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Fusion of music in two festivals to be held between spring and summer

A fusion of music will be offered between spring and summer when the Maltese World Music Festival and the Jazz Festival will be held. Organized by Festivals Malta, they will be offering a variety of music genres by both local talent as well as by foreign musicians.

The second edition of the Malta World Music Festival will be returning on 18 and 19 May at Fort St Elmo over two nights, with six international acts from around the world demonstrating the diversity, the breadth and vivaciousness offered by the modern world of music. From contemporary interpretations of ancient forms of musical expressions to purer expressions of folklore traditions, the programme will appeal to all types of music lovers. What originally started as a folklore festival has now been improved to include international award-winning musicians and local emerging artists on the music scene.

The summer event organized by Festivals Malta is the Jazz Festival which will open on 16 July and run until 21 July. Following last year’s success, the Jazz Festival will once again be presenting a free afternoon concert as well as masterclasses.

“The Malta Jazz Festival is the only event of its calibre which promotes and celebrates Jazz locally. This week-long event serves as a showcase in a unique setting for internationally-renowned, high calibre artists,” said Festivals Director Annabelle Stivala.

The biggest name in Jazz is that of Chick Corea, who will be present for the Jazz Festival in Malta. And in the year that Valletta is celebrating the title of European Capital of Culture, the festival will also include even more unique talent.

“There is an important Maltese participation this year. We have the Malta Orchestra Big Band led by Paul Abela. We have a group called Blue Tangerine which is a collaboration of young Maltese and French musicians, and a series of afternoon concerts in front of Parliament with Maltese participation,” said Artistic Director Sandro Zerafa.

The Malta Jazz Festival will be spread from Valletta to Ta’ Liesse where this annual festival first began 27 years ago .

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