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:


  • Participating in the leading Photography Festival - PHOTOVILLE, as one of the festival’s curatorial partners , partnering with organizations that included Instagram, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, The Pulitzer Center, the Magnum Foundation;


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. 


  • To mark the launch of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a concert was held on Monday January 16th 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in the ECOSOC Chamber. This event was held under the auspices of the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Malta to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Carmelo Inguanez, in collaboration with Arts Council Malta in New York. Tenor Nico Darmanin and pianist Charlene Farrugia performed a varied music program ranging from works by Maltese composer Joseph Vella to compositions by Liszt, Tosti, Ravel, Britten and Bertnstein.



  • On February 16th, 2017, Arts Council Malta (ACM) in New York, in association with the Embassy of Malta to the USA, sponsored a Poetry Reading event by award winning Maltese poet and novelist Immanuel Mifsud at the Library of Congress (LOC), James Madison Memorial Building in Washington DC.




  • 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. 



  • On 12 May 2018, Arts Council Malta in New York presented a book reading event at the European Literature Night in New York City featuring Pierre J. Mejlak and his book Having said goodnight - Mejlak’s captivating collection of stories which won the European Union Literature prize. The event was held at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City.        




  • New York’s Panorama Europe Film Festival, the essential festival of new and vital European cinema, returned for its tenth edition this Spring 2018 at the Museum of Moving Image, with a selection of 16 feature films and one short films programme — a selection of short new films from Malta presented by Arts Council Malta in NY. The Maltese short films screening on 19 May at MOMI included the New York premiere screenings of The Maltese Fighter (Dir. Arev Manoukian) and Arcadia (Dir. Jamie Vella), and, the US premiere screenings of Bajtra tax-Xewk/ Prickly Pear (Dir. Alex Camilleri) and Lejliet/Eve (Dir. Matthew James Ellul). 



  • Dr Adrian Grima was recently invited to be one of the participant authors at the 14th edition of the New Literature from Europe Festival – New York City’s top European literary event. Celebrating cultural diversity and heritage while addressing the current challenges of globalization and migration, the Festival which was held over 3 days ( November 27 to 29, 2018) at the Istituto Cervantes in New York City included authors from 14 European countries with some of today’s foremost authors, editors and translators. 


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

  • Arts Council Malta in New York in partnership with New York’s Origin Theatre Co. presented Maltese playwright Andre Mangion’s “Raymond Fight Beck” in New York. For this production, New York Based South African artistic director Kim Kerfoot, assembled a stellar cast of  actors, whose outstanding voices and stage presence brought to life Andre Mangion’s play (trans. by Simon Bartolo). The play was presented at the Istituto Cervantes on May 13th in New York. This event was produced by Origin Theatre Company in partnership with Arts Council Malta in New York, and  presented as part of the second annual European Month of Culture New York City series produced in association with the European Union Delegation for the United States.


  • In June 2019, Arts Council Malta in New York presented the Maltese Jazz musician Warren Galea at the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York city. The Warren Galea Trio’s performance on June 22nd at the Blue Note Jazz Club, included two sets with the trio performing original compositions from their recently released album The Odyssey. Maltese guitarist Warren Galea who led the trio, was joined by drummer Henry Mermer and veteran bass player Andy McKee, who has toured with Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones and Michel Petrucciani.



Related Pages:

Maltese author Adrian Grima joins leading European voices at Literature Festival in New York

Arts Council Malta in New York elected a full member of the EUNIC New York cluster;

Malta represented at the New Literature from Europe Festival in New York;

The New Literature from Europe Festival in New York;

Arts Council Malta in New York joins Photoville’s curatorial partners.