On the 30th anniversary since it first started being organised, an alternative version of the Malta Jazz Festival will include an online program and a live jazz show at noon and in the evening, at the entrance to Valletta.
This year’s Jazz Festival will feature an online program and a live Jazz show from Freedom Square at noon as well as a series of concerts “The City Jazz Series” which will be held in the evenings on the staircase next to the parliament.
An exhibition at the Phoenicia hotel, “Notes from the Harbour” curated by photographer Joe Smith, will complement the concerts. The show is a walk through the history of the Jazz Festival over the last 30 years.
“The online exhibition includes works by Darren Zammit Lupi, Patrick Fenech, Therese Debono Pierre Stafrace, two artists who used to paint live – Jenny Caruana and Olang Vethul, and my own works.” (Joe Smith)
The artistic director of the festival, Sandro Zerafa said that this year there are concerts including those held at noon and masterclasses that will be held through digital and other live sessions. He said the concerts in Valletta contributed to the regeneration of Valletta.
”And then we have the live concerts, the midday concerts running from monday to saturday and evening concerts on thursday friday and saturday featuring excellent musicians.”
In recognition of festival’s heritage, three films will be broadcast in honor of the festival’s first artistic director, Charles “City” Gatt, who is considered the father of Maltese jazz music.
”I would like to personally thank Charles Gatt for creating this thing, for giving us this thing, I think this is a very important festival it has shaped Malta’s cultural landscape, it is a true jazz festival, it is one of the world’s few true jazz festivals.”
The Malta Jazz festival will be streamed online on the festivals Facebook page and on the Festivals Malta site from the 13 to 18 July.