Contemporary live arts

Maltese people to open their homes to international artists during Altofest

TeatrInGestAzione in one of their shows entitled Footloose in Modena, Italy last year. Photo: Chiara Ferrin

TeatrInGestAzione in one of their shows entitled Footloose in Modena, Italy last year. Photo: Chiara Ferrin

In the next few weeks, a number of Maltese citizens are set to host international artists in their houses through a Valletta 2018 project called Altofest, which explores experimental sociality through contemporary live art.

The Maltese homes will then become venues that welcome audiences to see diverse performances. The theme behind Altofest Malta 2018 is ‘Legendary People’.

The festival creates a unique opportunity for perceiving and living the relationship between citizens and the arts. The project deals with how art emerges from the community as a distinctive expression and becomes an instrument of social growth.

It is a unique concept for Malta because it takes culture to the people, with various performances in unusual, private spaces.

One of the performances, which will take place in Strait Street in Valletta, provides the audience with an immersive, one-to-one experience and the ability to personally interact with the stories of the people who lived in Strait Street during its most infamous time.

 Other performances include dance, full-length theatre performances, a live-show combining the language of the environment and technology and audiovisual performances.

Performances will take place across four different regions in Malta, over four consecutive weekends between April and May.

Between tomorrow and Sunday, performances will take place in Rabat and Majjistral Park.

Between April 27 and 29, there will be performances in Qormi, Ħamrun and Santa Venera.

Between May 4 and 6, performances will take place in Żejtun and between May 11 and 13, performances will be held in Valletta, Cospicua, Vittoriosa, Gżira and Sliema.

The project has been created and organised by Valletta 2018 and TeatrInGestAzione, under the artistic direction of Anna Gesualdi and Giovanni Trono.

Entry is free, however, booking is required, due to limited space. Bookings may be made by visiting  www. altofest. net, by sending an e-mail to or by sending a message to 7935 1051. For more information,  visit or

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