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maltatoday WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL 2018 THIS WEEK 15 WHAT'S ON EXHIBITIONS OPENING TONIGHT, UNTIL MAY 2 Terrae Exhibition of works by Victor Agius at Iniala5 Galleries, Old Treasury Street Valletta. Agius examines the formless matter proper to his own experience of the environment – either randomly or carefully selected sites with their distinctive ecological and archeological features – which all finds its roots in the earth or soil-derived organic materials (raw clay, for instance, beside natural pigments, oils and acrylics). This has allowed him to produce a body of work through which to reflect upon the subject of human existence in general and the limits of his own existence in particular. Exhibition launch will take place tonight from 20:00. APRIL 6-17 Phnom Penh: The Struggling Smiles Exhibition and book launch by photographer Jacob Sammut at the Malta Postal Museum, Archbishop Street, Valletta. Exhibition launch will take place on April 6 from 19:00. UNTIL APRIL 21 Except for Access Only Exhibition by artist-architect Tom Van Maldaren at Malta Contemporary Art, Valletta. Malderen presents a series of objects that due to denominations of scale, materiality and context sit somewhere between sculptural objects and architectural models - at a juncture between the field of architecture and that of art. While many of the reflections that have made their way in the exhibition can be traced back to architecture, they feel equally relevant and stimulating when brought into an art context. Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday (13:00 – 18:00); Saturday 10:00 – 13:00. UNTIL JULY 1 Dal-Bahar Madwarha The major visual arts exhibition of Valletta 2018 – commemorating the capital city's adoption of the European Capital of Culture title in 2018. Curated by Maren Richter, the exhibition will be taking place across various venues. These include the Pixkerija, the Examinations Centre and the Underground Cistern, all in Valletta. Artists and participating collectives include: Heba Y Amin (Egypt), Hela Ammar (Tunis), Bettina Hutschek (Germany/Malta), Raphael Vella (Malta), Gilbert Calleja (Malta), Fernando Sanchez Castillo (Malta), Lida Abdul (Afghanistan), Adrian Paci (Albania), Wael Shawky (Egypt/America), Antoine Cassar (Malta), Aaron Bezzina (Malta), Center for Political Beauty collective (Germany), Embassy for the Displaced/Scan Lab/Stevanos (International), Kristina Borg (Malta), transparadiso (Austria), Tania El Khoury (Lebanon), Fleeting Territories (Austria/Sweden) and Manaf Halbouni (Syria/ Germany). More information: http://https// cultural-programme/dal-bahar- madwarha/ MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT APRIL 4, 8 The Royal Opera Presents: Macbeth Live screening of the Royal Opera (London) production of Verdi's Macbeth, followed by an encore, at Eden Cinemas, St Julian's. Screened live on April 4 at 20:15, followed by an encore on April 8 at 15:00. The Royal Opera's production uses Verdi's 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth's riveting aria 'La luce langue'. Tickets are available at €18 for adults and €10 for children under 16. This includes a complimentary glass of wine, free parking at the Eden Leisure Car park and 25% discount at Waterbiscuit. For those unable to attend the live show, an encore screening will be held on April 8. Tickets are priced at €15 for adults and €10 for children, including free parking and 25% discount at Waterbiscuit. The event is sponsored by Vivian Corporation, Villa Sandi, Encore magazine, The Malta Arts Council and Waterbiscuit. Tickets may be purchased from the Eden Cinemas box office or online at www.edencinemas. APRIL 6-14 12th International Spring Orchestra Festival The 12th edition of the International Spring Orchestra Festival will be held at various venues around Valletta. More information and bookings: http://www. asp?m=shows&id=732. APRIL 7 A Night with Bernstein Classical music concert at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta at 20:00. Featuring: Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Wayne Marshall - Conductor MPO Chorus Riccardo Bianchi - Chorus Master David Allsopp - Countertenor Programme: Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms Symphonic Dances from West Side Story West Side Story Concert Suite 2 Candide Overture and Suite Wayne Marshall is one of the world's most renowned interpreters of works by 20th century American composers, not least Leonard Bernstein. In this special concert celebrating the MPO's 50th anniversary - as well as the centenary of Bernstein's birth - music from Bernstein's celebrated musical West Side Story, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet in a multi- ethnic, working class New York City neighbourhood, will be performed along with his choral work Chichester Psalms and the overture and suite from the operetta Candide. Bookings: http://https//www. Night-With-Bernstein. APRIL 7, 8 Kantilena Procession – electronic music by Luc Houtkamp Kantilena Procession is a site specific electronic music work by Dutch composer Luc Houtkamp. This event will take place at Ta' Bistra Catacombs in Mosta – organised by Teatru Manoel and the Malta Association for Contemporary Music in collaboration of Heritage Malta. The paleochristian catacombs of Ta' Bistra date back to the fourth century AD and were originally discovered in 1891. Featuring a length of 90 metres with 57 tombs laid out in 16 chambers, it is the largest catacomb site outside of Rabat. Kantilena Procession is an exclusive opportunity for the audience to experience the heritage site as an integral part of a music performance. Bookings: https:// APRIL 14 Jump The Fence – The PlaKard Project debut album launch Debut album launch by Contemporary Jazz/Hip Hop and Experimental music act The PlaKard Project at Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary, Naxxar from 20:00. Supporting acts on the night will be Andrew Francica and Manuel Pulis. Tickets available from: KefaKafe, ĠUGAR - Hangout & Bar, Zeppi's Pub (Gozo). APRIL 14 Align The Tide / Killing Adrenaline / 215 Collective Night of live metal music at The Garage, Zebbug from 20:00. Acts include Align the Tide, Killing Adrenaline and 215 Collective. Entrance is at €6 by the door. APRIL 20-22 Rock the South – 7th edition Seventh edition of the indie music festival at Zion Reggae Bar, Marsaskala. Open from 18:30 on April 20 and 21; from 14:00 on April 22. Featured performers include: RAGE Against Society (Feat: Patti Patteks), bark bark disco, BILA, Beesqueeze, Double Standard, Heart of Darkness, American Airlines & Shlamizard, Rock & Rave, GIUNGLA (IT), Soccer96 (UK), Danjeli (Live), BEANGROWERS, the areola treat, YEWS, Fuzzhoneys, KNTRL, traskurat, Brodu, Cryptic Street, Cosmicomics, Lucy's Last, Eyes to Argus, Pyramid Suns, Ferret, The Ranch, The PlaKard Project, Krishna, Lady Lizard, Earthrocker, Depth & Volume A, Ra & Fatz and Hearts Beating In Time. Tickets: https://shop. rock-the-south-2018/ THEATRE & DANCE APRIL 7, 8 Blooming Creatures Dance performance by Moveo Dance Company at Teatru Salesjan, Sliema at 18:30. Blooming creatures by Moveo Dance Company, nominated for the 2017 Best Artist of the Year in the Premju ghall-Arti, explores how various living creatures interact with their surrounding environment, through dance. Artistic Director: Dorian Mallia, choreographer: Dorian Mallia, dancers: Moveo Dance Company, photography: Andrew Rizzo and costumes by Doris Mallia. Blooming Creatures was commissioned by ZiguZajg International Festival for Children and Young People. Bookings: http://www.ticketline. roductionId=480&aff=whatson. PUBLIC TALKS APRIL 6 TEDxUniversityofMalta 2018 - Shift New edition of Malta-based TedX Talks, held at the University of Malta, Valletta Campus at 18:30. "We are now starting to question whether the contemporary realities we've created are starting to break free from our hold; whether the fruit of our innovation has gained the upper hand over its own creators. Does the ultimate manifestation of human ingenuity stand in losing the power to shape our own destinies? And, if this is indeed where we're headed, who will command the shift?". Bookings: bookings/Shows.aspx?Productio nId=501&aff=whatson. APRIL 18 Salvage and Salvation: Bookbindings as Agents Public talk on the art of bookbinding by Professor Nicholas Pickwoad at Lecture Theatre 2, University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq. The making of books in the early modern period was a highly commercial activity and the need to cut costs is evidenced by the widespread use of recycled materials, particularly pieces of parchment, paper and leather salvaged from a myriad of other uses in libraries, archives and daily life. In this way, binders preserved material that had been thrown away or otherwise discarded, much of it of historical interest, some of it of great cultural importance. Professor Pickwoad trained in bookbinding and book conservation with Roger Powell, and ran his own workshop from 1977 to 1989, and has been Adviser on book conservation to the National Trust since 1978. STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL APRIL 8 Festa Frawli The festival, now in its 11th year, is very popular among the Maltese and takes place in the main square outside the Parish Church in Mġarr, an agricultural village on the north side of the island. Mġarr is renowned for its excellent quality strawberries, which boast a unique sweet taste. As the festival approaches the Mġarr locals eagerly prepare for the much awaited event. Thousands of strawberries are picked, prepared and packed. Children rehearse for performances to be staged on the church square and attractive stalls are set up to welcome Maltese visitors and foreigners alike. CONFERENCE APRIL 6-8 The Post-Literary Conference organised under the auspices of the publication CounterText, held at the University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq. The theme reflects CounterText's subtitle, A Journal for the Study of the Post-Literary. It is also an opportunity to explore, refine and critique the rationale proposed by the journal in its very first Editorial: http:// abs/10.3366/count.2015.0002. The papers will analyse literary works (literary, post- literary and otherwise) seen as symptomatic of, or countering, this rationale.

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