Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti’s major exhibition Music in Malta – From Prehistory to Vinyl held at the Cathedral Museum in Mdina was inaugurated with His Grace, Archbishop Dr Charles Scicluna presiding over the proceedings.
The project delves deep into the story and development of music and sound in Malta via the colourful influences of the Mediterranean basin. It consists of an exhibition as well as a full programme of performances by local and foreign musicians.
Music in Malta from prehistory up to the early 20th century
The exhibition will run between 14th April and 16th June of 2019 at the Mdina Cathedral Museum and is being guest-curated by Dr Anna Borg Cardona, a music historian and one of the leading authorities on local musical folklore and folkloristic instruments. It covers the history of music in Malta from prehistory all the way up to the early 20th 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.
A number of musical performances will accompany the exhibition
The public will also be able to appreciate these sounds at the various performances running until June 2019, but which kicked off last November 2018. This programme includes 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.
The exhibition is open daily from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm (late opening until 8.00 pm on Thursdays) at the Mdina Cathedral Museum.