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Sejjaħ lil Malta at Lascaris Wharf, Valletta

June 14, 4:30 pm - June 16, 7:30 pm

Sejjaħ lil Malta invites the audience to travel on traditional Maltese boats (Dgħajjes) while listening to seashells picked up from the shores of Sousse in Tunisia. This site-specific performance explores our changing perception of the Mediterranean Sea, a fluctuating space of many borders and a death trap for those seeking refuge. The Dgħajjes themselves, once a sign of movement and local craft, now tell a story of a privatised Mediterranean seashore. The seashells whisper oral histories from the community of boat drivers in Valletta struggling to make ends meet, refugees who survived the journey in the Mediterranean, and two artists, one in Sousse and another in Valletta, collaborating across the sea. Sejjaħ lil Malta is the sound of the Mediterranean as a border.
“Sejjaħ lil Malta” in Maltese sounds and means the exact same thing in Arabic: “Call Malta.” The phrase was the response of the Italian Coast Guard on 10 October 2013 when a sinking boat carrying refugees sent out a distress call for help. Thirty-four people died at sea that day—killed through contested maritime borders.


June 14, 4:30 pm
June 16, 7:30 pm


Lascaris Wharf, Valletta
Valetta, Malta + Google Map

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