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Under the Patronage of
His Excellency the President of Malta


The inaugural edition of is brought to you by Heritage Malta’s MUŻA, the National Museum of Art with the full cooperation and participation of a number of other organisations

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white sea olive groves

white sea olive groves – an imagining of an array of whites from ancient and contemporary times, shaped into a vast cradle within which civilisation relishes myriads of cultures, art, and diversity: a visual festa inspired by a process of formulating new narratives for the region.

Narratives that confront the horrendous stink of death by drowning; narratives that can defeat discourse fuelling fundamentalism and nationalism – a choral ‘hymn to the universe’, celebrating peace and harmony, defying war(s) with olive branches in hand, gleaned from the evergreen olive groves of the Mediterranean, blending with the sparkling whiteness of the seas that surround them: a provocative artistic initiative inviting a rethink of global mindsets about art and society, emanating from the deep south of the European continent.


From March 13 to May 31, will ignite a fascinating conversation between contemporary art and heritage across Malta and Gozo.

Coinciding with spring, the inaugural edition will unfold amid the Mediterranean’s warm weather and extended daylight hours. As the islands celebrate the start of their culturally rich festa season, marked by week-long festivities and masterful firework displays, numerous other major arts and cultural events take place during this time of the year, enriching your cultural journey across Malta and Gozo.

Where will transform some of Malta’s most beloved heritage sites into stages for artistic creations and expressions. 

With a long and rich history that spans all the way back to Neolithic times, the Maltese islands have been at the centre of cultural encounters within the Mediterranean since the dawn of civilisation. The Maltese identity reflects this colourful past: from the seafaring Phoenicians to the British Empire’s colonial rule, the islands are a living, breathing testament to the importance of cultural and historical heritage.

The capital Valletta is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site that together with its neighbouring harbour cities of Birgu, Bormla, and Isla forms a treasure box of majestic palazzos, forts, churches, museums, and more. Sister island Gozo, with its emerald hills dotted with quaint villages, retains an idyllic rural charm to this day.

To find your way around the different sites, Click Here

Organising Bodies & Collaborators is a Heritage Malta initiative through MUŻA, the Malta National Community Art Museum, in partnership with Arts Council Malta under the Patronage of H.E. the President of Malta and UNESCO. The biennale is also presented in cooperation with the Ministries for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government, and Gozo, as well as with Visit Malta, Malta Libraries, MCAST, Festivals Malta and the Valletta Cultural Agency.

The Themes of the Main Pavilion

Explore the main pavilion’s four central themes: Can You Sea?: The Mediterranean as a Political Body; The Counterpower of Piracy; Decolonising Malta: Polyphony Is Us; and The Matri-archive of the Mediterranean.

The Artists

Meet the diverse and talented artists of the! Explore their unique visions and masterpieces that are shaping the contemporary art scene. From bold innovations to classical inspirations, each artist brings a world of creativity and cultural richness.


Watch video features which introduce some of the contemporary art, the rich historical settings, and the creative minds behind the artworks.

Thematic/National Pavilions

Learn about the national and thematic pavilions showcasing contemporary art, offering visitors an immersive journey through diverse creative expressions and perspectives. Explore the vibrant tapestry of works from around the globe


Experience an array of events including captivating performances, art films, enlightening lectures, interactive workshops, and family-friendly events for kids. Dive into the heart of art and culture in a celebration that unites artists and audiences alike. 2024 Official Guide

Get the official 2024 Official Guide

Official catalogue for 2024 seeks to meaningfully reflect on the predominant and overlooked narratives about the Mediterranean cultural landscape inherited from past generations to inform a better insight into the present and catalyse new encounters, enriching ideas about the future using venues of poignant historical relevance locally and internationally.