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It starts today, the great annual celebration of art, the 20th edition of the maltafestival poznań. The programme features 87 events: plays, dance shows, concerts, performative and visual art projects, as well as films, discussions and meetings with artists. The upcoming nine days will be packed with cultural attractions.

This is what we can all look forward to on day one:

The urban action this year will open with New Situations in a new curatorial formula. At 10 a.m., at Wilkońskich Street/29 Dąbrowskiego Street, we will witness the unveiling of a mural at the tinned food factory (Odsłonięcie fresku w fabryce konserw). By revealing a fictional story about the construction of a minaret and by relating it to a situation that may, in fact, have an impact on the local residents (if Joanna Rajkowska's project Minaret, initiated at Malta last year, is produced) Michał Stachyra's project strongly touches upon issues of public space. 

At noon, Anna Czarnota and Mika Grochowska will launch their project Fundament Ruina at the E. Szyc Stadium. Produced as part of New Situations the project is an attempt to reactivate neglected and abandoned sites. It welcomes the active involvement of viewers, which is expected to be the driving force of positive change.

At 5 p.m., Twożywo's Pięścian will appear in the Old Market Square to stir up some confusion and suddenly disappear.

At the same time (also at 5 p.m.), at the Museum of Archaeology Audiovisual Hall, we will show the film Les risques du métier (English title: Risky Business, Polish title: Dlaczego kłamały), a classic among the court room drama genre directed by André Cayatte. The film was the screen debut of Jacques Brel who also composed the music score.

The film will also be a special kind of promo for In Search of the Soul of Jacques Brel, a concert that will begin at 8 p.m. in Arena. Brel's songs will be performed by Marc Almond, Dagmar Krause, Czesław Mozil (Czesław Śpiewa), Arno, Mouron and the famous singer's nephew, Bruno Brel.

Eutopia by Filip Berte is part of the House of Eutopia project (launched in 2006) in which the artist reflects upon the coherence of European society and the connections between people and space, especially in big cities. Eutopia will be presented on all Festival days in the Old Slaughterhouse starting at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Random Scream's Assasins will be presented as part of the Idiom theme at 5 p.m. in Sala Wielka CK Zamek. Assassins is a Broadway musical that explores the dark side of American history and debunks "the myth of the American dream and patriotism". The score and lyrics to the musical were composed by Stephen Sondheim.

Similarly to previous years, this year's programme also features shows by Poznań's Teatr Polski. At 6 p.m. we invite you to see Mistrz i Małgorzata (The Master and Margarita) directed by Grigory Lifanov.

Alain Platel, the brilliant Flemish choreographer, director and video artist will present, together with Les Ballets C. de la B., their latest show Out of Context- for Pina. The show focuses on the motif of people and their mental pain and oversensitivity in a "state of hysteria" (7 p.m., Poznań International Fair).

Another special guest at Malta, Poznań's Teatr Wielki will present Puccini's La bohème (Polish title Cyganeria) directed by Agata Duda–Gracz and conducted by Gabriel Chmura. The show, will be staged at the Old Gasworks at 9.30 p.m. and will inaugurate a series of Teatr Wielki's outdoor shows which will conclude every subsequent artistic season.

The night's New Situation will be Notatnik Poznania showing a completely new perspective on site-seeing in an unknown town provided by "visitors", Michał Górczyński and Patryk "Tik Tak" Matela. The proposed "story/composition" transforms the sounds of the city into music. (Rondo Kaponiera Subway, 9 p.m.) 

Also at 9 p.m., at Muza Cinema we will see Felix van Groening's film The Misfortunates (Polish title: Boso ale na rowerze). The film will be shown for the whole duration of the Festival (please see the Kino Muza programme).

At 10 p.m., at Wolności Square, we invite you to The Bell by the British Periplum Company. The show, inspired by Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublov and Korosawa's Ran, is a spectacular story about warring clans in a warring land where the enemies, blinded with mutual hate, want to raze each other to the ground.

The series Old Brewery New Dance at Malta invites you to the Old Brewery, at midnight, for the première of Site Specific - Przesilenie letnie, a collaboration of performer/choreographer Magdalena Przybysz, performer/video artist Zorka Wollny and composer Anna Szwajgier.

The band Biff will play at the Festival Club at 11 p.m. and their concert will be followed by the greatly popular Silent Disco.

We look forward to seeing you!