“Arts and culture are more important now than ever” – MIAF Artistic Director Ruben Zahra

The online edition of the Malta International Arts Festival will take place between the 19th June and 5th July 2020

Dance Collective

The Malta International Arts Festival original programme has been postponed to 2021.

Due to Covid-19 measures, Festivals Malta and the Artistic Director Ruben Zahra have created an entirely new programme, in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv, Teatru Malta, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Malta Society of Arts, that fits the new social distancing measures.

“We need to reach out to our audiences and engage our artists so that creativity may shine through the dark clouds,” says Zahra.

Ruben Zahra / photo credit: Stephen Buhagiar

Through careful planning and creative thought, the MIAF online edition was born. The new programme includes 12 video performances from some of the best artistes in Malta, including Pamela Kerr, Dorian Mallia, Rochelle Gatt, Francis Camilleri, Luke Baldacchino, Luc Houtkamp, Trevor Zahra, Malcom Galea and Simone Spiteri, spotlighting three artistic disciplines – dance, theatre and music.

Andre Mangion

As part of this new programme, there will also be three artist collectives featuring over 100 local singers, dancers and actors. These collectives include the song Kemm hu Sabih, composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Ray Mahoney, originally sung by the late Sammy Bartolo, which was debuted during the Għajta Waħda televised event on the 7th June 2020.

The MIAF edition will also include a segment, entitled opera highlights, which will feature during the Festivals Malta Hybrid Festival (a festival touring various localities around Malta).

MPO / photo credit: Joe Smith

And that’s not all. Five professionally-filmed videos of select perfromances from last year’s MIAF will be also available for viewing for the entirety of the festival.

The MIAF online edition will take place between the 19th June and 5th July 2020 on the MIAF Facebook page and website.