What is the Bellophone?

The Bellophone is a large scale instrument using real bells. It is a device which allows the audience to interact with church bells from a controller positioned. Big round buttons serve as a hit trigger to ring the bells. We invite the audience to unleash their own creativity and play the melody they wish with the sounds that have accompanied the Maltese population since childhood.









How does it work?

The Bellophone consists of 2 main parts:

The controller uses an RF protocol to talk to the bell towers wirelessly. The Controller is the interactive board from which the audience will have full control over the bells of both churches (the St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral and the Basilica of ‘Our Lady of Mount Carmel).

The Bell Towers of the St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral and the Basilica of ‘Our       Lady of Mount Carmel will have a pneumatic system which will strike the bells played by the audience from the controller.
Bellophone Team





Teamwork makes the dream work!

Concept & Electronics: Mario Sammut

Programming: William Farrugia

Engineer: Joe Galea

Controller Designer: Matthew Micallef

PR: Noel D’Amato

Web Master: Keith Mangion Livori

Graphic Designer: Mirjana Batinic

Where is the bellophone?

Notte Bianca

Notte Bianca has become Valletta’s largest cultural event. It is held in Valletta each year and is a spectacular, night-long celebration of culture and the arts. The streets and cultural venues come alive with a programme of entertainment designed to hold something of appeal for everyone.

Cultural venues, state palaces and museums open their doors all night, with many playing host to visual art exhibitions, dance and theatre performances. Streets and squares become venues for open-air concerts, while many cafes and restaurants extend their hours and also run pavement stalls. All art and musical forms are represented from classical to pop and contemporary.

The Arts Council Malta organizes Notte Bianca with the support of the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government. The event sees Valletta become an ‘open city’ of culture. The programme is designed to ensure every area of Valletta in involved, from City Gate to the far end of the peninsula.

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