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June - July

Summer Street and Online Festival, was a music festival that toured over 50 localities all over Malta, with 80 hours of music, spreading hope and unity through music and culture.

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IN THE CITY

August - September

Bringing our Capital City back to life. The Hybrid takes to Pjazza Reġina and streets within Valletta!

Are you ready for the second phase of The Hybrid Festival? Get to know more about the projects we have planned within the Valletta City walls!

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THE CROWNS LIVE IN CONCERT

9 September | 9:15PM | Pjazza Regina

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Join The Crowns live as they perform a set of original songs together with a variety of contemporary to modern classic cover versions for a vibrant concert.

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KANZUNETTA MHUX TAS-SOLDI

9 September | 8:00PM | Pjazza Regina

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Those who remember the ongoing outpour of Italian and English songs coming through their Rediffusion sets will likely also remember Gaetano Buttigieg, popularly known as Gaetano Kanta, who had the extraordinary ability to adapt that music to the Maltese language. His lyrics were not a direct translation of the original, but documented the salient social events of the 50s and 60s.

This concert, featuring numbers from Gaetano Kanta’s varied repertoire, while at the same time recounting Malta’s social history through song, will revive the memories of a mature audience and take it back in time - but for many, this material will be a first-time revelation brought back into the limelight after decades.

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ROCK VIOLIN

5 September | 9:30PM | St John Square

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Virtuoso Rock Violin is a spin off on Nadine Galea's (London-based violinist) successful international theatre touring show Silk'n Beats. Nadine collaborates with established local musicians; guitarist Marc Galea and drummer/percussionist Melchior Busuttil, in creating and performing virtuosic arrangements of classic rock songs and movie theme tunes. The high energy show includes songs such as We Will Rock You, Smells like Teen Spirit, Miserlou and Eye of the Tiger. 

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CLASSICAL FANTASY

5 September | 8:30PM | St John Square

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Classical Fantasy is a pure classical recital performed on violin and piano by upcoming musicians Bernard Curmi and Daniel Zak Borg.

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THE VIOLIN SINGS

5 September | 8:00PM | St John Square

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A violin recital presenting a varied programme by Gozitan violinist Pierre Louis Attard, accompanied by Colin Attard. The recital opens with a classical selection of lively and catchy works by Kreisler, Hubay and Busoni. Next on the programme is Morricone – sweet and elegant, even with a touch of melancholy –  marking two months since his passing away. The concert then finishes with some upbeat numbers, including a selection of some charming popular tangos.  Indeed, a programme which guarantees flow and excitement. Not to be missed!

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THE MAGICAL CITY 

2 September | 8:00PM | Pjazza Regina

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Ring 202 Malta is proud to combine the best magic and illusion artists in Malta to present a colourful evening of humorous, amazing, mind twisting magic and illusion ideal for audiences of all ages and groups.

 

A varied non-stop show including a series of performances enhanced with music and an array of magical effects presented in different styles from comedy magic to illusions. Participants will include popular local magicians including Alfred Mifsud (Magic and Equilibrism), Brian Role` (Visual Magic and Illusion), Daniel Raven (General Magic), Gwilym Bugeja (Comedy Magic), Kim Woods (Prestidigitator of elegance), Lorenzo Brincat (General Magic) and Noel D'Amato (General Magic) in alphabetical order.

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GYPSY TUNES

2 September | 7:00PM | Pjazza Regina

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From a glance, to a rose, to a kiss on the cheek; the rhythmical melodies of these gypsy tunes will surely get the audience tapping their feet. This vocal recital will combine various musical styles ranging from Spanish, Balkan and German and Jewish with a common theme: Love, spirituality and dance. Arias from Giuditta, Paganini, Zigeunerliebe will be performed. These whimsical works by Lehar and Delibes  amongst others focus on the beauty of disinhibition, liberty and perpetual youthfulness of art and musical composition.  Contrastingly, The Jewish Encounter by Ernest Bloch’s Nigun- from the second movement from Baal Shem, played on the violin will induce a spiritual elevation. This programme is not to be missed!

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BROADWAY CLASSICS

31 August | 9:15PM | Pjazza Regina

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Fun Broadway Classics performed by four highly experienced musical theatre performers, all performed live and accompanied by piano drums and bass guitar.

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THE STREET BEAT

31 August | 8:00PM | Pjazza Regina

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‘THE STREET BEAT’ is an interactive show by 12-piece band; Tikka Banda, portraying a catalyst street-band concept. Through unique musical sets presented through different percussion rhythms, Tikka Banda will create a unique atmosphere.

 

‘The Street Beat’ will be projecting musical vibes from current, pop, traditional and folk music, projected through traditional Maltese banda elements, modern-twisted musical arrangements, up-beat percussion rhythms and movement.

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INTRODUCING GILBERT & SIOBHAN

29 August | 9:00PM | Pjazza Regina

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A performance featuring a mixture of original and cover songs that discuss a rollercoaster of emotions. The original songs were written in English by Gilbert Gauci during the COVID 19 period, based on personal experiences. The music is produced in collaboration with Matteo Depares a Maltese producer based in London. The songs will be exclusively debuted during The Hybrid Festival with acoustic renditions.

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THE ADVENTURE OF THE AMMOKNIGHTS

29 August | 8:00PM | Pjazza Regina

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In their last episode the Ammoknights were besieged by Lizzie, a bird who seeks fame and glory, which is not to be shared with anyone else. She kidnaps the professor and Jacob and keeps them hostage in their own home! As the Captain logs in to start their 4th Episode and tells us that the topic will be Ancient Greece, he realises that the professor is not there and they are unable to finish off the Adventures of the Ammoknights, instead there has been a turnover and is now The Lizzie Show!

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FIESTA FLAMENCO

26 August | 9:15PM | Pjazza Regina

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A performance featuring a mixture of original and cover songs that discuss a rollercoaster of emotions. The original songs were written in English by Gilbert Gauci during the COVID 19 period, based on personal experiences. The music is produced in collaboration with Matteo Depares a Maltese producer based in London. The songs will be exclusively debuted during The Hybrid Festival with acoustic renditions.

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STRING QUARTET

26 August | 8:30PM | Pjazza Regina

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If you’re a music lover you’re sure to enjoy this show! A mic of virtuosic popular classical and folk music performed by Malta’s leading string players with an international performance career. The show included music such as Monti’s Czardas, Piazzolla’s Libertango and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance no 5.

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PUSE' PLAYS GERSHWIN

25 August | 9:00PM | Pjazza Regina

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Puse’ Plays Gershwin is another project by George Curmi Puse’. The performance will be given by Jazz Quartet, including George Curmi Puse’ on violin, clarinet & saxophone, together with keyboardist, bassist and drummer performing tunes from famous American Jazz Composer George Gershwin.

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IR-RUSSU & MARC GALEA DUO

22 August | 9:15PM | Pjazza Regina

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This duo is composed of a guitar and trumpet featuring Jazz standards with unique musical arrangements; mainly Bossanova, Funk and Blues.

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THE GĦANA FLAMNECO FUSION

22 August | 8:30PM | Pjazza Regina

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The performance showcases a fusion of Maltese ‘Għana’ music mixed with flamenco dance.

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MEL XKEJFA

19 August | 8:30PM | Pjazza Regina

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The Mel Xkejfa Duo is an acoustic duo performance by vocalist Melissa Portelli from local band Chasing Pandora’ and Guitarist Danny Magro, together performing the music of Chasing Pandora, music written by Melissa Portelli herself. This intimate performance features strict attention to the vocalist and guitar accompaniment, as well as various percussive instruments, keeping the music as raw and intimate as can be. Some cover versions will also be performed, complementing the same atmosphere and genre.

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THE GOMEZ EXPERIMENT

19 August | 9:30PM | Pjazza Regina

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The Gomez’s Experiment is a quintet led by jazz saxophonist and composer, Carlo Muscat. The quintet performs arrangements of original compositions by the leader and other members of the group, as well as lesser-known tunes from some of the most important jazz recordings of the 20th century. The group features Carlo Muscat on saxophone, Alex Bezzina on trumpet, Dominic Galea on piano (or keyboard), Anthony Saliba on bass, and Joseph Camilleri at the drums. These musicians have been performing in various setups over the years, both locally and abroad, and have come together to develop a sound which best describes their musical background and approach.

Apart from the original compositions, arrangements of important quintet recordings from 20th century jazz albums are included throughout the set, serving as a learning process and an experimentation in itself, analysing these arrangements and building upon them to create a sound which is unique to this quintet.

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TRAKABUS

14 August | 8:30PM | Pjazza San Gwann

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Trakadum is a 10 percussionist band, featuring various instruments with Afro-Brazilian origin. Their performance will guide you through time; to the carnivals and parades around the streets of the world. Sound mixing, different rhythms and joyous choreographies that would leave not one indifferent and static. Travelling from part of Valletta, as part of this world. Little ones and adults alike will surley enjoy the discharge of rhythm of Trakadum.

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SPAGU STILTS

14 August | 8:30PM | Vicinity of St. John

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A roaming stilts performance within the streets of Valletta featuring dance and musical stunts.

 

Bio:

Joseph Barbara has been an experienced stilt walker since the age of 15. Street theatre and circus where always his passion since a young age. After gaining the basics from a course taken locally, Joseph started practising new skills and tricks on his own. This got him to work as part of an agency where he earned the stage name of Spagu through a competition between stilt walkers. Joseph had the opportunity to represent Malta in Tunis, Dubai and Sicily. Locally he takes part in various shows and events including Unite with Tomorrowland 2019 amongst others.

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KLINSMANN LIVE!

12 August | 9:00PM | Pjazza Regina, Valletta

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The performance will feature a mix of original songs written by Klinsmann and his band.

During the concert there will be a rendition of cover songs from famous bands throughout the ages which will have an original musical twist to them. Some of the songs covered will be from the following bands such as Avicii, Oasis, One Republic, U2 and Elton John.

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SWING NUAGES

5 August | 9:00PM | Pjazza Regina, Valletta

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Swing Nuages is a five-piece swing and jazz manouche band, born from a season of jam sessions in summer 2014 and now fa stalwart of the Malta Jazz scene. In 2015 Swing Nuages was awarded 1st place in the Indi Unplugged Competition, and have since performed at the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Farsons Great Beer Festival, the

2016 Simon’s Pub Music Marathon, the Marsovin Wine Festivals of 2017, 2018, and 2019, and the Bubble Festival in 2019. In December 2016 they performed at the prestigious ‘Teatru Unplugged’ concerts spanning three nights. In 2020, the band was honoured to take part in the Malta Jazz Festival for the first time.

 

Swing Nuages perform up-tempo and retro music inspired by the style of Django Reinhardt, who popularised the 'hot' jazz genre in the 1930s. The band play a repertoire of songs associated with Reinhardt, as well as other standard tunes adapted to the swinging style.

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BEETHOVEN DANCE PROJECT

1 August | 9:00PM | Pjazza Regina, Valletta

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Festivals Malta celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven with an exciting dance programme and a live music performance.

New choreographies have been developed by dance artists form three different local dance schools: Jade Farrugia from The Dance Workshop; Christina Cauchi from Danza C and Marisha Bonnici from Seed Dance Studios. Advanced students from all three schools have been selected for the choreographies, set to the live performance of three Beethoven piano sonatas. Maria Elena Farrugia will perform Sonata No 3 in C. Francis Camilleri will perform Sonata No.2 in A and Sonata No.8 in C minor “Pathétique”.

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LIA

1 August | 8:30PM | Pjazza Regina, Valletta

Joseph Lia (baritone) accompanied by Yuri Chariguine on accordion, will be entertaining patrons next to St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, performing Neapolitan Classics, Russian Folk Songs and Operatic Arias.

 

The programme will include light-hearted pieces such as O Sole Mio, Fenesta Ca Lucive, Torna a Surriento, Tu Ca Nun Chiagne, Oci Cornie, Kalinka and Bella Siccome un Angelo.

 
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OPERA HIGHLIGHTS

1 August | 8:00PM | Pjazza Regina, Valletta

Soprano Valentina Maria Cotrone, baritone Charles Buttigieg and pianist Julia Miller present a delightful concert of opera favourites. The programme includes arias from popular operas such as Don Pasquale,  La Traviata and La Boheme as well as a charming duet from Don Giovanni by Mozart. This recital will be followed by the Beethoven Dance Project. 

 

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