Enjoy Music And Art In Malta This Summer
This summer, Malta’s capital city Valletta and its picturesque Grand Harbour play host to three festivals celebrating music, art and culture, and the nearby Phoenicia Hotel, set beside the city’s bastions and boasting sensational views, is just a short stroll away from the heart of the action, providing the perfect base from which to enjoy the exciting events.
Music lovers will enjoy Ghanafest, which celebrates Malta’s Mediterranean folk music – taking place from the 4th – 6th June in the stunning Argotti Gardens in nearby Floriana, which features a selection of beautiful plants and botanic displays. Hosted by the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts, Ghanafest is a fabulous three-day festival featuring local bands and songwriters as well as various workshops, a children’s programme and traditional Maltese food.
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For artistic types, the Malta Arts Festival will take place in various venues across Valletta from the 1st – 24th July and fans can experience a showcase of music, theatre, dance, visual arts and a variety of cultures which celebrate all things art!
Jazz lovers can enjoy the Malta Jazz Festival, taking place at the Ta’ Liesse in the Grand Harbour from 15th – 17th July where you can celebrate the best of jazz; including music from Grammy-nominee artist Mike Stern Band, award-winning saxophonist Joshua Redman from the Joshua Redman Double Trio, along with a selection of renowned jazz performers from across the globe.
And if that’s not enough, there are also some fantastic concerts at Malta’s ‘The Granaries’ venue which is just 100 meters away from the Phoenicia, with Joseph Calleja, Malta’s wonderful opera tenor, on 24th July, legendary rock-star Rod Stewart on 3rd August and the one and only Elton John on 26th September.
Whichever festival or concert takes your fancy, the historic Phoenicia Hotel is the ideal location. Recently refurbished and boasting a stylish interior with an art-deco influence the hotel boasts 128 bedrooms and eight suites, a choice of bars and restaurants, including the award-winning Phoenix restaurant, 7.5 acres of breathtaking gardens and the stunning Bastion Pool Deck which overlooks the harbour.