PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The 12th May Band from Haz-Zebbug is currently preparing to fulfil its project Huggiega, a concert to be held on Saturday the 16th of November at Sir Temi Zammit Hall at the University of Malta. This project was made possible thanks to the Project Support Grant made available by Arts Council Malta, which falls within the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government.

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici referred to the importance of supporting such events thanks to grants made available for cultural and artistic organisations. Arts Council Malta plays a pivotal role in broadening of our cultural calendar. Such projects are made possible for artists and musicians to further cultivate their artistic talent. This concert is also providing these artists with an outlet to showcase their talent. Owen Bonnici concluded that this government is committed to keeping strengthening our local cultural platform for further successes.

Huggiega is a collage of art forms to celebrate the mythical realm of fire with its alluring manifestations throughout History and across our very own communities. Composers Alex Vella Gregory, Veronique Vella, Albert Garzia, and Euchar Gravina have embarked on an artistic journey to score contemporary music for the 12th May Symphonic Band. The music draws inspiration in great part from the fire-themed libretto penned by Sebastian Saliba as well as the composers’ personal and artistic experiences.

The music will be under the direction of Mro. Hermann Farrugia Frantz with the participation of soprano Francesca Aquilina together with actors Carmel Gauci and Karl Schembri. The audience will be treated to a visual installation by local artist Andrew Schembri who comes with a strong portfolio of works involving the play of light in sync with the music. Mr Schembri will be developing the fire theme into a setup that will translate the lyrics and music of the four compositions into a visual language by means of contemporary installation work. This visual work will lend itself to a memorable representation of the first-ever collaboration of such nature. The artistic director of Huggiega is Pawlu Mizzi.

Source: Government of Malta