Earth Garden Festival 2013

Not just an Event, but an Experience.

Earth Garden Festival returns after a sabbatical of one year for its sixth edition with a 3 day Festival starting on Friday 31st May until Sunday 2nd of June 2013 at Ta Qali National Park. This was announced at a Press Conference held on Tuesday 30 April 2013 at Medasia Fusion Lounge, Gzira.

The previous editions of Earth Garden have seen this festival grow in terms of attendance, artists participation, performers, organization and production. This has been reconfirmed when the first weekend of June has been set as the permanent date for Earth Garden Festival in the national cultural calendar. This festival remains the local green finger festival that voices care for the environment through Arts, Music and Culture in a holistic way attracting both locals and foreigners to take part in a unique experience on the island of Malta.

Earth Garden in collaboration with the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change has selected its environmental theme for this edition of the Festival to be air quality under the EU slogan Every breath we take.  We reiterate that the choice of this theme is not of a propagandistic nature.  On the contrary this will serve as a tool to create awareness amongst the Maltese and Gozitans, of all ages, on the importance of an issue that relates directly to environmental health and quality of life that is of concern to each and every one of us, expressed Hon. Minister Leo Brincat.


Earth Garden has missed the yearly appointment last year due to lack of funding, giving the organizers time to enhance further the production and come up with new ideas, keeping the festival unique and avant-garde, Year after year the attendance and production costs have grown considerably. After a substantial peak in 2011 we knew we had to upscale further, but unfortunately funds fell short. We preferred to keep back for a year and make sure our next edition would be bigger and better, said Howard Keith, one of the organisers.

Earth Garden will again feature two main areas, The Greek Theatre Main Stage and the Open Village which includes The Roots Stage, The Electronic Sphere, Camping Area, The Remissa Chill-out Corner, the Why Not Jamming Area, The Arts Area, Ethnic Market and the Kids Area.

This years edition will see a slight change, as there will be a minimal pre-paid entrance fee of 5 euros that will be charged to enter the festivals Open Village. This fee covers the entrance for the three days, including the admission on Friday evening, a new addition to the festival. The Greek Theatre Main Stage will be as in previous editions with a pre-paid 15 euros entrance fee per show. All 15 euros tickets include access to the Open Village for all 3 days.  The Camping Area, which has been increased in footprint, is already sold out.

On Friday 31st May the festival kicks off at 8pm with a bang. Juuls, well known for their vibrant reggae events, will be hosting the opening party for the festival. In addition to the reggae tunes spinning all night there will be a live performance by Mana Tapu possibly Malta most international band, which will surely set the pace to the start of the much-awaited sixth edition of Earth Garden!  All this is happening within the Open Village at the Roots Stage. The Electronic Sphere will be hosted by Espionage. The Greek Theatre will also be lit up on Friday evening with a two and a half hour live show that will give a tribute to the classic rock album by Pink Floyd – The Wall. This will feature some of Malta top singers and musicians, a choir and acting talents carefully chosen to pay tribute to Pink Floyds style of performance and musical ability.

Tribali returns to the Greek Theatre on Saturday 1st June, featuring various guests, surprises and some new songs added to their fantastic repertoire. Following a fantastic year where Tribali album won best album at the Malta Music Awards, as well as an unexpected no.7 ranking for one of the top instrumental world music albums of 2012, the band promises this night to be a performance highlight for this summer. The Roots Stage, where 16 acts will be performing throughout the festival, will feature the Spanish, Latin rhythmic band Este Mundo, Kazin Ska, Toubeki, Martin McNeil and The Dissidents, Nisga, Keltika, Liam and The New Victorians. The Electronic Sphere will feature the world famous Boom Shankar from Germany as well as local renowned names such as Soul Kontakt, Duncan F, Moodshifter, Rod Minus and Anther.

On Sunday 2nd June, Earth Garden has a new and exciting addition to complete the circle of cultural activities, back from a successful US tour, YADA will be producing a dance show aptly named The Summer of Love Woodstock Edition. Directed and produced by Felix Busuttil, a large company of dancers will dance to an original show with music by Bob Dylan, Donna Summer, The Beatles, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Janice Joplin, The Monkees and with music from the acclaimed musical HAIR.  The Roots Stage in the Open Village will feature the UK female band – Moulettes who have been described by The Guardian UK as the frontrunners of the new British acoustic scene thanks to their sophisticated, unpredictable approach, matching exquisite female harmony vocals against complex, swirling backing of their instruments. Other performing artists include Zalza Kukkanja, Irie Flo, Stalko, Manu Tapu, Fellow Fish, The Creepers as well as the Busker. The Electronic Sphere will be hosted by Perpendicular featuring Slim, Carl Lautier, Mato and Danjeli.

Another new addition to Earth Garden is the Remissa Corner, which will be a chill out area under the trees decorated with hammocks, cushions and shisha where festival-goers can relax and enjoy a selection of music. Live acts such as the Medieval Mdina festival highlight of this year, Bibita showcasing instruments such as the lute and the dulcimer, will be also present in this area.

The Why Not Jamming Area captures the roots of Earth Garden Festival, this is where it all started. We are ecstatic that the Festival has grown to such a big festival with a professional set-up. Nonetheless we are proud that Earth Garden has an area that recaptures the amateur spirit where artists freely express themselves, recalls Reuben Spiteri, another member of the organising team.

The ever-popular Ethnic Market will entice the festival crowd with a visual spectacle provided by various market vendors displaying a cornucopia of ethnic items, conjuring up a feast of colours. In the Holistic Section one can find various educational stands, NGOs and workshops.

The Festival site will have various food stalls offering a variety of food such as Mexican, Sushi, Crepes, Barbeque, Moroccan as well as a, Sweets and Slush Ice-cream stall.



The organizers remind the public that Greek Theatre Ticket holders will be allowed access the Open Village for all the 3 days, whilst children under 15 accompanied by an adult will be allowed free entrance.

The sixth Edition of Earth Garden Festival is supported by FCM BANK, the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Cisk Export Premium Lager, V18, Vamp and Bay Radio.

Online tickets can be bought from www.ooii.com.mt

Official Earth Garden Ticket outlets are Exit,  Jubilee Valletta, Jubilee Gzira, FCM Bank, Why Not, Juuls St. Julians, Paperclips Msida, Exit Paola, Zion Marsaskala, Angka Cafe Marsa, Saqqaja Kiosk Rabat, Remissa Pub St. Pauls Bay, Pit Stop Kiosk  Xemxija, The Chef Mellieha, Just Deserts, Jubilee, Mojos Gozo.

Earth Garden Info line and Ticket Hotline 79948529.  We invite you to visit our website www.earthgarden.com.mt

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