Programme

Tuesday 23rd October

20:00

Bar Europa

Venue: Strait Street Moderator: Michele Gerace Theme: DesireDesire. That's the main theme of the Bar Europa meeting that will be held in Valletta on October 23rd. We need to increase our community relationship political potential, political with a capital P. …
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Wednesday 24th October

Opening session

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

Jason Micallef, Chairman, Valletta 2018

Hon. Dr Deo Debattista, Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection & Valletta 2018

H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta

09:45

​The normalisation of participatory art

François Matarasso

Community artist & writer
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10:15

Discussion

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

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

Anna Gesualdi & Giovanni Trono - Altofest Valletta 2018

Sarah Borg, Programming Officer - The Future of Contemporary Visual Art in the Maltese Islands

To be followed by a discussion.

12:45

Workshops

Szilvia Nagy

LOCOP
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13:30

Lunch

15:00

Policy Making through Participation - Focus Group Workshops

Session 1: Collective Action & Sharing Economy

The sharing economy offers new models for meeting needs and sharing resources collectively. Increased participation, self-reliance, and community resilience are some of the benefits that can come from these models. Here in Malta, what resources might be worth sharing better, and what needs might be met more collectively? This community think-tank will explore various community-based sharing economy initiatives, and consider which possibilities might be worthwhile in the Maltese context. Led by cultural researcher Szilvia Nagy, we hope to inspire new social innovation projects that could be developed within the new Valletta Design Cluster or beyond.

Moderating team: Szilvia Nagy, Aidan Celeste & Caldon Mercieca

Session 2: Changing Communities

Moderating team: Jonas Būchel, Michael Deguara & Neville Borg

Session 3: Pedestrianisation and Green Spaces

How can fortifications that were built to serve as a barrier during times of conflict be reimagined to allow permeability and become a symbol of connectivity? The need for alternative modes of transport and green spaces in urban areas is considered a necessity to improve the well-being of society, the liveability within cities and to ensure a more equitable use of public space. This workshop will focus on the fortifications located in the Southern Harbour Region of Malta, known as the Cottonera Lines. The aim of the workshop is to discuss and develop a number of actions from temporary to permanent actions. We encourage artists, crafters, makers, social workers, architects, urban planners, ecologists, activists, residents, historians and anyone with an interest in public space, public participation, walking, and green spaces to participate in this workshop.

Moderating team: Rafael Pascual-Leone, 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

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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09:35

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:

Joanne Attard Mallia - Valletta 2018

Genika Baycheva - Cultural Manager & Community Organiser based in Plovdiv

Caroline Kadziola - Mons 2015

Krzysztof Maj - Wroclaw 2016

Sziliva Nagy - LOCOP

Neil Peterson - Liverpool 2008

Rossella Tarantino - Matera 2019

Alex Vella Gregory - Cultural operator

11:10

Coffee break

11:30

Parallel Session 1

Session 1: Renewal of the City

Papers presented in this theme will explore how a city can be transformed into an open space, where the dissonance, conflicts and troubles of the city are exposed and “all of a city’s loose ends can hang out, all of society’s inner contradictions can express and unfold themselves” (Berman, 2017). This theme will explore the very meaning of renewal, asking what the renewal of a city truly entails and what role the concept of sustainability plays within this renewal.

Moderator: Caldon Mercieca

Rapporteur: Carole Pieterzak

Speakers:

Mariana Prodanova

Julian Zarb & Prof. Andrew Jones

Nicole Bearman, Jacques Borg Barthet & Erica Giusta

Ann Laenen & Justin Galea


Session 2: The Unintentional Legacy

The legacies of cities and large-scale projects within them are often defined by the unforeseen, the unexpected and the unintentional. These legacies, often manifested long after their origins as well as off-centre in terms of where significant action is expected to take place, may be the result of direct and visible acts of dissent or public reaction, or may be the unanticipated long-term manifestation of social and cultural processes that have evolved through time.

Moderator: Szilvia Nagy

Rapporteur: Rachael Scicluna

Speakers:

Dr Marie Briguglio, Gilmour Camilleri & Melchior Vella

Ana Feder

Dr Josephine Burden

Charlie Cauchi


Session 3: Workshop - Exploring Crossroads - a workshop on 'Quality' in collaborative knowledge production in cities

Moderator: Pamela Bartar

Rapporteur: Michael Deguara

13:00

Lunch

14:30

Parallel session 2

Session 1: Culture, Politics & Capital in Urban Transformation

This theme invites contributions exploring different forms of urban and political management through which communities seek to influence or shape their ongoing social and cultural evolution. These contributions reflect upon different forms of urban management, ranging from formal political processes taking place within cities and municipalities, to more direct, informal forms of collective self-management and radical interventions.

Moderator: Jonas Būchel

Rapporteur: Michael Deguara

Speakers:

Alija Turlaia

Eglė Bertašienė

Barbara Grabher

Dr Samuel Murray & Prof. Natasha Vall


Session 2: Understanding the City

This theme explores how we enable cities to reveal themselves and their complex dynamics to us through various channels, ranging from artistic or community interventions to formal research and academia.

Moderator: Szilvia Nagy

Rapporteur: Rachael Scicluna

Speakers:

Dr Toni Sant & Dr Andrew Pace

Kevin Vella, Sean Buttigieg & Melchior Vella

Anna Formosa

Christian Mifsud


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

Moderator: Oleg Koefoed

Rapporteur: Carole Pieterzak

16:30

End of day 2

20:30

On The Dust Island - Altofest Valletta 2018 Film Screening (for conference delegates)

"ON THE DUST ISLAND"A documentary film crossing by Altofest Malta 2018filmed by Giuseppe Valentino produced byValletta 2018 - European Capital of CultureTeatrInGestAzione | Altofest - International Contemporary Live Artwith the support ofAmbasciata Italiana a …
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22:30

On The Dust Island - Altofest Valletta 2018 Film Screening (open to the public)

"ON THE DUST ISLAND"A documentary film crossing by Altofest Malta 2018filmed by Giuseppe Valentino produced byValletta 2018 - European Capital of CultureTeatrInGestAzione | Altofest - International Contemporary Live Artwith the support ofAmbasciata Italiana a …
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Friday 26th October

09:00

Welcome coffee

09:30

Plenary Session

Moderator: Szilvia Nagy

Rapporteur: Carole Pietrzak

09:40

Fight for the City: Urban Commons and Legacies of Struggle

Dr Ujju Aggarwal

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, The New School, Parsons University
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10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Legacy in Practice - Workshop sessions

Session 1: Co-working with citizens and changing public opinion in cities - roof-topos and laundry

In this session we will introduce three guests who are working in city-based initiatives, co-working with communities’ and making citizen change. They have expertise and experience in participatory artistic events/project-making and opinion changing in city renewal. Each panelist will introduce their work in the context of the question “how do you co-work in connecting with citizens and change public opinion in their cities?” After these presentations, they will put forward a particular challenge they currently face. We will then separate into groups and problem solve on that element of their project. We will finalise the session by a public round table on the suggested proposals. This session is a way to co-work with other attendees of the conference and actively problem-solve ourguest city challenge with peers.

Case studies from Victor Jacono (Ġewwa Barra) and Paris Legakis (BIRDS project) with moderation by Nicola Mullenger (European Cultural Foundation).

Hosted by the European Cultural Foundation

Moderator: Nicola Mullenger, European Cultural Foundation

Rapporteur: Aidan Celeste


Session 2: The legacy of changing spaces in ECoCs

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. The workshop will also look outwards beyond Valletta and Malta, through the practical example of Matera’s Open Design School, and the change this project has allowed for.

Case studies from Sandro Debono (MUŻA), Rafael Pascual-Leone (Valletta Design Cluster), Marcia Grima (Valletta 2018 Regional Coordinator for Valletta), and Wendy Jo Mifsud (PPGIS), Rita Orlando (Open Design School, Matera 2019).

Moderator: Tricia Austin

Rapporteur: Rachael Scicluna


Session 3: Workshop - Atlas of the Unreal City

Moderator: Glen Calleja

Rapporteur: Carole Pietrzak

12:30

Lunch

14:00

Closing session

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 from the various sessions

15:30

Discussion & way forward

16:30

Concluding note, Graziella Vella, Research Coordinator, Valletta 2018

17:00

End of day 3

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