Supported by Cultural Export Fund
In July 2015 *etnika (Touring Band) travelled to Rome to perform in the Gardens of the Roman Philharmonic Academy as part of the “Giardini di Luglio 2015”Festival. The performance included the use of traditional Maltese instruments such as the tambour, the biambo (Jew's harp), the Maltese flute fifer, as well as Flamenco footwork and body percussion. The repertoire consisted of a number of rearranged transition Maltese tunes and a few of *etnika’s original compositions, including Morning Star, Insiġ il-Ħolm, Valletta, X'Ser Ngħannu, Popolin, Bumm Bumm, Orqod Orqod, Rummiena, Zahar, Ħsus, Ara Ġejja and Festa Ta’ Babu. The performance formed part of the group’s new tour, which aims to expand its international network and take its music to new audiences.
“The Cultural Export Fund was instrumental in getting us to Rome and covering our accommodation and transport. The concert at the Philharmonic was organised in partnership with the Embassy of Malta in Rome which, like other embassies, had plenty of good opportunities to offer Maltese artists but not the budget to completely cover transportation, lodging, per diems and fees. The Fund helped fill in this gap - without it, we would have not been able to give the concert in Rome.”