The Malta Independent 11 August 2022, Thursday

The Malta Community Chest Fund announces first-ever open air Rockestra concert

Giuseppe Attard Wednesday, 3 August 2022, 12:19 Last update: about 8 days ago

The 13th edition of Rockestra has been announced to take place in early September with the organisers promising an energetic line up to make up for the pandemic years. 

The theme for this year’s Rockestra is called “I Love Rock n’ Roll” and it was chosen to bring back the atmosphere of dancing, singing and livelihood back to the event. For the first time in its history, Rockestra will also be an open air concert. 

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The event has now become part of the cultural calendar of the country and the programme is expected to deliver a repertoire of popular songs of the past, accompanied with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Sigmund Mifsud. 

One of the event organisers Paul Borg Bonaci said that “this event is going to be louder and more rock oriented than ever before. This edition of Rockestra is going to be special for two reasons, the first being that the feel of the original Rockestra is back without anyone seated and secondly due to the event being outdoors we can be more creative with the effects we use.” 

Borg Bonaci also announced that this year for the first time as well, Rockestra will also resemble a festival where a complete night out could be enjoyed by the spectators. “This year when Rockestra finishes, entertainment will continue to be given, food trucks will be present and also bars.” 

A number of highlight artists such as Drakard, Kevin Paul Calleja and Ira Losco together with other new artists and some returning artists. 

Mifsud and Borg Bonaci appealed for attendees to carpool in order to reduce traffic congestion as well as reducing the carbon footprint of the event. 

Mifsud said that “the event is only made possible due to the immense work being done on a volunteer basis. This makes the aim of the event even more important as we are here to help the Community Chest Fund.” 

Minister for Culture Owen Bonnici and Shadow Minister for Culture Julie Zahra stated that such an event is not only important culturally but also for the work being done to raise funds for the people in need.

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