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Launch of Daniel Massa’s Barefoot In The Saltpans: Poetry Mediterranean

Launch of Daniel Massa’s Barefoot In The Saltpans: Poetry Mediterranean 

The University of Malta’s Department of English is launching Daniel Massa's recently published collection of poetry, Barefoot In The Saltpans, on Thursday 14 January at 18:30 at the Aula Magna, University of Malta Valletta Campus.   

Stella Borg Barthet will deliver a short welcome address, followed by readings by Ninette Micallef and Paul Xuereb. Ivan Callus and Adrian Grima will be giving short critical commentaries. A Musical Interlude will comprise ‘The Invitation’ and ‘The Tribute’ from Seħer [Enchantment] Song Cycle, composed by Joseph Vella for a text written for it by Daniel Massa and sung by Maria Frendo.  

Barefoot In The Saltpans is published by Allied Newspapers.

The public is cordially invited.

Programme

Welcome – Stella Borg Barthet

Reading – Ninette Micallef, Paul Xuereb
‘Barefoot in the Saltpans’
‘Delimara Bay’
‘Midnight Swim’

Critical Commentary – Adrian Grima

Musical Interlude – ‘The Invitation’ and ‘The Tribute’ from  Seher [Enchantment] Song Cycle, composed by Joseph Vella for a text written for it by Daniel Massa, and sung by Maria Frendo.

Reading – Ninette Micallef, Paul Xuereb
‘Design for a New Arras’
‘Wild and Gentle’
‘Statements in Black’

Critical Commentary – Ivan Callus

The poet reads ‘Ship of Dreams’

Refreshments

08 Jan 2016

Atelier du Piano & Percussions at the Aula Magna

After the successful concert of the University of Malta Wind Ensemble at the Conservatorio di Musica Antonio Scontrino in Trapani last April, the University of Malta has the pleasure to host the Atelier du Piano & Percussions (two pianos for eight hands and percussion ensemble) for a concert at the Aula Magna, University of Malta Valletta Campus on Saturday 5 December at 19:30. The concert, which will be directed by Mro Franco Fodera', will include the participation of students from the University of Malta Wind Ensemble. Everyone is invited. 

This project knows its beginning at the Conservatory of Music 'A. Scontrino' in Trapani, with the collaboration of the Chamber Music Class for piano duets of Franco Foderà, and the one of Percussion Instruments of Andrea Muratore. After its debut in the Conservatory, this project received many good reviews. It was successfully hosted during several concert seasons.

In December 2014, the Ensemble received a very positive review for a concert hosted by the prestigious Teatro Massimo in Palermo. On this occasion, the Ensemble performed for the Association 'Amici della Musica' in Alcamo, for the International Club 'Inner Wheel' in Trapani, for the Kiwanis Club in Castellammare del Golfo, for the Association 'Amici della Musica' in Mazara del Vallo and for Comune di Erice. The Ensemble will continue performing in Italy and abroad.

Programme
G. Holst          The Planets op. 32 - “Mars” (for 2 pianos and percussion)
Ippolito Parrinello & Vito Parisi 

C. Saint-Saens          Danse macabre (for 2 pianos 8 hands and percussion)
Giovanna Mirrione, Ippolito Parrinello, Veronica Mello, Vito Parisi

A. Piazzolla          Escualo (for 4 hands piano and percussion)
Giovanna Mirrione & Veronica Mello

L. Bernstein          West Side Story (Symphonic suite for 2 pianos and percussion)
Ippolito Parrinello & Vito Parisi 

G. Faurè          Pavane, op.50
Giovanna Mirrione & Veronica Mello - piano duet
Chiara Messina, soprano

Z. Confrey          Dizzy fingers  (for 2 pianos 8 hands and percussion)
Giovanna Mirrione, Veronica Mello, Ippolito Parrinello, Vito Parisi 

G. Gershwin          Cuban Overture (for 2 pianos 8 hands and percussion)
Giovanna Mirrione, Veronica Mello, Ippolito Parrinello, Vito Parisi 

Percussionists: Luca Valenza, Giuseppe D'Antone, Cristian Cavaliere, Vito Vultaggio, Mauro Marino

Maltese Percussionists: Kristian Schembri, Wayne Bartolo, Jean Pierre Cassar  

Entrance Free

08 Jan 2016

Human Rights Day Conference

The Human Rights Programme of the University of Malta is organising a conference on the theme of ‘The Role of Human Rights Bodies in Promoting a Human Rights Culture’, on 10 December 2015 at Radisson Blu, St. Julians. 

The Conference is open to the general public and will be of particular interest to professionals and students working in the field of human rights protection. 

An international line-up of speakers will address the conference which will present a diverse and interdisciplinary set of studies. Topics include legal frameworks for human rights institutions, the main determinants of a 'human rights culture', the connection between access to justice and human rights bodies and how a National Human Rights Institution can contribute to democratic processes and practices.

For further information and for advance booking please refer to the upcoming events notice. The deadline for registration is 7 December 2015 at midday. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

08 Jan 2016

Josef Kalleya Conference

The Department of History of Art, Faculty of Arts, in collaboration with the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale and the Valletta2018 Foundation, is organising the Josef Kalleya Conference entitled ‘Peripheral Alternatives to Rodin in Modern European Sculpture’ with particular emphasis on Josef Kalleya’s art and the visual dialogues of an island scene.

The conference will be held on Tuesday 15 December at the University of Malta Valletta Campus.

The convenor of the conference is Dr Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci while the conference coordinator is Nikki Petroni.

Full details are available on the Conference website.

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08 Jan 2016

Screening of 'Biagio'

The Department of Italian within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Malta, in collaboration with 'Cinema Nuovo Italiano' and the 'Istituto Italiano di Cultura' in Valletta, is proud to announce the screening of Biagio (2014) by the award-winning filmmaker Pasquale Scimeca. The film has won the Green Movie Award and  the Social Critic Award 'Sorriso Diverso', among other international prizes.

Biagio will be screened for the first time in Malta on Saturday 5 December 2015 at 18:30 at the Auditorium, University of Malta Valletta Campus, St Paul Street, Valletta. The film is English subtitled.

Biagio will be introduced by Pasquale Scimeca. A discussion will follow the screening.

The movie recounts the true and poignantly moving story of Biagio Conte, the Sicilian lay missionary from Palermo, born in 1963. In the early 1990s, Biagio Conte sells everything he owns and leaves his well-off family to set out on a special journey in search of the meaning of life. Living in poverty, this second Francis of Assisi carries out his seemingly restless quest from the mountains to the seaside. Biagio Conte ends up exactly in Assisi, finally finding peace of mind. But has he found God?

Among Scimeca’s best-known films are Il giorno di San Sebastiano (1993), Placido Rizzotto (2000), La passione di Giosuè l’Ebreo (2005), and Malavoglia (2010). 

Refreshments will be served after the screening. This will give the public the opportunity to meet with Pasquale Scimeca over a glass of wine.

The general public is cordially invited to the screening. Entrance is free. Reservation is not mandatory but seating is limited, so if you would like to reserve a seat, please contact Ms Yanica Cassar on +356 2340 2309 or send an email.

08 Jan 2016


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