July will see the 40th edition of the musical Festival, Għanja tal-Poplu, which will be produced in collaboration with PBS providing its own orchestra to accompany the participating singers. The musical event’s organisers said that in the past the lyrics of songs were mostly social themes but this year it will be open to all themes.
The Festival has been organised since 1973 and although there were some years when it began to lack popularity this year it has gained the support of PBS which is providing its own orchestra under the batons of Joe Brown and Paul Abela.
In recent years the Festival gained a distinctive identity based on sounds and themes culturally and socially Maltese. This year however it will be open to more generic themes.
Albert Marshall, Chairman of the Malta Arts Council, said that this is the only musical forum that gives space to Maltese songs in the Maltese language and which can be organised in the form of a festival and it therefore has a strong cultural statas and falls under the Council’s responsibility.
The Festival will be held between 7th and 9th July at the new Valletta Pjazza Teatru Rjal adjacent to the new Parliament building, with the support of Spazju Kreattiv, the Malta Arts Council and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018. On 9th March a meeting will be held at St James’ Cavalier for composers, authors and singers interested in participating in the festival.