Tetsuo Kondo Architects have teamed up with the Restoration Directorate’s architecture team to develop the concept and design the Valletta Design Cluster’s roof garden. Located at the Old Abattoir site in Valletta, the roof garden will be part of the Valletta Design Cluster, one of the main Valletta 2018 infrastructure projects, which is devoted to rehabilitating the site into a fully-functional creative cluster by 2019.
BLU BAĦĦ / BLUE VOID is a multidisciplinary work involving Japanese designers from Atelier Omoya and Maltese bookmaker Glen Calleja. The work explores the relationship between Maltese maritime landscape and literature, by generating an installation that “writes” in the water surface. The project’s objective is to highlight this international collaboration, especially through the contribution of Japanese-led technology-led design. However, the ultimate result to be achieved is not technology-centred, but focuses on how words and basic elements such as air (bubbles) and water (the sea) can be made to create an aesthetically fulfilling experience.
‘Tactile’ project by producer Jesmond Vassallo brings together the works of a number of Maltese and Japanese sculptors within a light-tight space. Within such an impenetrable setting, this exhibition leaves no other way of understanding the artworks than through the sense of touch. Besides addressing this community of people, who either have difficulty with their vision or are totally blind, this exhibition acts as an ‘eye-opener’ for the general public, who will be engaged in the act of perceiving sculpture in the same way as the former do.
MODERN MUSIC DAYS(MMD) promotes the performance and appreciation of twentieth century repertoire and contemporary music in Malta through a series of projects that build connections between creatives in the field of music. In this way, the project fosters an interdisciplinary approach to music and introduces contemporary music to new audiences. This initiative seeks to build a relationship between local musicians and international artists and organisations, thus giving local artists the opportunity to move beyond the local music scene through diverse collaborations also with a famous Japanese composer
Award-winning Japanese choreographer and DJ Kentaro!! will be collaborating with one of Malta’s most exciting alternative bands, Plato’s Dream Machine, on a new work which challenges the status quo. With the participation of Japanese dancers from Kentaro!!’s dance company Tokyo Electrock Stairs and local hip hop dancers, the year 2018 hosts an exciting hip hop dance theatre performance that breaks genre stereotypes.