The Mahalla Festival in Malta took place between Nov 17 and Nov 25 with the participation of more than 60 artists, writers, filmmakers, cultural workers and initiatives from 20 countries. It was a Festival of film, literature, contemporary art, debates and several activities combining events that invite local and international participants to mobilize visitors to explore communities under new aspects. The Festival was located in venues around Valletta and Zabbar in Malta.
DIYALOG organized the Mahalla Festival in Malta in cooperation with the Museum MUZA (Muzew Nazzjonali tal-Arti), Heritage Malta, the African Media Association Malta, Contemporary Valletta, Studio 87 and Sustainable Design Collective Malta.
The Festival was realized in close cooperation with several Maltese initiatives of the civil society which are working in the fields of cultural inclusion and intercultural dialog. These were the Sustainable Design Collective, Utopian Nights, the Sudanese Migrant Association and Rima.
Other partners of the festival were the St. Patricks Football Club Zabbar, Villa Romana Florence, Weiter Schreiben Berlin, Inizjamed Malta and Fann Magazine Frankfurt.
The Mahalla festival was a success and fulfilled all our expectations. The invited participants formed new synergies and a European network dedicated to mobility, inclusion and cultural identity has been expanded.
The festival strengthened local and international artistic practices and intercultural development.
The festival boosted new artistic narratives and innovations and contributed to a better understanding between communities.