VIAF Honours Maestro Vella`s Legacy

The 21st edition of the Victoria International Arts Festival (VIAF) will take place from the 6th June to the 9th July 2018 in Gozo, Malta. Check out the full details of this interesting programme at

Maestro Joseph Vella contributed wholeheartedly to the growth and international recognition of VIAF, by acting as Artistic Director of the Festival since its inception in 1997.

As a tribute to Maestro Vella, who passed away in February 2018, the organising committee will honour his memory and legacy by presenting this year’s 21st edition of VIAF as originally devised and planned by Mro Vella and his team. For the opening and closing concerts, the organising committee has engaged the services of British conductor Philip Walsh, who agreed to keep the works already chosen by Joseph Vella for these concerts, and suggested other pieces that would fit both thematically and in spirit with the works already scheduled to be performed.

The opening concert will take place on Wednesday 6 June, with the closing concert scheduled for Monday 9 July. Both concerts with strong Joseph Vella overtones include the participation of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, and will be held at St George’s Basilica, Victoria Gozo.

All VIAF concerts/events are free of charge.