Malta Festival, which started as a street festival, which celebrated our recently regained freedom to be together in public space, has, today, become one of the major artistic festivals in our part of Europe.
Focusing initially on spectacular outdoor shows around Poznań's artificial lake (from which it took its name), the Malta began gradually enhancing and diversifying its artistic offer, as it steadily entered new urban space. With time, the diversified offer led to the Festival's division into several themes dedicated to separate areas of art: THEATRE/PERFORMANCE, MUSIC, DANCE, FILM/VISUAL ART, NEW SITUATIONS and VARIA.
In 2010 for the first time in the history of the Festival, we are introducing a leading theme. The goal of the Festival’s new theme is to bring the audience closer to and to involve them in the issues of modern culture. The Maltafestival Poznań 2011 leading theme is reserved for the „excluded" ones. The „Excluded" Idiom is supposed to identify a European man in a trap: on the one hand immersed in the deformed myth and dream about universal values (tolerance, in particular), and on the other - sorting and excluding people and phenomena that threaten the utopia: deviant strangers from outside opposing the status quo. We expect huge interest within viewers mainly by gathering various artists who consequently struggle with the system of imposing contents. This will anable Festival to create a bit anarchic space for discussion appreciated by the man who is lonely, unsure of his position in the social and economical hierarchy, and often reduced to the role of a poor individual.
Organizer Malta Foundation
This event is part of Attention Culture!, the Cultural Program of the 2011 Polish EU Presidency.