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Malta Design Week 2014 declares itself a Micronation

Micronations are born through declaration: an expression and desire to separate and exist independently; to auto-annex oneself from a precedent in the pursuit of functioning autonomously through a set of standards inherent to the very space itself.

These principles are also intrinsic to good design. Outstanding design abandons the conventions of its predecessors and establishes a new set of rules, existing in its own scale of measure.

Housed within the epic fort St. Elmo, at the tip of Valletta – a space designed to be able to function independently in case of siege – MDW2014 will be creating a space where design can survive and thrive. Visitors will be stepping into a self-governing space where innovation and creation are the constitutional basis upon which the country functions.

Our micronation will be a place to experiment and innovate, incubate and produce.
 

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FORT ST. ELMO
Exhibitions, Design Dialogues, Workshops and Play

MDW’s primary venue is the epic Fort St. Elmo – a space originally designed to function independently should the need arise. Visitors enter a self-governing space where innovation and creation are the constitutional foundation of its residing nation. While MDW participants are invited to observe the concept of micronation, it should not hinder creative freedom.

The opening of Fort St Elmo to the public, following a full-scale restoration project co-ordinated by the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation (beneficiaries of ERDF funds), is an historic event in itself. This extraordinary stone sentry has been closed for decades, and MDW will be the first event to take place before the handover to Heritage Malta.
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