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GhanaFest 2012

Malta Mediterranean Folk Music Festival.

On the 8, 9 and 10 June 2012, the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts will present a fabulous concert series of Mediterranean folk roots at 7pm at the Argotti Gardens, Floriana. Maltese ghana - Maltese folksong, as well as music from Morocco, Greece and Spain come together for GHANAFEST 2012. The festival will also host a series of workshops on traditional instruments and a special programme for children. A wonderful event for the whole family complemented by traditional Maltese food and the marvellous surroundings of the Argotti Botanical Gardens in Floriana.

GHANAFEST offers a unique opportunity to experience the different styles of ghana. Besides Maltese folk music, the festival presents a programme of local musicians and ensembles. This category includes the Nisga Project with an up-beat programme of World Music, Middle Eastern influences, Flamenco, Jazz and local traditional instruments. Another ethnic combo is Hamam, led by Andrew Alamango featureing musicians from Malta, Italy and Turkey. This year’s programme will also present a selection of Marci tal-Festa which constitute an important part of Malta music heritage.

Three extraordinary international bands from Morocco, Greece and Madrid have been invited to participate in this year’s edition of GHANAFEST. Violinist Jamal Ouassini from Tangier - Morocco is an international exponent of Arab-Andalusian music. He is also the director of the Orchestra Arab-Andalusa of Tangier which has been invited to perform in major festivals around the world. Greekadelia duo presents an eclectic concert of folksong from the rural areas of Greece to live looping and electronic music arrangements. The programme includes Greek laouto performance, ethnic chants, Thracian and Macedonian upbeat dances, archaic love songs from Asia Minor and harsh tunes of the mountainous areas of Epirus, Roumeli and Peloponnesus. Zoobazar from Madrid, Spain is a powerful Mediterranean-fusion band. They are known for their strong live concerts that involve the audience with a vibrant performance. Their programme does not focus on one music tradition but shifts across various Mediterranean cultures, from Iberian folk to Balkan music, Turkish music, Middle Eastern traditional music, North African music, Flamenco as well as Rock, Funk and Jazz influences.

The cultural unit within the Ministry for Gozo is collaborating with the Council for Culture and the Arts to host a programme in Gozo. This is a wonderful opportunity to extend GHANAFEST and create a new platform for the festival. On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of June, the weekend prior to the official programming of the festival, GHANAFEST will present a full programme of ghana and Maltese music in Victoria, Gozo.

The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts is also collaborating with MCAST to endorse a public art-piece in relationship to GHANAFEST. As part of a study unit related to site-specific public art, MCAST Institute of Art and Design fine arts students are working on an assignment entitled Gheruq - Roots, and inspired by the various elements embodying this year festival – colours and forms, culinary traditions, folklore and music. The students started this 16-week task by researching the various cultures represented in this year’s festival. They then proceeded with creating original public art which will be exhibited in St. Anne Square, corner between Tower Road and the Strand, in Sliema during the first week of June. This collaboration is also supported by the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs.

GHANAFEST - Malta Mediterranean Folk Music Festival 2012 is supported by the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts and the Ministry for Tourism, the Environment and Culture. Sponsors of the festival include Go, MSV Life, Marsovin and the Phoenicia Hotel.

The Festival will be held on the 8, 9 and 10 June 2012 at 7pm, Argotti Gardens, Floriana within walking distance from Valletta.

Tickets at 3 euros and 7 euros for a three day block ticket available at the door.

Parking available at the Floriana Boy Scouts headquarters, right next to the venue.