The Malta International Arts Festival (MIAF) for the second time running, has been awarded the prestigious Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE). The label indicates the festival’s artistic commitment, community involvement and its international and global outlook.
This year’s edition of MIAF marks a special celebration with regards to the European Capital of Culture and will be held on the 29th until 15th of July.
“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”
Director Festivals Malta Annabelle Stivala.
The festival will feature underlying humanitarian and political aspects which includes National Geographic photojournalist Reza Deghati’s Exile Voices, the story of refugees by refugees themselves, together with the intense and moving work of photographers Darrin Zammit Lupi and Charles Mifsud. The renowned Israeli choreographer-composer Hofesh Shechter will be presenting his grand-scale work Political Mother which is described as The Guardian as one that “shows that new dance is for all, not just those in the bubble”. This work is about political indoctrination and totalitarianism.
“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.”
Artistic Director Michelle Castelletti.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra which is one of the best orchestras in the world, for their first performance in Malta, will play Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven hence keeping in its continuous efforts to seek excellence in artistic integrity.
Like previous editions, the MIAF targets the promotion, support and nurturing of local talent and this year the festival is giving the opportunity to the Malta Youth Orchestra to perform alongside the Concertgebouw, masterclasses with Hofesh Shechter, a residence with Kamea Dance Company, children’s workshops in stop-motion, an open workshop with the Claire College Cambridge Choir, the annual Dance Hybrid as well as other calls.
The festival is a celebration of all art forms from dance with the Italy-based company No Gravity, the premier 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. Since this year is the 100th anniversary of Debussy’s death in 1918, 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 plenty of street theatre, dance, music, visual art, cinematography, puppetry and alternative experiences, to name a few, by local and international artists, which will bring the city of Valletta to life.
Highlights of the programme also include morning events, including performances by dancers and stilt artists as well as young bands in a specially designed structure. Look out for the travelling marionette theatre, Karromato, the interactive street and puppet theatre Alice’s Dreams, and Artibusk, a free-for-all day during which artists will perform, dance, paint, sing for passersby.