MED Combo Valletta: a concert of ethnic music

The first edition of 'The Mediterranean Dimension' comes to an end tonight with 'MED Combo Valletta: a concert of ethnic music' at Spazju Kreattiv. Last few tickets: Artistic Director: Ahmed el Maghraby (Egyptian Center For Culture & Arts - Makan)

Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts - Makan

The Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts (ECCA) - Makan, aims to encourage the diversity, specificity and vibrancy of Egypt cultural scene as a strategy to counter cultural uniformity, consumerism and an increasing intolerance for the marginal; to contribute to dialogue among people from different cultures through an intense process of artistic production; to participate in safeguarding Egyptian cultural memory by researching and documenting its intangible cultural heritage and by encouraging the re-establishment of popular traditions and social festivals; and to present Egyptian oral and traditional arts as they are now, rarely, practiced to a wide audience.

ECCA is already active in mentoring and facilitating the work of students who are pursuing ideas for research in the field of traditional Egyptian music. ECCA will continue to build on its activities and strategies to promote creative dialogue among people and cultures and to encourage perception of these traditions as important and critical to the human community.

The musicians performing in the concert have participated in the Intercultural Music Residency and Intercultural Music Workshop also led by Ahmed el Maghraby as part of 'The Mediterranean Dimension' throughout the past week.

Egyptian Musicians: Ahmed Abdelghani, Walid Abdou, Amin Ibrahim

Maltese Musicians: Alex Bezzina, Maria Borg, Joseph Camilleri, Stjanu Debono, Rafel Grima, Samuel Mallia, Glen Montanaro, Dean Montanaro & Michael Vella Zarb.

Prior to the concert, an encounter entitled 'Peripheries & Centres: Intercultural Perspectives' will take place. Mr Ranier Fsadni will be moderating and speakers include Nele Hertling & Nicolas Bertrand (A Soul for Europe), Emilie Delorme (Director of the Académie européenne de musique) and Davinia Galea (ARC Research & Consultancy). Last few seats: This project is supported by Arts Council Malta and the Valletta 2018 - European Capital of CultureMulti‐Annual Support Grant (Malta Arts Fund). The project is developed in collaboration with Medinea, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence - Page officielle, Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts - “Makan”, Spazju Kreattiv, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Centre for Research in Culture and Performance at the School of Performing Arts - University of Malta, and A Soul for Europe. Photo Credit: Rene Rossignaud Photography