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Overview

Malta, with its strategic position at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, has always been a crossroad for exchanges of cultural diversity, also due to so many
Nations who have ruled over this country along its history. This is why the island's choral tradition is very old, strong and widespread. The aim of this International Festival is to make sure that the different choral traditions from all over the World meet up in Malta, for a reciprocal cultural exchange and enrichment.

Today, Malta is definitely one of the most important countries in Europe’s tourism sector. Rich in history and charm..... with a great sense of hospitality towards visitors and above all.. with a warm temperate climate. During the free time, participating groups will have the chance to relax and explore the various unique cities and villages of this magical island... full of history.

General Rules

We would like to invite you to discover this reality, perhaps at the most beautiful time of the year. Malta has indeed a strong Christmas tradition. It would be a wonderful opportunity for you to sing in this festive atmosphere in some of the most stunning baroque churches on the island along with local choirs, in a climate of mutual exchange and enrichment.
The past editions of this Festival were much more than successful, with the participation of several choirs from several European countries, such as England, France, Italy, Wales, Sardinia, Hungary, Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Spain, Sicily, Greece, Estonia and of course from Malta and the sister island of Gozo.

The Festival 2020 will be organised over 4 days from the 3rd to the 7th December at various unique baroque churches in Malta. Maltese choirs will also participate in this International festival. The festival is not competitive, and is open for mixed choirs, male choirs, women's choirs, youth choirs, sacred music choirs, gospel  choirs, folk music choirs, etc.

Each choir can perform in its own style but must keep in mind that this Festival is being held in Catholic Churches and so song list must include sacred songs, for  sure Christmas songs and maybe even gospel songs. Each choir can perform "a cappella", or can be accompanied by piano organ or other musical instruments.

The Organisation will arrange for the use of the respective churches piano organs.
If the piano organ of a particular church could not be used, it will be replaced by an electric piano/keyboard. Any other instruments must be brought over by the respective choir.

Draft Festival Program:

Thursday 3rd December

• In the morning, all groups must arrive in Malta
• Transfer to the Hotel, situated in one of the most popular touristic areas
• Buffet Lunch at the Hotel (if the group is on half board basis).
• In the evening, possible performance in one of the local baroque churches together with local choirs

Friday 4th December

• Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel
• For those interested there will be an optional cultural excursion
• Buffet Lunch at the Hotel (if the group is on half board basis).
• In the evening, another performance in another of the local baroque churches together with local choirs.

Saturday 5th December

• Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel
• For those interested, there will be other optional excursions to visit other magical places around Malta
• Buffet Lunch at the Hotel (if the group is on half board basis).
• In the evening, another performance in another of the local baroque churches together with local choirs.

Sunday 6th December

• Buffet Breakfast
• For those choirs interested, the Organisation may arrange so that the Choir will participate in a Sunday Mass celebration at one of the unique Malta churches.
• Buffet Lunch at the Hotel (if the group is on half board basis).
• In the evening, the final night of the Malta International Christmas Choir Festival 2019. Local
Authorities and the Organisation Committee will present participation certificates to all choirs who have participated in this International Festival at the end of this final concert.

Monday 7th December

• Departures of all International Choirs

The above is only a draft program and may be amended as necessary by the Organisation.

The final Program including concerts venues, details and time of performances, will be defined after the Organisation has the full confirmation of all choirs participating, including the Maltese and Gozitan ones.

Registration Deadline for all International Choirs : 30th August 2020

Accommodation

HOTEL 3 *** STANDARD

In twin room per person € 160
In triple room per person (3 adults) € 145
In quadruple room per person ( 4 adults) € 140
In triple room per person (2 adults and a child - 4 to 12 years old) € 130
In quadruple room per person (2 adults and 2 children - 4 to 12 years old) € 125
Single room supplement for 4 nights € 60

For extra persons, who are not performers (friends, family, etc) there is a € 5 supplement per person per night.

3***star standard Hotels affiliated
• San Anton Hotel: http://www.thesanantonhotel.com/
• Santa Maria Hotel: http://www.thesantamariahotelmalta.com/
• The St George Park Hotel http://www.thestgeorgesparkhotel.com/

This Package includes:
• 4 nights accommodation in a 3 star standard Hotel
• Half board basis – excluding drinks (buffet breakfast, buffet lunch or dinner)
• Tourist tax
• Transfers from the Airport/ Harbour to the Hotel – arrival and departure
• Transfers from Hotel for all performances
• Assistance by our personnel
• Festival registration fee

HOTEL 3 *** PLUS HB (Half Board)

In twin room per person € 235
In twin room per person “extra persons” € 255
Single room supplement for 4 nights € 80

This Package includes:
• 4 nights accommodation in a 3 star Plus Hotel
• Half board basis (buffet breakfast, buffet lunch or dinner) – soft drinks included (water, wine, coke, sprite)
• Tourist tax
• Transfers from the Airport/ Harbour to the Hotel – arrival and departure
• Transfers from Hotel for all performances
• Assistance by our personnel
• Festival registration fee

HOTEL 3 *** PLUS BB (Bed Breakfast)

In twin room per person € 195
In twin room per person “extra persons” € 215
Single room supplement for 4 nights € 80

This Package includes:
• 4 nights accommodation in a 3 star Plus Hotel
• Bed and Breakfast basis – (buffet breakfast)
• Tourist tax
• Transfers from the Airport/ Harbour to the Hotel – arrival and departure
• Transfers from Hotel for all performances
• Assistance by our personnel
• Festival registration fee

3***star Plus Hotel affiliated
• Alexandra Hotel - http://alexandrahotelmalta.com/

4 nights in a 4 *** Hotel on HB Basis:

In twin room per person (performers) 270 Euros
In twin room per person (relatives/friends) 290 Euros
Single Room supplement (for 4 nights) 140 Euros
Children up to 3 years free of charge.

This Package includes:
• 4 nights accommodation in a 4 Star Hotel
• Half board basis – excluding drinks
• Buffet breakfast
• Buffet lunch or dinner
• Tourist tax
• Transfers from the Airport/ Harbour to the Hotel – arrival and departure
• Transfers from Hotel for all performances
• Assistance by our personnel
• Festival registration fee

4 nights in a 4 Star Hotel on BB Basis:

In twin room per person (performers) 230 Euros
In twin room per person (relatives/friends) 250 Euros
Single Room supplement (for 4 nights) 140 Euros
Children up to 3 years free of charge.

This Package includes:
• 4 nights accommodation in a 4 Star Hotel
• Buffet Breakfast
• Tourist tax
• Transfers from the Airport/ Harbour to the Hotel – arrival and departure
• Transfers from Hotel for all performances
• Assistance by our personnel
• Festival registration fee

Hotels 4 Star
Hotel Santana, 4**** http://www.hotelsantana.com

If due flight itineraries or else if you prefer so, you will have to spend extra nights, arrangements can be done.

Dates

  • 03/12/2020 - 07/12/2020

Pricing

03/12 - 07/12
  • 5 days (4 nights) = 125 € per person

Location

How to get there

Groups can arrive or depart from Malta a day before or after the scheduled program due to  flight itineraries. Arrangements will be made according to the group’s necessities.

Each group is responsible for airfare/transportation to Malta.

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