National Band Festival

Minister for Heritage, the Arts and the Local Government José Herrera, along with the chairman of Kottonera Foundation Glenn Bedingfield launched for the first time the ‘National band festival’. This festival will be organized by the Kottonera Foundation together with the National Band Club Association.
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This festival is open to all band clubs in Malta and Gozo. Four band clubs will be selected to perform in Cottonera in the second and third week of May, however the event will be subject to the public health regulations. The chosen band clubs will have to compose new music compositions to play in this festival. The musical director of this festival will be Mr Ray Sciberras. 

Minister Herrera said that this initiative will stimulate more eagerness and interest in Maltese band clubs which form part of the Maltese identity. Currently, work is being done to enlist the Maltese feast in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO.

The Kottonera Foundation chairman Glenn Bedingfield stated that this event is one of the series of events that will be taking place. Band clubs have an essential role in the social and cultural activities in Malta thus this festival was launched to give a national platform to band clubs and new compositions.

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