The biggest summer highlight on the city's cultural calendar, Malta has been something of a Poznań institution since its original conception back in 1991 as the International Theatre Festival. In the past the festival has seen performances by Nine Inch Nails, Goran Bregovic, Jan Kaczmarek, Elvis Costello, Sinead O’Connor, and the Buena Vista Social Club. Strangely, however, the musical focus is something of a recent trend. When it started, the festival focused on theatre alone, and was promoted as the Polish version of the Edinburgh Festival – full of fringe acts performing abstract plays. Fortunately, and in spite of the growing pull towards the mainstream, alternative theatre still plays a huge part in the Malta Festival. On top of that, there’ll be plenty of film screenings, workshops, and exhibitions at venues across town.