The second edition of the APS Summer Festival, under the artistic direction of Annalisa Schembri, will take place at the University of Malta campus between 21st July and 1st August 2021, the bank announced, confirming its ongoing commitment to support culture in its different forms.

“The Festival is an opportunity to move forward,” said Hervé Delpech, APS Bank Chief Strategy Officer, commenting that “life has not stopped with the pandemic and this is our duty as the Community Bank in Malta to support and create the conditions, at the time of uncertainty, for artists to perform and for the public to enjoy.”

Hervé Delpech, APS Bank Chief Strategy Officer, Prof. Alfred J. Vella, University of Malta Rector and Annalisa Schembri, APS Summer Festival Artistic Director

Leveraging the theme of the celebration of diversity, the festival brings together a multidisciplinary line up of acts and performances. Featured artists include Moveo Dance Company, bringing on stage George Bizet’s Carmen into a contemporary dance show; the School of Performing Arts from University of Malta; Brikkuni; Andrew Alamango with his latest work called Lost Voices exploring and reviving 1930s Maltese music; various theatre pieces including a performance around the life of Prof. Oliver Friggieri; local bands Djun and Brodu; and World Music acts featuring Jazz and Tango, among other headlining artists.

Artistic Director Annalisa Schembri said that, “we are living through very exciting times that require us to pivot fast and become agents of agile transformation. This Festival is a testimony of this. This year’s edition is the co-creation of artistic content coming from the call for applications we ran recently and specifically commissioned acts that convey the purpose of this Festival: Diversity, Inclusion and Joy.”

Meanwhile, Matthew von Brockdorff, Managing Director and CEO of Atlas Insurance added that “Atlas is delighted to support this great initiative as we want to be there to celebrate together with APS Bank the return to the ‘new normal’. We were present in every step of the way to assist our customers and Maltese businesses both throughout the pandemic and now in the post-pandemic and recovery phase. ESG, sustainability and CSR are high on our agenda, and our focus is to contribute to health and wellness, community support and to our culture and heritage.”

This APS Summer Festival is supported by the University of Malta, Atlas Insurance PCC Ltd and Kinnie, and is organised in line with the instructions provided by the Health Authorities to ensure a safe experience for all.

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