Every year during the past 12 years, the beginning of Summer in Malta has been characterised by a particular unmissable event. This is the Earth Garden Festival – an outdoor non-mainstream music festival supported by the Malta Tourism Authority and held at Ta Qali, at the limits of Attard in central Malta.

Promoting an environmentally-friendly lifestyle, the Earth Garden is not only one more excuse to meet up and have fun, it is also a way for both local and international bands and artists to show their ecological verve in an atmosphere of positivity, a feast of colours, sounds and eclectic tastes ranging from the local to the most exotic.

This year, the festival will feature five different music stages, each sporting a relevant theme and music-style. The stages are to be called: the Roots Stage, the Enchanted Forest, the Electronic Sphere, Strawberry Hill, as well as the Live Jamming Area. Acts from all over the world will be at the centre stage, as the festival will host more than a hundred artists, all with varying musical styles. From rock, to psychedelic, gypsy punk to techno, house to electro and ambient, as well as many others.

Although the main focus of the Earth Garden Festival is the music, another very important part of the event is the hosting of the Ethnic Market, where each year, stalls of handmaid clothes and decorations, artistic endeavours, particular crafted creations and unique pieces create a colourful array and produce a free-spirited atmosphere. Food, of course, will be plentiful, as alternative and exotic cuisine combines with local traditions.

While some people purchase a one-day ticket to get a taste of the festive atmosphere, listen to the bands, and peruse the ethnic market, others prefer to go all-out and get a four-day camping ticket instead, in order to fully enjoy the festival to the maximum. There are two different camping areas where one might set up one’s camp, these are the Festive Grove, found in the heart of the festival area right next to the Enchanted Forest and the Ethnic Market, and, for those who prefer a more relaxed and peaceful atmosphere, the Green Meadows, situated along the perimeter of the festival grounds.

Artists playing at the Earth Garden Festival this year include Brikkuni from Malta, Wild Marmalade from Australia, Tribali-members from Malta, Etnica from Italy, Silicon Scally from France, The Riffs from Malta, Lion Black from Serbia, DJ Antaro from Germany, the Bohemian Betyars from Hungary, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi from Iran, the Helsinki-Cotounou Ensemble from Finland and Africa, and Bibita from Malta.

The Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, together with Wasteserv, are enthusiastically supporting Earth Garden and its promotion of environmental consciousness. The festival’s organisers make it a point for the event to be totally green, using recyclable and reusable materials and promoting a number of green activities.

The Earth Garden Festival 2018 will be taking place at Ta’ Qali from Thursday the 31st of May to Sunday 3rd June. For more information about tickets, to view the festival programme, as well as read more about particular activities taking place within these 4 days, please visit the Festival’s official website – http://www.earthgarden.com.mt/tickets/