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Mdina Biennale’s first social event

The Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale 2015 will be hosting a night of art and food for artists, art enthusiasts and anyone interested in the event tonight at the restaurant Zero Sei, opposite the Manoel Theatre in Valletta.

Some of the Mdina Biennale’s participating artists, artistic director Giuseppe Schembri-Bonaci and the organising team of the Mdina Biennale will be attending the event.

The Mdina Biennale traces its roots to the previous Christian and Sacred Art Biennales of the 1990s. However, contrary to the previous art biennales organised by the Mdina Cathedral Chapter, next year’s edition, being held between November 14, 2015 and January 31,, 2016, will be taking a radically different approach towards art and faith.

The theme for the 2015 edition of the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale is ‘Christianity, spirituality and the other’, with particular emphasis on ‘the other’ since it encompasses all forms of belief, or the lack of it. Dr Schembri Bonaci hopes that, with this theme, the Mdina Biennale will establish itself as a spiritual space of and for creativity, featuring thought-provoking and high-quality artworks.

Around 60 Maltese and inter­national artists from all disciplines will be exhibiting or performing in the biennale, but the main focus will be on the visual arts. Participants include prominent artists from France, Russia, Germany, Egypt, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, South Korea, Australia, Poland, the UK and the US. Maltese artists include Norbert Attard, Richard England, Mark England, Vince Briffa, Patrick Dalli, Paul Haber, Pierre Portelli, Anna Grima, Josette Caruana, Sina Micallef Farrugia, Anthony Micallef, Victor Spiteri and James Micallef Grimaud.

There will also be performances by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra’s chief conductor Brian Schembri, composers Karl Fiorini, Reuben Pace and Albert Garzia, actor Pino Scicluna, and contemporary dance by Francesca Abela Tranter.

For more information, visit the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale 2015 website and Facebook page. Tickets cost €20. For reservations, e-mail mdinabiennale@gmail.com or call Melanie Farrugia on 9945 4277. Space is limited and booking is confirmed against payment.

www.mdinabiennale.org

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