White night in black and white
Valletta’s Notte Bianca. An annual event held towards the end of September. A special event when the city comes to life at night. A welcome and popular shot of urban regeneration for a town that had lost its will to remain alive after dark.
Open doors, shops, concerts, theatre, displays, food and more food. A crowd magnet showcasing a great city in its nocturnal magnificence. A photographic negative of day to day routine where life in the daylight flips to its night-time equivalent.
I always make it a point to visit. Crossing Marsamxett Harbour by ferry and winding my way up through the side streets.
And avoiding the crowds. Enjoying the event’s periphery. An invitingly-open chapel with no one inside; the still waters of Grand Harbour; a deserted lower St. Paul’s Street; climbing the steps from East Street to St. Ursula Street. A private viewing rather than drifting with the masses.
And an occasion to take some great photos of a unique city lit up for a special night.