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The Mediterranean Peace Donkey at The Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale

The silent city is having 21 one more donkeys on it: Mediterranean Peace Donkeys.

The Mediterranean Peace Donkey Project is a peacebuilding public art exhibition of 21 life-sized fiberglass ‘Maltese’ donkeys painted by premier Maltese and Mediterranean artists symbolising the need for peace and compassion between the Middle East and West, and more specifically, throughout the Mediterranean Basin (i.e. a donkey for each of the 21 Mediterranean nations).

Organised by CARAVAN, an international peacebuilding arts NGO, the Mediterranean Peace Donkey exhibition uses the symbol of the renowned and endangered Maltese donkey to focus global attention on four critical needs: interreligious harmony; East-West relations; donkey welfare in zones of conflict and humanitarian assistance for migrants/refugees.

The form for the life-size fiberglass donkeys was sculpted by the premier Egyptian artist Reda Abdel Rahman, which were then fabricated in Malta by Maltese craftsmen Joe Bartolo, Joe Gauci and Gilbert Gauci.

The curator of the Mediterranean Peace Donkey is Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, president of CARAVAN, while the Biennale artistic director is Giuseppe Schembri-Bonaci.

During the course of the exhibition, CARAVAN is having concerts at the historic St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina that feature works and musicians that uniquely blend and explore the richness of Middle Eastern and Western musical traditions: On A Caravan was held last Saturday and Notes of Faith is being held on Friday.

For more information visit the website http://mdinabiennale.org .

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