If there is one event Jazz lovers should not miss in Malta, it’s definitely this one! The Malta Jazz Festival is organized every year in the 3rd week of July and offers 3 entertaining nights of pure music. This year, the Festival will take place from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th, once again in Ta’ Liesse, Valletta.
Every style will be represented at this stunning event with the presence of local famous artists and international celebrities. And for its 23rd edition, the Jazz Festival is offering the public an incredible line-up. Some awards-winning celebrities and talented rising stars will perform such as Robert Glasper Experiment, Gerald Clayton, Gregory Porter and many more, to make their soul vibrate in Malta’s capital city.
Beside the main Festival, a few other events are created to please all visitors. The Malta Summer Jazz Camp for example. Taking place between 16th and 20th July at the Euro Institute of Music and the Arts in Hamrun, it is totally free and gives student musicians of all levels the possibility to learn from international gifted and brilliant teachers. However, each Master Class is limited to a maximum of 15 persons. So, make sure to book your place to catch this great opportunity. You will find details of teachers and courses on Malta Jazz Festival’s website.
Also, for the first time this year and in collaboration with the Maltese Embassy in France, a Jazz Contest will be organized. Once again, the contest is free but is only open for Maltese jazz soloist up to the age of 35. Planned to take place one day after the end of the Jazz Festival, this contest is a great way to put local artists in the foreground. Moreover, the winner will have the great opportunity to go to Paris on the 24th of October, to participate in another festival: “Les Sons d’une Île” (translate “Sounds of an Island”).
Located in Valletta, the Festival is then really easy to access, as most of the buses of the island start and/or end in Valletta. However, if you don’t really want to walk, the Bus 133 is Valletta’s circular bus and will drop you directly at Liesse’s bus stop. Once you get there, you will easily find Ta’ Liesse’s stages, while enjoying the amazing view of Valletta’s Grand Harbor and the Three Cities.
Check the full program of the Festival on Malta Jazz Festival’s website.
Also, tickets for the Festival are available online here. Count €20 for a single day ticket and €40 for the 3 day block ticket (standing or free sitting). If you want to enjoy the show from the “Golden Section” (understand reserved sitting), you will have to pay €30 for a single day ticket and €75 for the 3 days. However, students and seniors benefit of discounts: €15 for a single day ticket and €30 for the 3 day block ticket. Also, the entrance is free for children under 12.