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Artistic Director

Ruben Zahra - Artistic Director's Foreword 

As the measures surrounding the pandemic are gradually lifted, the Malta International Arts Festival (MIAF) is pioneering what it means to safely produce cultural events in keeping with the continued measures against COVID-19. MIAF does not only ‘programme’ events but also ‘curates’ productions by proposing new collaborations, fostering interdisciplinary expression and connecting local talent with international artists. The programming for MIAF is driven by artistic excellence and embraces all demographics – leading to family friendly productions as well as community events. This past year has taught us that the online video format is a highly creative medium with the capacity to engage wide audiences and therefore we are including new video productions in this year’s edition of the festival whereby each production is curated, directed, filmed and edited as an artwork. We invite you to join us on an exciting and eclectic journey … which may take you out of your comfort zone ... but that will certainly captivate and entertain.

Annabelle Stivala - CEO Foreword 

It is my pleasure to welcome you this edition of the Malta International Arts Festival.


Arts festivals are held all throughout different parts of the world, with the aim of creating an experience of diverse artistic cultures, and Malta’s International Arts Festival is no exception. Through MIAF we manage to offer a holistic cultural experience through an artistically rich performing arts programme. We take great pride in the fact that MIAF offers local artists the unique opportunity to collaborate with some of the most talented international artists through residencies and other projects.


Given the restrictions brought forth by the global pandemic, this year the MIAF will mainly focus on local artists, in effort to promote their work, while providing them with an opportunity to perform and showcase their talents after such challenging times.


We hope you enjoy this year’s programme of events as much as we have enjoyed programming it!

Annabelle Stivala




Programme of Events