“Magic Carpets” Annual Platform Members’ Meeting and Emerging Curators’ Capacity Building Program Took Flight in Malta
Dec 13, 2023

Magic Carpets in Malta 2023 by Elisa von Brockdorff
Magic Carpets in Malta 2023 by Elisa von Brockdorff

In a gathering filled with creativity and imagination, the “Magic Carpets” platform held its annual Platform Members’ meeting and Emerging Curators’ capacity building Program in the charming setting of Malta at the end of November. This vibrant event brought together partners to engage in discussions about past, ongoing, and future projects in the multicultural and historical surroundings.

One of the highlights of the event was the tour and presentation of the captivating “Beyond What Drifts Us Apart” project, presented by the Unfinished Foundation and Diyalog Derneği at the historic Qalet Marku Tower in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq. Attendees were transported into the heart of the project’s narrative, engaging in a delightful visual journey.

The program also featured engaging presentations on the outcomes of the second year of the “Magic Carpets” residencies, sparking lively discussions among participants and setting the stage for future collaborations. Additionally, “Magic Carpets” partners eagerly discussed plans for the grand finale, the “Superorganism” event scheduled to take place in Tartu (Estonia) between 18 October – 23 November 2024. This event will take place in the context of the program of the “Tartu – European Capital of Culture 2024”.

A particularly inspiring workshop led by Tonic UK, Lucy Kerbel and Fay Jennett, explored the concept of inclusive artist residencies, leaving attendees with fresh insights and a renewed sense of purpose for their artistic endeavours.

As the event in Malta ended, the attendees embarked on an art-filled adventure, visiting local art spaces that showcased the vibrant Maltese art scene. Stops included a visit to The Mill, home of the Gabriel Caruana Foundation, and an enlightening exhibition tour of “Spring: No Time to Spare.” Participants also had the opportunity to meet emerging artists Laura Besancon, Aaron Bezzina, Romeo Roxman Gatt, and Sheldon Saliba.

The journey continued with a visit to Roża Kwir and an exhibition tour of “Xewka f’Qalbi, Xewka f’Sormi” by its curator Rachelle Deguara.

“Magic Carpets” isn’t just a platform; it’s a creative force uniting 21 European cultural organizations. Together, they provide emerging artists with opportunities to embark on transformative journeys, collaborating with local artists and communities to create works that celebrate local uniqueness, enhance cultural accessibility, and promote cultural activism and participation. “Magic Carpets” symbolizes the profound impact of culture in bridging divides, fostering intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding, respect, and even love.

The annual Platform Members’ meeting and Emerging Curators’ capacity building program in Malta showcased the boundless potential of art, inviting all to join in this remarkable journey. As “Magic Carpets” continues to take flight, the world eagerly awaits the stories and wonders it will unveil in the years to come.