Mediterranean Stars Festival 'to bring people together'

4/10 in Malta with performing artists from across region

09 September, 18:55

    Algerian singer Khaled Algerian singer Khaled

    ROME - Amadeus, the next director of the Sanremo festival, will be taking part on October 4 in the first edition of the Mediterranean Stars festival in the Floriana Granaries in Malta.

    With performing artists from around the Mediterranean there will be Radio Italia Live - Il Concerto.

    Among those to perform will be Alessandra Amoroso, Boomdabash, Gigi D'Alessio, Elisa, Emma, Francesco Gabbani, Guè Pequeno, J-Ax, Mahmood, Max Pezzali, Raf, Umberto Tozzi, Maltese natives such as Ira Losco, The Travellers, and the Algerian singer Khaled, one of the most significant examples of a fusion between Mediterranean traditions and European pop music. The concert will be opened by Maltese artists Nicole Frendo and Red Electrik under the direction of Marco Maccarini and Manola Moslehi.

    The festival, which is being produced by Mediterranean Tourism Foundation with the Malta Tourism Authority, Air Malta, and the Maltese tourism ministry, aims to restore Mediterranean identity through creating collaboration and interaction between different countries. The event will be broadcast live on Radio Italia, Radio Italia Tv (on the channels 70 DTT, 725 SKY, 35 TivùSat, and only in Switzerland on Video Italia HD) and on streaming on radioitalia.it.

    It will later be broadcast on Real Time (channel 31 DTT) and on Dplay. ''There are ambitions and challenges shared by Mediterranean countries and we will all be able to benefit from closer economic relations and agreements in the tourism sector,'' said Konrad Mizzi, Malta's tourism minister. ''Mediterranean countries do not compete only with each other: they compete with the rest of the world. It is of vital importance that we work together to increase efficiency and competitiveness. It is important to bring in strategic alliances to consolidate a position of strength in the global tourism market.'' The co-founder and Secretary General of the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation, Andrew Agius Muscat, underscored that the "Mediterranean Stars Festival was created out of the will to use music as a tool to bring people together, promote peace, and strengthen a shared Mediterranean identity. It is undeniable that music is a powerful means to bring people together.''

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