The 11th edition of the Malta International Arts Festival has recently been launched by the Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Hon. Dr Owen Bonnici and Arts Council Malta.

The festival, which will see the participation of renowned international and local artists, will be presenting different art forms of exceptional quality, and will be held from the 8th till the 18th July.

The festival’s artistic director Dr Michelle Castelletti said, “One of the strongest statements throughout this festival is our creative and brave no-boundaries approach in terms of conceptual art across all the art forms we are representing, and taking the risk of jumping into the unknown; as well as the idea of building new partnerships and creating some unique things through them, and the presentation of newly commissioned works.”

The artistic team, which also includes Ruben Zahra, Francesca Tranter and Riccardo Carbutti, have worked together to create a varied programme, to appeal to many people interested in different things, including music, dance, theatre, installations, film, literature, poetry, site-specific work and more.



Performers are invited to send submissions to perform in the Young Performers Platform, details of which will be announced in the coming days. One of the largest ventures in the festival will be the creation of its own choir for a very special event where Grammy-Award winner Arvo Pärt, one of the world’s most loved and respected composers, will be welcomed as a guest.

Regardless of nationality, cultural background or age, many people have been touched and influenced by the timeless beauty and deep spiritual message of Pärt’s tintinnabuli style. Not only does this collaboration raise the profile of the festival itself, but it also allows the audience to enter into a serene and magical world.

This year’s festival will continue to build on and develop the successes of previous editions, in particular when it comes to the participation and involvement of the audiences and society as a whole.



BANDLI, which will be set up at Pjazza San Ġorġ throughout the duration of the festival, will consist of eight swings, each triggering sounds of different instruments which will be assigned to them, allowing this interactive structure to function like a music ensemble that is brought to life through the engagement of the public.

Further details will be published every Friday, with the complete programme unveiled by the 4th May. Early bird tickets will be available from this day till the 7th June, and regular tickets will be available thereafter.

For more information, visit the Malta Arts Festival website.