Notte Bianca Malta 2012 Programme

This year Malta’s Notte Bianca (White Night) will be held on the 29th September 2012 in Valletta.

Please note this programme is subject to changes and is not official.


Saturday 29 September 2012

Lascaris War Room
The Lascaris War Rooms formed part of the War Headquarters opened in 1940 under the Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta. They offered a secure place from where war operations could be conducted by all three services. The war rooms are located deep in the rock under St. Peter and St. Paul Bastion which forms part of the defences of Valletta built by the Knights of St. John in 1566. Entrance is from two points via the steps in Battery Street or the ramp at Manwel Dimech Avenue through Herbert Ganado Gardens. Given the nature of the building, only group visits of no more than 30 will be allowed starting every half an hour.

Upper Barrakka Gardens
Enjoy these exciting Live Bands at the picturesque Upper Barrakka Gardens.
6.00pm – Footprints
7.00pm – Aces Shade
8.00pm – Frenzy Mono
9:00pm – The Crowns
10.00pm – Bletchley Park
11.00pm – nosnow/noalps
12.00am – Stolen Creep
1.00am – Three Stops to China
8.00pm Firing of the Sunset Gun at the Saluting Battery by Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna.

Castille Place (in front of Malta Stock Exchange)
Malta Artisan Fair. This Artisan Fair is all set to offer a magical market place experience with beautiful local innovative arts and crafts products, and fresh artisan foods and produce sold directly from the artist and producer.

St James Bastion (Central Bank Car Park)
Health & Civil Protection Department Control Room
Fun Park
The Science FunFair
Interactive science exhibits and Science shows/experiments by MCST (Malta Council for Science and Technology).

Central Bank of Malta – Castille Place
6.00pm – 11.00pm The Bank will open its Numismatic Collection – Currency Exhibition.

St Paul’s Shipwreck Church
9pm Light The Night – Youth Fellowship Mass

St James Cavalier – Centre for Creativity
Near Upper Gallery – Green Porno room showing the interesting sexual behaviour of animals by Isabella Rossellini.
Upper Galleries – ‘Why?’ A Science and Art exhibition showing collaborations between local scientists and artists (inc. Elisa Von Brockdorff, Raphael Vella, Adrian Abela and others).
Malta Photographic Society annual exhibition.
Cinema – Singing to the unseen – The recording of Maltese Music in the Interwar period (1931-32).

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.
Diversity – Crossbreed Ensemble
Déjà vu
Socjetà Filarmonika Nazionale ‘La Valette’ – Belt Valletta
Socjetà Filarmonika u Banda Cittadina King’s Own – Belt Valletta
Opening of part of underground passage way.
‘Apprezza Darek’ – Exhibition on Maltese Traditional Balconies.

Hastings Garden – Kids Area
The gardens have been magically transformed into an adventurous Wonderland with every corner full of exciting games and activities. Make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun kids!
5.30pm – onwards: Animation & Entertainment by Hip Hip Hurrah!
The Chipmunks by Harlequin Entertainment
Children Singing Standard by meet@ten
Interactive Story Telling accompanied by Folk guitarist and singers by Narraturi / Ghannejja ’21
Milk is Good Naturally campaign

Republic Street
Mirabitur Choir
Jubilate Choir
Moveo Dance Company
Contemporary ballet directed by Dorian Mallia

Amelia Saint George – 35 Ordnance Street corner with Strait Str
Exhibition: The Sculptor Studio – Sculpture Demonstration & Exhibit.

Palazzo Ferreria (Ministry of Education, Employment & the Family) in Republic Street
Visit Palazzo Ferreria which 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.
8.00pm, 9.00pm, 10.30pm – Flute & Live Electronics by Science in the City in collaboration with the Malta Association of Contemporary Music.

Vee Gee Bee – Republic Street
Art in Republic Street
Spontaneous art activity with local artists and the general public.

Guided Tours – Ordnance Street
7.00pm – 1.00am: on the hour Symbolism in the Streets of Valletta.
7.15pm – 12.15am: on the hour.
Public Monuments in Valletta.
7.30pm – 12.30am: on the hour.
The Cult of St. Paul in Valletta.
7.45pm – 12.45am: on the hour.
Valletta during World War Two.

St John’s Cavalier – Old Mint Street
A Celebration of Maltese ”Talkies”: Maltese Contemporary filmmakers in collaboration with the Ministry for Fair Competition, Small Business and Consumers.

National Museum of Fine Arts – South Street
Then, Now and in Between: a collection of abstract works by Anna Miggiani
Storja bl-Arti – An exhibition of recent acquisitions: A two-venue exhibition with Auberge d’Italie, Merchant’s Street.
7.00pm – Concert by Cabrales Saxofoonorkest, a young saxophone band from Utrecht playing film music traditionals and more.

Valletta Local Council – South Street
Arti, Kultura u Tradizzjoni tal-Festi Principali Beltin .
Traditional Maltese Band will be playing (marci tal-festi Maltin) – organised by the Valletta Local Council & Kumitat Festi Beltin.

Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Investment – South Street
Renzo Spiteri – Solo Works
Percussionist Renzo Spiteri explores new sounds and musical territories in the beautiful courtyard of the Ministry of Finance.

Workers’ Memorial Building – South Street
7pm & 10.30pm – Black Jack Jazz Quartet
9pm – Planet Seed
Gallerija Liberta – Exhibition Work in Progress by SACES; Society of Architecture and Civil Engineering Students.

St Andrew’s Scots Church – South Street
6.00pm to 12.00am – Exhibitions outlining the church’s mission with audiovisual presentations.

Socjetà Filarmonika Nazzjonali ‘La Valette’ – Republic Street
An exhibition of the Band Club’s treasures.
Exhibition by Kummissjoni Zghazagh on the history of the band including participation in various festivals in Malta and abroad, entrance from Strait Street.

Auberge d’Italie – Merchants Street
Storja bl-Arti: An exhibition of recent acquisitions: A two-venue exhibition with the National Museum of Fine Arts, South Street.
9.30pm – Concert by Cabrales Saxofoonorkest, a young saxophone band from Utrecht playing film music traditionals and more.
Participation in Society: Photo Stories exhibition to raise awareness and motivate, presented by the European Union Programmes Agency.

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.
Colours… from one shade to another by Mosaico. There will be various artistic expressions from the visual to the culinary and the musical.

Chinese Cultural Institute – Melita Street
China Cultural Street

St James Church & The Missions Office – Merchant Street
Choir Concerts by Say and Ally Ellul Children’s Choir

Palazzo Castellania (Ministry for Health, the Elderly and Community Care) – Merchant Street
Castellania means the Civil and Criminal Tribunal of the Grandmaster’s Order. Palazzo Castellania was erected during Grandmaster Pinto’s reign (1741-1773).
Il-Kawza fil-Kastellanja performed at the main hall written by George Peresso.
Sir Temi Zammit performed at Temi’s laboratory/museum written by Manuel Cassar.

St John’s Square
Hip Hop & Break Dance by Urban Echo Troupe.
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 till midnight Viewing of St John’s Co-Cathedral, Oratory and Museum including works by Caravaggio and Mattia Preti.

Socjetà Filarmonika u Banda Cittadina King’s Own – Republic Street
An exhibition of the Band Club’s treasures

MEUSAC – 280, Republic Street
Children’s Cinema: screening of the animated cartoon for children “Tommy & Rosy: Episode 3 – The aims of the European Union and its policies”. Visitors will be able to take souvenir photos thanks to the Tommy & Rosy Photo Booth + other giveaways.

National Museum of Archaeology – Republic Street
Drawing competition. Children visiting the Museum are encouraged to take inspiration from the artifacts on display and either reproduce it or else produce their own take on it.
Guess what’s inside? Visitors are encouraged to insert their hand inside the touchy feely box and through touch discover what artifact the replica inside the box represents.

Strait Street between St John’s and Melita Street
Alegria Dance Company
Inspiracion Flamenca
Ballroom & Latin Dance
Malta Argentine Tango Association

Din l-Art Helwa premises – 133 Melita Street
Sunnara – Photographic Exhibition by fish4tomorrow

Il-Bottegin ta’ San Martin Art Studio – Old Bakery Street
Artists Alive
Exhibition of wood sculptures and statues and hands-on experience.

Great Siege Square
Infinite Loop
StageCraft (8pm)
Paul Abela Band
Indians & Co

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

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.
6.00pm – 1.00am Exhibition ‘Giovanni Pietro Francesco Agius de Soldanis’.
7.00pm – midnight: on the hour.
Guided Tours

Casino Maltese – Republic Street
Romantic Fantasy II – Sculpture & Terracotta Exhibition by Ganni Pace.
Classical music & Operatic areas by Kimberly Marie Grech.
Classical guitar & voice by Tact (Tartaglia’s act).

Manoel Theatre – Old Theatre Street
7pm, 10pm, 1am – Piano Recital by Mike del Ferro.
7.45pm, 10.45pm, 1.45am – Il Jien u lil Hinn Minnu.
Maltese Drama directed be Josette Ciappara.
8.30pm, 11.30pm – Prima la Musica e poi le Parole.
A one-act opera by Antonio Salieri
Coloratura Ensemble & singers. Musical & artistic direction: Ian Peter Bugeja.
9.15pm, 12.15am – Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario).
A one-act opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Coloratura Ensemble & singers. Musical & artistic direction: Ian Peter Bugeja.

Manoel Theatre – Sala Isouard
7pm, 10pm, 10.45pm – Classical Arias and Songs – by Barocco Foundation – Charles Vincenti (Tenor), Rosabel Bianci (Soprano) and Maria Elena Farrugia (Piano).

Sanctuary Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Old Theatre Street
The Carmelite priests moved to the new city of Valletta in 1570. The first church dedicated to our Lady of Mount Carmel was designed by the famous Maltese architect Gilormu Cassar. This Church served as the fist parish of the new capital between 1570 and 1582.
Wirja Nazzjonali ta’ sett vari pro`essjonali tal-Gimgha Imqaddsa.
Exhibition on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the death of the poet Profs. Patri Anastasio Cuschieri.

Independence Square
In the centre of Independence Square stands the monument entitled ‘Dun Mikiel Xerri u S]abu’. 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.
Benjamin Brelain
Harriet Cohen
The OverOuts
The Areola Treat

Auberge d’Aragon – 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.

Tal-Pilar Church – West Street
Exhibition about Malta Grand Priory of the Military & Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem, the Chivalric Orders of the Holy Land.
Display of a detachment of Knights, Officers and Members of the Order of St Lazarus manning the ancient Church and various regalia, flags and paraphernalia.
Concert of Gospel Music by Joy Gospel Singers.

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.
Ghana Malti
Da Dance Company
Gozo Line Dancers
Magic, Illusion & Allied Arts. presented by International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 202 (Malta).

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.

Palazzo De La Salle – Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce – 129 Republic Street
The seat of the Society from June 1923.
7pm to 11.30pm – 11th National Art Exhibition and crafts people demonstrating and working in the basement of the Palazzo.

Casa Rocca Piccola – Republic Street
Candlelight Tours
Bomb Shelters
Ceramika Maltija – Maltese heritage pottery exhibition

Missionary Movement ‘Jesus in thy Neighbour’ – 62 St Christopher Street
Photo exhibition describing the Missionary Movement work and how the Movement is giving dignity and providing aid to many who are suffering in Ethiopia, Kenya, Brazil. Crafts from these countries will also be on show.
A Crib Exhibition – Different cribs from different countries and cultures.

Messina Palace (German Maltese Circle) – 141 St Christopher Street
Access to the newly renovated basement.
The Calm before the Storm.
Exhibition of oil on canvas paintings by Gozitan artist Anthony Caruana.

The Splendid – Strait Street
Memory Tour of Strada Stretta by Bakkanti Troupe.

St George’s Square
Science-inspired Maskri Groteski inc. robots, Neolithic temples, characters from Angry Birds and more.
Science-inspired doughnut shaped bus by Emmanuel Bonnici.
Dance by the Malta Dance Council inspired by work on the blood disorder Thalassemia.
Leone Goes Pop by Leone Band Club, Gozo.
D Belsuonar
Limassol Municipal Band
Big Friends Guggen Musik

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
Il-Palazz Statali u l-Armerija.
Mithras Sword Fight Club.
University of Malta Junior College Orchestra.

House of Representatives, the Parliament of Malta
The Parliament of Malta is celebrating its 90th anniversary from the 1921 Amery-Milner Constitution. The present Speaker, Hon Michael Frendo, is the 30th Speaker elected by the House since the 1921 Constitution and the 16th Speaker since Malta gained its Independence in 1964.
The Maltese House of Representatives, through its elected representatives is accountable to the people of Malta for the provision and conduct of representative government in the interest of Maltese citizens.
Open from 5pm onwards.

Old Market Place
Talkies at the Market.
Motherboards Project by Francesco Baiocchi and Consuelo Bambagioni.

Market Square
Art Installation

Dar l-Ewropa – 254 St Paul Street
8.30pm to 11.30pm – The European Parliament Office invites you to an exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculptures by local artists.

Domus Pauli Museum – St Paul’s Street
Sacred Art Exhibits of the Collegiate Church of St Paul Shipwrecked.

Jesuits Church
The Jesuits’ Church is one of the oldest churches in Valletta, and one of the largest in the diocese. The site, which comprises 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.

MITP – St Christopher Street
Do you see yourself in this? by Maleth Theatre Company.
A Glimpse into the making of Akasha by Mavin Khoo Dance.

Lower Barrakka Gardens
Cabaret Show

Bridge Bar Area & Victoria Gate

61. St. Barbara Bastions
Montmartre – Artists Street

Ta’ Liesse
The Hulda Festival
Music & Art through the night.
Come and visit the M/S Hulda, the 106-year old 2-mast sailing boat where Swedish-Turkish artist Ilhan Koman worked and lived.

Omertà Trattoria & Wine Bar – Old Bakery Street
The Weegz live band

Merchant Street
Bancarelle in aid of terremotati by the New Humanity Movement.

Italian Cultural Institute – St. George’s Square
Unwind with Giuseppe Verdi
Find a peaceful time at the Italian Cultural Institute, from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am, listening to the Orchestra Sinfonica of RAI performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Music.


Science in the City @ Notte Bianca
A science and art festival supported by the EU FP7 programme and Malta Arts Fund at the following locations:

Strait Street between South Street and Ordinance Street – Silence in Strait Street – echo free chamber and acoustic experience in an intimate space by Chris Briffa Architects.

Palazzo Ferreria – 8.00pm, 9.00pm, 10.30pm – Flute & Live Electronics by Science in the City in collaboration with the Malta Association of Contemporary Music.

St James Cavalier (near upper gallery) – Green Porno room showing the interesting sexual behaviour of animals by Isabella Rossellini.
St James Cavalier (Upper Galleries) – Why? A Science and Art exhibition showing collaborations between local scientists and artists (inc. Elisa Von Brockdorff, Raphael Vella, Adrian Abela).

Castille Square – Sci Bar – A Science themed bar where people can eat and drink in Merchant’s street surrounded by giant fruit flies.
Castille Square – Fruit Fly Sculpture by Liliana Fleri Soler.

Central Bank car park (near Castille) – Science Fun Fair Organised by MCST
6pm till 11pm interactive science exhibits and every hour on the hour, 45min live science show with experiments

Merchant Street – Fruit Fly Sculptures by Liliana Fleri Soler.
Merchant Street – You are the Staircase – Light sculpture installation by Norbert Francis Attard.

St John Street – Bridging the Gap Innovation Mureal – Street Art by Cesar Zamacola Parama with the Troglodyte consortium, supported by MEUSAC.

Outside National Library – Cortex – a hanging acrylic sculpture of different animal brains by Raphael Vella.

St George’s Square – Joyride – science-inspired doughnut shaped bus by Emmanuel Bonnici.
St. George’s Square – science-inspired Maskri Groteski inc. robots, neolithic temples, characters from Angry Birds and more.
St. George’s Square – short dance by the Malta Dance Council inspired by work on the blood disorder Thalassemia.

134 Archbishop Street
Adult science comedy by Steve Hili

Exchange Building Republic Street
The Best of Malta Cafe Scientifique, short talks on research behind other worlds, drug effects and beer, organised by the RIDT (Research Innovation and Development Trust).

Maltese Folk Music by Tal-Fuklar Folk Group.
Maltese Folk Dance Paul Curmi Dance Company.
Jackson’s Zaqq u Tanbur Folk Group
Fire Dragon Performance
Zumba Dance
Marches in various streets by the Armed Forces of Malta,
Big Friends Guggen Musik and the Limassol Municipal Band

Sunday 30th September 2012
Guided Tours – Ordnance Street
10.30am – Symbolism in the streets of Valletta
11.00am – Public Monuments in Valletta
11.30am – The Cult of St. Paul in Valletta
12.00pm – Valletta during World War Two