Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti’s next major project delves deep into the story and development of music and sound in Malta via the colourful influences of the Mediterranean basin. The project titled Music in Malta – From Prehistory to Vinyl will consist of a major exhibition as well as a full programme of performances by local and foreign musicians. The exhibition will run between 14th April and 16th June of 2019 and is being guest-curated by Dr Anna Borg Cardona, music historian and one of the leading authorities on local musical folklore and folkloristic instruments. It will cover the history of music in Malta from prehistory all the way up to the early twentieth century. Through a display of musical instruments sourced from Maltese private and public collections, it will demonstrate how Malta’s traditional instruments and sounds fit into a Mediterranean context.
The public will also simultaneously appreciate these sounds at the various performances which will kick off in November 2018 and run until June 2019. They will include a variety of genres and styles from popular, folk and classical traditions, which may be connected historically, geographically or musically with Malta, helping to give a perception of local musical traditions in a Euro-Mediterranean context. The performances are being co-organised by #EngageCREATIVES, a creative support platform for organisations run by Renzo Spiteri and Gaby Giacchino.