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Art Explora Festival - Day 9
Art Explora Festival - Day 9

Sun, 31 Mar


Pinto Wharf, Valletta Waterfront

Art Explora Festival - Day 9

Entrance: Free of charge subject to booking

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Time & Location

31 Mar 2024, 19:30 – 23:20

Pinto Wharf, Valletta Waterfront, Triq il-Vittmi Furjaniżi tal-Gwerra, Floriana

About the event

The Art Explora Festival and its museum-boat will dock in Xatt Pinto, Valletta Waterfront from the 21st to the 31st of March 2024. The travelling festival and its museum-boat will offer 10 days of FREE artistic and cultural programming on board and on the quayside 


Smadj, a virtuoso on the oud and an electronic music innovator, forges a distinctive musical realm by seamlessly blending influences from the East and the Mediterranean Sea. His unique style, a pioneering force within the realm of electronic music, imparts a special hue to the traditional yet contemporary Mediterranean soundscape, drawing on diverse musical traditions from Turkey to the Maghreb.

With a trail of creative projects, Smadj has etched his mark with 7 solo albums and 3 collaborations with DuOud (Mehdi Haddab/Smadj). His expansive musical journey includes collaborations and artistic ventures with notable figures such as Burhan Öcal, Laurent de Wilde, Natacha Atlas, Erik Truffaz, Talvin Singh, Ibrahim Maalouf, and Ballake Sissoko.

Recognised as a leading figure in modern oud expression, Smadj revitalises the instrument by enveloping it in contemporary music, jazz, and electronic elements, ushering in a fresh and innovative approach.

Creative Team: 

  • Smadj
  • Safwane Kenani
  • Ersoj Kasimov

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