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VALLETTA INTERNATIONAL BAROQUE FESTIVAL As we move closer to Valletta 18 when our beautiful and unique capital will be European capital of Culture the significance of the Valletta International Baroque Festival in this scenario becomes more important and plans are in formation to have more music by Maltese composers of the 17th and 18th Centuries; Benigno Zerafa, Geronimo Abos and Francesco Azzopardi to mention just a few.


12 l 13 No less than four great religious works are to be performed in this festival. The monumental Bach B Minor Mass by the English Concert under the baton of the celebrated Harry Bicket at St John’s Co Cathedral on Monday 13th is definitely the most splendiferous of all followed by Handel’s Messiah by the local Goldberg and Anon Ensembles directed by Michael Laus on Friday the 10th, a special Bach meets Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with international star countertenor Max Emmanuel Cencic on the 21st January and Monteverdi’s Vespers on the 18th of January. We placed the Vespers last as they will be performed by the newly formed festival ensemble whose patron is no less than the living legend of baroque performance Dame Emma Kirkby. We are confident that the Valletta International Baroque Festival Ensemble will proudly carry the name of Malta and the festival in performances not necessarily within the festival alone but also throughout the calendar both in Malta and overseas. This development is a natural consequence of a successful festival. The festival runs from the 10th to the 26th January 2014 in Valletta venues like the Painted Salon of the Museum of Archaeology, the former Auberge de France. The Hall of St Michael and St George at the Presidential Palace. The churches of St Nicholas, St Catherine’s, Ta Giezu and the Anglican Cathedral and St John’s Co Cathedral but the alma mater is our own beloved Teatru Manoel built in 1731 and still going strong as the living heart of culture in Malta. Booking online; www.vallettabaroquefestival.com.mt Email; bookings@teatrumanoel.com.mt Tel 00356 21 246389

Images: left: Teatru Manoel Auditorium top: Beatrice Martin © Teatru Manoel

The 2014 Festival promises to be even more varied than last years in the sense that we are experimenting, along with the Centre de la Musique de Versailles, with a production, with life-sized marionettes, of a parodie of Rameau’s Hypolite et Aricie; an opera which in its day sprang to immediate popularity so much so that as in all things that become household words, the witty and the creative could not help taking the mickey out of it. This revival by Versailles will be given its world premier in the Manoel Theatre over the initial weekend; Saturday the 11th in the evening, a Toi Toi event on Sunday morning followed by a matinee at 5pm and a special school performance on Monday morning.


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Handel’s Messiah. The Jesuit Church, Valletta. 19:30.

Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 Hippolyte and Aricie Opera by Rameau. Manoel Theatre, Valletta. (Saturday - 20:30 Sunday – 17:00). Monday 13

Mass in B Minor by Johann S. Bach. St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta. 19:30.

Tuesday 14

The Six Bradenburg Concertos by Johann S. Bach. Manoel Theatre, Valletta. 19:30.

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Creation, Battles and Concertos by Johann S. Bach. Manoel Theatre, Valletta. 19:30.

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Galerie de Portraits by Rameau. The Jesuit Church, Valletta. 19:30.

Friday 17

Baroque on High Sea. Manoel Theatre, Valletta. 19:30.

Saturday 18

Johann S. Bach – Goldberg Variations / Transcription by Gjorgji Cincievski for double bass.

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All Souls Church, Valletta. 12:00.

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Saturday 18

Vespers by Monteverdi. St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valletta. 19:30.

Sunday 19

Mandolin Baroque Music – Instrumental Neapolitan Music from the 17th & 18th century. President’s Palace, Valletta. 11:30.

Sunday 19

Toi Toi Baroque – workshop for children. Manoel Theatre, Valletta. 15:00.

Sunday 19

Sweet Stay Awhile – Dowland’s Melanchoic Ayres. St. Catherine’s Church, Valletta. 17:00.

Sunday 19

Tribute to Rameau. All Souls Church, Valletta. 19:00.

Monday 20

Music from the Habsburg Court. Manoel Theatre, Valletta. 19:30.

Tuesday 21

Bach meets Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valletta. 19:30.

Wednesday 22

Coffee with Venus by Valletta Baroque Festival Ensemble. President’s Palace, Valletta. 19:30.

Thursday 23

Airs Enchantee by Rameau. Manoel Theatre, Valletta. 19:30.

Friday 24

Music by Vivaldi, Boccherini & Giuliani. All Souls Church, Valletta. 19:30.

Saturday 25

Lords and Masters. St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valletta. 11:00.

Saturday 25

Baroque Festival Ball. Manoel Theatre, Valletta. 21:00.

Sunday 26

In Bach’s Footsteps. Church of St. Catherine d’Italie, Valletta. 12:30.

Sunday 26

Toi Toi Baroque – workshop for children. Manoel Theatre, Valletta. 15:00.

Sunday 26

Villians and Lovers from the operas of Rameau & Handel. President’s Palace, Valletta. 17:30.

www.vallettabaroquefestival.org


LIVING IN MALTA & GOZO A PLACE IN THE SUN Malta and Gozo are becoming increasingly popular locations for the purchase or rental of second homes. Situated at the very heart of the Mediterranean Sea, with easy access from all major cities in Europe, North Africa and neighbouring states, the Islands have many advantages to offer, including the following:

WHY MALTA • An excellent climate with pleasant all year round weather. • Genuinely friendly and hospitable people who will make it easy to integrate within the local community. • Very low levels of crime which make Malta one of the safest places in the region. • A member of the European Union since 2004, Malta is an independent republic enjoying political stability. • English is one of the two official languages of the Islands and is spoken fluently by everyone. • The Island boasts a high standard of hospital and medical services, both private and public. • Excellent schooling, often exceeding international standards, with a choice of English-speaking schools and University. • A relatively low cost of living. • A stable property market offering a wide variety of properties in all price ranges, and good prospects for capital growth. These, together with an abundance of historical and cultural attractions, crystal clear seas, a variety of sporting facilities (including world class diving) and a lively calendar of events, make these Islands a favourite for those seeking their dream ‘Place in the Sun'. Moreover, the residency conditions are very attractive and include a favourable tax regime and the absence of Rates or Council taxes.

The Tritons’ at Valletta

FLYING TIMES Malta – London 3.05hrs Malta – Frankfurt 2.35hrs Malta – Rome 1.15hrs

Malta – Amsterdam 3.05hrs Malta – Paris 2.35hrs Malta – Cairo 2.25hrs

PURCHASE OF PROPERTY BY NON-MALTESE BUYERS It is quite easy for a non-Maltese to purchase property in Malta and Gozo. Naturally, some conditions apply including certain restrictions regarding the minimum value of property that can be purchased and the use that the buyer will make of the property. Some buyers may also require a special permit.

MORE INFORMATION For further information and assistance, we recommend that you contact one of the excellent local Estate Agents who can offer professional guidance and advice to help you make the best choice.

If you are an expatriate living in Malta or Gozo...

you may regularly receive a link to the online version of this monthly magazine in your email. Simply e-mail us on: info@impactpr.com.mt

Anyone visiting Malta returns home with a photo by the Tritons’ Fountain. Any time of the day, you walk past the fountain you find people having photos taken by this landmark. Just outside the main entrance to Valletta one finds one of the biggest fountains in Malta. This was designed by a leading 20th century Maltese sculptor Vincent Apap. The sculptor created this design after being inspired by ‘Fontana delle Naidi’ in Rome’s ‘Piazza della Republica’. The design was awarded first prize in a competition which was held in 1953. Work on this fountain started two years later.


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Fountain Images: left © www.viewingmalta.com top: Mario Galea © www.viewingmalta.com bottom: Josef P. Willems © www.viewingmalta.com

Image: © Melvin Bugeja

The fountain consists of three large mythological tritons which carry a large heavy basin on one of their hands. On this basin, water jets create a cone shaped water movement. This gives elegance and majesty to the fountain. The fountain was first operated on May 16, 1959. It was never officially inaugurated because there was no Maltese government in place at that time. During those days the water jets were lighted by coloured lamps. This was pleasant to the eye and no wonder the fountain became a major attraction. The fountain enriched the entrance to Valletta and even gave a sense of beauty to the main bus terminus. It became a symbol of Valletta and is featured on many postcards. Nowadays, the fountain is still in good working condition and enriches the surrounding area especially the fortified Valletta walls. All the water jets are now lit in one colour – white. Surely one cannot miss a visit to this landmark.


LIVING IN MALTA & GOZO

Image: A typical tray of patata l-forn just baked Š IMPACT PR

Patata l-Forn - Maltese Roast Potatoes It is a tradition that on Sundays, families in Malta would take their Roast and Baked Potatoes to be cooked at the local bakery. Bakeries would operate entirely on wood fuel. Food never tasted as good as it did cooked that way.


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Image: © Melvin Bugeja

Patata l-forn is a traditional Maltese dish and to this day it is still among the top favourites for Sunday lunch and family gatherings. The main ingredients of this dish are onions, potatoes and pork chops. It only requires very little preparation and is very easy to do. All you have to do is peel and slice the onions and potatoes and add the pork chops with seasonings and water. As in most traditional cooking, the trick is to let it take its time. Strangely enough, the Maltese refer to this dish simply as baked potatoes or patata l-forn, even though meat is one of the main ingredients. But, the potatoes seasoned with fennel and other spices and blended with the juice of the pork acquire such a delicious taste, that they are so irresistible and appetizing that the temptation is more to eat these mouth-watering roasted potatoes than the baked pork chops themselves! In the past, housewives used to line up at their local bakery early in the morning, holding their large Sunday dish covered with a clean tea-towel, for the Sunday food bake. A metal numbered tag was attached to the dish, while its corresponding tag was given to the owner of the dish. This tradition is still alive in certain villages in Malta. Undoubtedly, this dish cooked in the baker’s oven, is more enticing, the aroma is outstanding and the taste is distinct from that baked in our domestic ovens. This meal is best served with fresh Maltese crusty bread. Images: top - typical baker’s oven © Nenu The Artisan Baker bottom: Blazing flames inside the baker’s oven © IMPACT PR


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