The Malta Independent 20 October 2019, Sunday

Watch: Scottish DJ performed Mnajdra Temples set across social media

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 09:39 Last update: about 1 month ago

Scottish DJ Dennis Sulta has performed his DJ set just outside of the Mnajdra Temples, which was broadcast across social media.

When originally announced, the idea stirred public uproar and concerns about possible damage that a party can do to the site as there were concerns as to how hosting  a party would affect the site ( this was later cleared up as there was no party)  and concerns as to whether loud music would affect one of Malta's oldest temples. Malta's Mnajdra Temples, at over 5,000 years old, is one of the oldest structures in the world.

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Heritage Malta had reacted to the concerns, stating that "it will not be a party, but simply a recording not longer than an hour. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is only being used as a backdrop during a one-hour live streaming event by Mixmag; a worldwide known electronic dance and clubbing media brand which has around 1.2 million followers on YouTube and 1.6 million followers on Facebook."

In addition, Heritage Malta had said that there was be no audience for this event. "Only DJ Denis Sulta will be performing music to an immaculate backdrop of the sun setting over Mnajdra Temples streamed live on the internet."

In a statement late yesterday, District Malta said that "Global electronic dance and media brand Mixmag on Tuesday 17th September broadcast a video recording of Scottish DJ Denis Sulta's performance at Mnajdra Temples. This showcase, organised by local music brand district, was aired to millions across Mixmag and district's social media platforms."

The District team said: "we hosted this performance with the aim of showcasing Malta's rich heritage in an unprecedented way, reaching out to a global audience of youthful individuals eager to explore the infinite bond between music, history, and culture."

"We believe our islands' flourishing music scene need not progress on an isolated trajectory but rather find modern ways to develop harmoniously with other sources of local pride." 

"The promotion and preservation of our heritage is a cause we support in its entirety. We took several steps to ensure that no damage was done to our UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mixmag's broadcast has received extremely positive feedback from all corners of the globe, with many asking where this stunning site can be found."

"This is district's vision. To celebrate and respect what Malta has to offer, push the boundaries and showcase it to a wider audience than ever before." 

In an Instagram post, Denis Sulta said "my long love affair with Malta has been one of such delight and joy". 

The performance was organised in collaboration with Heritage Malta and the Malta Tourism Authority.

 


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