KKĠ at ECHO Envrironmentfest, Tas-Sliema

4 - 5 June, Independence Gardens in Sliema

The Echo Environmentfest at the Independence Gardens in Sliema, spread over Saturday and Sunday, starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday with the opening of stands and various activities, followed by entertainment for children by Xummiemu and Eko-Skola, Eco Forum, chaired by Marie Briguglio, and quiz and games.

From 8.30 p.m. onwards, there will be music, starting with Junkfunk, a band using instruments made out of recycled material, Sayary, a Peruvian band, and Screamdaisy.

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KKĠ Fair Trade at GAIA FEST, Għajntuffieħa

The Elysium Visitor Centre,
Ghajn Tuffieha
6.00 - 11.00pm

Torch-lit footpaths will lead to stalls selling organic food using Gaia's own produce, natural health products and services and fair-trade goods. An area will be set aside for meditation and live dance and music sessions will be held in Gaia's water reservoir which doubles up as an amphitheatre.

"The idea is for people to come for a stroll to a place where there is entertainment, information, education, food and live music, and soak up the general experience," said Rudolph Ragonesi, the driving force behind the Gaia Foundation. "Hence the word 'festival' as opposed to the concept of a fair which tends to be more exhibition oriented."

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WorldFest 2005

The highlight of the festival will be a free live concert by Renzo Spiteri's Latin Jazz Quintet that starts at 8.00pm. Percussionist Renzo Spiteri (see below), who has made a name for himself and for his country both in Malta and abroad, will be accompanied by Lino Cauchi (piano), Roger Azzopardi (trumpet), Mario "Cocker" Aquilina (bass), and Joe Micallef (drums).

At WorldFest 2005 there will be a number of Fair Trade stalls with a whole new range of foodstuffs, handicrafts, costume jewelry, cds of world music, and a host of other fair traded ethnic products from different communites in Africa, Asia and Latin and Central America. (In picture, a hand made and hand painted jewel box by Hebron Glass and Ceramics in Palestine.) There will also be fresh organic produce for sale provided by Gaia Foundation.

 Fair traded food products supplied by the world shop L-Arka will be available for free tasting at 11.00am and at 5.00pm. In the morning, children will have the opportunity to make costume jewelry like rings and bracelets with pearls. Djembes will be available throughout the day for ad hoc djembe circles with the participation, amongst others, of African musicians.

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