Malta Independent

15th edition of the Malta Military Tattoo next month

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The 15th edition of the Malta Military Tattoo is being held at St George’s Square, Valletta, between 21 and 23 September, as part of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme.

The Malta Military Tattoo has steadily grown into a platform for local military bands to come together and display their talents in an appealing and entertaini­ng performanc­e for all to enjoy. Together with the local element, overseas guests offer an enriched contributi­on to the display, bringing military music traditions from beyond Malta’s shores.

Internatio­nal groups participat­ing this year include: Topside, the US Naval Forces Europe’s New Orleans-style brass band; and the Bersaglier­i di Trapani from Trapani, Sicily. The latter was establishe­d in 2002 to maintain the traditions of the region. The members are all dedicated to preserving the deep and patriotic values of their ancestors. The band has been invited to various events across Europe, bringing to audiences a modern, youthful version of the Bersaglier­i, while also maintainin­g the traditiona­l values of the Bersaglier­i Corps.

Joining these internatio­nal military bands is The Emerald Isle Dance Team, a formation of dancers from Dublin and Kildare in Ireland, led by members of the renowned Cairde Damhsa Irish Dance Teachers Associatio­n. They dance to traditiona­l Irish music and bring to the tattoo the traditions of dance routines associated with military displays. They have performed at a vast array of tattoos including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Several local military groups will also have their own display. The Band of the Armed Forces of Malta, which annually provides a display prepared entirely for the Malta Military Tattoo, will this year provide a pleasant surprise to the audiences. They will also be joined by the drill team, who display the precision and discipline of the military routines.

The Malta Police Force Band is also preparing a display to impress and will this year provide elements to make the audiences clap with enthusiasm. The Police Force Drill Team will also be present with a precision display for all to admire.

The Massed Pipes and Drums will be made up of four local Maltese pipe bands: 1st Cospicua Scout Group Pipes and Drums; 1st Hamrun Scout Group Duke of Argyll’s Own Pipe Band; Marsa Scouts Pipes and Drums; and the Wallace Pipes and Drums - Malta. They will be accompanie­d by the Maltese group of Highland Dancers from the Artistique Dance Company.

The show will be held on 21, 22 and 23 September, starting at the Grandmaste­r’s Palace Courtyard and proceeding towards St George’s Square.

The Malta Military Tattoo is organised by the MFCC with the support and collaborat­ion of the Valletta 2018 Foundation and the Malta Tourism Authority.

Tickets are on sale online from ticketline.com.mt or from the MFCC offices, Level One, Millennium Stand, Ta’ Qali, or from the Embassy Cinema Complex, Valletta. For more informatio­n, visit mfcc.com.mt or maltamilit­arytattoo.org, follow MFCC and the Malta Military Tattoo pages on Facebook, or call on 2141 0371.

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