ACM in NY promotes and supports Maltese Arts and Culture in the US and fosters cultural cooperation and partnerships
Arts Council Malta in New York has gained momentum in promoting and presenting Maltese artists in arts events across New York City and beyond, in the United States.
In February 2016 ACM in NY made representations to EUNIC NY as a result of which, ACM in NY was elected full member of the NY cluster of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in New York.
What is EUNIC (NY)?
EUNIC New York (European Union National Institutes for Culture in NY) promotes and presents cutting-edge and thought-provoking creative, artistic and intellectual European achievements to New York and U.S. audiences. EUNIC partners with eminent American and European organizations to provide programs in the fields of art and culture, language and education, society and academia. The organization is part of a global coalition of national cultural institutes and cultural diplomatic services from the European Union that work in more than 80 cities on all continents. EUNIC New York was founded in 2007 and has 14 full members and 32 associate members and observers. Some of these members include the Arts Council Malta in New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center New York, Dutch Culture USA the General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A., the Goethe Institut New York, Instituto Cervantes, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Onassis Foundation (USA), and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
Over the past year ACM in NY has promoted, facilitated, supported and presented Maltese Arts including Literature, Art, Film, Music and Photography in events and festivals across New York as well as in Washington DC. A couple of highlights include:
One of the artworks by Ritty Tacsum exhibited at PHOTOVILLE in New York in 2016.
The presentation of SIMSHAR, directed by Rebecca Cremona at the Panorma Europe Film Festival in New York in 2016.
Leading contemporary Maltese poet and fiction writer Immanuel Mifsud, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature (2011) and winner of the Malta National Literary Award, participated in the New Literature From Europe Festival in New York from 7th till 10th December 2016.
Panorama Europe 2017 featured Do Re Mi Fa, a film by Maltese director Chris Zarb. The 2017 edition of Panorama Europe Film Festival kicked off on 5 May in New York City, co-presented by the Museum of the Moving Image and members of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture). Seventeen European new feature films were screened at the Museum of the Moving Image between 5-21 May 2017.
In September 2017 Arts Council Malta in New York once again returned to Photoville as one of the programming partners presenting ISLE LANDERS, an exhibition by Maltese photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi. Photoville, is New York’s premier photo festival organized by United Photo Industries together with over 80 curatorial & programming partners which, amongst other include Arts Council Malta in New York, New York Times, Instagram, TIME Magazine, ESPN and National Geographic. A modular event built from re-purposed shipping containers, Photoville attracts over 75,000 visitors annually.
Photo credit: Michael Palma Mir
On May 2019, Arts Council Malta in New York presented the New York premiere screening of the film Limestone Cowboy directed by Abigail Mallia, as part of New York’s Panorama Europe 2019 film festival. With two screenings in New York, a New York premiere screening at the Museum of the Moving Image on May 5th, followed by a second screening to a packed house at the Bohemian National Hall on May 7th , LIMESTONE COWBOY, was one of nine other films directed by female directors in this year’s lineup. The film centers around Karist, a hero in his own mind, who decides to contest the country’s election. Abigail Mallia’s boisterous and well-crafted film is brought to life by the convincing and delightful performances of lead actors, Paul Portelli as the eponymous cowboy, and Davide Tucci as his son, who were both New York and participated in a discussion after each screening.
Panorama Europe Film Festival Opening night on Friday May 3rd, MOMI, NY
From Left : Davide Tucci , curator David Schwartz, Paul Portelli, Dr. Laura Falzon