For the first time ever, Malta will be hosting its very own World Music Festival. The festival will be celebrating the diversity of both Mediterranean and world music. The artistic director Renzo Spiteri said that the Malta World Music Festival will serve as a platform for the exchange and dialogue of artistic ideas. The event will bring together a rich programme of Maltese music bands and international world music acts.
The first band to participate is Brodu; an alternative Maltese band formed in 2011. Playing rock music with influences from various genres, Brodu will bring music in the native Maltese language to the festival. Other participants include Tsuumi Sound System (Finland) and The Khoury Project (Jordan).
The festival will close with Band Adriatica, a project in which music is created from the encounters and exchanges of people and their traditional repertoires, contributing to the continuous development of traditional music and in keeping with the festival’s aim of celebrating cultural diversity.
Such a festival can be seen as one of the rare opportunities where one can listen to different genres of music that are coming and have been created from a number of different cultures.
The first edition of the Malta World Music Festival will be taking place at Fort St Elmo in Valletta between the 19 th and 20 th May 2017.