We are extremely concerned at
the increased number of alerts we are receiving from persons who do not have
sufficient food for themselves and their families and who are about to be
evicted because they are unable to pay rent. Many were at risk of poverty
before the COVID-19 outbreak, but now the number of people requiring urgent and
immediate assistance is increasing exponentially.
As people lose their jobs or have their wages cut, their ability to meet the most basic needs and those of their family members is being jeopardised. For some, these risks will be mitigated by Government’s support packages or by relying on support provided by social services, the community, family, friends, NGOs or the Church. Yet there are thousands of people who will not be able to receive this life-saving aid. They might not be aware of it or they could not be eligible for it. More worrying, it is becoming increasingly clear that there simply is not enough available aid to support Malta’s most vulnerable persons. We also note last week’s statement by 20 Church entities, expressing similar concerns.
After the amazing opening night at Blitz of the You Are What You Eat exhibition, we’re happy to announce the public programme organised as part of the same project.
“We are inviting you to think about what you eat, and where it comes from. Essentially, we are also inviting you to imagine the beautiful opportunities presented by the migrants reaching Malta today. How will Eritrea, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Syria, Afghanistan change our breakfasts, our techniques, our utensils?” (Neil Falzon, aditus foundation Director)
Details as follows (follow the project’s Facebook page for updates):
Exhibition opening hours
Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 3pm
Friday, Saturday: 3pm – 7pm
Sunday, Monday: closed
Children’s programme: 30 April @ 2pm
Floor talks with the artists and curator: 7 May @ 7pm
Panel discussion with aditus and invited experts: 19 May @ 7pm
Have you ever wondered where braġioli came from? Do you know why we make our ħobża the way we do? From where did we get our pastizzi, soppa tal-armla, kirxa? What impact did the Arabs have on the way we eat, and on what we eat? These and more questions are the subject of our exciting new project, implemented jointly with BLITZ.
You Are What You Eat is exploring the relationship between Malta’s rich history and the food we eat today. Our findings will be presented in a series of lectures and also through a number of creative works.
Visit the project page, and get in touch with us if you’d like to be kept updated on this and other initiatives.