Overview

Malta, with its strategic position at the center 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 musical traditions are very old, strong and widespread. The aim of this International Festival is to make sure that the different musical traditions from all over the World meet up in Malta, for a reciprocal cultural exchange and
enrichment.

Today, the island of 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. Hence we would like to invite you to discover this reality, perhaps at the most beautiful time of the year.

General Rules

The festival will be divided into two categories - competitive and non-competitive.

-for the competitive category, there will be two different competitions (see competition rules)

A) Concert bands and wind Orchestras
B) Parade bands, marching show bands and folklore bands

- the non-competitive category will be for those groups who will participate in parades and performances which will be held in various locations around the island of Malta.

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Thursday 22nd April
The arrival of all International groups in Malta. Transfers from the Airport to the Hotel, situated at Bugibba/Qawra/St.Paul’s Bay/St. Julian’s– the most touristic venues of the island. In the evening, all groups will perform at a particular town, together with Maltese groups.

Friday 23rd April
Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel.
In the morning: Theoretical Workshop (For concert bands/wind orchestras/marching Bands).
In the afternoon: Opening parade and performances by all the participating groups.

Saturday 24th April
Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel
In the morning: Parade followed by the Marching Bands Competition at St George Square, Valletta. The results will be announced immediately at the end of the event, followed by the awards ceremony.
In the afternoon: Practical Workshop for the concert bands and Wind Orchestras.
The groups not competing will perform in one of the Maltese villages.

Sunday 25th April
Buffet breakfast at the hotel
The Concert Bands and Wind Orchestras Competition. The results will be announced at the end of the event, followed by the award ceremony.
The groups not competing will perform in one of the Maltese villages. At the end of the performances, there will be presentations to all participating groups by the Maltese Authorities and the Festival Organisation.

Monday 26th April
Departures of all International groups.

The program of performances can be adapted in due course. The final program can be issued only after having confirmations of all participating groups, including also the Malta ones.

Registration Deadline Date: 31st January 2021

The Festival Workshop

This workshop will be conducted by Maestro Jacob De Haan. All those who love the music of this famous Dutch composer will be able to participate in these meetings, regardless of number and ages. Participants will also have the opportunity to know the creative process that leads to his music.

The workshop will be divided into two sections:
A) Theoretical
B) Practical (Concert lesson)
In the application form, the group must communicate if intends to participate in this workshop. If the group wants to participate, it is mandatory to communicate the number of participants.
The workshop will be held in English and Italian.

Theoretical Section
This is dedicated for the Band Directors and with a maximum of 4 components from each band as listeners. In this meeting, Jacob De Haan,
through a detailed musical analysis of his scores, will make the participants discover the creation of his music scores, from the moment that these were commissioned to the moment when these were performed.
Participants will also discover. step by step, the various musical passages that characterize all his compositions.

Practical Section
A band will be composed of musicians of different participating groups in the competition/festival. These musicians will be selected by their own respective Band Director, in collaboration with the Organisation, in order to create a balanced band, for a minimum number of 6 to a maximum of 10 musicians from each formation.

All participants, therefore, will have the opportunity to observe, practice, and listen to how Jacob De Haan works with a Band and what the concertation the technique is in assembling the pieces to be performed in public.
In addition to the selected musicians, it will be also possible for all the other musicians to participate at the “Concert lesson”, but only as listeners.

Marching Bands Section
This workshop will feature:
a) A general discussion on the marching bands sector.
b) Suggestions to participant groups for improvements.
A maximum of 5 members from each Band accompanied by their Director, can participate in this workshop.

International Bands Competition as part of The Malta International Spring Music Festival 2021, in order to provide the participating groups a golden opportunity of enhancing their musical talents and learn the various European cultural
diversities.
Wind band music is one of the most popular musical traditions in Malta. In almost every Maltese town and village, one can find one or two and sometimes even three, band clubs. These clubs' annual highlight is their village feast celebration – a whole week religious celebration in honor of their patron saint.
All bands can take part in this competition, regardless of the number of musicians within their band. The bands must not only be professional ones.

For more info please contact our team.

Accommodation

FESTIVAL PACKAGE PRICES FOR 3 NIGHTS

In twin room per person €190
In triple room per person (3 adults) €175
In quadruple room per person (4 adults) €170
In triple room per person (2 adults and a child - 4 to 11 years old) €160
In quadruple room per person (2 adults and 2 children -4 to 11 years old) €155
For extra persons, who are not performers (friends, family, etc) there is a €5 supplement per person per night.
3***star Hotels affiliated
• San Anton Hotel: http://www.thesanantonhotel.com/
• The Bugibba Hotel: https://the-bugibba hotel.business.site
• Santa Maria Hotel: http://www.thesantamariahotelmalta.com/
• The St George Park Hotel http://www.thestgeorgesparkhotel.com/

This Package includes:
• 3 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

FESTIVAL PACKAGE PRICES FOR 4 NIGHTS
In twin room per person €220
In triple room per person (3 adults) €205
In quadruple room per person (4 adults) €200
In triple room per person (2 adults and a child - 4 to 11 years old) €190
In quadruple room per person (2 adults and 2 children -4 to 11 years old) €185
For extra persons, who are not performers (friends, family, etc)
There is a €5 supplement per person per night.

This Package includes:
 4 nights accommodation in a 3 star standard Hotel
 Half board basis – water included (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/competition/workshop registration fee (see rules)

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

Included in this package/price is one transfer for the group to & from the airport to the hotel. No transfers can be made for participants arriving at different times but we can arrange upon request.

The choice of hotel is subject to availability.

Dates

  • 23/04/2021 - 25/04/2021

Pricing

23/04 - 25/04
  • 3 days (2 nights) = 125 € per person

Location

How to get there

Each group is responsible for airfare/transportation to Malta.

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