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Crossing Places - Valletta SENSI

   
 

 

Four artists from Thessaloniki in Greece and two from Catania arrived on Wednesday 11 July to take part in the “Valletta SENSI” Workshop and Performance project which is part of the "Crossing Places - Al Buio" international project part-funded by the Culture 2000 programme of the EU and led by ARCI in Italy. The visit ended with a collective performance on Monday 17 July at 8.00pm at the Auberge d'Italie in Valletta. (Photo by Adrian Grima)

 

A series of five workshops in different spaces in Valletta were inspired by the experience of visually impaired people from Greece and Malta who were the protagonists of this week of events. "Not being able to see is not a misfortune but can be an asset, in the sense that blindness is a different way of seeing and expressing things and the world."

The aim of the Valletta SENSI project was to offer a multi-sensory experience that allows visually impaired persons help those who see experience spaces in a Mediterranean city through their other, often ignored, senses. The workshops or multi-sensory experiences led the participants (artists and other participants, both those who are and those who are not visually impaired) to create a performance in which performers and audience participated in a multi-sensory experience.

The Valletta SENSI project was coordinated by Adrian Grima (writer, Inizjamed coordinator), Simone Inguanez (writer, project coordinator), Sandra Mifsud (dancer, choreographer), and Renzo Spiteri (musician, composer). The team also included Joe Micallef, David Filippidis, and Kurt Scicluna.

The Greek participants were musicians Stefanos Efremidis and Dimitrios Tsakiridis, Spiros Alexiou, attendant, and performer and choreographer Avgi Progkidi. The Italian participants were Benedetto Calderella and Anna Bucca. The project is coordinated by Anja Gunjak of ARCI.

 

The Valletta SENSI project was coordinated by Inizjamed with support from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity.

 

The performance and multi-sensory experience was then performed by the artists from the three participating countries at the Mercati Generali in Catania on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July.