The Victoria International Arts Festival has established itself as the longest-running Festival of its kind on the Maltese islands. For its 19th edition, between Wednesday 8th June and Monday 11th July 2016, a series of 35 concerts, together with exhibitions, master classes, and specialised talks will be presented. This five-week period of uninterrupted musical and cultural activity will attract tourists and music-lovers to visit Gozo specifically for the Festival. The opening and closing concerts of the Festival will see the participation of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Prof. Joseph Vella, the Artistic Director of the Festival. The concerts, which will take place all over Victoria, comprise: chamber ensembles of various and diverse formations, soloists, choirs, big bands, orchestras, and more. No fewer than 20 different countries from all over the world will be respresented and over 600 performers will be taking part. All concerts and cultural events will be offered to the public free of charge.