Here’s everything that’s going down at The Malta International Arts Festival

 - Art - Jun 30 2021 SHARE ON:
Here's everything that's going down at The Malta International Arts Festival

Summer 2021 is finally with us and as the country begins approaching the light at the end of the tunnel, cultural events are beginning to see the light of day.

To the delight of many, some of the island’s most beloved events are beginning to make a return, amongst them the Malta International Arts Festival (MIAF), who are not only redefining safely-produced cultural events but also curating interdisciplinary collaborations which not only welcome international artists but promote some of the finest local talent.

The programme will feature a multitude of events, most of which will be ticketed live events which will follow all directives issued by the Health Authorities including limited seating with pre-booking, temperature checks at the door, sanitisation stations, social distancing and so on.

Although the festival will be spread out over the month of July, you can already watch ‘Fejn il-Baħar’ on the Malta International Arts Youtube Channel and Facebook Page. ‘Fejn il-Baħar’ is a music video with a new musical arrangement by Kris Spiteri, featuring 11 local singers and some of Malta’s finest musicians for a Maltese rendition of The Characters’ Down by the Water.

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For lovers of classical music, the Valletta Campus Theatre will host the exhilarating avant-garde Chamber Concert with an unmistakable ensemble of musicians from the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday 3rd July, followed by MAD – Music & Dance on the 7th. The second edition of the MIAF’s Music & Dance will showcase dance artists from the MIAF dance residency as they perform to Gaby Davies and Pamela Kerr’s three new choreographies accompanied by hypnotic piano works by Theodore Antoniou, Béla Bartók and Olivier Messiaen. The event will also feature the Moveo Dance company with a choreography from Sara Accettura.

On July 10, the MIAF together with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will present Bartók – Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, an enlightening musical display at Valletta’s iconic Pjazza Teatru Rjal. The same venue will host the Barcelona Guitar Trio on July 11, welcoming a trio of Spanish virtuosos which will pay tribute to legendary Spanish artist Paceo de Lucía

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This year the Malta International Arts Festival will also include a continuation of last year’s Dance Collective, titled ‘Elements’, which features a collaboration of dance between numerous local dance schools and a three-part video series by ZfinMalta and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra titled ‘Funk’, ‘Twisting Lanscapes’ and ‘Mishima’. Then, classical music and cinema lovers will rejoice at the showing of Beethoven Forever on July 21 & July 24. The family-friendly performance will showcase excerpts the iconic composer’s nine symphonies, accompanied by customised digital animation, narrative illustrations and unique storytelling.

he variety of talent performing at the festival is a testament to the island’s artistic prowess and, together with arriving foreign acts, makes for a month of unforgettable exhibits and showcases which will culminate with two performances from Guilhem Desq, a musician unlike any you’ve ever seen who breathes new life into the medieval ‘hurdy gurdy’ instrument, fusing genres like contemporary rock, electro, traditional European folk and so much more.

The Malta International Arts Festival is produced by Festivals Malta. For more information about these events and how to book tickets, please visit www.festivals.mt/miaf


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Second case of Delta variant detected in Malta

 - COVID-19 - Jun 30 2021 SHARE ON:
Second case of Delta variant detected in Malta

The second case of the Delta COVID-19 variant was reportedly detected in Malta on Wednesday. Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne revealed this during a press conference inaugurating a High Degree Isolation Unit at Mater Dei Hospital. Discovered in India, the delta variant made its way into Malta with its second reported case in recent days. Those who were in contact with the person did not test positive but remain in isolation.

Fearne also stated that the case did not appear to be imported but was probably transmitted from the community. The first case was detected at the beginning of June. Fearne emphasised the importance of vaccinations but also health measures which help to protect the public from the more transmissible variant. The variant is wreaking havoc in many other countries where vaccination rollout is slower. 


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WHO urges fully vaccinated people to keep wearing masks due to Delta variant

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WHO urges fully vaccinated people to keep wearing masks due to Delta variant

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged fully vaccinated people to still wear masks and practice other COVID-19 pandemic health measures as the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread rapidly worldwide. WHO assistant director-general Dr Mariangela Simao said that people cannot feel safe just because they have received two jabs. Protection is still a necessity as the vaccine alone will not stop community transmission. 

Simao stated that ‘people need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces […] avoid crowding’, etc. Many countries, such as the USA, have done away with restrictions as the vaccine reduced deaths and hospitalisations. Most of the world still remains unvaccinated and thus people need to be weary and protect themselves against the highly infectious variants. 


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‘Malta has the potential to be the First carbon-neutral island in the EU’ – Malta looks to a sustainable future with 10-year economic plan

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'Malta has the potential to be the First carbon-neutral island in the EU' - Malta looks to a sustainable future with 10-year economic plan

During today’s conference held in Gozo by the Ministry for Economy and Industry together with Mimcol, Minister for the Environment Aaron Farrugia joined economic vision leader Economy Minister Silvio Schembri and Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri to discuss Malta’s current environmental situation, as well as what the future holds for the country with regards to sustainability.

Minister Silvio Schembri said that Government is committed to realising robust economic growth without jeopardising the longevity of Malta’s environment for future generations. The Economic Vision for Malta 2021-2031 encourages activities which protect the environment as a key pillar for a better quality of life with the safeguarding of natural resources leading to the development of new economic niches, investment and an improved quality of life.

Economy Minister Silvio Schembri, Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri and Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia discussion Malta’s economic growth plan for the next 10 years

Minister Silvio Schembri emphasised that the growth and the safeguarding of the environment are seen as integrated, rather than opposing forces.

“Environmental degradation is no longer ‘sine qua non’ to economic success. Rather than seeing the environment and sustainability as a trade-off to economic growth, Government see it as an enabler that can help cultivate new niches. For example – tapping into reconstituted stone, something that has been used in neighbouring countries such as Greece and Cyprus. We can look at sectors such as “marine biotech, a billion-euro industry that thrives and maximises return in weather conditions much like ours”, said Schembri.

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A notable point of discussion from Minister Farrugia is that “the pandemic has one silver lining”, going on to highlight how the government and the Ministry for the Environment in particular managed to achieve around 20 years of reforms in the past 500 days. Beyond Malta’s well-received low carbon development strategy, the Minister stated that many plans which have been left on the shelf for years have been and will be put into effect in the coming years.

When asked about the carbon neutrality plan, the Minister stated that the first phase of the plan will lead us into 2030, with measures directly mostly towards the transport sector, namely the plan to electrify 60,000 cars, electrify Malta’s public sector fleet and move into others sectors in the subsequent years. The Minister highlighted that transport is Malta’s largest sector with regards to carbon emissions, with buildings being second largest.

Other plans include the focus on price parity between electric cars and internal combustion cars, with the current target of achievement being the year 2025, which the Minister highlighted may be delayed due to the pandemic. A faster and more efficient technological framework was also discussed, along with government finances planning to be strengthened once again, with the latter being heavily affected due to the pandemic.

Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri addressing plans for Gozo’s economic future

Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri expressed his satisfaction that for the first time, we are once again attracting Gozitans to the island of Gozo and others who are seriously considering relocating to Gozo. Regarding development he stated that it is crucial that Gozo does not loose its characteristics. He stated that in recent years the Government has realised that the only way for Gozo to move forward was through improved connectivity.

The national public consultation on Malta’s Economic Vision 2021-2031 will be continuing in the coming days. All those interested can read the consultation document online on https://economicvision.mimcol.com.mt/ and send their feedback by the end of July.

This economic vision is being spearheaded by the Ministry for Economy and Industry together with MIMCOL.


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