Earth Garden Festival 2014
This year’s edition of the Earth Garden Festival returns with a 3-day festival starting on Friday 6th June until Sunday 8th June 2014 at Ta’ Qali National Park. This was announced at a Press Conference held on Friday 25th April at Casa Leone, Santa Venera.
Last year we have seen Earth Garden reach the highest growth so far, in terms of attendance, artists’ participation, performers, organisation and production. This festival remains the local green finger festival that voices care for the environment through Arts, Music and Culture, in a holistic way, attracting both locals and foreigners to take part in a unique experience on the island of Malta. Thus, yet again we teamed up with the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change and together we have selected the environmental theme for this year’s edition of the Festival to be: Our environment, Your well-being. “We believe that our contribution towards Earth Garden, is not a charitable donation but an investment in this celebration of innovation and creativity that brings together persons of all ages, who not only wish to live a better life than the one they are used to, but cultivate a different and better quality of life that is different from the traditional one that they have been brought up in” expressed Honourable Minister Leo Brincat.
Earth Garden 2013 was bigger and better in all aspects: “Our Festival goers have responded well to last year’s edition despite being the first time that required an entrance fee, we delivered on our promise of Earth Garden being an experience, not just an event. Considering the interest and bookings we got last year we are confident that this festival has potential to reach international audiences”, said Howard Keith, one of the organisers.
The 2014 Earth Garden will again feature two main areas: The Greek Theatre Main Stage and the Open Village. Same as previous years, this edition we will be growing in terms of areas, a larger footprint for the camping site, longer hours, over 50 plus acts, increased number of stands and an introduction of a new area.
The Greek Theatre, synonymous with the ‘big’ shows at Earth Garden, most of which are normally sold out, will host three music concerts over three nights. This year’s edition will surely be a special one with the exclusive concert by The Beangrowers and Brikkuni, on Sunday 8th June. This will be both bands only performance for this year. On Friday 6th June, Xirka Rock will take the audience to a journey of Rock music highlighting their best of Xirka Rock editions as well as a Woodstock special. On Saturday 7th, the Greek Theatre will turn on the lights for Airport Impressions, where they will be performing their new album “Mariette” live, for the first time.
The Open Village, the heart of Earth Garden, as per previous editions will host the Roots Stage, the Electronic Sphere, the Camping Area, the Why Not? Jamming Area, Ethnic Market, Holistic Area, the V.18 Art Square ,The Enchanted Forest , The Smiley Fun Park and a Moroccan Shisha Chill Out area .
The Roots Stage, where 25 acts will be performing throughout the festival, will be a showcase of talented local artists including The Rifffs on Saturday, who will also be launching their much awaited 2nd album and Tribali the closing act on Sunday, after the Greek Theatre concert. Foreign bands will also feature on the Roots Stage, peaking at the start on
Friday, with the performance from Caravana Sun, an Australian band, as well two Spanish acts on Saturday and Sunday. Other performing artists include, KazinSka, ManaTapu, Kantaliena and Plato’s Dream Machine, just to mention a few!
The Electronic Sphere will be set in a new location, double in size and will open at 6pm. This will be hosted by The Underground Movement on Friday, on Saturday by Presence featuring the world famous psychedelic artist Armin Boom Shankar from Germany and on the closing night, Sunday, will be hosted by Earth Garden residents, Perpendicular.
The Why Not? Jamming area captures the roots of the Earth Garden Festival – “the festival is reaching new heights and growing every edition, nonetheless we look forward to keep this area as raw as possible – this is where it all started where artists freely express themselves and capture the true essence of Earth Garden” said Reuben Spiteri, another member of the organising team.
The ever-popular Ethnic Market will entice the festival crowd with a visual spectacle provided by various market vendors displaying a cornucopia of ethnic items, conjuring up a feast of colours. In the Holistic Section, one can find various educational stands, NGOs and workshops.The Festival site will also increase the variety of food stalls offering tastes from around the world.
The V.18 Art Square will present a work of art by renowned artist Emanuel Bonnici; the installation ‘Lampuki’ will cover an area of about 50m squared. The artwork will be made out of corrugated cardboard, an environmentally friendly material which can be easily recycled.
The Camping Site, will reach the largest footprint so far; having both batches of tickets been sold out in seven minutes; the third batch will be out for on Monday 28 April – this was possible thanks to Surplus & Adventure Equipment Store.
The area dedicated to children will take the form of a park and has been aptly named as the Smiley Fun Park; as this area promises to be not just fun for the young ones but also for the young at heart!
A new concept that will also form part of the Open Village is the Enchanted Forest, which will be hosted on Friday by Remissa with dub sessions; on Saturday by AvantGarde featuring minimal techno music and Sunday hosted by Juuls featuring reggae music. During the afternoon between 2pm and 6pm this area will be transformed into the Strongbow Cider Sessions where various artists will be performing 45 minutes acoustic sets.
Whilst the general décor of the festival is given a lot of attention, amenities and the overall production are equally important to ensure the standards are kept in check.
The 2014 Edition of Earth Garden Festival is powered by Twistees, and supported the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Cisk Export Premium Lager, V.18, Vamp Magazine and Ben & Jerry’s.
The 3-day ticket for the Open Village will be available online at €5 until the 15 May 2014; as from the 16 May 2014 onwards they will be on sale for €8. Concert tickets for the Greek Theatre are €12 for Friday; Saturday and Sunday concerts are at €15 – concert ticket prices will increase at the door. The organisers remind the public that Greek Theatre Ticket holders will be allowed access to all the 3 days whilst children under 15 accompanied by an adult will be allowed to enter the festival for free. Online tickets can be bought from www.ticketline.com.mt
Official Earth Garden Ticket Outlets are: • Valletta – Exit, Jubilee • Gzira – Jubilee • St. Julians - Why Not?, Juuls • Sliema–Exit • Msida– Paperclips • Marsascala– Zion • Zabbar–Royal Impact • Rabat –Saqqajja Kiosk • St. Pauls Bay - Remissa, Organic House • Xemxija - Pit Stop Kiosk •Gozo - Mr. Signs, Jubilee, Mojos
Earth Garden Info line and Ticket Hotline 79948529. We invite you to visit our website www.earthgarden.com.mt