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The 10th edition of the Valletta Baroque Festival promises a spectacular line up

 - Culture - Nov 22
The 10th edition of the Valletta Baroque Festival promises a spectacular line up

Festivals Malta has just launched the programme for the exciting 10th edition of the Valletta Baroque Festival in January of next year. The event is set to take place between the 14th and 29th of January 2022 and will feature 36 diverse concerts all celebrating music from the 17th and 18th century. 

It will be spread over 18 venues, all historical Maltese landmarks. These include the Manoel Theatre, Archaeology Museum, Verdala Palace, San Anton Palace and other churches and cathedrals around the island. 

Minister for Culture José Herrera spoke about the importance of such a festival within the cultural sector, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. 

‘The Valletta Baroque Festival is truly unique because through its prestige, it attracts a specific form of tourism characterised by tourists who are mainly interested in the festival but end up falling in love with the majesty of the locations and venues where the concerts are held. 

I am sure that this edition, which follows months of disruption caused by the pandemic, will provide a truly unique experience, an experience which will continue to reinforce the festival’s position as one of the top 10 Baroque festival in Europe’. 

Kenneth Zammit Tabona, the festival Artistic Director, said that Baroque music is part of our DNA. He also highlighted some of the spectacular acts and ensembles participating in the event.

These feature Mahan Esfahani, Charlie Siem, Gabetta Consort with Franco Fagioli, Vasillis Varvaresos, Avi Avital, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and much more! Local artists will also have a chance to show their skill during the festival, with performances by The Rock Troupers, The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Monteverdi Project directed by Marco Mencoboni, as well as the Valletta Baroque Ensemble and KorMalta in Handel’s iconic Messiah conducted by Christian Curnyn.

Annabelle Stivala, Festivals Malta CEO, emphasised what it means to the agency to be entrusted with such a festival. She expressed what an honour it truly is to be entrusted this project. They are also working on the ABOS Project and the Valletta Baroque Opera Festival happening in November 2022. The former aims to create awareness on Italo-Maltese composer Girolamo Abos’ music. The latter’s main feature will be a 1747 opera called Pelopida by Abos as well. 

For tickets and other information, those interested can follow this link. 

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