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malta_1The Malta Festival, which is held each year in the Polish city of Poznań during the first few days of July, has emerged recently as one of the nation’s most prominent open-air events.  While it contains a strong musical element, this celebration showcases all of the arts.  Dances, films, discussion forums, galleries, and especially dramatic performances are all featured in the festival’s annual schedule.

Started in 1991 as the “Malta International Theatre Festival,” this summer program immerses its participants in a cultural experience that stretches across Poznań.  This approach became even more significant in 2010 with the introduction of Idioms, a complex programming concept that aims to widen people’s knowledge of the world by assigning a unique idea or subject to the festival as a theme.  Past Idiom topics have included everything from “Exclusion” to “Asian Investments”malta and create a one-of-a-kind opportunity for dialogue about important issues among attendees.

The festival’s street shows and theater workshops form the core of its entertainment opportunities.  Since 2006, Malta Festival has hosted the New Situations theater competition as a way to promote novice playwrights and actors, as well as a means to encourage cross-culture communication.  While most of the closed-area performances require the purchase of a ticket, they are relatively inexpensive and can be found in locations all over the city.

Dancing is another key component of the Malta Festival.  Each year, Poznań sets aside venues specifically for two dance programs: Old Brewery New Dance and the Polish Dance Theatre. malta_2 This provides a chance for choreographers and performance artists from all over the world to share their skills with festival participants.  Typically, these events feature many different dance styles and have strong theatrical elements.

Music lovers who are willing to pay admission can find a broad selection of concerts to choose from.  The Malta Festival has traditionally featured well-known bands and artists.  Past acts include performances by the popular American alternative groups Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, and Animal Collective, as well as Fleet Foxes, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and SinéadO’Connor.  Orchestras, jazz singers, and Poland-based bands have also featured into the festival’s lineup over the years.

One important component of the festival is its integration of the audience with the artists.  An example of this is the Forum – a lecture series that prompts discussion of how the arts relate to other vital parts of life, such as the environment and politics.  The Malta Festival also achieves strong audience participation through its sponsorship of Passage of Culture, a summer installation that hosts evening concerts, discos, and meet-and-greet events with artists.

Overall, the Malta Festival in Poznań is a cultural celebration that will engage anyone with an appreciation for art.

Malta Festival Videos

Malta Festival - Day 1

Malta Festival - Day 4

For more videos check Malta Festival YouTube Channel.

Where is Malta Festival in Poland?

Festival is organized in various places around Poznan, including Stary Browar Shopping Centre.

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Article Copyright © TraveltoPoland.pl. All rights reserverd. Author: Anna Kelley
Photos © Fundacja Malta - www.malta-festival.pl

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