Valletta
Art Explora Festival - Museum Boat
Xatt Pinto , Valletta Waterfront , Valletta
Festival
Festival

In collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv, the Art Explora Foundation will be organising a festival in Malta through its museum boat.

This festival will take place from March 21st to March 31st, 2024 and will be held at Xatt Pinto at the Valletta Waterfront. It will offer 10 days of free artistic and cultural programming on board and on the quayside.

The Art Explora Festival is a travelling festival on the world’s first museum boat, sailing across the Mediterranean Sea to bring visitors innovative artistic and cultural experiences free of charge.

This event marks the beginning of an extraordinary maritime journey across the Mediterranean the Art Explora Foundation, with Malta being the first of a series of captivating stops.

The foundation is a non-profit organisation set up to ensure widespread and international access to the arts. It is founded by its arts and culture patron Frédéric Jousset.

The Art Explora Festival will provide artists, exhibition curators, institutions, non-profit organisations and NGOs with the opportunity to reach out to all audiences around a festival whose content is rooted in the heritage of each country visited.

Designed by architects Axel de Beaufort and Guillaume Verdier and constructed at the Perini Navi shipyard in Italy, the museum boat measures 46.5 metres long and 55 metres high.

It can welcome up to 2,000 people on board each day and will host the immersive exhibition “Present” with the Louvre’s outstanding collaboration, highlighting female figures in Mediterranean civilisations.

The experience includes a film to be viewed on the aft deck and an immersive experience in the main gallery. On the upper deck, the visitors will embark on a Mediterranean soundscape designed by Centre Pompidou’s x Ircam.

The museum boat will be accompanied by a festival village on the quayside area presenting a programme of cultural events, which in the case of Malta is being developed by Spazju Kreattiv under the curation of Daniel Azzopardi. The programme is focused on the local and international art scene, featuring more than 30 initiatives and 55 activities addressing various topics relevant to the Mediterranean region.

As part of this festival, from March 22nd to 24th, a programme named ‘Ocean Weekends’ will be organised, whereby the audience is invited to a series of round tables, film screenings, and inspiring talks, gathering key speakers from the art and science worlds around the issue of ocean climate emergencies. Ocean Weekend will be co-curated with the Malta Biennale.

As part of its commitment to supporting contemporary creation, the festival also offers a programme of cross-residencies. The curators associated with the project invite artists, scientists, and researchers to participate in month-long residencies on board the boat and in another Mediterranean city.


Dates
21st - 31st March 2024 00:00
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