Gaulitana: A Festival of Music – “Gozo’s main classical music festival,” returns between the 8th of March and the 7th of April.
The organisers said that this year’s edition promises to be an exciting programme of events focusing on the theme – Women in Society.
Taking a cue from Manon Lescaut (the festival’s staged opera), organisers said that the festival will underline the importance of female engagement in the arts and the wider socio-political perspective, by presenting female composers,’ artists’ and performers’ works and stories to the public.
Gaulitana this year will include an eclectic mix of events with multifarious styles – orchestral, chamber, recitals, vocal, featuring international and local artists and ensembles.
Held in various locations around Gozo – as well as some in Malta – the festival incorporates multiple creative arts, from literature, to acting, cinema and live-painting, whilst presenting multiple genres (jazz, pop, musicals and folk music).
It will also host an exhibition by 30 Chinese female artists and will commemorate the bi-centenary since the birth of Clara Schumann.
The festival concludes with the OPERA+ Weekend (5-7 April), a three day cultural bonanza of cultural, the highlight of which is the production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.
The opera returns to the Maltese stage after an absence of 20 years, starring Miriam Gauci – Gaulitana’s Honorary Patron – in the title role.
Alexander Frey returns as Artist-in-Residence, in what the organisers say is a festival offering “an unmissable feast of the arts, including its Espresso Series in the historic Cittadella, the TALK re u series – ushering in key events in the upcoming week – and the MusicAlive series, aiming to present live music to a wider audience.”
“Gaulitana is renowned for having, in the past years, brought the arts, closer to the younger generation through its GAULearn project, particularly through #opera4me – adapted opera performances for the discovery of school children,” the Festival organisers said.
The Festival is being held with the collaboration of several entities including the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Heritage Malta, University of Malta and L-Akkademja ta’ l-Ilsien Malti.
Fondazione Giacomo Puccini Lucca, Concorso Jan Langosz, Festival Belliniano and Associazione FEM are some of the foreign institutions working closely with Gaulitana.
Gaulitana is supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Programme of Arts Council Malta in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo. Booking for Manon: www.teatruaurora.com/ or phone 79045779.
Photograph: Shaun Sultana
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