Tim Etchells curates the IDIOM strand of Poznan’s Malta Festival 2015

POSTED 13.05.2015

Every year, Malta Festival Poznań is created by over a thousand artists from Poland and many other countries, who for three weeks, stage over three hundred events at locations across the city. The festival presents internationally acclaimed and emerging artists, as well as initiating unique projects in the fields of theatre, dance, music and visual art. By including different disciplines in its programme, and by merging of high and popular culture at its best, Malta Festival has become both Poznań’s flagship cultural event and one of the major performing arts festivals in Poland and Central Europe.

The special twenty-fifth edition of the festival takes place from 8 to 28 June 2015 and comprises three key sections, including a series of commissioned productions inspired by the works of Thomas Mann, to mark the Nobel Prize winner’s 140th birth and 60th death anniversaries and Generator Malta, which invites people to participate in common activities, art projects, entertainment and public debate.

The third section of Malta is called Idiom, a guest curated festival inside a festival, the theme of which changes every year. This year Idiom takes the theme Nowy Ład Światowy / New World Order and is guest-curated by our very own Tim Etchells, founder member and artistic director of Forced Entertainment. Tim has invited a number of artists from Portugal, the United Kingdom, Israel and Belgium amongst other places to present a varied programme of performances in different spaces. Forced Entertainment will present two shows: The Notebook and Tomorrow’s Parties. Tim has also been commissioned to design a neon sign that will become a permanent feature of Poznań’s urban space.

Idiom has existed as part of Malta Festival since 2010, each time selected by a different guest curator. Previous curators include Romeo Castellucci, holder of the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennial for his theatrical achievements and Stefan Kaegi and Rodrigo García, both holders of the New Theatrical Realities Prize. The objective of every Idiom is to engage the audience with important themes and phenomena of contemporary culture, requiring particular attention and complex presentation. The catchphrase of this year’s Idiom is New World Order”, especially apt as 2015 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the UN’s proclamation of the eight Millennium Goals, voted on by all hundred and eighty-nine member states. Whilst we already know that most of these goals will not be reached, the scope of subjects relating to the new world order has not lost any of its relevance, continuing to flare up in the form of armed conflict, ideological disagreements, environmental threats and sustainability issues of economic sustainability.

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