The fifth edition of the Maritime Senglea International Festival will be held from 12 to 15 September, 2013.
Maritime Senglea International Festival is being held under the aegis of European Destinations of Excellence and Aquatic Tourism Eden 2010. The festival also received support from the European Commission's Europe for Citizens Programme, MEUSAC, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture and Local Government, Malta Tourism Authority and several local businesses, among which are Artsphere International, Bank of Valletta plc, Coca-Cola, Palumbo shipyard and superyacht facilities, Malta Maritime Pilots, Villa del Porto, John Ripard & Son (Shipping) Ltd, Green MT, Grand Harbour Marina, Emmanuel Delicata Winemakers and Sullivan Maritime.
Four exhibitions will coincide with the festival: Shhh! Silenzio by Sicilian sculptor Cari Privitera at La Vincitrice Band Club; Exodus by the Senglea Historical Society at the Catholic Action; and two others at the Għaqda Dilettanti Sajjieda Barklori along the waterfront; and the Senglea Regatta Club at Senglea Point. Opening times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6-9 p.m.
The festival starts on 12 September when the Daugavpils Vocal Group will sing traditional Latvian songs at 4th September Square at 8.00 p.m. Dr Herrera will then preside over the official opening ceremony, which comes to an end with a performance of Kantilena, with contemporary Maltese folk music.
On Friday 13 September at 8.30 p.m. there will be a unique sacred choral concert by the Joy Gospel Singers, led by Michelle Marie Abela, on the parvis of the Our Lady of Victories Basilica. Sculptors Cari Privitera and Charles Bonnici are holding a workshop in lava stone and limestone, respectively, on Saturday 14 September from 10 a.m. to noon at 4th September Square.
The Waterfront will come to life in the evening of Saturday 14 September from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with:
• stands by the EU project partners in The Revival of Old Towns and Cities (also on Sunday evening from 6 p.m.);
• an Arts Fair, with over 40 art and craft participants working on site in a variety of genres, including painting, sculpture, ceramic, clay modelling, lace, candle and soap making, tarot reading and show of arms;
• circular rides on the Malta Fun Train around L-Isla centre and the waterfront. Departure is opposite Dar Sant'Anna;
• mural painting by Lewis Zammit on the corner with Triq San Lawrenz (also on Sunday evening from 6 p.m.); and
• Grand Harbour ferry trips on the water taxis between L-Isla, Birgu and Valletta (also on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.).
The Astra Folk Group will perform traditional folk music and dance from 6-8 p.m. and there will be four performance areas along the promenade with entertainment from 7-11 p.m. The Southern Stars Dancers, the Waterfall Dancers, the Liksme Latvian Dancers and the Lithuania Line Step Dancers will be performing at the Harbour Dance Area; Cryptic Street, Mad Hatters and The Myth are in the Maritime Rock Area; Spiteri Lucas Entertainment are in the Waterfront Pop Area; and Future Voices Choir, Gaetano Zauri con Allegria, Ramon Mangion, the Greenfields and Benny u Tonia are in the Macina Song Area.
Among the events on Sunday are a national fishing competition from 7 a.m. to noon organised by the European Federation of Sea Anglers (EFSA) - Malta; Victory Kitchen Anti aircraft re-enactments at 10 a.m., 10.45 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. by the Malta Command WWII and Senglea Drama Group; Ocean racing kayaking from 10.30 a.m. to noon by the Malta Canoeing Federation; a static exhibition of 18- to 30-foot powerboats by the Malta Powerboat Association from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., following a fund run starting in St Paul's Bay;
Trials and demonstrations of sea kayaking by the Seakats from 2-3 p.m.; a kids' area, Children's Come-Along, from 4.30 p.m. onwards with bouncy castle, toys and games on the promenade opposite Dar Sant'Anna (also on Saturday); a greasy pole competition by the Msida Ġostra from 4.30-6 p.m.; and a parade and display by the Msida Sea Scouts and Band from 6-7 p.m.
There are three performance areas along the promenade with entertainment from 7-10 p.m. The Lithuania Line Step Dancers and the Liksme Latvian Dancers will be performing at the Harbour Dance Area; the Sta Maria Accordion Band and the Police Musical Group are in the Waterfront Band Area; and the Aurora Folk Group and L- Għannejja are in the Macina Traditional Area.
Traditional Maltese food is being offered throughout the Festival by all local eateries along the Waterfront including Alice Springs Kiosk, D'Breeze, Enchante, Il-Ħnejja, Marina u Tal-Barklor.
For more information call 21662424 / 27013004 or visit www.maritimesenglea.com.