St John’s Square
9.30pm Concert by the Police Band under the direction of Senior Inspector Anthony Cassar

St John’s Co-Cathedral – St John’s Square
Built between 1573 and 1578, having been commissioned in 1572 by Grand Master Jean de la Cassière as the conventual church of the Order of the Knights Hospitaller of St John.

7.00pm – 12.00am – Viewing of St John’s Co-Cathedral, Oratory and Museum including works by Caravaggio and Mattia Preti.

Bridge Bar Area & Victoria Gate
Marc Galea Jazz Duo

St Ursula Street

Art Installation ‘1920’s’ – GennArti Grupp

St. Barbara Bastions
‘Art in the City’ – a market for artists

Domus Pauli Museum – St Paul’s Street

Sacred Art Exhibits of the Collegiate Church of St Paul Shipwrecked

Old Theatre Street & Felix Street

Art Installation ‘ZekZik U Wahedhom’ – Pauline Micallef & Malicia and Rita Dabrowicz

Old Market Place

Everest Experience – Challenge 8000

Dar l-Ewropa – St Paul Street
7.30pm – 2.00am General viewing of Dar l-Ewropa
7.30pm – 2.00am ‘Nocturnal’ an exhibition of night scenes (acrylic on canvas) by artist C.S. Lawrence, accompanied by Sean Camilleri’s mixed media recycled metal
7.30pm – 8.30pm Classic Pop Music by Junior College Orchestra
8.00pm – 9.30pm Renzo Spiteri on drums and percussion and Davinia Hamilton vocals
9.00pm – 10.00pm Stars for 2020 European Union Youth Orchestra
10.00pm – 2:00am ‘Flickering carousel. 11.2 decades of European cinema’ short films by Kinemastik

Market Square

Silent Disco with DJ Ruby and friends

Light Installation – ‘White Night’

Merchants Street
6.00pm Cruz & Harvey Unplugged

8.30pm 2Enjoy

11.00pm Sasha & Sam

‘FEET’- a photographic installation by Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci, Josephine Vassallo and Omar Camilleri

National Library – Republic Square

Built between 1776 and 1796, the National Library was inaugurated by the British Civil Commissioner in 1812.  In 1976, the Library was officially designated as the National Library of Malta and became solely a research and reference Library.

6.30pm to 12.30 am – “Respicite Astra: A Historic Journey in Astronomy through Books”

The President’s Palace – St George’s Square

The Palace of the Grandmasters, currently known as the Presidential Palace, was built in the 16th century to the design of the Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar. This Palace continues to serve as a vibrant centre of political and administrative activity since it houses the Office of the President, the House of Representatives and several important Government offices.

There will be free entrance to the Palace Armoury and Palace State Rooms

7.00pm – Leone Goes Pop – 3rd edition with Leone Band Club, Gozo

Unione Brass Quintet

Vox Lirica

Republic Square

The Square, located right in front of the National Library of Malta is the home of the statue of Queen Victoria.  The statue was sculpted by Giuseppe Valente and erected in 1891 to commemorate her 50th .  It continues to preside over the square still commonly known as Pjazza Regina.

Casino Maltese – Republic Street
8.00pm; 10.00pm; 12.30am

Pinocchio with Maltese writer Pierre J. Mejlak

‘La Vera Storia di Pinocchio’ – Piccolo Teatro di Milano in collaboration with Compagnia del Sole with the participation of Flavio Albanese and Maestro Roberto Vacca

7.00pm; 10.30pm Pianoforte Recital – Roseanne Bellizzi

9.00pm; 11.30pm Voice & Pianoforte Recital – Bernard Busuttil & Roseanne Bellizzi

St Georges Square

Music for Empty Spaces with Simon Vella, Chiara and Christian Borg, Mike Spiteri, Paul Giordimaina, Joseph Aquilina and Simone Attard

5.30pm onwards – ‘Tini Minuta’ – Fransina Abela Brincat Piano Studio – Young musicians

6.30pm – Fire Play Malta

10:00pm Police Precision Drill Team

Burlesque 2 – Strait Street between St Lucy and Old Theatre Street
Vaudeville Circus – The Dazzle Troupe

Valletta Football Club – St Lucy Street
Viewing of the premises & trophies

Manoel Theatre – Old Theatre Street
7.00pm repeated every 90 minutes

Insights – Incite Motion School of Dance

Red Tape Dance Company

Contact Dance Company

Gisele Grima & Marisa Bonnici

Sanctuary Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Old Theatre Street

An exhibition of white thread embroidery in the Sanctuary Portico, as well as a set of photos of the Basilica dating from 1866 to 1950.

St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral – Independence Square

Commissioned by Queen Adelaide during a visit to Malta in the 19th Century. Building started in 1839 and was completed in 1844.

Organ Concert – Dr Hugo Agius Muscat

Independence Square

In the centre of Independence Square stands the monument entitled ‘Dun Mikiel Xerri u Shabu’.  Dun Mikiel Xerri was one of the leaders of the Maltese uprising against the French occupation in 1798 and for which the patriot was executed.

‘Naturalment Malti’ in collaboration with the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs

Maltese Folk Singing with Grezzju Dalli “il-Garawa”, K.Vella “ id-Danni”, “il-Paj”, Rene “tas-Sabiħa”

Malta Crafts Council – Artisan Market

Auberge d’Aragon (Ministry for Justice and Home Affairs) – Independence Square
Situated in Independence Square, this is the oldest of the seven Auberges built by Girolamo Cassar in 1571, and one of only two which have survived in their original condition.

‘Serata Siciliana’ by Maleth Theatre Company – La Giara ta’ Pirandello; La Lupa ta’ Verga and Sicilian Singing


Spaghetti Tango – Food with a passion for Tango

Omerta` Trattoria & Wine Bar – Old Bakery Street
D Weegz live band

Reflections – Photographic Exhibition by Reuben Chircop

Painting Exhibition by Le Makoo

Painting Exhibition by Therese Briffa

Italian Cultural Institute – St Georges Square

Screening of documentary – Italy a unique work of art

St Christopher Street

Patches – Street Market & installations

Messina Palace (German Maltese Circle) – St Christopher Street
The Paul Busuttil Brass Trio, German food and drink.

Exhibition – Perception of the Berlin Wall featuring paintings by Maltese and German school children

Merchant Street

Art Installation ‘A Journey through the senses’ – Veronique Cassar

Heritage Malta Head Office – Merchants’ Street
Exhibition – Unframing Migrants: An exhibition of photographs by Kasia Puekert. Live events will be organised during the evening.

Jesuits Church
The Jesuits’ Church is one of the oldest churches in Valletta, and one of the largest in the diocese. The site, comprising a college and a church is bounded by four streets occupying the whole area.  St Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus in 1534.

Viewing of Church

MITP – St Christopher Street
Theatre: Piano Pianissimo Bla Fifra – original comedy by Narcy Calamatta

Aula Manga Old University: Il-Vapur tal-Art f’ Malta – audio/visual documentary by the Department of Information (DOI) with the assistance of Transport Malta (TM)

Komiks tas-Sikkina- MALTA COMIC CON

‘The Girl, The Paper & The Box’ – Rubberbodies

St Christopher’s Street

Art Installation ‘Measure the Light’ – Cynthia Agius

Archbishop Street

Art Installation ‘Mitologia’ – Joseph Cilia

Lower Barrakka Gardens – Iċ-Ċirklu tal-Kummidjanti

IĊ-ĊIRKLU TAL-KUMMIDJANTI with ZOO, Joe Demicoli and Veronica u Joe id-Dulli

6.00pm; 7.00pm; 8.00pm; 9.00pm; 10.00pm Interactive Drama for children

6.30pm TACT

7.30pm Malta Academy of Performing Arts

8.30pm Frenzy Mono

9.30pm Fakawi

10.30pm Explicit Unplugged

12.00am RiSe

1.00am The Sky is Punk

Our Lady of Porto Salvo and St Dominic’s Parish Church – Merchants’ Street
Il-Parroċċa ta’ Sidtna Marija tal-Portu Salv u San Duminku twaqqfet fit-2 ta’ Lulju 1571 b’digriet papali mogħti mil-Papa San Piju V.

Exhibition – Fraternities in the Church’s Tradition

Palazzo De La Salle – Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce – Republic Street
The seat of the Society from June 1923.

7.00pm to 12.00am – 9th National Arts Competition and Exhibition

Malta School of Art – Old Bakery Street
Exhibition from School of Art Collection – paintings, sculpture, guilding & etching

St Dominic Street

Art Installation ‘Do you See What I See’ – Christine Attard

Auberge de Baviere – St Sebastian Street

Auberge de Bavière (1696) was originally built as a private palace, which from 1784 was used for the accommodation of Bavarian and English knights.

Live Band – Val Valente Band

7.00pm – 12.00am Mithras Sword Club

9.00pm Fire Play Malta

11.30; 12.30am; 1.30am Courtyard: Advanced Decomposition – Art installation / exhibition and contemporary music concert by Walter Vella

National War Museum

The museum mainly represents Malta’s important military role in the post-1800 period under British colonial rule, especially during World War II, when the island became one of the most bombed countries in Europe.

Viewing of Museum

Malta Experience

19.00pm; 20.00pm, 21.00pm; 22.00pm; 23.00pm; 12.00am

View Malta’s most important historical events in an educational, informative and entertaining way

11.00pm Fire Play Malta

Classic Sports Car Club Malta – Car Show (Drop-off/Pick-up Point)

Phoenicia Ballroom

International Cat Show – This event would be the first show the MFGC is presenting for the season.  All members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite cat.

Notte Bianca with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

The music of the string, wind and brass ensembles of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be entertaining visiting patrons at this year’s Notte Bianca.