PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: A sound cultural legacy – the Valletta International Visual Arts Festival launch (VIVA)

During the launch of the fourth edition of VIVA, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici stated that, VIVA has become a key event in Malta’s cultural calendar, providing a platform for new and emerging Maltese artists alongside their more experienced colleagues. This year’s context of Valletta’s title of European Capital of Culture will serve to strengthen the festival internationally.

We are working hard to provide a strong present and future for all of those involved in this sector and everything related to it. The creation and progress of VIVA is a clear example. As we have said countless times, our goal as a Government and as exponents of the various factions of the Maltese artistic and cultural scene is to create a lasting legacy to further strengthen this sector, reiterated Minister Bonnici.

The Valletta International Visual Arts Festival � VIVA 2018 will be taking place between 14th April and 27th May, with several collateral events and projects linked to the programme. This year’s edition has been developed through numerous collaborations, and will host exhibitions around Valletta, as well as in The Mill in Birkirkara.

VIVA serves as a platform for the contemporary arts in Malta, exhibiting the work of Maltese and international contemporary visual artists. Over the past years, VIVA has hosted around 25 separate exhibitions with a 100 artists in various venues and formats.

Fondazzjoni KreattivitA� Chairman Rupert Cefai said that this is a pivotal year for VIVA, as after four strong years, it has now matured into an established festival. The festival’s collaborations and long-term development of projects ensure a broad resonance within the visual arts scene in Malta, and its sustainability in future years is essential to the continuation of this work.

VIVA 2018 will host ten projects; from (Met)afourisms, a visual discussion between artists and philosophers facilitated by Niki Young, to Fluid Space, a questioning of the dynamics of Malta’s changing urban landscapes and social structures curated by Nikki Petroni, and VAC, which will link visual and acoustic elements through the work of ten local and international artists, curated by Zsolt Gyenes.

This year, VIVA 2018 will collaborate with the German visual arts festival Ostrale, to produce the exhibition Found A mentalism, and is collaborating with Valletta18 and EU Japan Fest to produce European Eyes on Japan, curated by Lisa Gwen Baldacchino.

Another important collaboration is that with the Malta China Cultural Centre, which will see two prominent Chinese artists exhibiting in Malta.

VIVA 2018 is produced by Fondazzjoni KreattivitA�, in collaboration with ACM, the Goethe Institute, the German Maltese Circle, the Malta China Cultural Centre, the Malta School of Art, Spazju Kreattiv, Ostrale, the Gabriel Caruana Foundation, the Meta Foundation, EU-Japan Fest and EDAAV, and is supported by Valletta 2018.

Source: Government of Malta