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SUMMER IN MALTA

Image: Blue Lagoon © Ted Attard - Ministry for Gozo

Spending a sunny summer on an island in the Med is all about commanding the beaches and controlling the surf. After which, once the sun settles beyond the horizon, you hit the town and make merry or you retreat to stroll the quiet village alleys and wonder where the Knights ventured at night. At a loss on how to spend you holidays in Malta? There are eight key Blue Flag Beaches in Malta and Gozo, which means that these get European recognition since they provide the best bathing water quality, plus lifesaving and disabled access facilities. These beaches include: St. George's Bay, Bu©ibba beach, Mellie˙a Bay, Qawra Point, Fond G˙adir in Sliema, G˙ajn Tuffie˙a Bay, Ramla l-Óamra in Gozo, Paradise Bay Hotel private beach and Golden Bay with the latter having been given the title of 'Beach of Quality'. There are beaches and beaches and everyone to his own. Whether you are just after getting a tan, want to ride the waves or dive beyond the surface to see the wonders hidden there, you get to find your ideal spot. Sand, rock, the ultimate scenic spot, blue lagoon water, sporting locations..... Summer on Malta is also about enjoying social life with a horde of festivals, weekly village 'festa's, lots of fireworks and plenty of good food to eat. These social events are the perfect way to close the day after a good dose of sunshine. If you'd rather spend the night away from the crowds, steer clear of the loud bangs of petards and head for any one of the hundreds of intimate restaurants ready to be discovered.

Image: Festa atmosphere © IMPACT PR


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Image: © Paolo Meitre Liberatini - www.viewingmalta.com

Image: G˙adira Bay © Clive Vella - www.viewingmalta.com

Image: Ramla l-Óamra, Gozo


MALTA JAZZ FESTIVAL The Malta Jazz Festival returns from 18th - 20th July in the open-air setting of Ta' Liesse, keeping up a tradition 25 years long. The 2013 edition will include music by Grammy-award winning Robert Glasper, two-time Grammy award nominee Gerald Clayton with his Trio, Grammy nominee Gregory Porter, Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer, Multi-Grammy award winner Michel Camilo and the prominent Israeli-born musician - Gilad Hekselman with his Quartet. Maltese performers will include the festival's former artistic director Charles 'is-City' Gatt with his vibraphone Quintet and the Walter Vella Quartet. Both performances will feature collaborations with foreign musicians. JAZZ ON THE FRINGE supported by the Malta International Airport will include a series of masterclasses and open-air concerts and the first editions of the Malta Jazz Contest and The Malta Summer Jazz Camp. The Malta Jazz Contest being held in collaboration with the Embassy of Malta in France and the Malta International Airport, will be open to jazz soloists of Maltese nationality and the winner will participate in the Les Sons d'Une Œle festival in Paris. Results will be announced on 21st July after the competition. The Malta Summer Jazz Camp, held in collaboration with the Malta International Airport and the Euro Institute of Music, will feature some of the most important contemporary European jazz musicians with free workshops/masterclasses being held at the Euro Institute of Music (Hamrun). Teachers will include Rino Cirinn (saxophone); Claudio Angeleri (piano/jazz theory); Romain Pilon (guitar); MTV's Szandai (bass/rhythm); and Karl Jannuska (drums/rhythm). The Malta Jazz Festival is supported by the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts. For more information visit maltajazzfestival.org

Images (from left to right): Gerald Clayton © Ben Wolf; Charles ‘City’ Gatt © Joe Smith; Michel Camilo; Robert Glasper © Mike Schreiber.


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Image: Š Bernstein being performed at St. George’s Basilica

Victoria INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL The 16th Edition of the Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo will this year be offering yet another five weeks of free top-notch performances by local and foreign musicians, to a total of 30 unique cultural events. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be inaugurating and closing the festival with a concert. Then there will be a series of Baroque concerts spread out over five days with key musicians hailing from Italy, England, Norway, Germany, Albania and Malta. The concerts offer an excellent opportunity to experience masterpieces produced with period instruments such as the viola da gamba, and the harpsichord. The Victoria International Arts Festival, as the brain child of the resident choir at St George's Basilica which is the principal parish church of Gozo, expands on the choir's main objective to cultivate and promote sacred music within the liturgical context, with particular emphasis on sacred polyphony. In this regard, the choir has a sound reputation as leading interpreter of polyphonic music of both the classic and the contemporary genres. The choir is also the first Maltese choir to perform as an all-female choir (SSAA), with its director of the Choir, Rev George Joseph Frendo, being also the Assistant Director of the Victoria International Arts Festival. The eclectic programme proves however, that artistic forms of diverse natures can co-exist in harmony. Varied musical genres are presented alongside exhibitions mounted in the cloister adjacent to the concert hall, plus pre-concert talks with scholarly programme notes provided for each event. The Friends of the Victoria International Arts Fesitval (VIAF) and varied local patrons actively participate through fund-raising activities, art auctions, exhibitions, etc. For more information visit www.stgeorge.org.mt www.viaf.org.mt

Images: Top: Lars and Oyonn performing 18th century Norwegian Church Music. Top right: Pergolesi. Right: Klara Nazaj and Claudia Verdelocco performing Bach's Oboe and Violin Concerto.


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GOZO EVENTS DURING JULY

Image: Athil Hamdan

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Victoria International Arts Festival. St. George’s Basilica and annex. Victoria. 21556377 – www.stgeorge.org.mt www.viaf.org.mt

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Summer Nights 2013. Victory Square, Xagħra. 21563737 – www.xaghra.com

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Ħondoq by Night. Ħondoq Bay, Qala. 20:30. 21552555

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Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady. Religious feast and social activities in the square and main streets of Għarb including a particular floral arrangement on the church parvis. 21556129 – www.gharbnet.com

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Paintings by Justin Falzon. Banca Giuratale Foyer, Independence Square, Victoria. 22156700 – www.gozoculture.com

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Summer Gardens Arts Festival. Villa Rundle Gardens, Greek Theatre, Republic Street, Victoria. 22156700 – www.gozoculture.com

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Sole Music Festival. Daħlet Qorrot Bay, Nadur. 99475282

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Concert Under the Stars. Ta’ Frenċ, Marsalforn Road. www.gozoccufoundation.com.

12-14 Feast of Our Lady of the Pepertual Help. Religious feast and social activities in the square and main streets of Kerċem. 21551355 – www.kercemparish.com 15

Concert of Participants – Malta International Music Festival. Hotel Kempinski, San Lawrenz. 19:30. www.maltainternationalmusicfestival.com

15-16 Il-Fjakkolata tax-Xlendi - Fire-lighting of Xlendi’s bay, commemorating the liturgical feast of the hamlet’s patron – Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Xlendi Bay. 79064595 – www.munxar.gov.mt 16

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Ta’ Ħamet, Xewkija.

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Sweet Music – La Rondine Opera. Citadella Centre for Culture & Arts, Citadel, Victoria. 22156700 – www.gozoculture.com

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Summer Nights 2013. Victory Square, Xagħra. 21563737 – www.xaghra.com

19-21 Feast of St. George. Religious feast and social activities in the square and main streets of Victoria. 21556377 – www.stgeorge.org.mt 23

Leone Goes Pop (6th Edition) by the Leone Band and Established Artists. Marsalforn. 21562974 – www.leone.org.mt

24-31 Paintings by Thomas Brunell. St. Ursola Hall, Citadella Centre for Culture & Arts, Citadel, Victoria. 22156700 – www.gozoculture.com 26-28 Feast of St. Margaret. Religious feast and social activities in the square and main streets of ta’ Sannat. 21551435 – www.sannatparish.com 26-31 APS Bank Annual Exhibition. Banca Giuratale Foyer, Independence Square, Victoria. 22156700 – www.gozoculture.com 29

Opera vs Pop under the stars – 6th edition. Ministry for Gozo, Central Courtyard, Victoria. 99421611 – Gozo Wind Band Orchestra.


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Images: ÓobΩ biΩ-Ωejt

Galletti

Ìbejniet tal-bΩar © IMPACT PR

SUMMER TIME

A TIME FOR SOME LIGHT MALTESE FOOD Summer is a long season in Malta. Some people take to the sea after a long working day. Beaches are full of tourists who after visiting a place of interest relax on the sand or rocks. Some take a small snack with them to eat. The most popular local snack is ‘ÓobΩ biΩ-Ωejt’ (salad bread). This is made by smearing some tomato pulp on slices of bread. Then one spreads some olive oil and vinegar. The next step is to add salt, pepper, mint, chopped olives, capers and finely chopped onions. It is especially good when made with Maltese traditional bread, because of its soft fluffy texture and very crisp crust. In Malta there are two popular ‘tapas’ to taste during the long hot summer days:

Bigilla and ‘galletti’

One tasty summer snack is ‘bigilla’ and ‘galletti’. The ‘bigilla’ is made of broad beans, garlic and hot chilli pepper. This mixture is served in a small bowl. People then serve themselves by means of ‘galletti’ which are dipped inside this mixture. These ‘galletti’ are made of semolina. They are flat, round and a bit hard. The ‘galletti’ contrast well in taste with the soft texture of the ‘bigilla’. To compliment with the ‘galletti’ and ‘bigilla’, the Maltese take a glass or two of white local wine. The ’girgentina’ is very popular with this type of snack.

‘Ìbejniet’

Another summer snack is the ‘©bejniet’. Most of the farmers rear cows but in old villages folk still keep a goat and a sheep for their daily supply of milk. Sheep’s milk is excellent to make local cheeselets, known as ‘©bejniet’. These are available either fresh (friski), half-dried (moxxi) and peppered (tal-bΩar). The most popular ones are the peppered ones. They are placed on a small bowl and eaten accompanied by a piece of local bread, tomatoes, and olives. Sometimes instead of ‘©bejniet’ rikotta is used. This is a typical Mediterrean product which is sometimes home-made. The Maltese wash down these delicacies with strong local wine.


LIVING IN MALTA & GOZO

MALTA ARTS FESTIVAL: 30 JUNE 14 JULY, 8 AUGUST 2013

THE MALTA ARTS FESTIVAL IS REACHING ITS EIGHTH EDITION, A STRING OF SUCCESSES THAT ANNUALLY PROVIDE A VARIED PROGRAMME OF THEATRE, MUSIC, DANCE AND VISUAL ARTS. A SERIES OF UNIQUE VENUES STAGE SUCH EVENTS, INCLUDING VALLETTA'S OLD OPERA HOUSE RUINS AND FLORIANA'S ARGOTTI GARDENS.

Images: Top - Kronos; Top right - Puerto Flamenco © Darre

This year promises to be another memorable festival with the participation of Puerto Flamenco, Random Dance, the Kronos Quartet and Shakespeare's Globe which returns with The Taming of the Shrew. Big Band Brothers return in Ftakar 3, with lyrics by Joe Friggieri. Darirari, a Cirku Malta production, will feature professional international circus performers, local artists and craftsmen - a nouveau cirque with a Mediterranean timbre - theatre, fireworks, water, carnival, digital arts, magic and music.

Gwerra, Familti u Ommi, a monologue by Scicluna harks back to WWII whilst Two R Apartment is performed by Israeli dancers Sheinfeld and Oren Laor. Check out Camilleri-Lucini Duo flute and guitar recital, New Choral Singers's performance Viva Ve Christine Zerafa's piano recital, the Dh Youssef concert, Malta Philharmonic Orche performances, and the first-ever concert by European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) in M

This year's Festival hosts a series of worksh and residences as follows: by Kronos Qua open to string quartets; by Shakespeare's G open to directors and actors; by member Wayne McGregor/Random Dance open for danc

Image: Wayne Marshall © Darren Zammit Lupi

Image: Dhafer Youssef Image: Il generale - J. Scicluna

Listed by the UK Sunday Times Travel section in its Top 10 opera, dance and arts 2011 festivals in Europe, the Malta Arts Festival is a member of the European Festivals Association and supported by the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts. Visit maltaartsfestival.org for more information.


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PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 30 June and 1 July

Isla Puerto Flamenco Venue: Pjazza Teatru Rjal – Valletta Time: 21:00 Entrance: €20, Conc. €15

30 June, 1 and 2 July

Kronos Quartet Residency Three-day residency for string quartets Venue: University of Malta, Valletta Campus – Valletta Participation: €400 Observers: €30

2 July to 31 July

SWIM fragile interventions A visual arts exhibition curated by Austin Camilleri Venue: Maritime Museum - Birgu Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 to 16:30 Entrance: Free

2 July

40th Anniversary Celebration – Kronos Quartet Venue: Pjazza Teatru Rjal – Valletta Time: 21:00 Entrance: €25, Conc. €20

2 and 4 July

Shakespeare Workshop A two-session Workshop with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Venue: M Space – Msida Participation: €15 per session / €25 for both sessions

3 and 4 July

The Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Venue: Argotti Gardens - Floriana Time: 21:00 Entrance: €25, Conc. €20

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Pino Room s Niv the , The erdi!, hafer estra y the Malta

5 July

20th-Century Harpsichord The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Venue: President’s Palace Courtyard – Valletta Time: 21:00 Entrance: €20, Conc. €15

6 July

Viva Verdi! The New Choral Singers Venue: President’s Palace Courtyard – Valletta Time: 21:00 Entrance: Free

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6 July

Camilleri-Lucini Duo: ‘East meets West’ A flute and guitar recital by Fiorella Camilleri and Luca Lucini Venue: Ambassadors Room, Auberge de Castille - Valletta Time: 11:00 Entrance: Free

Image: FAR - © Ravi Deepres

6, 7, and 8 July

Gwerra, Familti…u Ommi A monologue written and performed by Pino Scicluna Venue: Couvre Porte - Birgu Time: 21:00 Entrance: €20, Conc. €15

7 July

Ftakar 3 Big Band Brothers Venue: Pjazza Teatru Rjal – Valletta Time: 21:00 Entrance: €20, Conc. €15

9, 11, and 12 July

DARIRARI Cirku Malta Venue: National Park Theatre – Ta Qali Time: 21:00 Entrance: €10, Conc. €5, under 16 free entrance

10 July

Dhafer Youssef – 4tet Venue: President’s Palace Courtyard – Valletta Time: 21:00 Entrance: €20, Conc. €15

10 and 11 July

Two Room Apartment Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor Dance Projects Venue: Phoenicia Hotel Ballroom, Valletta Time: 21:00 Entrance: €25, Conc. €20

10 and 11 July

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance Workshop for Da Conducted by members of Random Dance comp Venue: University of Malta Dance Studios – San Participants: €80 Observers: €30

13 July

Christine Zerafa Piano Recital Emerging Artists Series Venue: Ambassadors Room, Auberge de Castille Time: 11:00 Entrance: Free

13 July

FAR Wayne McGregor | Random Dance Venue: Pjazza Teatru Rjal - Valletta Time: 21:00 Entrance: €25, Conc. €20

14 July

Closing Concert Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Venue: Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valle Time: 21:00 Entrance: €30, 25, Conc. €20

8 August

European Union Youth Orchestra In Collaboration with V.18 Venue: Pjazza Teatru Rjal - Valletta Time: 21:00 Entrance: €25, Conc. €20

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THE MALTESE BOAT

- THE DGÓAJSA

Image: Regatta - © DOI

The Grand Harbour, Malta’s chief port, has many tourist attractions. One of these is no doubt the ‘Dg˙ajsa’, the Malta traditional passenger boat. According to hearsay, the origins of this boat go back to the times of the Phoenicians. Some are of the opinion that this boat is older than the gondola. They also say that as it is lighter than its Venetian cousin it can go faster. Together with the ‘karozzin’ and the eight-pointed cross, it is one of Malta’s symbols. Due to a lack of an adequate quai inside the Grand Harbour, many Maltese boat rowers (barklori) earned a living by carrying, on their passenger boats, British sailors to and from their Royal Navy ships. The sailors of the British Royal Navy are now part of history. The ‘dg˙ajsa’ still survived thanks to Grand Harbour rowing clubs which compete against each other twice a year – Freedom Day (31st March) and the National Regatta (8th September) races. These races, which have been organised since the times of the knights, are very popular with the Maltese.

Image: Regatta - © DOI

The ‘dg˙ajsa’ used to generate lots of work particularly in places around the Grand Harbour’s historical cities, namely in Senglea and Vittoriosa. But the chief ‘dg˙ajsa’ builders centre was found at Kalkara, the Vittoriosa neighbouring village. Along the shore of this village there were many ‘dg˙ajsa’ craft centres/shops. Walking along the shore one could enjoy oneself watching these people at work. It was an entreprise which used to be inherited from father to son. In former days the ‘dg˙ajsa’ used to be powered by men rowing two wooden oars. These ‘barklori’ were usually well built people. By time these oars were replaced by outboard engines. The ‘dg˙ajjes’ (plural form of dg˙ajsa) still cross the waters of the Grand Harbour. A trip around the Grand Harbour’s many creeks is a wonderful experience both in the morning or at night.

Image: Dg˙ajsa trips in Grand Harbour - © IMPACT PR


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The July 2013 issue of MALTA & GOZO DAY BY DAY

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