‘Sfilata fil-Kapitali’ takes over the streets of Valletta this Saturday

A complete Valletta take-over, including 3,000 puppets, 18 local band clubs and 360 dancers!

About 3,000 animal puppets, 18 local band clubs, 360 dancers, hundreds of people from various Maltese and Gozitan communities, children, elderly, persons with special needs and many others, will animate the streets of Valletta during The European Capital of Culture’s Sfilata fil-Kapitali (Parade in the Capital), on Saturday 27th October from 2pm onwards … and you’re invited to join them!

The show will include several surprises for the audience, in the form of music, dance, short performances and storytelling, with the participation of renowned personalities including those from Min Imissu and Klassi Għalina as well as Kinetic Dance Academy.

At 2pm, make your way down to St George’s Square to build your own animal puppet and then join in the fun in the streets of Valletta! The show will run until late, when it reaches its peak with a great party at Triton Square from 9.30pm onwards.

‘Sfilata fil-Kapitali’ (Parade in the Capital) is the platform for citizen-created presentations related to the Orfeo & Majnun project.

Orfeo & Majnun: A Tale of Love, Loss & Longing consists of a theatre of emotions, where ancient myths from different cultures meet, Orfeo & Majnun brings two love stories together – that of Orpheus and Eurydice, the ultimate Greek tragic love story, and Layla and Majnun, the classic Persian tale that has come to be known as the Romeo and Juliet of the East.

The project engages with these central myths to explore the eternal themes of love, loss and longing, which will be retold in various forms by participants from all walks of life through the Orfeo & Majnun Music-Theatre Performance which took place last weekend, and through Sfilata Fil-Kapitali.

On the 27th of October, participants will go from street to street and from corner to corner, where surprises in the form of song, dance, short performances, storytelling, music-making, bands and many other forms of artistic expression await.

For more information visit valletta2018.org and follow Valletta 2018 on Facebook.

Schedule for the day:

2-6pm: Animal Building Workshops (Pjazza San Ġorġ)

3-7.30pm: Raconteurs (Spazju Kreattiv, Upper Barrakka Gardens, Triton Square, Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Castille Square, Malta School of Art)

3-9pm: Various dance interventions in front of the Law Courts

5.50pm-8.10pm: Min Imissu and Klassi Għalina O&M Parody (Pjazza Teatru Rjal)

4.30pm to 5.30pm and 7pm to 8pm – Parade with band marches, animals, dance and performances around Valletta (starting from St Paul’s Street, Merchant Street and Old Bakery Street, making its down Valletta and going back up through Republic Street, meeting at Pjazza Tritoni). The parade will be folllowed by band performances  at Triton Square

7.30pm and 9.30pm: Vittoriosa Love, Loss and Longing (Pjazza Tritoni)

10pm: Vittoriosa Love Parade by Neo-X (Pjazza Tritoni)

Those who attend Sfilata fil-Kapitali may benefit from special rates when using sustainable means of transport provided by Nextbike and Tallinja Bikes. Use the code 863386 when renting a Nextbike, for a journey of 60 minutes to or from the city free of charge. The code can be used twice, on two separate trips. Tallinja Bikes will also be available for travel within the city, at a discount of 50% during Sfilata fil-Kapitali. Terms and conditions apply.

Download the Orfeo & Majnun information booklet from here.

Orfeo & Majnun organised by Valletta 2018 is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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