Norman Hamilton was appointed as the first chairman of the newly established Festivals Malta Agency.
The Agency was established by means of legal notice. In a statement the Ministry for Culture explained that “Festivals Malta, which up till now operated as a brand, will now have a distinct legal personality”, adding that it “will achieve its objectives by performing functions such as providing the right platform to sustain growth and development of the existing festivals portfolio.”
Culture Minister Owen Bonnici said that in providing Festivals Malta with the right tools, the public would be more likely to attend festivals, there would be increased participation, audience engagement and outreach. The agency will be tasked on improving on the current festivals and events portfolio by introducing new ideas and increasing public involvement through its activities.