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Pjazza Teatru Rjal

Republic Street, Valletta

Folk seems to resist a clear definition but the word itself can be traced back to the term ‘folklore’, which was coined in 1846 by English antiquarian William Thoms to describe “the traditions, customs, and superstitions of the uncultured classes”.  Uncultured classes aside, Folklore and indeed folk music still defy an exact definition.

Be that as it may, we are happy to host a very special lineup including four local acts as well as an international artist for this year’s main folk stage. Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Malta’s previous Royal Opera House, is a venue that constantly provides a diverse programme of the highest calibre and which has become Malta’s most sought after open air performance space.

Vinicio Capposela is an Italian singer-songwriter who, having worked closely with American guitarist and composer Marc Ribot, has developed a style which is akin to Tom Waits’, with whom Ribot collaborated extensively. Caposella’s other main influence is traditional Italian folk music especially that of the Irpinia region. For his highly original lyrics, Caposella is often inspired by literary sources as diverse as Geoffrey Chaucer, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Etnika is one of Malta’s leading modern folk bands founded in 2000, when they released their first album, Nafra. They obtained the Award of Music Achievement in the 2001 Malta Music Awards. The original aim of the group was to present a revival of old traditional Maltese instruments, sometimes together with contemporary ones.

Singer songwriter Claire Tonna has a voice that is referred to as a celebration of human emotions. Her music has developed with her and she loves performing live. She might not be tall but her personality is nothing short of remarkable. She never goes anywhere without a smile and all she wants to do is “to make people feel themselves and awake their beauty in Life” .

Skald is a quintet formed recently to breathe life into Maltese literature and culture with its own blend of original music. The name ‘Skald’ derives from the Maltese word ‘skalda’, meaning ‘splinter’, however, it is also the ancient Scandinavian word for a composer, who recites poems and hymns honouring heroes and their accomplishments.  The band has come to life from the foundations of Malta’s musical heritage and aspires to invigorate it with innovative musical vision.

London based but hailing from Valletta, I Am Willow is more than your average singer/songwriter. Her outstanding live performances have the power to move the audience, including Annie Lennox, with her vocals and her songwriting. Songs such as the transcendental ‘Hearts in the Night’ and ‘Oceanful,’ which “reminds us never to choose someone else’s ideals over your own,” showcase her talent to perfection.

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Notte Bianca is Malta’s biggest annual arts and culture festival. For one special night every October, Notte Bianca lights up the Valletta cityscape with a spectacular celebration that is open to the public free of charge.

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