Programme

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

16:00

Registration

Opening session - Hope and the City

Conference venue: Gran Salon, National Museum of Archaeology

Moderator: Jonas Büchel, hosted by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Rapporteur: Dr Ann Laenen

16:30

Introductions

16:40

Opening address by Jason Micallef, Valletta 2018 Foundation Chairman

16:50

Address by Hon. Dr Deo Debattista, Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Valletta 2018

17:00

Serendipity and the Future of the City

Prof. Dr Sebastian Olma

Author & Critic, hosted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands
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17:30

Quality of Life in Malta - Some reflections on the impact of the ECoC in 2018

Dr Marie Briguglio

Economist & academic
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18:00

Q&A

18:20

Presentation of Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme

The Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme will be presented by Joanne Attard Mallia, Valletta 2018 Programme Coordinator, and Mario Philip Azzopardi, Artistic Director Special Events.…
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19:00

Conference way forward & end of day 1

20:30

Welcome dinner at the Grandmaster's Palace

The Grandmaster's Palace is found in the heart of Valletta. Aside from serving as the Office of the President, the Palace has also until recently served as the House of Representatives. Construction on the Palace began during the rule of Grandmaster Jean de La…
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Thursday 23rd November 2017

08:30

Registration (continued)

Plenary session - The Other City

Conference venue: Gran Salon, National Museum of Archaeology

Moderator: Caldon Mercieca

Rapporteur: Dr Ann Laenen

09:00

Placemaking Events & Urban Renewal

Prof. Franco Bianchini

University of Hull
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09:30

Sports Accessible for All

Bjorn Vassallo

FIFA
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10:00

Urban renewal through Mucem

Mikael Mohamed

Head of International Relations, Mucem
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10:30

Q&A

10:50

Coffee break

11:20

New participatory urban culture - a case study of Helsinki

​Jaakko Blomberg

Urban activist
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11:50

Ġewwa Barra: creatively relating inside and outside

Dr Victor Jacono

Theatre artist & educator
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12:20

Bar Europa

Dr Michele Gerace

Co-founder Bar Europa, hosted by the British Council
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12:50

Q&A

13:10

Introduction to Mapping for Change workshop

13:30

Lunch

Lunch will be held at the La Valette Band Club, home to the Società Filarmonica Nazionale La Valette, one of the historic band clubs of Valletta.For more information about this band club, visit the venue page.…
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15:00

Parallel sessions

Parallel sessions

Venue: National Museum of Archaeology


Future Cities:

Mario Balzan – Ecology for the city: analysing the role of green infrastructure in creating liveable cities in the future

Ido Shelem & Erica Dyson – Branding peripheral communities from the inside-out

Tugce Karatas – The spirit of utopian optimism for critical urbanism

Reuben Grima – Commoditising Valletta: private profit & public impoverishment

Asma Mehan - Urban Branding Politics in Post-Fordist Cities: the case of Turin, Italy

Nicola Mullenger - Co-making the city

Moderator: Caldon Mercieca

Rapporteur: Carole Pietrzak


Branding a Liveable City

Maria Cerreta & Simona Panaro – Cliento Labscape: a living lab approach for local innovation networks

Michele Trimarchi, Federica Antonucci & Valeria Morea – Invisible art: redrawing the map of contemporary art in Milan

Su Fern Hoe – City as canvas: the policy and practice of creative placemaking in Singapore

Tim Steiner & Ricardo Baptista – Creative orchestras and cultural identity

Anna Formosa – Darba Waħda...the beginning of a story

Moderator: Guna Garokalna

Rapporteur: Michael Deguara


Creative Diplomacy

Alex Vella Gregory – City narratives in music

Georgios Papaioannou & Sofia Poulimenou – EU-funded programmes, cultural diplomacy and sustainable international cultural relations; the case of Corfu

Nicholas Bertrand – Chôros

Marta Sant – Knitted communities and soft power

Sandra Hall – Creative, ethical ways of working and engaging grassroots communities in place-making challenges

Moderator: Prof. Franco Bianchini

Rapporteur: Adrian Debattista

17:00

End of day 2

20:30

Networking activity - bar-hopping in Valletta

Delegates just want to have fun! After a long day at the conference, we will dive into Valletta's communities through its bars.  The route will start at the La Valette Band Club and take us through local traditional bars, to newer bars and pubs that draw artis…
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Friday 24th November 2017

09:00

Parallel Sessions

Parallel sessions

Venue: National Museum of Archaeology


Future Cities:

Yassine Bada & Ismail Chaib – Old settlements as architecture as reference for new housing developments: an appraisal of an experience from the city of Ghardaia

Wendy-Jo Mifsud – Public participation GIS in Valletta

Steve Cassar Montebello – Analysing active mobility through participatory urbanism: understanding bicycle users’ concerns through practical citizen science in Malta

Meltem Şentürk Asildeveci– Re-reading the image of cities through ICTs

Giovanni Campus – The soft power of street theatre: local events, rites, rhythms and synchronization of communities

Moderator: Caldon Mercieca

Rapporteur: Adrian Debattista


Branding a Liveable City:

Rita Orlando – Open Design School, Matera 2019

Ruth Bianco – MICAS: a mechanism to connect worlds, empower art relations and expression in nation branding

Alissia Razziano – From the industrial to the post-industrial society: Charleroi and Liège, the conversion of two cities through cultural means

Maureen Cole & Daniel Mercieca – “Fil-Beraħ” (In the Open): towards a methodology for children’s involvement in the management of public space

Oleg Koefoed – Wiring and wilding in Copenhagen – commonizing for urban nature and place-branding with “NaTur I Byen”

Moderator: Guna Garokalna

Rapporteur: Michael Deguara


Challenging Times:

Pamela Baldacchino, Benna Chase & Ann Laenen – The evolution journey: living with illness and death within society

JosAnn Cutajar & John Vella – Tensions and relations on the use and exchange of place

David Mountain & Valmira Istrefi – The intercultural legacy of privatisation and decentralisation: civil society organisations in Struga and southwest Macedonia

Anna Arvanitaki - Reading Hatto's diary of Malta with an eye on cities, cultural capitals, challenging times

Moderator: Prof. Franco Bianchini

Rapporteur: Carole Pietrzak

11:00

Coffee break

11:30

Mapping for Change workshop

What do people feel about their places?  How can culture make places better?  The Valletta 2018 Foundation is collaborating with Mapping for Change to answer these questions, and more.  In a drive towards collaboratively examining people’s perception of cultur…
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13:30

Lunch

Lunch will be held at the La Valette Band Club, home to the Società Filarmonica Nazionale La Valette, one of the historic band clubs of Valletta.For more information about this band club, visit the venue page.…
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Closing session

Time: 15:00

Venue: Gran Salon, National Museum of Archaeology

Moderator: Jonas Büchel, hosted by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Rapporteur: Dr Ann Laenen

15:00

Design & place-branding

Dr Tricia Austin

Design consultant & academic
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15:30

Closing workshop

16:40

Closing remarks by Catherine Tabone, Valletta 2018 Foundation Executive Director

16:50

Conclusions

17:00

Tour of the National Museum of Archaeology

20:30

Networking activity - brass band concert

A brass band concert performed by members of the Società Filarmonica Nazionale La Valette, one of Malta's historical band clubs. This band club is synonymous with the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, held in Valletta each February.  The concert will be held …
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