Malta Jazz Festival
Afonso Correa © Björn Söderqvist
Every year a number of world-renowned jazz musicians gather in Valletta to entertain enthusiasts with a classy selection of live performances. The Malta Jazz Festival has been running for almost 25 years enjoying great support from locals and foreigners and much critical acclaim. The event is held in the third weekend of July annually and the main venue is the open-air Ta'Liesse in Valletta. Every year the programme includes an array of the best contemporary jazz and the festival is fun for the uninitiated as well as aficionados; in fact, it is a wonderful way to learn a bit about the genre. Performances at the festival in the past have included some famous jazz musicians such as John Scofield, Al Di Meola and Dee Dee Bridgewater. In the days preceding and following the festival a number of fringe events, including open-air concerts, are held in venues all over the city. For the first time, in 2013, the festival includes a Summer Jazz Camp where workshops and classes will be conducted by some of the master jazz musicians who will be performing. There is also a Jazz Contest, although it is only open to Maltese nationals. For more information check the official website listed below.
Venue: Grand Harbour, Valletta