Django World Music Festival

Bringing together musicians from all regions of Europe and beyond
Bringing together musicians from all regions of Europe and beyond

As part of the activities organised during Belgium’s Presidency of the European Union Council, the Belgian Ambassador to Malta wished to create music festival that brought together musicians from all regions of Europe and beyond. The 3-day music festival took place in the Grand Hall of the Archaeological Museum, formerly the Auberge de Provence, one of the most elaborately decorated Baroque buildings in Valletta.

“What does being a European mean?” was one of the topics the Belgian government wished to address during its EU Council Presidency by having its diplomatic outposts all over Europe organise various events in the member states. H.E. Jean-François Delahaut, then Ambassador to Malta, conceived the idea that the Roma, the gypsies, were actually the first real Europeans.

A musical celebration

One of the greatest ever gypsy-born jazz musicians of European origin was Django Reinhart, who was coincidentally born in Belgium in 1910. The Festival would therefore be celebrating the centenary of the birth of the renowned Belgian musician Django Reinhart.

Colourful and culturally diverse

The Belgian Ambassador requested On Site Malta, whose owner Paul Selis is also Belgian, to organise all aspects of the festival, including calling on fellow ambassadors of various EU and non-EU countries to contribute to the festival including Austria, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Japan and Turkey.

The Grand Hall on the top floor of the magnificent Auberge de Provence was to open its doors to the public for three consecutive days. Research was conducted, artwork was designed, posters and leaflets printed and distributed, tickets were sold online and were also available at the door. All sound and light equipment, a number of instruments and backline were sourced for the event.

Travel, transport and accommodation arrangements were done for the many artists and a very colourful and culturally diverse opening reception was organised by the DMC.

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Django World Music Festival Industry: Diplomatic Origin: International No of Pax: 500
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As part of the activities organised during Belgium’s Presidency of the European Union Council, the Belgian Ambassador to Malta wished to create music festival that brought together musicians from all regions of Europe and beyond. The 3-day music festival took place in the Grand Hall of the Archaeological Museum, formerly the Auberge de Provence, one of the most elaborately decorated Baroque buildings in Valletta.

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