Festivals Malta has unveiled its programme of events for this summer’s cultural calendar, with four summer festivals taking place between June and July.
RITMU, formally known as Għanafest, The Malta International Arts Festival, The Malta Jazz Festival and the recently launched Dance Festival Malta will form part of this schedule.
Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Owen Bonnici said that “we all have a role and a part to take in promoting our national culture and cultural heritage. The activities listed in this program are clear proof of this.”
“The aim remains to nurture awareness and appreciation for the Maltese identity and culture, and embrace the cultural values in people’s lives,” Minister Bonnici said. “Not only does this program contains numerous events where the public can enjoy and take part in various activities , but it will also offer the opportunity for both local and international artists to showcase their talents, as well as give an economic boost to the country.”
Festivals Malta CEO Annabelle Stivala explained that it has been an eventful year for Festivals Malta so far, with extremely rewarding results and a very exciting cultural offer for the summer months.
She said that after two years of abridge programmes, ‘ we are really looking forward to producing our festivals in their original format. It has been a busy year for Festivals Malta already, and we hope that through our summer events, we keep providing opportunities for our artists as well as high-level events for our audiences.’
RITMU will kickstart the summer calendar of events on the 10th and 11th of June, featuring Maltese cultural foods and music. These include Għana, Kantera, Albaluna, Mimmo Cavallaro, and more.
The Malta International Arts Festival will take place between the 18th June and 3rd of July and will include a multidisciplinary programme of arts featuring the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Malta Jazz Festival will take place between the 11th and 16th of July and will have an eclectic line up featuring many notable artists. Following this, the Dance Festival Malta closes off the season between the 28th and 31st July through a four day festival of workshops and performances.
Tiziana Calleja, Ruben Zahra, Sandro Zerafa and Francesca Tranter will spearhead the four festivals respectively.