Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale opens on Friday

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Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale opens on FridayFor the next two months, the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale will showcase art in all its form from 27 countries, including a number of artists from Gozo and Malta.

Many of Mdina's beautiful sites will double up as an art space when the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale kicks off. Leading artists from all over the world will have their pieces hanging in Malta's first capital city between 13th November 2015 and 7th January 2016.

The Biennale, with APS Bank as its main partner, opens officially with the prestigious APS Annual Concert on Friday, 13 November at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mdina at 8 pm, when all the venues with the exhibits will also be open to the public.

The concert will feature the premiere of the Stabat Mater composed by Euchar Gravina. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Mro Christopher Muscat, accompanied by soprano Andriana Yordanova and Coro Bel Canto, directed by Mro Hermann Farrugia Frantz.

This new edition of the Mdina Biennale, with the theme, Christianity, Spirituality and the Other, takes a different approach to art and religion, and is being hailed as a bridge between different cultures, faiths and even non-faiths.

The new conceptual direction for the event has been developed by artist, art critic and academic Dr Giuseppe Schembri-Bonaci, the artistic director of the Biennale. The Biennale is going to emphasise creativity, with high-quality artworks by top artists from 27 countries, including Gozo and Malta.

"Mdina has a history of multi-culturalism and this rebirth of the Biennale, which knows its origin to the Christian and Sacred Art Biennale which The Cathedral Chapter established to encourage artists in this field. Under the artistic direction of Dr Schembri-Bonaci, this will take us beyond what we usually perceive when we refer to art and spirituality," said Mdina Cathedral Archpriest Mgr Anton Cassar.

"Sacred Art is artistic imagery using religious inspiration and motifs and is intended to uplift the mind to the spiritual. In this respect, the Biennale acts as the ideal platform to connect many people, giving Mdina a truly international feel that embraces different religions, ideologies and creed."

The long list of artists features names from across the artistic disciplines. Among the big names in the international artistic field, the Biennale features 23 works of art which are the private collection of Dr Schembri-Bonaci from Nobel-prize winner Dario Fo.

All pieces exhibited have also been studied very well and will be displayed in ways that make the art respect the surroundings while allowing the visitor to have an enjoyable and highly illuminating tour of the art.

Lectures, conferences and jazz will also be held during this eight-week extravaganza of art in its various manifestations. Venues are interesting and varied and include St Paul's Cathedral, Cathedral Museum, Palazzo de Piro, The Church of St Peter in Chains, Chapel of St Roque, Archbishop Square, Greeks Gate and Vilhena Palace.

Opening hours of the different venues are available at http://mdinabiennale.org/index.php/participation/visitor-info.

The artists from Gozo and Malta are as follows:

1. Agatha Grima

2. Alex Attard

3. Alex Dalli

4. Anna Grima

5. Anthony Catania

6. Anthony Spagnol

7. Antoine Farrugia

8. Brian Schembri

9. Damian Ebejer

10. Darren Tanti

11. Gulja Holland

12. Helga Portanier

13. James Micallef Grimaud

14. James Vella Clark

15. Jennifer Mallia

16. Joe P. Smith

17. Karina Fiorini

18. Karl Fiorini

19. Marc Galea

20. Mariella Cassar-Cordina

21. Mark Sagona

22. Marlene Gouder

23. Mario Sammut

24. Nadia Debono

25. Paul Haber

26. Rachel Galea

27. Reuben Pace

28. Ritienne Zammit

29. Sina Farrugia Micallef

30. Therese Debono

31. Valerio Schembri

32. Victor Agius

33. Victor Spiteri

34. Vince Briffa.

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