Programme

Tuesday 23rd October

20:00

Bar Europa

Venue: tbc

Moderator: Michele Gerace

Wednesday 24th October

Opening session

Venue: MUŻA

Moderator: Jonas Būchel

Rapporteur: Carole Pietrzak

08:30

Registration & welcome coffee

09:00

Welcome note - Graziella Vella, Research Coordinator, Valletta 2018

09:15

Opening speeches

09:35

Welcome address by venue host, Sandro Debono, Project Leader, MUŻA

09:50

​The normalisation of participatory art

François Matarasso

Community artist & writer
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10:20

Discussion

10:40

Coffee break

11:10

The Valletta 2018 Legacy - Plenary Session

Organising a European Capital of Culture is no easy task. In this first plenary session, members of the Valletta 2018 Foundation will share their experiences in developing, implementing and evaluating Valletta 2018 as a European Capital of Culture.

Speakers:

Joanne Attard Mallia, Programme Coordinator - The challenges of implementing an ECoC Programme

Graziella Vella, Research Coordinator - Evaluating an ECoC

Sarah Borg, Programming Officer - The challenges of two major exhibitions in an ECoC and the future of visual arts in Malta

Anna Gesualdi & Giovanni Trono - Altofest Valletta 2018

To be followed by a brief discussion.

12:50

Policy making through participation

Szilvia Nagy

LOCOP
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13:30

Lunch at MUŻA

15:00

Policy Making through Participation - Focus Group Workshops

Venue: MUŻA & Pjazza Teatru Rjal

Session 1: Collective Action & Sharing Economy

Moderating team: Szilvia Nagy, Aidan Celeste & Rafael Pascual-Leone


Session 2: Changing Communities

Moderating team: Jonas Būchel, Michael Deguara & Neville Borg


Session 3: Pedestrianisation and Green Spaces

Moderating team: Caldon Mercieca, Raffaella Zammit & Xabier Polledo Arrizabalaga

17:30

End of day 1

20:00

Ferry transfer from Valletta to Birgu

20:30

Welcome Dinner

A welcome dinner at the Malta Maritime Museum will be held on the opening evening of the conference. Housed within the Old Naval bakery, the Malta Maritime Museum charts Malta’s maritime history and lore within a Mediterranean context. Today the museum houses …
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23:30

Return to Valletta by coach transfer

Thursday 25th October

08:30

Welcome coffee

Plenary Session

Venue: MUŻA

Moderator: Caldon Mercieca

Rapporteur: Carole Pietrzak

09:00

Art, Politics & Public Life in the City of the 21st Century

Prof. Pascal Gielen

Professor of Sociology and Art & Politics, Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts
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09:30

Practical examples from an ECoC legacy: the challenges, struggles and lessons learnt - Plenary Debate

Since being awarded the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) title, the Valletta 2018 Foundation has been an active member of the informal ECoC network. Together with members and representatives from other cities, the members of the Valletta 2018 team have shared their challenges, struggles and lessons learnt. During this plenary debate, representatives from past, present and ECoCs.

Speakers:

Neil Peterson - Liverpool 2008

Caroline Kadziola - Mons 2015

Krzysztof Maj - Wroclaw 2016

Joanne Attard Mallia - Valletta 2018

Rossella Tarantino - Matera 2019

Virginija Vitkiene - Kaunas 2022

Genika Baycheva - Cultural Manager & Community Organiser based in Plovdiv

Sziliva Nagy - LOCOP

Alex Vella Gregory - Cultural Practitioner

11:10

Coffee break

11:30

Parallel Session 1

Venue: MUŻA/Pjazza Teatru Rjal

Session 1: Renewal of the City

Moderator: Caldon Mercieca

Rapporteur: Carole Pieterzak

Speakers:

Dr Elena Lombardo

Mariana Prodanova

Julian Zarb & Prof. Andrew Jones

Nicole Bearman, Jacques Borg Barthet & Erica Giusta


Session 2: The Unintentional Legacy

Moderator: Szilvia Nagy

Rapporteur: Michael Deguara

Speakers:

Dr Marie Briguglio, Gilmour Camilleri & Melchior Vella

Joanna Micallef

Dr Josephine Burden

Charlie Cauchi


Session 3: Workshop - Atlas of the Unreal City

Moderator: Glen Calleja

Rapporteur: Raffaella Zammit


Session 4: Workshop - Exploring Crossroads - a workshop on 'Quality' in collaborative knowledge production in cities

Moderator: Pamela Bartar

Rapporteur: Michael Deguara

13:00

Lunch at MUŻA

14:30

Parallel session 2

Venue: MUŻA and Pjazza Teatru Rjal

Session 1: Culture, Politics & Capital in Urban Transformation

Moderator: Jonas Būchel

Rapporteur: Michael Deguara

Speakers:

Dr Toni Sant & Dr Andrew Pace

Kevin Vella, Sean Buttigieg & Melchior Vella

Anna Formosa

Yaxin Cao

Christian Mifsud


Session 2: Evaluating the City

Moderator: Szilvia Nagy

Rapporteur: Aidan Celeste

Speakers:

Eglė Bertašienė

Dr Samuel Murray & Prof. Natasha Vall

Prof. Barbara Grabher

Alija Turlaia


Session 3: Workshop - The Valletta Network for Cultural and Nature-based Public Space Interventions

Moderator: Oleg Koefoed

Rapporteur: Carole Pieterzak

17:00

End of day 2

20:30

Altofest Valletta 2018 Film Screening

A film screening documenting Altofest Valletta 2018, a project that explored experimental sociality through contemporary live art. During Altofest, Maltese citizens hosted international artists in their houses, which then became venues that welcomed audiences …
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Friday 26th October

09:15

Welcome coffee

09:45

Plenary Session

Venue: MUŻA

Moderator: Szilvia Nagy

Rapporteur: Carole Pietrzak

09:50

Dr Ujju Aggarwal

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, The New School, Parsons University
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10:20

Discussion

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Legacy in Practice - Workshop sessions

Venue: MUŻA and Pjazza Teatru Rjal

Session 1: The rooftop legacy (or how to use space and get people involved and keep them)

Case studies from Nada Ahmed (Cairo), Paris Legakis (Athens, BIRD project) and Victor Jacono (Ġewwa Barra, Valletta 2018)

Moderator: Nicola Mullenger, European Cultural Foundation

Rapporteur: Aidan Celeste


Session 2: Exploring the ECoC Cultural Programme’s challenges and legacy further

Following the plenary debate on Thursday morning, a deeper discussing on the challenges of developing and implementing an ECoC Cultural Programme will take place. The discussion will include inputs from our colleagues from Aarhus 2017 and how and why should and ECoC be evaluated, and a specific case study from Matera 2019, where the Open Design School project will be presented and examined form a practical perspective. Valletta 2018 projects, including the Artists in residency strand and projects will also be presented and discussed.

Case studies from Louise Ejgod Hansen (The evaluation of Aarhus 2017: How and Why?), Ann Laenen (Meeting Points Strand Coordinator, Valletta 2018), and Rita Orlando (Open Design School, Matera 2019).

Moderator: Neil Peterson

Rapporteur: Raffaella Zammit


Session 3: The spaces of Valletta and Valletta 2018 - legacy and ownership

The city of Valletta has changed consistently over the last few years. The city has become more accessible, with attention being given to pedestrianisation and open spaces, as well as the restoration and regeneration of previously abandoned buildings. The Valletta 2018 cultural infrastructure projects, whether completed or in the process of implementation are playing an important part in changing the way the different communities of Valletta interact with the city. During this workshop, a discussion of how the spaces of Valletta have changed will take place, including how the city is perceived to be changing in the eyes of the residents and everyday users.

Case studies from Sandro Debono (MUŻA), Caldon Mercieca & Rafael Pascual-Leone (Valletta Design Cluster), Marcia Grima (Valletta 2018 Regional Coordinator for Valletta), and Wendy Jo Mifsud (PPGIS).

Moderator: Tricia Austin

Rapporteur: Michael Deguara

12:30

Lunch at MUŻA

14:00

Closing session

Venue: MUŻA

Moderators: Caldon Mercieca & Graziella Vella

Rapporteur: Carole Pietrzak

14:00

Radical Cities Revisited

Justin McGuirk

Writer & curator
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14:40

Presentation of outcomes followed by discussion

15:30

Concluding remarks, Catherine Tabone, Executive Director, Valletta 2018

15:40

Concluding note, Graziella Vella, Research Coordinator, Valletta 2018

16:00

End of day 3

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