The 18th Edition of the Victoria International Arts Festival will take place between 10th June and 13th July. The Festival is the longest-running artistic activity on the Maltese islands, spanning five weeks of uninterrupted, high-powered musical activity, with no fewer than 33 concerts every evening. The Festival occurs at a period which heralds the summer months, and brings to Gozo over 600 musicians and their accompanists to spend time on the island.
Prof. Mro Joseph Vella, the Festival's artistic director, has announced that this year 17 different countries will be represented, to include Malta and Gozo, with musicians coming over from nearby Sicily to far-flung South Korea and Australia. Concerts, which in the majority are of a classical nature, include soloists, duos/trios/quartets, chamber ensembles of varying combinations, big bands, choirs, and full symphony orchestras. In fact, both the opening concert on Wednesday 10th June and the closing one on Monday 13th July will see the participation of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Vella. Over 150 composers will be performed, to include works specifically commissioned to be premiered during the Festival. A special feature is the inclusion of a 5-day mini-Festival of Baroque music within the larger framework.
Concerts will be performed in different venues all over Victoria, to include St George's Basilica, Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia, Il-Ħaġar Museum, St Augustine Church, the Bishop's Curia, St Francis Church, and others. Apart from daily concerts, master classes in eight disciplines are held, during which up-and-coming Maltese students are given an opportunity to gain experience and tuition from experts both from Malta and abroad. This year, well-known artist Mark Sagona will also be presenting an exhibition of his works at Il-Ħaġar Museum.
A feature unique only to the Victoria International Arts Festival is that all concerts are presented to the public free of charge.
Victoria International Arts Festival is sponsored through a Cultural Partnership Agreement with the Government of Malta.
For more information visit: http://www.viaf.org.mt