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This year’s edition of Għanafest was launched by Arts Council Malta following the traditional San Girgor mass in Żejtun, just before a group of għannejja and musicians made their way to Marsaxlokk on animal-drawn carts. “The festival, which started back in 1998, is a celebration of...

Għanafest is a folk festival with a difference.  Whilst the Arts Council Malta recognises the importance of each of the festivals it produces, this Festival holds a special place within the Council's repertoire.  More than ever before, GĦANAFEST is, considered an expression of national identity...

Our cultural heritage cannot necessarily be found in museums.  There is another form of heritage:  one that cannot be painted on a canvas or carved in stone - this is our intangible heritage, which is a transient as an evening breeze.  This is Maltese għana...

Sounds of reassurance in reconstructing the fragments of our cultural identity In Malta, defining "national identity" has always been - perhaps still is - problematic.  In this country, concepts of national and cultural identities seem to have always been constructed on shifting sands.  In many other...

Ettore Castagna relates his musical journey with the Maltese lira, based on the research of Ruben Zahra Research in ethno-musicology usually involves travelling to remote places to conduct fieldwork but n the case of the Maltese lira the research came right to my doorstep.  Thanks to...