The Three Palaces Festival 2017

1 August 2017

For those among us that enjoy the finer things in life, you should really consider coming on your holidays to Malta this winter. Taking place from 3rd to 12th November, the Three Palaces Festival is in its fourth edition and brings together some talented musicians, both Maltese and international. 

What is it?

The key ingredients of the festival include strings, brass, guitar, voices, storytellers and concerts for children. Three Palaces bills itself as an “authentic music and performance that has been curated specially for you, our audience”. It is designed to appeal to locals and those from further afield, equally and it offers a musical and cultural spectacle against the backdrop of the Mediterranean. 

Who is playing?

 This year’s event is set to be bigger and better than ever before with guest performers coming from all over to bring their talent to the Maltese islands. Visitors can enjoy the raw emotion of sopranos such as Ailyn Perez, and Nicola Said, as well as the technical wizardry of cellist Steven Isserlis and violinist Carmine Lauri. 


Brass band, The Wallace Collection will also showcase their talents, and guitarist Sean Shibe will show off his exuberance on the guitar. You can also enjoy a special performance by Ania Afonova playing Ferdinand the Bull on her violin. 

Where is it?

As the name of the festival would suggest, the locations used for performances include three palaces and the Teatru Manoel in Valletta.

San Anton Palace, Attard
 

Built and developed by Knight Fra Antoine de Paule, in 1623 the Palace and its gardens are the official residence of the President of Malta. Grand, palatial, and majestic to behold, the palace and its gardens are the perfect location for an evening of beautiful music.

Verdala Palace, Buskett 

Developed from the original hunting lodge built by Grandmaster Jean de Vallette in 1557, the current structure was finished by Grandmaster Hugues Loubenx de Verdalle in 1586. The location is unique due to its location in the country, surrounded by lush vegetation and plentiful flora and fauna.

The Palace, Valletta

Located in the heart of Valletta, The Palace is the Office of The President as well as serving as the House of Representatives. It houses an armoury that is open to the public and symbolises the history and the story of The Knights that founded it. Full of wall paintings, historical artifacts, and echoes of the past, it is a great place to put on a show that will be a once in a lifetime experience. 

Teatru Manoel, Valletta 

This historic theatre was built in 1731 by Fra Antonio Manoel de Vilhena, Grand Master of the Knights of Malta. During British rule, it became known as the Theatre Royal. However, this title was later passed to the Royal Opera House which was all but destroyed in the severe bombing Malta experienced during WWII. The theatre is a perfect example of baroque architecture and is a Grade 1 listed building as well as being one of the oldest working theatres in the world. Once you step inside you will be in awe of its finely decorated walls and the ambience of history, and creativity that wash over you as you take your seat.

If you’re thinking of a trip to Malta this winter, or perhaps you are looking for a cultural event to attend, look no further because the Three Palaces Festival will tick all of your boxes! If you would like more information on this event, check out The Three Palaces Festival Facebook Page or the official Three Palaces Festival website.

Image courtesy of The Three Palaces Festival Facebook Page


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