In conjunction with Malta’s 2017 Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and as part of their Australia Tour, Malta’s Touring Band *Etnika performed in Canberra at the Big Band Room of the ANU School of Music on Sunday, 5 February 2017 to a capacity crowd of 140, composed of Heads of Missions and deputies of the European Union in Canberra, representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Maltese community.
The evening started with pre drinks at the foyer of the Big Band Room, after which the guests were ushered in to be seated shortly before 7 pm. The High Commissioner welcomed everyone and gave a brief on Malta’s EU Presidency, mentioning the recent informal summit held at the Grand Masters Palace in Valletta attended by the 28 EU heads of state and government. He mentioned that Malta is taking over the Presidency from Slovakia at a time when the EU is confronted by unprecedented challenges and how Malta is ready to face these challenges. The High Commissioner then welcomed onstage Malta’s most popular folk band.
*Etnika’s unique repertoire of Maltese songs, instrumental arrangements and Flamenco dancing kept everyone enthralled the entire evening. It was undoubtedly a musical journey to Malta and the Mediterranean