The Malta Jazz Festival, which is one of the longest running and highly-acclaimed festivals organized by the Malta Arts Council, is back with a new format under the artistic direction of Sandro Zerafa. The 26th edition of the festival intends to create a vibrant jazz atmosphere all around Valletta. The events of Thursday night have been shifted from Ta' Liesse to Valletta centre with free concerts featuring headliners. The festival also strives to reach out to wider and younger audiences.
The programme for this summer is highly eclectic and will feature a diversity of styles. "The jazz world is constantly evolving. And so is the Malta Jazz Festival. With one foot in the past and another one in the future, we keep adjusting to contemporary trends whilst respecting tradition, " said artistic director Sandro Zerafa. The festival, like previous years, will include some of the most significant bands/ musicians in the music sector such as Mike Stern/ Bill Evans band, Snarky Puppy and Omer Avital.