The Malta In­ter­na­tional Choir Fes­ti­val - Where Voices Shine

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The Min­istry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Au­thor­ity said that prepa­ra­tions have com­menced for the next edition of the Malta In­ter­na­tional Choir Fes­ti­val; which will be held be­tween 2 and 5 Novem­ber, 2017.

This event has now be­come a main­stay in the Mal­tese mu­si­cal cal­en­dar and thus is very much an­tic­i­pated by all mu­sic lovers, in par­tic­u­lar those that have a fond­ness for the genre. Im­pres­sively, in each of the last edi­tions of the fes­ti­val, Malta has hosted not less than 800 in­ter­na­tional cho­ris­ters hail­ing from coun­tries as di­verse as Russia, Great Bri­tain, Italy, Poland, Spain and China.

Choirs have the choice of ei­ther par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fes­ti­val com­pet­i­tively or else choose to fol­low the non-com­pet­i­tive pro­gramme. The Fes­ti­val runs over four days strong but pro­vides choirs with a var­ied pro­gramme spread across sev­eral venues. Another im­por­tant as­pect of the fes­ti­val is the ped­a­gog­i­cal part which takes place in the form of work­shops or mas­ter­classes.

For the 2017 edition, the Fes­ti­val’s or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing that there will also be a num­ber of Mal­tese and Goz­i­tan choirs par­tic­i­pat­ing. The lo­cal pub­lic and vis­i­tors from abroad are in­vited and en­cour­aged to at­tend the per­for­mances, most of which are free of charge.

Mr Paul Bugeja, the MTA CEO, com­mented that, “events such as the Choir Fes­ti­val at­tract a large num­ber of vis­i­tors in the less pop­u­lar shoul­der months, both in terms of the ac­tual cho­ris­ters as well as ac­com­pa­ny­ing fam­ily and friends, and mu­sic en­thu­si­asts. The scale and suc­cess of this event con­tinue to con­trib­ute to­wards the in­crease of the Mal­tese Is­lands’ rep­u­ta­tion in the cul­tural sec­tor”. Mr Bugeja con­tin­ued by say­ing that the Fes­ti­val also of­fers an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for cul­tural ex­changes and for mak­ing new con­tacts be­tween the many who par­tic­i­pate.

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