Published on Thursday 7 July 2016

Malta International Arts Festival kick offs tomorrow at 9pm with two performances.

The 11th edition of the Malta International Arts Festival (MIAF), which will see the participation of renowned international and local artists, will be presenting different art forms of exceptional quality.

One of the strongest statements throughout this festival is our creative and brave ‘no boundaries’ approach in terms of conceptual art across all the art forms we are representing, and taking the risk of jumping into the unknown; as well as the idea of building new partnerships and creating some unique things through them, and the presentation of newly commissioned works

Malta International Arts Festival Artistic Director Michelle Castelletti.

The artistic team, which also includes Ruben Zahra, Francesca Tranter and Riccardo Carbutti together with Dr Castelletti, have worked together to create a varied programme, to appeal to many people interested in different genres, including music, dance, theatre, installations, film, literature, poetry, site-specific work and more.  An important element of the festival is that while it brings to Malta quality performances from abroad, it also provides a platform to local artists. 

The Malta International Arts Festival 2016 kicks off Friday coming 8 July at 9pm with a performance (Vertical Waves) and interactive installation (BANDLI) both free of charge!

Vertical Waves

Vertical Waves Project is an artistic process that mixes together research on body movement with sound and video in the spatial context of where the performance is taking place. Be it a building, a tower, a square... the space affects the development of the creation and determines the uniqueness of the action in relation to it. The glorious facade of the National Library becomes a stage as the performers use ropes, body movement, sound, video projections and space to create a thrilling vertical dance quality that plays with a perceived lack of gravity. The performance mixes feminine delicacy with the strength of rhythm and acrobatics, exploring themes of relationships, loneliness, togetherness and waiting. Performers alternate and relate, constructing a series of tableaux defined by video projections.

Date: 8 July 2016

Time: 21:00

Venue: National Library Facade Valletta

Entrance: Free


Playing on swings was, and still is, a popular fun activity. Bandli builds upon this instinctive

mode of entertainment to create an interactive sound installation. Eight swings will be installed in Pjazza San Ġorġ, and each one will be equipped with a motion sensor which is triggered through the swinging action. These, in turn, trigger sounds of different instruments which will be assigned to each of the swings, allowing the whole structure to function like a music ensemble that is brought to life through the interactive engagement of the public. When two persons use the swings, they create a duo; four, a quartet... all the way up to an eight-piece ensemble. Bandli is a collaboration between the Malta International Arts Festival and Modern Music Days – a concert series of 20th century and contemporary music featuring a collaboration between Valletta2018 and Teatru Manoel.

Date: 8 – 17 July 2016

Time: 10:00 to 23:00

Venue: St George’s Square, Valletta

Entrance: Free

More information about the festival here