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This weekend at Spazju Kreattiv

This weekend at Spazju Kreattiv

Exhibition space at Spazju Kreattiv

As the week draws to a close, we bring you a round-up of events taking place at Valletta’s Spazju Kreattiv this weekend.

EXHIBITION: Inaction is a Weapon of Mass Destruction (ongoing until 4 December)

From 'Inaction is a Weapon of Mass Destruction' by Darren Tanti

This exhibition by artist Darren Tanti and curator Melanie Erixon focuses on the dissemination of information about conflict zones, with particular attention paid to processes within the media industry and their effects on viewers. Through his works, Tanti poses important questions about how this information is edited and utilised, and, in particular, how this translates to public perception of vital issues. The exhibition features analytical and cynical works based on factual and fictional images, as well as presentations and discussions with experts in the fields of media, education and the military.

To learn more about this exhibition, see here.

EXHIBITION: Gabarrón | The Colours of Hope (4 November to 11 December)

Amanecer de un Nuevo Milenio ("Dawn of a New Millenium") by Cristóbal Gabarrón

Cristóbal Gabarrón is an acclaimed contemporary Spanish painter and sculptor, perhaps best-known for his ongoing collaboration with the United Nations — an association that began back in 1986. Indeed, this upcoming exhibition focuses largely on this partnership, as well as the themes that underpin Gabarrón’s subsequent work meditating on “the universe of peace, parliamentarism, freedom and human rights.” Dedicated to the United Nations, the exhibition features works by the artist in situ at Spazju Kreattiv, as well as a public installation St George`s Square, Valletta, entitled Universo de Luz (“Enlightened Universe”) and an event at Ġgantija Temples, Xagħra (Gozo), bringing together artistic creations focused on biodiversity and international heritage.

To learn more about this exhibition, see here.

SCREENING: Egyptian Film Days — Hepta: The Last Lecture (8:30–10:30pm, 4 November)

Poster for 'Hepta: The Last Lecture'

Part of Spazju Kreattiv’s Egyptian Film Days, Hepta: The Last Lecture portrays the “seven stages of love” through four different stories, as told by the film’s narrative-leading character, Dr. Shukri Mokhtr. This romantic drama from 2016 has toured worldwide, including at the Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden, Mediterranean Film Festival of Annaba (FAFM) in Algeria, Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Arab Camera Festival in Rotterdam, Egyptian Film Association Festival and Arab Cinema Week in New York, and has been the recipient of numerous awards. The film is directed by Hadi El Bagoury.

To learn more, see here.

SCREENING: MET Opera Live in HD: La Traviata (5:55–9pm, 5 November)

Scene from the Met Opera's production of 'La Traviata'

This live screening of one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most famous operas comes live from New York, in Michael Mayer’s production featuring soprano Nadine Sierra, tenor Stephen Costello and baritone Luca Salsi. Widely recognised as one of the finest opera companies in the world, the Metropolitan Opera was founded in the late 1800’s, and has continued to delight audiences ever since. Its MET Opera Live series brings the company’s stunning productions to audiences around the world, with this upcoming screening of La Traviata no exception. Translated as “The Fallen Woman” and first performed in 1853, the opera tells the tragic love story between the courtesan Violetta and nobleman Alfredo, amidst the hypocrisies of bourgeois society.

For more information and to purchase tickets, see here.

SCREENING: Emily (5:30–7:40pm, 6 November)

Emma Mackey as Emily Brontë

A new film starring Emma Mackey (“Sex Education”, “Death on the Nile”), Emily focuses on the life of English novelist and poet Emily Brontë, before her writing of the famous book Wuthering Heights. The film explores the author’s relationships that proved so inspirational for her literary works, including with her brother (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), friends Anne (Amelia Gething) and Charlotte (Alexandra Dowling) and forbidden love William Weightman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). The screenplay is by Frances O’Connor, who also makes her directorial debut.

To learn more, see here.

SCREENING: Decision to Leave (6:30–11:30pm, 6 November)

Tang Wei and Park Chan-wook in 'Decision to Leave'

Directed by the Winner of Best Director at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, Park Chan-wook (“Oldboy”, “The Handmaiden”), Decision to Leave tells the story of detective Hae-joon’s (Park Hae-il, “The Host”) investigation into a suspected murder, following a man plummeting to his death in the mountains of South Korea. Attention soon falls on the man’s wife, Seo-rae (Tang Wei, “Lust”, “Caution”), with the film exploring the darker recesses of the human heart. Noted for its directorial mastery, Decision to Leave offers viewers an engrossing story elegantly brought to life.

To find out more, see here.