Gozo Weekend starts at the Cittadella and Gozo General Hospital

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Gozo Weekend underway at the Cittadella and Gozo General HospitalValletta 2018’s Gozo Weekend opens today at the Cittadella with Magna Amien’s Kapsula Merill – the Magnificent Memories Machine – Landing #2.

The weekend of event is being held as part of the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture Cultural Programme. Entrance to all activities is free of charge

This is a movement to collect, convert and make available fading memories through the digitisation of sound and image home collections.

These salvaged memories will provide a fertile collective context for present and future cyberspace navigators and storytellers. Valletta 18 said that copies of the material generated will be given to the National Archives at the end of the project.

The programme for Gozo features a time-machine performance by Armchair Voyager Wistin and the Banda ta’ Memorji Meraviljuzi.

In addition, there will also be a sound installation by Timothy Garrett, and visuals by Andrej Vujicic. Armchair Voyager No. 35, Wistin, offers the unique opportunity to save your trapped memories.

It was back in April, that Magna Zmien visited Gozo for the first time, when during a community meeting at the Gozo Ministry the public were invited to submit their analogue formats of long forgotten memories to get a free digital copy for sharing with family and friends.

Since the project’s inception in Malta and Gozo, 54 Audio Cassettes, 31 Audio Open Reels, 64 Normal 8 Films, 24 Super 8 Films, 422 photographs and 294 negatives have been digitised.

The event is taking place on Saturday, the 15th of September, starting at 8pm, at the Cathedral Square, Cittadella, Gozo.

Also on Saturday, is the launch of 1001 Dreams, at the Gozo General Hospital – which is an installation consisting of a collage of film sheets and audio recordings which come together to tell a story of dreams and memories.

1001 Dreams exhibition will remain open at the Gozo General Hospital until Wednesday, the 26th September, and will be open every day between 9am and 7pm.

A group of Gozitan secondary school students and a group of elderly people from different villages in Gozo, held workshops together during the summer months, where they discussed each of their stories, memories and dreams.

Valletta 18 explained that they were encouraged to document these in the form of audiovisual stories, using voice recorders to create sound recordings, and Polaroid cameras to take pictures.

“The objective is to document the Maltese story from two different generations by encouraging them to interact with each other as well as with their surroundings, by using photography and visual storytelling to build and enhance relations.”

Then on Sunday, the 16th, 5 short films, created by a group of Form 2 students for Valletta 2018 project Tafxnaf, will be screened at the Citadel Cinema in Victoria Gozo, at 2.30pm.

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