So here’s what my Summer feels like:
I wake up, shower, go to work. Luckily I finish early (I’m blessed with half-days) so I usually spend my afternoons relaxing, cooking and playing guitar. The occasional swim is a must of course! But what to do in the evening? Fret not people! If you’re anything like me you want to be entertained, July has its best offerings at hand this year! Here are some events to look out for in the next 30 days.
9, 11 & 12 July – Darirari by ĊirkuMalta, at the National Greek Theatre, 9 p.m.
Sarah Lanzon is not a new face among Strummers. She devoted a huge chunk of her energy during June and July preparing for Darirari, a circus show with a difference. No animals here, just humans – in my eyes these are super humans who contort and face the heights to do some great acrobatic work. This is a home-grown contemporary performer-based circus, featuring a guest Cirque du Soleil performer. Surely not a show to be missed! Darirari is part of the Malta Arts Festival. Get your tickets from here! Under 16s enter for free. Facebook event here.
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19 & 20 July – Everything is Sound by Symphonik Choir, at the Attard Parish Centre Auditorium, 8 p.m.
The enthusiastic Symphonik Choir is back with their newest offering – Everything is Sound. The choir, accompanied by a band will be presentinga range of songs from various genres and eras that will surely keep everyone singing all night long. Tickets can be booked by sending an email on firstname.lastname@example.org. The proceeds from the concert will be in aid of ŻĦN Malta and of the Eritrean Christian Group in developing projects with the local community. Facebook event here.
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26 & 27 July – Dream Deep by ŻĦN Way, at St James Cavalier, 7.30 p.m.
Way Section within ŻĦN is preparing for their fresh new concert Dream Deep. I had the opportunity to meet the talented musicians, and they certainly are giving it their all. Following the success of their “Brothers in Arms” concert, held in July 2011, this year they’re back with another set list of both classic and contemporary music. What’s even better, is that with the €7 entrance fee each audience member will be helping less fortunate children from a local charity – the great majority of profits made off this event will go directly to this institution helping these children in need. Tickets are available online from here. Facebook event here.
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26 July to 4 August – Farsons Beer Festival, Ta’ Qali National Park
It’s that time of year again, where we brave the tumultuous roads of Ta’ Qali, look for parking in a run-down field, and head to the National Park for some great music… and beer! The Farsons Beer Festival is back with a great line-up this year. Running for over a week, several bands will be headlining the two stages at this annual event. Amongst the highlights, Strummin’ Artists Funk Initiative will be playing main stage on opening night, whilst The Crowns and Gianluca will be playing on closing night (4 August, main stage). Best of luck to them all! Facebook event here.
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2 August, Cottonera Resource Centre, Birgu — 9 August, University Quadrangle, Msida Campus – Akustika Leħen Malta
Akustika are back, this year with a difference. Playing two open air venues on different nights, the band will be playing a complete set-list of Maltese pop and folk songs. The band line-up, the largest one yet, brings 9 musicians together to cover the greatest Maltese hits from the most respected singers on the Islands. In their Leħen Malta concert, part of Evenings on Campus, organised by the University of Malta and Koperattiva Kulturali Universitarja, they will break the stigma that has been surrounding Maltese music for years — that it is uninteresting. Join the band for a fun night of music, all in our native tongue. You’re invited to sing along of course! Akustika is a project running under the ŻĦN Symphonik section. Tickets can be booked by email on email@example.com. Facebook event here.
And that’s a couple of your weekends sorted right there. You’re welcome 😛