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Malta Arts Festival - Valletta

14/07/2014 - 02/08/2014

Running from 14 July to 2 August, artists from Croatia, the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, South Africa and Russia will join some of the best Maltese artists in a festival with 18 performances and a separate programme of workshops and master classes. Most of these events will be held in some of the island's most prestigious historical venues, such as the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and the newly-restored Fort St Elmo, bringing a layer of history to the festival's already rich narrative.

There will be a video opera where film and reality mirror each other mysteriously, a circus which brings together poetry and humour and a film festival under the stars. The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (MCCA) has unveiled its programme for the ninth edition of the Malta Arts Festival 2014, Malta's largest arts festival.

Following the previous artistic director's resignation last December, the programme was put together by an artistic committee composed of four arts practitioners: British-Malaysian dancer and choreographer Mavin Khoo, composer Ruben Zahra, theatre director and actor Toni Attard and Malta Philharmonic Orchestra chair Sigmund Mifsud. The team worked under the direction of MCCA chair Albert Marshall to put together a programme in five months - breakneck speed in festival programming terms. Meanwhile, a call for applications has been issued for next year's artistic director.

2 CellosThe festival will open on a high note with 2Cellos, where two young Croatian cellists take cello playing to a new level in a breathtaking live performance. The next day, Kelma Kelma, the Maltese language facebook phenomenon, will team up with the Big Band Brothers for a night of music and literature at Pjazza Teatru Rjal.

Fort St Elmo will set the scene for Hide and Seek, the new dance production by Ivan Perez which will take audiences into an atmospheric trip where desires, frustrations, madness and tenderness are slowly revealed. The other main dance event of the programme, a Triple Bill of duets featuring works by emerging Maltese practitioners and established international artists, will be held at Pjazza Teatru Rjal.

Two events are sure to be a hit with families: Fecha de Caducidad is a circus from Spain which will bring together moments of poetic beauty, of heart-stopping risk and of tragically funny circus combined with elements of physical theatre and dance to create a visually stunning and emotionally charged show. Ir-Ritorn, a production based on Homer's Odyssey by Teatru Anon, originally a Żigużajg Commission, promises to be a quirky good old-fashioned swashbuckling adventure. Both performances are free for children 12 years and under.

Nadine GaleaAlso bridging genres is Il-Kappillan ta' Malta, a stage adaptation of Monsarrat's famous novel by Immanuel Mifsud. Presented by Fundazzjoni Avventura, the theatre company behind Vassalli and Jiena Nћobb Inti Tћobb, the performance will be held at Piazza d'Armi in Fort St Elmo. And the emerging artists series - featuring musicians Nadine Galea and Luke Baldacchino - will also present an interdisciplinary showcase of music, literature and painting.

Music-lovers will enjoy Ruben Zahra & Windstreken Ensemble, a concert which portrays a unique folk-fusion profile, as well as Up-close, an innovative work by Dutch composer Michel van der Aa where film and live performance reflect each one another. Up-Close is a cello concerto duplicated and magnified until it reaches the boundary of video opera, featuring soloist Konstanze van Gutzeit under the direction of Pavel Snajdr with the string orchestra of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

The visual arts will also make a strong appearance through VIVA, the Valletta International Visual Arts Festival, a first pioneering festival for the visual arts in Malta. Organised by St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta 2018 Foundation and Agenzija Żgћażagћ, with the support of the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts, the festival will run a few weeks after the Malta Arts Festival and will include events such as a summer curatorial school, exhibitions in Valletta and the third edition of a collective exhibition for young emerging artists.

Also running as part of the festival is a series of films which will be held under the stars at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, curated by Simshar director Rebecca Cremona with a guest appearance by distinguished professor Dr Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

Despite the novelties, however, audiences can also look forward to some firm favourites: Globe will be back with King Lear, with Pjazza Teatru Rjal providing the backdrop to the high tragedy of what is arguably Shakespeare's most moving play. And the trademark Closing Concert will be held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra playing under the baton of Mro Brian Schembri with Russian cellist Alexander Kniazev.

Fecha de CaducidadWorkshops, too, remain an important part of the programming, setting up a dialogue between artists from abroad and Maltese artists. In the middle of a summer calendar replete with events, the Malta Arts Festival allows audiences to experience the work of international artists alongside some of the best Maltese talent in a vibrant programme of high-calibre performances in historical venues.

The Malta Arts Festival is organised by The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts under the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, with the support of Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali, MSV Life, Fimbank, Infusion and the Phoenicia Hotel

World Cup Village at Laguna Walk, SmartCity Malta

SmartCity Malta is hosting its first ever World Cup Village at its vibrant new hub in the South of Malta, the Laguna Walk. The venue is currently showing all World Cup games on a large LED screen from 6pm onwards, until the 13th of July, giving people the opportunity to watch their favourite teams play while enjoying a refreshing beverage on a relaxing, Maltese summer night.  

The World Cup Village is located next to the stunning lagoon which boasts spectacularly choreographed fountains, creating a dynamic venue to watch the matches. The World Cup games are shown on a big LED screen that can also be viewed in direct sunlight, perfect for the early evening matches. The Laguna Walk also offers a wide selection of both indoor and outdoor dining experiences with food and beverages outlets including Wejla by Tartarun, Chocafé, The Londoner Pub, Melita Steakhouse, Da Vinci, Bistro Ten-O-One and Incredible Asia who offer a variety of cuisines to tempt every palate. 

SmartCity Malta’s World Cup village offers seating for around 300 people, allowing people to enjoy the matches with their closest friends and family members. The lively atmosphere will surely not disappoint you as the venue offers all the fun and relaxing features necessary for the best World Cup experience!

Xtreme Metal Assault 2014

At the Corradino Old Military Prison

on Saturday, July 12

Official music video of the new debut single release #LETTER 25

This is it !

We are so excited to finally announce that we will be releasing the official music video of the new debut single release #LETTER 25 (an acoustic duo collaboration) this Summer on Wednesday evening 9th July at GLOW - The Villa, Balluta Bay in St. Julian's followed by FREE + signed CD give aways on the night.

We will be performing a live acoustic session to celebrate this success and we also have a very special performance planned of our most awaited promising track so make sure you don't miss it and turn up those radios !

Many thanks to the following for making this project possible:

- Lyndsay Pace – Main Vox/Recording Artist/Songwriter/Performer
-   Luke Agius – Concept & Lyrics/Guitarist & Pianist/Sound Engineering
-   Boris Cezek – Audio Production & Recording/Studio Engineering
-   Kenny D’Ugo – Studio Mixing & Mastering
-   Simon Spiteri – Official Photography/Artwork & Video Production/Direction/Editing
-   Daphne Sammut - Official Lyric Video Production/Design/Editing
-   Rodren Vella – Official Website Design & CD Printing/Covers
-   Marc C Bayliss – PR Management/Marketing/Publishing
-   Noeleene Mifsud & Maria Vella – Personal Assistance
-   Sasha Thornton – Make Up & Styling
-   Prive’ Salon – Hairdressing
-   Danita Dimech – Nail Art & Technician
-   Mark Peregin & Chris Hammett – Venue Management & Co-ordination
-   Casey Curmi – Video Model
-   Sounds Good – Sound & Vision Equipment


Music From Elsewhere - A great live event also showcasing Malta`s top alternative acts

MUSIC FROM ELSEWHERE is intended to offer a platform to Maltese bands specialising in non-mainstream music - from to indie/alternative to rap to different genres of rock.

A joint project between the Fondazzjonijiet Celebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali and “Hard Rock Rising On The Road 2014”, the Festival will take place at St. George’s Bay, St Julians on 9 July, 2014, between 16:30 and 22:00. Entrance will be free.

For this project, the Fondazzjoni Celebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali has entered Malta in Hard Rock International’s “On The Road” tour which kicked off in May in the UK.

Hard Rock has customized a massive transport truck to open up and become a large, mobile performance stage. The 10-week tour will take it to 25 European cities and Malta will be its second to last destination. Rome will be the final destination where a free concert is expected to attract 40,000 people to Piazza del Popolo.

The 8-band line up on 9th July will be as follows: Different Strings, Bark Bark Disco, Jane Doe, Fastidju, Frenzy Mono, Skimmed, Semplicement tat-Triq and Areola Treat.

Music From Elsewhere Festival is intended to offer the young and young at heart the opportunity to enjoy a day of music, swimming, food and drink in one of Malta’s most beautiful bays. 

When the event ends at 22:00, a big screen set up on site for the occasion will transmit the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup. This would give the audience an opportunity to enjoy the game by the sea and under the moonlight – a chill out to conclude a perfect day.

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