On Wednesday, 28 February, Inizjamed will be organising its twenty-second Open Mic. We kept our monthly appointment even though we were not helped by February being shorter than the other eleven. For us it’s both a duty and a pleasure to defy the shortness of this month. We will be in a place that has only opened its doors recently but we are sure will be perfect for this occasion – Offbeat at Merchants Street, Valletta.
In such an intimate place, we will also have a special poet, a poet who once in Maltese declared that love is like a firework, and while we are unsure if his words ever made it to the sky like Maltese fireworks do, we are positive that his words will fill every corner of Offbeat, our ears and hearts. Adrian Grima is also the reason Inizjamed and the Mediterranean Literature Festival exist and we are feeling such an enthusiasm towards Maltese literature, and why Maltese literature has transcended many frontiers and is now available in many languages.
Adrian Grima will be reading halfway through the evening. However Adrian does not want to be alone. Before or after him, you are free to liberate from yourself everything that has been simmering in your own self, your own notebook, or your own white screen. You can read a poem, a story, do any kind of stand-up, sing an original song, or anything else you deem fit to express yourself. Any dialect any language, is more than welcome. The more diverse we are, the better.