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maltatoday, SUNDAY, 8 MAY 2016 41 This Week Earth Garden festival celebrates 10 years IN the first weekend of June, Earth Garden Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary; from Friday 3rd June through to Sunday 5th of June 2016, the festival returns to the National Park in Ta' Qali. The journey of this successful Festival makes it a unique event in Malta, as it was the first festi- val that merged art, non-main stream music and culture, with a green conscience. The Festival accomplished a lot in these years; audience growth, increase in the number of international artists and improving the festival site and areas, probably the secret of this success is that it came at a steady pace. "We have referred to the festival in many ways throughout the edi- tions, three days of sun, fun and music, but there was little sun and quite some rain, in our second edition, but surely the fun and music never left us. We were sad in our fourth edition as we lost the founder of this festival, Desmond Vella. It was hard on all of us, but it would have been a dishonour to our friend, not to organise the fes- tival he loved so much. My favour- ite is surely, the festival of colours, and it truly is, not only the décor but the colourful people that at- tend, making the Festival unique" expressed Reuben Spiteri, one of the founder members of the Fes- tival. Last year's edition of Earth Gar- den was bigger and better in all aspects. This 10th anniversary celebration presents one festival, with one main stage: the Roots Stage that will host all the con- certs and major acts. The Roots Stage will be transformed into a 22m wide stage and incorporates the concerts that used to happen at the Greek Theatre. "Every edition, it gets more chal- lenging to deliver on our promise of Earth Garden being an experi- ence, not just an event. This 10th edition we are focusing on the Roots Stage and the line-up of art- ists this stage will host. The Roots Stage is not only becoming literal- ly bigger in terms of line up , host- ing different styles of music such as folk, reggae, ska and world mu- sic, but will be more than double the size from last year's edition. Yet again, the Roots Stage will surely be a showcase of concerts that will attract an even larger in- ternational audience," said How- ard Keith, another member of the organising team. The abolition of the Greek The- atre as an area, in no way means a lack of concerts. Earth Garden Festival has always been a plat- form for local artists, especially newcomers that are given the op- portunity to share the stage with established local artists and inter- national artists that are renowned in their field. Some upright men- tions from the local scene are Brik- kuni, Tribali and Etnika. Laudable mentions from the international line-up of artists performing on the Roots Stage are: Neville Sta- ple, Nicky Bomba & Malta Ska Orchestra and Tape Five. Surely, those who appreciate Ska music will enjoy the experi- ence of a live performance from Neville Staple. His 35-year career makes this artist an institution in the Ska music scene. Tape Five are not credited with the revival of the Swing or Electro-Swing, for no reason. The focus is on Electro-Swing, but there is a hint of Bossanova, Latin and NuJazz, Hiphop, Raggae or Tango grooves as well, with very distinct and viv- id ''retro'' interpretations. Nicky Bomba is surely a familiar face of this Festival but will present a dif- ferent act for this year's edition of Earth Garden as he will be accom- panied by a 12-piece Ska Orches- tra. Nicky Bomba & the Malta Ska Orchestra is a collaboration with Mark Kram who will also pen all the musical arrangements for this gig. As per previous editions, other areas like the Electronic Sphere, the Camping Area, the Why Not? Jamming Area, the Ethnic Market, the Art Square, the Enchanted Forest, a kids fun area and for the second time the Why Not? Work- shops & Healing Area, will also feature. The "green" aspect of the Festi- val will also continue to develop. Last year, the Festival saved al- most 4,000kg of waste resources. The organisers promise to con- tinue to invest and improve whilst urging the festival goers to do their part. The Earth Garden Festival 2016 edition promises to be the best one yet and is surely an event worth experiencing! The 2016 edition of Earth Gar- den Festival happening on 3, 4, and 5 June at the National Park, Ta' Qali is powered by Twistees and supported by Cisk Export Pre- mium Lager, Kinnie, the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Encore Arts & Culture Magazine, Surplus & Adventure, Kuluri and Jagged House. Tickets at €15 each for a three- day pass for Earth Garden Festi- val 2016 are now available; online from or from the following outlets; Gozo: Cafe Jubilee and Mojos – Rabat; Malta: Cafe Jubilee – Gzira and Valletta, Paper Clips – Msida, Saqqajja Ki- osk – Rabat, Pitstop – Xemxija, Zion – M'Scala, Why Not? and Juuls Bar – St. Julian's. Also, 1-day pass ticket at €10 each will be available online only until 15th May. The organisers remind the general public that children under 12 accompanied by an adult will be allowed to enter the festival for free. The final batch of tickets for the Camping Site will be out for sale in the first week of May. Earth Garden Info line and Ticket Hotline 79948529. We in- vite you to visit our website www. Frankenstein, live from the Royal Opera House BE part of the world premier of The Royal Ballet's artist in resi- dence, Liam Scarlett first full- length ballet - Frankenstein. Based and inspired by Mary Shelley's gothic classic Frank- enstein, the gripping tale will be performed by The Royal Ballet and broadcast live to Eden Cin- emas. Liam Scarlett has become known for ballets that marry highly expressive movement, sophisticated musical response and dark psychological depth. Now he creates his first full- length work for the main stage with Frankenstein, a period ad- aptation of Mary Shelley's Goth- ic tale of morality and our crav- ing for love, companionship and understanding. Mary Shelley's classic tale is regarded as one of the most pivotal novels ever written, and has inspired many works of art since its publication in the early 19th century. Now transformed into a stunning ballet, Liam Scarlet gives new audiences the opportunity to fall in love with this Gothic tale of tragedy. For this exciting new ballet Scarlett returns to the music of Low- ell Liebermann from whom he has commissioned a brand new score. Brought to you by the leaders in Opera, Ballet, Music and dance. The Royal Ballet's live screening, gives audiences around the world the opportunity to be a part of a global experience without hav- ing to leave their home town. With Eden Cinemas' enhanced sound and dimmed lighting in their multipurpose theatre, the authentic theatre feel will surely be preserved. Tickets for Frankenstein are avail- able at the fraction of the overseas costs. Each ticket is €18 per adult and include a complimentary glass of wine and €10 for children aged 16 and under. Tickets for the encore performance held on the 22nd of May at 3pm, are priced at €15 for adults and €10 for children. Parking at the Eden Leisure Car Park is also included. For more information and tickets visit or call on 23710400. Liam Scarlett Purple Rain showing exclusively at Eden Cinemas CELEBRATE the life of the psychedelic Prince of pop of our generation in the original 1984 movie, Purple Rain, showing exclusively at Eden Cinemas. The rock, musical drama film marks the electrifying movie debut of Prince as the Kid, a Minne- apolis club musician as alienated as he is tal- ented. The movie fol- lows the struggles the kid experiences with a tumultuous home life and his smouldering anger, while tak- ing refuge in his music. The film stars Prince, play- ing a quasi-biographical person called 'The Kid'. Coming from an abusive home in a cold, working-class city, it tells the story about youth, anger and changing the course of your life that was set out for you by your parents. The movie and album that accompanies it, manages to thread the needle between a dazzling array of genres: pop, tongue-wagging hair metal, dark R&B, and pleading soul. By doing so Purple Rain, placed itself in a unique transcendent place which cannot be repli- cated or replaced. As explained in an article on, "The only way to get to where Purple Rain takes you is to play Purple Rain." Purple rain will be showing between the 13th and 15th May, only at Eden Cinemas. For more information and tick- ets, please visit edencinemas. or call on 23710400.

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