Muzika Muzika is returning for the third consecutive year. This prestigious festival will take place between 23 and 25 March with 20 songs produced in the Maltese language.
Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Owen Bonnici, announced during a press conference that final logistical preparations are currently underway to ensure another successful edition of the Muzika Muzika festival. These preparations include stage construction, rehearsal coordination, and other technical details.
Minister Bonnici stated that Muzika Muzika has become one of the best local music festivals, earning the respect of many local composers, authors, and even the audience since its first edition.
“I would like to commend the organizing team for their hard work from the bottom of my heart,” said Minister Bonnici. “We want to continue investing in this festival, which serves as a platform for artists to showcase their talents in the Maltese language, which is so dear to us. We have worked hard in previous years, and we will continue to do so to ensure that this festival remains an annual event and a highlight of the year.”
The Festivals Malta Chairman, Aaron Zahra, said that he is honoured that for the third consecutive year, Festivals Malta is providing a platform of this calibre to local singers, authors, and composers.
“Festivals Malta is the main organiser of festivals in Malta, and naturally, our team has several festivals and events to organise throughout the year. We have just wrapped up the Valletta Baroque Festival and il-Karnival ta’ Malta, both of which were two very successful editions as part of this year’s portfolio,” said Zahra.
He continued by saying that even though Mużika Mużika has already surpassed the public’s expectations, we are determined to keep investing in the festival to further nourish and improve the local artistic offer.
“I am very satisfied with this year’s production. We have a spectacular show planned for those who will join us at MFCC to celebrate local artists, Maltese talent, and most of all, our native language which is the heart and soul of this festival. I wish every success to the singers, composers, authors, and special guests who will give us a show to remember. All in all, I congratulate all those who will be part of Mużika Mużika 2023’s successful edition,” said Zahra.
The Festivals Malta CEO, Annabelle Stivala, spoke about the festival’s success, particularly the positive response it keeps achieving year after year.
“While I had great expectations for Mużika Mużika when Festivals Malta was entrusted with it back in 2021, I never imagined that we would come this far. Since then, the festival has grown and developed considerably, being well-received by audiences and artists alike,” Stivala explained.
“This is clear by the numerous audiences the festival attracts each year, and for this, I wish to thank the dedicated team at Festivals Malta for their hard work, and all those who offer their support in one way or another, as it is their efforts that make this festival a success,” stated Stivala.
The Mużika Mużika Chairman, Raymond Bugeja, continued to highlight the festival’s positive impact on local artists and audiences. “The positive response generated is clearly seen from the considerable number of messages on our social media pages, as well as through ticket sales. This year we also saw an increase in the number of submissions, with a total of 149 applications from established and emerging artists. I can wholeheartedly say that this is a true testament to the high calibre Mużika Mużika has managed to achieve,” he said.
The Mużika Mużika Artistic Director Paul Abela said: “Once again, Mużika Mużika will produce three shows of impeccable quality, as is done each year. I cannot be happier with the songs we have for this edition, and I can proudly say that the standard keeps increasing year after year. This year will also see several familiar faces from the local music scene during the first and final shows, including Ira Losco who has achieved success both locally and internationally, last year’s winner, Kurt Calleja, as well as Kantera, who have now become synonymous with this festival”.
It was also announced that this year’s edition of Mużika Mużika will be presented by none other than Keith Demicoli, Clare Agius, and Moira Delia. This year, the festival will host three renowned guest artists: Kantera in the semifinal, and Kurt and Ira Losco in the final. Furthermore, the festival will also feature various established artists who will perform a duet with the semifinalists during the Classics Night.
Mużika Mużika will take place between the 23 and 25 of March at MFCC Ta’ Qali. It will also be broadcast on Television Malta. For tickets and more information visit muzikamuzika.mt