Teatru Astra and BOV launch 12th edition of Festival Mediterranea
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The 12th edition, Festival Mediterranea, with the support of Bank of Valletta, will be presenting Giuseppe Verdi’s opera ‘Otello’ as the highlight of this Gozitan cultural collaboration.
This year’s festival was officially launched during a press conference which was addressed by Charles Borg, Chief Executive Officer at BOV, Festival Mediterranea Chairman Michael Formosa and Prof. Mro Joseph Vella, the festival’s music director.
This festival of music and arts is a feast for culture-vultures, bringing together a number of performers to complete this programme of events. The variety of events lined up for visitors will give them the opportunity to get a close view of the seven thousand year-long history of Gozo.
Charles Borg recalled the origins of this festival and what is has contributed year after year to the cultural diary of the Maltese islands, “Over the years, this festival has continued to grow thanks to the tireless efforts of the people involved that continue to raise the bar from one edition to the next. Bank of Valletta is proud to collaborate on such a project, because we are strong believers that a stronger knowledge of one’s culture helps people grow and reach higher.”
He concluded by saying, “This Festival has an important role to play because it nurtures our knowledge of Gozo’s rich history.”
Michael Formosa explained that the Festival is borne by two primary goals – fostering deeper appreciation of local culture amongst those residing in Malta and Gozo, whilst serving as an added attraction to the cultural tourist.
“Year after year, apart from generating substantial internal tourism, the festival is increasingly appealing to foreign visitors who are specifically coming over for the festival events.”
He went on to explain that “the Opera at Teatru Astra has established itself as a definite highlight in the Maltese cultural calendar. This year’s Otello is geared to repeat the resounding success of 2012’s Madama Butterfly.”
He added that “Teatru Astra and all the cultural activities that it animates are a monument to the reality of voluntary work. This year’s programme of events has several concerts lined up ranging from chamber to symphonic, a dance show, as well as lectures and on-site visits, covering the period of Knights’ of St John’s and celebrating Mattia Preti’s masterpieces on the island.”
“The festival also gives prominence to local traditions and trades especially those related to food and winery. An added attraction this year is visiting ‘Il-Hagar’ a state-of-the-art European funded museum as part of the complex of St George’s Basilica.” Michael Formosa concluded.
The Annual Grand Concert of the resident La Stella Philharmonic Band will conclude the twelfth edition of Festival Mediterranea.