Participants of Eurovision Song Contest performed on open-air stage in Valletta
On a Friday afternoon, April 20, passers-by from the main pedestrian street of Valletta merrily moved towards the building of the Royal Opera House. It was from there under the open sky bounded by rows of ancient columns that the cheerful and light rhythms played by Armenian and Maltese artists were heard.
The singers – participants of the Eurovision music contest – came out to delight audience. Armenia was represented by romantic and lyrical Hayko and bright Dalita, who invited everyone to her homeland with “Welcome to Armenia” song.
The winner of the Junior Eurovision 2015 from Malta Destiny Chukunyere touched hearts with her “The Sound of Silence”.
Christabelle Borg, who will represent Malta at Eurovision 2018, also appeared on stage with her “Taboo”.
The absolute sincerity of the performers and the lively and warm reaction of listeners erased all boundaries between the stage and the audience for about an hour, charging the entire space with positive energy.
Hayko (Hayko Hakobyan)
— During my stay in Malta, I did not manage to see all the beauties of this wonderful country because of the very busy schedule. I was pleasantly surprised by the architecture. I envy the Maltese when I see how they preserved the old architecture, and the new buildings are in harmony with the ancient ones. This shows how the Maltese respect their historical heritage.
I was also impressed by the building where I performed during the Armenian Cultural Days in Malta. They managed to preserve what remained after the bombing and turned the ruins into a mix of old and modern. The Maltese audience, as well as tourists, warmly accepted my songs, which was very important for me, because it was my first performance in Malta. I hope that once I will give a solo concert here.
Giving a concert during the Armenian Cultural Days in Malta was a pleasure, as it provided an opportunity to show the Armenian culture in different ways.
The Armenian Cultural Days in Malta lasted around two weeks, and the Maltese audience, as well as guests, could hear the works of Aram Khachaturian, Komitas and Tigran Mansurian. Art and culture unite all nations, and it is very pleased that many people in Malta opened Armenia during these days.
— The Armenian Cultural Days were held at a high level. The organizers of the event worked brilliantly. After my performance in Valletta, I had positive and wonderful impressions, and, of course, the warmest memories that I took with me to Yerevan.
The trip to Malta within the Armenian Cultural Days met all expectations. I am grateful to all the organizers on behalf of Konstantin Ishkhanov for the warm welcome and hosting such a program.
It was my second trip to beautiful Malta. This time my visit was rather short, but it did not stop me from seeing new places in Valletta and St Julian’s. I want to note once again, that I was convinced of hospitality, kindness and courteousness of the locals.
After my performance in Valletta, I had positive and wonderful impressions, and, of course, the warmest memories that I took with me to Yerevan.