Everyone has a chance to become a musician for Mewġa Mużika, whether a music lover, aspiring or professional musician. With this principle in mind, the Portuguese group ondamarela recruited over 400 people from different communities from January to date, with the youngest participant being only six years old and the oldest aged 80. They participated in over 30 workshops, meetings and rehearsals in various locations around Malta and Gozo. The coming weekend will see the final performance of this ambitious Valletta 2018 project.

“This project is about music being made from the people, by the people, for the people!” says music teacher Norman Cristina, who leads the percussion session in this project believes the concert will be the most unique musical project in the history of Malta. Introduced to ondamarela by one of his students, the pianist and percussionist was was one of the very first people to meet the team. “This project brings together people from all walks of life, with or without any musical skill whatsoever, even joining right now as we speak, to make music together in minutes,” he told Eve.

Norman Cristina (centre) and other volunteers. Photo credit: Darren Agius

The community of more than 300 musicians will perform using handmade ethnic instruments, electric guitars, drums, stringed instruments, wind instruments, brass and other instruments. Accompanying the orchestra is a chorus of 30 people. Some participants are whole families, while others have found a second family within this community group (read how it all started here).

Taking place at Mdina Ditch, the event will start with various workshops, inviting the audience to draw or write their feelings about music, to try their hand at various instruments, and to discover dance, stop-motion, and body percussion. The organisers are striving to make sure that people from all walks of life feel at home during Mewġa Mużika. It is planned as a family-friendly event, and the venue is going to be wheelchair accessible.

The final concert of Mewġa Mużika will be held on Sunday 9th September 2018 at 7pm, but various activities for the whole family will start at 10am. The full programme is available here.