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Utopian Nights – Inside the Border


Utopian Nights in Malta includes a series of public events which bring artists and thinkers together to discuss important social issues related to exile and conflict.

The Utopian Nights will take place over the course of four themed events during 2018 and are part of the cultural programm Valletta 2018 Cultural Capital, where experts will engage the public with artistic interpretations of pressing political themes.

All sessions will include an open debate with experts and an invitation for public feedback, followed by the opportunity to continue discussion during a social mixer event.

The catalyst of the series is the notion of a utopia, which is envisaged as a democratic space – a platform for discussion and a participatory project in which everyone can debate, challenge and be challenged equally.

Utopian Nights – Inside the Border took place from the 1st August to the 5th August 2018 at Howard Gardens, Mdina Malta. Through an array of activities, including debates, storytelling, an open-air cinema, photo studios, street performances and a Spoken Word concert, the public was invited to explore the tangible and intangible borders that cut through and fragment our world today.

With author and musician Fattima Mahdi from London and her partner DJ Shays from Abuja! A blend of Soul, Funk and Afrobeat. With a performance by the Tunisian artist Lilia Ben Romdhane and the Maltese artist Magerita Pule.

Video by Mohamed Ibrahim, Malta

Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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