Art Explora Festival – Day 1 (NUYE, *Etnika and Justin Adams, Mauro Durante & Mohamed Errebea)

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Art Explora Festival – Day 1 (NUYE, *Etnika and Justin Adams, Mauro Durante & Mohamed Errebea)

21 March 2024


Date and Time: Thursday 21st March at 7:30pm

Duration: 1hr

Language: Non-Verbal

Certification: 8+

Location: Xatt Pinto, Valletta Waterfront

Waking up in a lonely place after isolation; we feel we are missing something.
We begin to search from the inside, to complete ourselves again: seeking between our light and our shadows, amidst our contradictions that strangely seem to be complementary; surrealism/rationality, certainty/poetry…
Then suddenly, when the outside world collides with our inner universe, we realise even more clearly the need to seek and connect with the other, with other people; to be able to touch them, shake hands, share a hug, be together…
Like half words that join to make whole words and words that unite to create a phrase. Because sometimes we feel that we are made up of many halves.
Balance, trust, duality, separation, conflicts… These are concepts that appear in our circus and choreographic proposal for six acrobats that reflect the comings and goings between self and others, in a constant search to feel complete.

Creative Team: 

Original Idea and Production- Compañía de Circo “eia”
Artistic Direction – Armando Rabanera Muro, Fabrizio Giannini
Direction and Dramaturgical writing – Roberto Magro, Armando Rabanera Muro and Fabrizio Giannini
Choreography – Michelle Man
Musical Direction- Cristiano and Davide Della Monica
Lighting Design – Thomas Bourreau
Lighting Technician on Tour – Thomas Bourreau/Yuri Plana
Soundscape – Micaela Iglesias
Set Design & Construction – Armando Rabanera Muro, Oscar de Paz and Benet Jofre
Costume Design – MOMU Espai tèxtil
Artistic Collaboration – Roberto Olivan, Elena Zanzu and Le Ficufresche
Communication – Eva Romero

Creation and Interpretation:

Luca Bernini
Francesco Germini
Laia Gómez Iglesias
Abby Neuberger
Maiol Pruna Soler
Ona Vives Pérez

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Date and Time: Thursday 21st March at 9pm

Duration: 1hr

Certification: U

Location: Xatt Pinto, Valletta Waterfront

*Etnika has a two-decade track record of creating original and interactive performances and creative projects that raise awareness of Maltese traditional music, whilst challenging and broadening the concepts of local culture through innovation and integration.

Since 1999, the project developed large-scale productions in site-specific contexts, reclaiming unused public spaces for cultural activities whilst spearheading the revival of traditional Maltese music by discovering creative pathways towards original artistic expression within the context of contemporary trends.

An unlikely mix of artists, characters and instruments, *Etnika’s sound layers enchanting melancholy with traditional tunes & lyrics over effected guitars, retro-futuristic synths, unconventional percussion and footwork, deep, groovy bass, raspy sax, haunting whispery vocals and old Maltese instruments.

Expect a few detours, expect the unexpected, this band has a big heart.


Guitar – Andrew Alamango
Vocals and Keyboard – Alison Galea
Dance – Francesca Grima
Flute and Sax – Walter Vella
Bass – Oliver Degabriele
Percussion – Andrej Vujicic

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Justin Adams, Mauro Durante & Mohamed Errebea

Date and Time: Thursday, 21st March at 10:30pm

Duration: 1hr

Language: English and Italian

Certification: U

Location: Xatt Pinto, Valletta Waterfront

Renowned guitar virtuoso, producer, and composer, Justin Adams, has been a chief collaborator with Robert Plant in his band, the Sensational Spaceshifters, co-writing a series of four albums and touring the world. His production on landmark albums by Tinariwen and Rachid Taha highlights his feel for the North African groove, while his award-winning projects with Gambian maestro Juldeh Camara linked griot tradition with raw blues spirit. His recent solo album of guitar atmospherics, Ribbons, was cited among the top 50 albums of the past decade by Songlines magazine.

This new collaboration with Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino violinist and percussionist Mauro Durante stems from a concert led by Ludovico Einaudi, the Notte della Taranta in Puglia, where the two first played together, recognizing kindred spirits in the trance rhythms of Taranta. Together, they create a raw, stripped-back sound that moves and mesmerises.

In the past, explains Mauro Durante, “the pizzica was played on the tambourine and violin to cure people who, bitten by a tarantula, fell into a state of lethargy – women in the majority of cases, victims of the spiders while harvesting tobacco leaves. Making them dance to the frantic rhythm of the pizzica, until they fell from exhaustion, brought them back to life.


Justin Adams
Mauro Durante
Mohamed Errebea

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Ticket Information

Free of charge subject to booking
Free of charge subject to booking
Cinema Club Members
Concession tickets include students, senior citizens and Special ID Holders (SID).

Venue Information

Xatt Pinto, Valletta Waterfront

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