Malta Arts Festival 2014 programme unveiled
There will be a video opera where film and reality mirror each other mysteriously, a circus which brings together poetry and humour and a film festival under the stars. The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (MCCA) has unveiled its programme for the ninth edition of the Malta Arts Festival 2014, Malta’s largest arts festival.
Running from 14 July to 2 August, artists from Croatia, the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, South Africa and Russia will join some of the best Maltese artists in a festival with 18 performances and a separate programme of workshops and master classes. Most of these events will be held in some of the island’s most prestigious historical venues, such as the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and the newly-restored Fort St Elmo, bringing a layer of history to the festival’s already rich narrative.
Following the previous artistic director’s resignation last December, the programme was put together by an artistic committee composed of four arts practitioners: British-Malaysian dancer and choreographer Mavin Khoo, composer Ruben Zahra, theatre director and actor Toni Attard and Malta Philharmonic Orchestra chair Sigmund Mifsud. The team worked under the direction of MCCA chair Albert Marshall to put together a programme in five months – breakneck speed in festival programming terms. Meanwhile, a call for applications has been issued for next year’s artistic director.
The festival will open on a high note with 2 Cellos, where two young Croatian cellists take cello playing to a new level in a breathtaking live performance. The next day, Kelma Kelma, the Maltese language facebook phenomenon, will team up with the Big Band Brothers for a night of music and literature at Pjazza Teatru Rjal.