1. The Spectacular Venue
2. Cocktail Bar: From Aperol Spritz to Maltese Negroni to Jameson Ginger Ale, Kinnie Kiss, Campari Tonic and more to choose from.
3. Champagne Hipster offering a selection of wines and Prosecco
5. Bokanté is nothing short of a world music super group as stated by the Pulse Magazine (Australia)
6. João Bosco is a noted Brazilian singer-songwriter with a distinctive style as a guitarist.
7. Chick Corea: Innovator and Pioneer. Since embarking on a solo career in 1966, Chick has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever, the Elektric Band, and now the electro/acoustic Vigil.
8. Special Transport arrangements
The last ferry for Sliema and that for The Three Cities will leave at 01.30 hrs on both Friday 20th and Saturday 21st.
A mini bus shuttle service will also run from Marsamxett to Ta’ Liesse from 19.00 hrs to 21.00 hrs and vice versa from 00.15 to 01.15 hrs.
This free shuttle service will be exclusively available upon presentation of a Malta Jazz Festival ticket
9. Our efforts to help the environment by using reusable plastic cups and recycling points.
10. Millions are watching the festival on Mezzo.TV & you're going to be part of it!
11. And last but not least - Delicious food!
Olivier Zanot & Philippe Aerts two artists taking part of the Malta Jazz Festival 2018 Launch at The Phoenicia Hotel last Monday
The sea is the inspiration for the closing concert of this year’s edition of the Malta International Arts Festival, featuring the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra directed by the young conductor Gergely Madaras.
Claude Debussy’s symphonic suite La Mer, which gives the concert its name, will be followed by a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Suites, extracted from his opera Peter Grimes.
Charles Camilleri often drew on the musical heritage of the Mediterranean in his works, and this is very much evident in his “Mediterranean” piano concerto. 13-year-old prodigy Dmitry Ishkhanov, a Maltese pianist of Russo-Armenian origin, will be taking on the solo role.
Hofesh Shechter presents his critically acclaimed work Political Mother, his first full evening creation for his internationally renowned company building on the worldwide success of Uprising/In Your Rooms. Nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts award in 2011 and declared an ‘audio visual marvel’ by critics, Political Mother brims with Shechter’s emotional and gritty complexity. Pulsating live music, extraordinary ensemble sequences, and cinematic editing make Political Mother a dance experience like no other. Political Mother is performed by Shechter’s internationally acclaimed dancers and is accompanied by his cinematic score featuring a band of live drummers and electric guitarists. Political Mother promises to draw audiences back to Shechter’s world whose astonishing unisons, percussive grooves and raw, honest physicality mark him as one of the most exciting artists to emerge in recent years.
Since the founding of a mixed voice choir in 1972, the Choir of Clare College has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s leading university choirs. In addition to its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College chapel, the choir keeps an active schedule recording, broadcasting, and performing. Former directors have included John Rutter and Timothy Brown. Under the direction of Graham Ross, Director of Music since 2010, it has been praised for its consistently ‘thrilling’ and ‘outstanding’ performances worldwide.
Is-sajf iġġib miegħhu festival wara l-ieħor. Mill-Għanafest, għall-Malta Jazz Festival, għall-karnival ta' sajf u meta s-sħana tkun għada ma tbatietx ikolna wkol n-Notte Bianca. Dawn il-festivals kollha jaqgħu taħt Festivals Malta fi ħdan Arts Council Malta. B'hekk dawn il-festivals qed jitmexxew b'viżzjoni, bi ħsieb u b'impenn lejn il-Maltin u l-Għawdxin kollha.
Our goal? You’ll find everything you need to know about great events in Malta you won’t want to miss ... and you have plenty to choose from!
Malta’s national festivals and events are highlights in the country’s cultural calendar and are anticipated and enjoyed each year by thousands, both audience and participants. With their wide-ranging art forms, they serve to delight almost all cultural tastes.
Festivals Malta (the organizer of these events) has a vision, mission and strategy for all of Malta’s festivals falling under its auspices. In line with goals set by Arts Council Malta, it shall endeavor to shape Malta’s cultural development through all the performing arts, and to develop and financially sustainable ecosystem, that entertains, enriches and inspires performers and audiences alike. Furthermore, these events promote education and the nurturing of talent and giving opportunities while providing platforms for artists, local and international.
Together with the support of the Arts Council, Festivals Malta aims to give value to the diverse range of creative expression and invest in relevant, innovative and enjoyable creative experiences as well as embracing excellence as a principle that drives our work. We, as Festivals Malta, support the development of knowledge, skills and competences that enable you to engage in a creative life for your enhanced well-being as well as strongly believing that talent should be transformed into a profession to its full potential.
Let’s go through the events we have prepared for you this year!
Malta World Music Festival – 18th and 19th May 2018. This event celebrates the beauty of cultural diversity, the exchange and dialogue of people’s roots and the vitality that is borne out of such experiences and expressed through the powerful medium of music. Visit www.maltaworldmusicfestival.org for more information.
Għanafest - 22nd & 23rd June 2018. Għanafest celebrates the diversity of Mediterranean and world music, bringing together a rich programme of Għana (maltese folk music), Maltese bands and foreign folk acts. Għanafest is a multinational get-together, an event that celebrates multi-ethnicity and cross-border collaborations. Visit www.għanafest.com for more information. Watch newly refurbished Argotti Gardens (Festival's venue).
Malta International Arts Festival – 29th June until 15th July 2018 (various locations). Featuring a varied programme of theatre, music, dance and visual arts and offering a broad range of genres and artistic forms, events are held mainly in open-air venues in Malta’s warm summer nights. The Festival also includes a number of residencies and workshops with some of its international guests. This event seeks excellence in artistic integrity while reaching out to the community by aspiring in placing Malta on the world’s cultural map. This festival creates an environment whereby the want to aspire and thrive are constant factors from which expressivity and innovation are a celebration of art. We are also inviting you artists to participate! Visit www.maltaartsfestival.org for more information and open calls deadlines and requirements.
Malta Jazz Festival: 16th July until 21st July 2018. Valletta’s magnificent Grand Harbour sets the backdrop to the Malta Jazz Festival. This event has become a byword for high-calibre performances which delight jazz aficionados and lay persons alike. Visit www.maltajazzfestival.org for more information.
Notte Bianca: 6th October 2018. Notte Bianca, Malta’s beloved nightlong arts and culture event sees the capital’s street and cultural venues come alive thanks to a carefully designed programme of events offering a variety of entertainments and experiences. Visit www.nottebianca.org.mt for more information.
Three palaces festival: 2nd until 11th November 2018. Music of quality and distinction. The 3 palaces has been building a tremendous following allowing the world’s greatest artists and younger generation musicians to come and celebrate together with all on Malta during the festival month of November. Visit www.3palacesfestival.org for more information.
The festivals and events take great pride in reaching out to the community and has programmed plenty of street theatre, dance, music, visual art, cinematography, puppetry and much more to name a few, by local and international artists in the streets of Valletta being the European Capital of Culture and other locations. Different performances target different audiences, and thus the whole community is enabled in experiencing different forms of art, all the while developing a taste for culture and arts.
This is just a snippet of the rich and diverse range of this year’s events. Stay tuned!
L-għan tagħna huwa wieħed. Dan l-artiklu jservi ta’ gwida għall-avvenimenti u spettakli u għandek issib l-informazzjoni kollha li għandek bżonn… u għandek ħafna minn fejn tagħżel!
L-avvenimenti u l-ispettakli saru parti mill-kalendarju kulturali lokali u huma antiċipati u mgawda minn eluf, kemm mill-udjenza u kif ukoll mill-parteċipanti. Bil-varjeta’, dawn l-avvenimenti jservu ta’ attrazzjoni għal kwalunkwe gost kulturali.
L-organizzatur ta’ dawn l-ispettakli, Festivals Malta, għandha viżjoni, missjoni u strateġija għall-avvenimenti kollha tagħha. Flimkien mal-Kunsill Malti għall-Arti u Valletta 2018, l-organizzazzjoni tippromwovi apprezzament fl-iżvilupp tal-arti f’Malta. Barra minn hekk, l-attivitajiet jservu ta’ opportunita’ edukattiva u tħeġġeġ l-iżvilupp artistiku tat-talent lokali waqt li jservu ta’ pjattaforma għal artisti lokali u internazzjonali.
L-iskop ta’ Festivals Malta, flimkien mas-sapport tal-Kunsill Malti għall-Arti u Valletta 2018, huwa li nagħtu valur mistħoqq lid-diversi ġeneri ta’ espressjonijiet artistiċi u kreattivi filwaqt li ninvestu f’ideat ġodda u innovattivi. Aħna, bħala Festivals Malta, nħeġġu l-iżvilupp ta’ għarfien u ħiliet li jikkumplimentaw ħolistiku u ninkoraġġixxu l-potenzjal tat-talent lokali.
Ejjew nagħtu daqqa t’għajn lejn dak li hemm ippreparat għal din is-sena:
Għanafest 22 u 23 ta’ Ġunju 2018. Għanafest tiċċelebra d-diversita’ tal-Mediterran u l-mużika minn madwar id-dinja, flimkien mal-programm divers tal-mużika folk, għana u spettakli minn gruppi etniċi internazzjonali. Għanafest hija fiha nnifisha festa ta’ kulturi u ċelebrazzjonijiet diversi. Żur is-sit www.għanafest.com għal aktar informazzjoni. Dan il-festival se jerġa’ jsir fil-Ġnien tal-Argotti l-Furjana, fejn sar xogħol ta’ tisbiħ matul din is-sena (ara l-video hawn taħt).
Malta Interational Arts Festival. Mid-29 ta’ Ġunju sal-15 ta’ Lulju 2018, f’lokalitajiet differenti. Programm vast ta’ teatru, mużika, żfin, arti viżiva u għażla ta’ ġeneri u forom ta’ arti differenti. Il-festival jinkludi wkoll numru ta’ workshops ma’ kumpaniji ta’ fama internazzjonali. Dan l-avveniment joħloq ambjent fejn wieħed jaspira u jiġi mħeġġeġ għal elementi espressivi u innovattivi li huma ċelebrazzjoni tal-arti. Jekk inti artist jew artista, għandek iċ-ċans tipparteċipa magħna! Żur is-sit www.maltaartsfestival.org għal aktar informazzjoni dwar il-festival u r-rekwiżiti tal-open calls.
Malta Jazz Festival. Mis-16 sal-21 ta’ Lulju 2018. Il-Port il-Kbir iservi ta’ sfond għall-Malta Jazz Festival. Dan l-ispettaklu ta’ kalibru għoli sar parti mill-kalendarju kulturali f’Malta fejn jinkludi atmosfera sabiħa għall-familja kollha. Żur is-sit www.maltajazzfestival.org għal aktar informazzjoni.
B’unur, l-avvenimenti u l-ispettakli organizzati minn Festivals Malta għandhom għan wieħed, li jilħqu l-komunita’ permezz tal-arti, teatru fit-toroq, żfin, mużika ta’ kull ġeneru, arti viżiva, ċinematogrofija, spettaklu ta’ pupazzi fost oħrajn minn artisti lokali u internazzjonali fit-toroq tal-Belt Kapitali Ewropeja tal-Kultura 2018, Valletta u lokalitajiet oħrajn. Spettakli differenti jilħqu udjenza differenti u b’hekk il-programm jindirizza lil kulħadd fejn is-soċjeta’ għandha l-opportunita’ li tesperjenza forom differenti ta’ arti waqt li nkattru l-valur tal-kultura u l-arti.
Din hi biss togħma tal-programm divers li għandna lest għalikom din is-sena!
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Festivals Malta has issued a number of open calls for artists in various disciplines, for performances and workshops, for this year’s European Capital of Culture special edition of the 2018 Malta International Arts Festival (MIAF), which runs this year from 29 June to 15 July. The programme celebrates the Mediterranean, diversity and mankind, and brings together different art forms, diverse cultures, and creative minds. Involvement and participation are key, and below are the open calls for performances and workshops:
Call for outdoor art
Have you ever wanted to experience being an ‘arty busker’? Proposals are being accepted from artists who wish to perform in the first ever MIAF morning programme to date. The brief is anything artistic you wish to do: sing, dance, paint, play or act. Your canvas? Malta’s beautiful baroque gem: any outdoor space in Valletta. This free-for-all day will be held on June 30 (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.). Come with your easels and paintbrushes, your violin, your electric guitar, dancing gear, saxophone, your acrobatics and circus skills, your new poem, new monologue or one-act play… anything goes! The artistic committee will be choosing participants from among the submissions received. Proposals across all art forms are eligible. There will be a small remuneration for artists per act. Applicants should submit a letter of intent, with an explanation of their project or performance; a biography; and, if applicable, photos and digital samples of their work. Due to the nature of this concept, there is very little scope for any tech riders and requirements, however, if something is essential for the ‘performance’, please indicate this in your submission. Please send your application to the Artistic Director of the Festival, Dr Michelle Castelletti email@example.com by May 4. The email should be entitled MIAF 2018:ARTIBUSK! Chosen artists will be notified by May 25.
Call for art
Visual artists are being asked to submit a work for inclusion within the MIAF 2018 printed programme. Any visual art form which can be reproduced in print via photography will be accepted. Please use the current events and performances as inspiration for your work. The overarching thematic unity is the Mediterranean, whether it is colour and passion, or resurgence and humanitarianism.
The artistic committee will go through all artwork received and will make a selection. The festival reserves the right not to choose any work for this publication. The decision of the committee is final. To apply, please submit a digital copy (in high resolution) of your work to the Artistic Director of the festival, Dr Michelle Castelletti: firstname.lastname@example.org. The email should be entitled MIAF2018: Call for Art. Applications should be received by 18 May. Chosen artists will be notified by 25 May. Programme page size: 10cm width by 21cm height + 5mm bleed.
Call for composers
Are you a classical or alternative composer who has had his/her worked performed and would love to share this with more people? The MIAF will be presenting ‘Classical Juke Box’ – an interactive space where people can walk in and choose what they would like to listen to from the playlist available. If you would like your work to be on this playlist, please write directly to the Artistic Director of the festival, Dr Michelle Castelletti email@example.com, with a link to your work on YouTube, SoundCloud or any other digital medium. Please include your music bio, and feel free to include any other web-links, or sound files for audio-related material. The work may also be for "tape" and may also include projected visuals. The e-mail should be entitled: MIAF2018: CLASSICAL JUKE BOX. The artistic committee will go through all artwork received and will make a selection. The decision of the committee is final. Applications should be received by May 11. Chosen artists will be notified by June 8.
Applications are being received for participation in a workshop with Hofesh Shechter Dance Company on 15 July. Hofesh Shechter is one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists. His unique style of choreography, infused with honesty and raw physicality has won Shechter and his company world-wide acclaim. Led by Hofesh Shechter Company dancers Merel Lammers and Diogo Bolacha de Sousa, this three-hour workshop is an opportunity for dance teachers, students and professional dancers to explore the company’s distinctive movement style. The workshop will include a full warm-up and use repertoire and imagery from Shechter’s newest work, Grand Finale, to explore his creative process. The workshop costs €60 (cheques made payable to Arts Council Malta) and will be held at the University Dance Studies Studios, Hometrends Building second floor, Taż-Żwejt Industrial Estate, San Gwann. To apply, send a brief bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is 30 April.
For further information visit: www.maltaartsfestival.org
Call for dancers for international project collaboration
MIAF is looking for 20 dancers (male and female). It will be offering a free two-week intensive dance residency (choreographic lab) with an international choreographer which will culminate into a site specific performance for the opening night of the MIAF on 29 June 2018. Through an audition process the selected applicant will have the opportunity to receive an exceptional experience, widen their abilities and vision as a dancer by working with international choreographer Oded Ronen (Israel). This is an opportunity to become part of a unique process where music and movement will equally inspire each other through Ronen’s style of work.
Applicants must have a strong contemporary dance technique and knowledge of classical technique, good feeling for lines and detail, flexibility, open-mindedness for collaboration with choreographer, strong stage personality, creativity as well as being able to contribute to the creative process.
Venue: University of Malta School of Performing Arts Dance Studies Department
Address: Hometrends, second floor, Taż-Żwejt Industrial Estate, San Gwann
Pre Auditions: 14 June, by invitation through application
Final Selections: 17 June by Oded Ronen
Time: 17:00 – 21.00
Deadline for subscription: 30th April 2018 (noon)
Residency working period: 17-28 June (five/six hours daily)
Performance date: 29 June at 21:00 St.George’s Square Valletta, Malta.
Audition fee: none
Residency fee: none
Performance fee: none
Send your applications to email@example.com
Il-Malta International Arts Festival (MIAF) reġa’ ingħata l-label Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) għat-tieni sena. Dan il-label jindika l-impenn artistiku tal-festival u l-kontribut tiegħu lejn is-soċjeta’ bi programm li jinkludi wkoll artisti internazzjonali.
Il-Malta International Arts Festival 2018 hija edizzjoni speċjali għaliex hija parti miċ-ċelebrazzjonijiet tal-Belt Kapital Ewropea tal-Kultura. Il-festival ser isir mid-29 ta’ Ġunju sal-15 ta’ Lulju. Id-Direttur ta’ Festivals Malta qalet li “Ninsabu kburin inhabbru li l-Malta International Arts Festival, li sar avveniment importanti fil-kalenderju tal-kultura, reġa’ ingħata l-label EFFE għat-tieni darba. Il-festival jippromwovi l-liberta’ tal-espressjoni artistika b’programm li jinkludi diversi ġeneri ta’ arti u jinvesti kemm fl-artisti kif ukoll fl-udjenza”.
Minbarra l-element ta’ ċelebrazzjoni, il-festival jinvolvi aspetti umanitarji u politiċi. Dan jinkludi il-ġurnalista fotografika Reza Deghati ‘Exile Voices’, storja tar-refugjati mitqala mir-refuġjati stess, flimkien max-xogħol profond tal-fotografi Darrin Zammit Lupi u Charles Mifsud li jitrattaw l-qagħda mwiegħra tar-refuġjati. Il-koreografu-kompożitur Iżrael Hofesh Shechter se jkun qed itella’ x-xogħol mill-aktar magħruf, Political Mother. Il-gazzetta Ingliża The Guardian tirraporta dan ix-xogħol bħala “xogħol li huwa għal kulħadd”.
Id-Direttur Artistiku ta’ dan il-festival, Michelle Castelletti qalet li “l-Arti għandha effett qawwi fuq il-ħajja tal-bniedem, u aħna għandna l-qawwa li nagħmlu d-differenza. Għaldaqstant, il-festival ta’ din is-sena iħares lejn il-ħafna uċuħ tal-Mediterran:kulur, diversita’, passjoni, ċelebrazzjoni, u l-umanita’”.
Il-festival jemmen fl-edukazzjoni u t-trawwim tat-talenti u din is-sena se joffri diversi opportunitajiet għall-artisti. Il-Malta Youth Orchestra se tkun qed taħdem id f’id ma’ waħda mill-aqwa orkestri ‘Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’, ser jittellaw masterclasses ma’ Hofesh Shechter u Kamea Dance Company, workshops għat-tfal, workshops ma’ Clare College Cambridge Choir u Dance Hybrid fost oħrajn.
Il-programm vast tal-festival jiċċelebra kull forma ta’ arti, minn żfin minn kumpanija Taljana ‘No Gravity’, xogħol ġdid tal-kittieb Malti Immanuel Mifsud imħawwar max-xogħol ta’artisti viżivi lokali Vince Briffa u Paul Portelli u l-mużiċist Kris Spiteri. Din is-sena infakkru l-100 sena anniversarju mill-mewt ta’ Debussy. B’hekk, il-mużika tiegħu se tiġi ċċelebrata f’diversi kunċerti kif ukoll viżwalment f’esibizzjoni ta’ Kenneth Żammit Tabona li ġġib l-isem ta’ Watercolour Madness.
Il-festival iservi ta’ pjattaforma għal artisti minn kull ġeneru ta’ arti: Teatru fit-toroq, żfin, mużika, arti viżwali, ċinematografija, spettaklu ta’ pupazzi u esperjenzi artistiċi oħrajn minn artisti lokali madwar it-toroq tal-Belt Valletta.
Dan huwa biss kampjun mill-programm artistiku ppreparat għal din l-edizzjoni. Għal iktar informazzjoni, żur is-sit www.maltaartsfestival.org.
The Malta International Arts Festival (MIAF) has been awarded the prestigious Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) label for the second time running. The label is a sign of a festival’s artistic commitment, community involvement and its international and global outlook.
The MIAF, which runs from 29 June to 15 July, marks a special celebratory European Capital of Culture edition. Festivals Malta director Annabelle Stivala said: “We are proud to announce that the Malta International Arts Festival, the highlight of Malta’s cultural calendar, has been awarded the EFFE label for the second time. The festival promotes freedom of artistic expression through a programme that embraces various art forms and invests in artists and audiences alike.”
In addition to the celebratory element, the festival also features an underlying humanitarian and political aspect throughout. This includes National Geographic photojournalist Reza Deghati’s Exile Voices, the story of refugees told by the refugees themselves, together with the poignant work of photographers Darrin Zammit Lupi and Charles Mifsud, also documenting the plight of refugees. Israeli choreographer-composer Hofesh Schechter’s Political Mother is a grand-scale work about political indoctrination and totalitarianism, described by The Guardian as one that “shows that new dance is for all, not just those in the bubble”.
Speaking about this social strand to the festival, Artistic Director Michelle Castelletti noted how “the Arts have the power to transform people’s lives and we have the power to make a difference. And therefore, this year’s festival is looking at the Mediterranean with all its multifarious facets – be they colour and diversity, passion and celebration, or resurgence and humanitarianism.”
In keeping with its continuous efforts to seek excellence in artistic integrity, the festival boasts one of the greatest orchestras in the world: for their first performance in Malta, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will play Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven.
The festival crucially believes in education and the nurturing of talent and is this year offering an enviable array of opportunities namely that for the Malta Youth Orchestra to perform alongside the Concertgebouw; masterclasses with Hofesch Schechter, a residence with Kamea Dance Company, children’s workshops in stop-motion, an open workshop with the Clare College Cambridge Choir, the annual Dance Hybrid as well as other calls.
The festival’s programme is its richest yet as it celebrates all the art forms from dance with the Italy-based company No Gravity, whose name says it all, the premiere of a new work that stems from writer Immanuel Mifsud’s text and fuses other art forms with the work of visual artists Vince Briffa and Paul Portelli and musician Kris Spiteri. Debussy’s music is celebrated in a number of concerts as well as visually in Watercolour Madness, a watercolour exhibition by Kenneth Zammit Tabona.
The festival takes great pride in reaching out to the community and has programmed a plethora of street theatre, dance, music, visual art, cinematography, puppetry and alternative experiences, to name a few, by local and international artists in the streets of Valletta.
This is just a snippet of the rich and diverse ingredients of this year’s festival. For further information, visit www.maltaartsfestival.org.
Festivals Malta is organizing an audiovisual competition as part of the celebrations for the 39th anniversary of Freedom Day. Freedom Day is celebrated on 31 March to commemorate the day British forces left Malta in 1979.
The competition entitled ‘What does Freedom look and sound like for you?’ is open to the general public, barring professionals or regular practitioners in the audiovisual field. The competition will be between homemade videos filmed and edited exclusively with a mobile phone.
The video has to portray a visual and aural interpretation of the meaning of ‘freedom’ (ħelsien) today, beyond the celebration of a historical anniversary. Members of the jury will choose the winner on these merits: concept, creativity, and the quality of filming and editing.
The best three videos will be awarded. The creator of the winning video will receive a prize of €500. The second prize is €300 and the third prize is €200.
The video has to be sent in by noon of 22 March 2018 via WeTransfer or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information send an email on email@example.com or call 23397000. Visit www.festivalsmalta.org to check out the competition’s terms and conditions as well as to download the application form.
Defilé in collaboration with Cottonera local councils and local organisations, and with the participation of various dancing groups and small floats, among others.
The programme started in St George’s Square with the opening ceremony, followed by competitive dancing by Companies C and D and the Costume Parade.
The King Carnival Float and his retinue of floats, and dancing companies in costume ended the Carnival 2018 in St Anne’s Street, Floriana last Sunday.
Festivals Malta is launched – Strengthening the cultural experience to unprecedented levels
Arts Council Malta (ACM) has launched Festivals Malta — a Public Cultural Organisation (PCOs) which not only programmes cultural activities, but also endeavours to make festivals and the performing arts an integral part of Maltese life.
Along with its team of 20 talented and dedicated professionals and 8 artistic directors, Festivals Malta is responsible for more than 160 activities, which comprise of 8 festivals and 5 national events.
The festivals include: ‘il-Karnival ta’ Malta’, ‘the World Music Festival’, ‘Għanafest’, ‘the Malta International Arts Festival’, ‘the Malta Jazz Festival’, ‘Notte Bianca’, ‘the Three Palaces Festival’ and ‘Rock Events’. The five national events are: Freedom Day, celebrated on 31st March; Sette Giugno on 7th June; Victory Day on 8th September; Independence Day on 21st September; and Republic Day on 13th December. Festivals Malta is also responsible for the celebration of the feasts of San Girgor, Dun Karm as well as other cultural events including the Epiphany Concert and the Christmas Crib competition.
In addition to its already rich calendar of events, Festivals Malta is proud to be setting up the EU-funded Malta Carnival Experience project, which will offer a year-round carnival showcase of all elements related to this popular event, which is a long-lasting tradition. Carnival enthusiasts will benefit from a state-of-the-art space which will enable them to not only work in an exciting and vibrant environment, but will also act as a platform for them to showcase their work. In this way, visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate the creative processes involved, learn about Carnival’s rich history and watch the parades.
“As the minister responsible for culture, I see this as a unique historical moment for a quality leap in artistic and cultural development, for the creation of new forms of artistic expression, and for the opening of new horizons for cultural insemination across national borders and beyond”, stated Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici.
Speaking about the function of Festivals Malta, Festivals Director Annabelle Stivala said that “the setting up of Festivals Malta will create a strong and focused brand identity for festivals and events, increasing not only participation and awareness locally, but also raising the cultural profile of Malta for it to become synonymous with a strong creative cultural offering on an international level.”
It is important to note that Festivals Malta is now a separate organisation from ACM. This separation has come about in order to keep the regulating body apart from the operating arm of the parent entity, thus avoiding conflicts of interest and ensuring that the vision and mission of the National Cultural Policy and ACM’s mandate are fulfilled more efficiently, as declared in its Create 2020 manifesto.
“Working off the fact and universal acceptance that Malta and Gozo are passionately fun-loving and committed to inventing and reinventing opportunities for merry-making and engagement in communal celebration, we have finally taken the plunge to formalise a dedicated platform for the delivery of a higher quality, more eclectic, more inclusive and more diverse programme of festival and events material. We now have a tighter, more focused équipe to implement this programme, which will be solidly backed up by ACM resources and by business partners and stakeholders including the Malta Tourism Authority”, stated Executive Chair of Arts Council Malta Albert Marshall.”
Festivals Director Annabelle Stivala elaborated further and noted how “the separation of a distinct organisation will lead to greater focus on excellence in the execution of festivals, as well as create a unique brand identity around festivals and events organised by Festivals Malta.”
Festivals Malta goes beyond organising events with a vision to nurture creativity, professionalism, participation and cultural education in festivals. The organisation will also facilitate a connection with other international festivals, providing opportunities for local talent while also bringing new and innovative ideas to Malta. Being an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, bridging Europe and Africa, Malta is seen as an appropriate location for the collaboration between local and European artists. Festivals Malta will build upon this, together with the country’s authenticity and hospitality, to help create Malta’s brand as a place where people can travel to enjoy their favourite art form – a festival island.
Festivals Malta – Insaħħu l-esperjenza kulturali f’livelli bla preċedent
Il-Kunsill Malti għall-Arti nieda Festivals Malta. Festivals Malta hi Organizzazzjoni Kulturali Pubblika li xogħolha mhux biss li torganizza attivitajiet kulturali, imma anki li tagħmel il-festivals u l-arti performattiva bħala parti integrali mill-ħajja Maltija.
Flimkien mat-team ta’ 20 professjonist dedikat u ta’ talent kif ukoll tmien diretturi artistiċi, Festivals Malta għandha f’idha aktar minn 160 attività li jikkonstitwixxu fi tmien festivals u ħames avvenimenti nazzjonali.
It-tmien festivals huma: ‘l-Karnival ta’ Malta’, ‘il-Festival tal-Mużika Dinjija’, ‘Għanafest’, ‘il-Festival Internazzjonali għall-Arti’, ‘il-Festival tal-Jazz Malti’, ‘Notte Bianca’, ‘il-Festival tat-Tliet Palazzi’ u ‘Rock Events’. Il-ħames avvenimenti nazzjonali huma Jum il-Ħelsien iċċelebrat fil-31 ta’ Marzu, is-Sette Giugno fis-7 ta’ Ġunju, Jum il-Vitorja fit-8 ta’ Settembru, Jum l-Indipendenza fil-21 ta’ Settembru u Jum ir-Repubblika fit-13 ta’ Diċembru. Festivals Malta hi responsabbli wkoll miċ-ċelebrazzjoni tal-festi ta’ San Girgor, Dun Karm u avvenimenti kulturali oħra fosthom il-Kunċert tal-Epifanija u l-Kompetizzjoni tal-Presepji tal-Milied.
Minbarra kalendarju rikk bl-attivitajiet, Festivals Malta hi kburija li qed taħdem fuq proġett megħjun minn fondi Ewropej: l-Esperjenza tal-Karnival Malti, li matul is-sena kollha se joffri vetrina tal-elementi kollha marbuta ma’ dan l-avveniment popolari li jgawdi minn tradizzjoni dewwiema. Id-dilettanti tal-karnival se jkollhom post state-of-the-art, li se jagħtihom l-opportunità biex mhux biss jaħdmu f’ambjent eċitanti u vibranti imma li jesponi xogħolhom ukoll. B’dan il-mod il-viżitaturi jkollhom l-opportunità li japprezzaw il-proċessi kreattivi, jitgħallmu dwar l-istorja rikka tal-karnival kif ukoll jaraw parati sħaħ mill-bidu sal-aħħar.
Waqt it-tniedija ta’ Festivals Malta, il-Ministru Bonnici stqarr li “Bħala l-ministru responsabbli għall-kultura, jien nara dan il-mument bħala wieħed uniku u storiku għal qabża ta’ kwalità f’l-iżvilupp artistiku u kulturali, għall-ħolqien ta’ forom ġodda ta’ espressjoni artistika, u għall-ftuħ ta’ orizzonti ġodda għall-inseminazzjoni kulturali minn fruntieri nazzjonali u lil hinn minnhom
Dwar il-funzjoni ta’ Festivals Malta, id-Direttur tal-Festivals Annabelle Stivala qalet li “Bit-twaqqif ta’ Festivals Malta se tinħoloq identità b’saħħitha għall-festivals u l-avvenimenti, li mhux biss se żżid il-parteċipazzjoni u l-għarfien lokalment imma se tfittex ukoll li tgħolli l-profil kulturali ta’ Malta fuq livell internazzjonali bħala pajjiż li għandu ħafna x’joffri kulturalment.”
Ta’ min wieħed isemmi li Festivals Malta hi organizzazzjoni separata mill-Kunsill Malti għall-Arti. Din is-separazzjoni saret biex il-korp regolatorju jinżamm separat mill-fergħa operattiva tal-entità ewlenija. B’hekk jiġu evitati kunflitti ta’ interess kif ukoll ikun assigurat li l-viżjoni u l-missjoni tal-Politka Kulturali Nazzjonali u l-mandat tal-Kunsill Malti għall-Arti jitwettqu b’mod iktar effiċjenti, hekk kif kien iddikjarat fil-manifest Create 2020.
“Jekk nitilqu mill-fatt u l-aċċettazzjoni universali li Malta u Għawdex huma żewġ gżejjer li għandhom għal qalbhom il-gost, u huma impenjati li jivvintaw u jerġgħu jivvintaw opportunitajiet biex joħolqu l-briju u jingaġġaw f’ċelebrazzjonijiet komunali, fl-aħħar għamilna l-qabża biex nifformalizzaw pjattaforma apposta li xogħolha hu li tipprovdi programmi ta’ festivals u materjal għall-avvenimenti li huma iktar inklussivi, diversi, ekklettiċi u ta’ kwalità ogħla,” qal Albert Marshall, President Eżekuttiv tal-Kunsill Malti għall-Arti. “Issa għandna grupp ta’ nies li hu aktar iffukat biex jimplimenta dan il-programm, li se jkun sostnut b’mod sod mir-riżorsi tal-Kunsill kif ukoll minn imsieħba kummerċjali u partijiet interessati fosthom l-Awtorità tat-Turiżmu ta’ Malta,” sostna Marshall.
Stivala kompliet tispjega kif is-separazzjoni ta’ organizzazzjoni distinta se twassal biex ikun hemm enfasi akbar fuq l-kwalità tal-organizzazzjoni tal-festivals kif ukoll tinħoloq identità unika madwar il-festivals u l-avvenimenti mtellgħin minn Festivals Malta”.
Festivals Malta jmur lil hinn minn sempliċiment organizzar ta’ avvenimenti. Il-viżjoni tagħha hi li trawwem il-kreattività, il-professjonaliżmu, il-parteċipazzjoni u l-edukazzjoni kulturali fil-festivals. L-organizzazzjoni se tiffaċilita l-konnessjoni ma’ festivals internazzjonali oħra biex b’hekk tipprovdi opportunitajiet għal talent lokali waqt li ġġib ideat ġodda u innovattivi lejn Malta. Minħabba l-pożizzjoni tal-gżira f’nofs il-Baħar Mediterran li sservi ta’ pont bejn l-Ewropa u l-Afrika, Malta titqies bħala post ideali għal kollaborazzjoni bejn artisti Maltin u Ewropej. Festivals Malta se tibni fuq dan, flimkien mal-awtentiċità u l-ospitalità tal-pajjiż, biex toħloq il-marka ta’ Malta bħala ‘Il-Gżira tal-Festivals’, post fejn in-nies jistgħu jivvjaġġaw biex igawdu l-aktar forma ta’ arti favorita tagħhom.