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Notte Bianca plans start
The programme for the second edition of Notte Bianca - Lejl Imdawwal - has been launched.

Following the success of last year's edition, that was estimated to have attracted 70,000 visitors to the capital, this year's Notte Bianca will be held on October 6.

The event promises to be an extensive night of the arts, kicking off 6 p.m. and going on until the early hours of the following day.

For one sleepless night, museums, theatres, arts and cultural centres, libraries, churches and chapels, auberges, cinemas, streets, squares and gardens will be the venue for a variety of events.

Among the highlights, Hastings Gardens will be hosting a collection of dance genres, while the Upper Barrakka Gardens will serve as a stage for a display of contemporary visual installations by various artists.

St George's Square will host JaPoRoSeT - a fusion of pop, rock, jazz, soul and folk - and Merchants Street will be transformed into a Maltese traditional feast, with roving folk singers and dancers, Maltese food and crafts.

A mediaeval market will also be set up at Independence Square, while food, music and live entertainment will be offered in the car park adjacent to Castille Place.

At different intervals of the night, Freedom Square will hold a unique contemporary theatre production and a spectacular aerial show, with a synergy of Maltese and foreign artists.

Notte Bianca is sponsored by the National Lotteries for Good Causes Fund of the Finance Ministry, the Malta Tourism Authority, HSBC Bank Malta plc, Vodafone Malta Ltd and DJS Trading, and supported by the Valletta local council.
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