As part of the Malta International Arts Festival, Arts Council Malta has launched two events which encompass the genres of contemporary dance and music.

Audiences can look forward to Tlieta(3) – a contemporary dance performance by Malta’s own national dance company, ŻfinMalta, and contemporary music by POW Ensemble.

POW Ensemble are a Dutch music group led by composer Luc Houkamp, and will be presenting a varied, light-hearted show with catchy songs and improvisations performed by five virtuoso musicians. These artists will portray an eclectic ensemble of instruments: tap dance, tuba, flute, game controllers and voices.

POW Ensemble will be presenting a collaboration between Maltese poets and composers in a song-cycle portraying a contemporary idiom in both verse and music, as well as a musical interpretation of the vivid, cryptic, humorous and rhythmic writings by Gertrude Stein set to Luc Houtkamp’s music.


Image: POW Ensemble


The performance will be held at Fortress Builders on the 12th July at 9pm, and is supported by the Netherlands Royal Embassy in Malta and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds in the Netherlands.

On the 11th July at 9pm at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, ŻfinMalta will be presenting Tlieta(3), an evening of three works by female choreographers and composers, collectively engaging with notions of reflection, communication, construction, destruction and resistance. The works are by emerging choreographer Rachel Calleja, established dance maker Francesca Tranter and internationally acclaimed dance artist Athanasia Kanellopoulou.

This trio of strong female voices will be reflected through their individual questions on identity, space, gender and their inherently Mediterranean sensibilities. The evening will also include sound scores by Jess Rymer (UK), Veronique Vella (Malta) and composer and sound designer Konstantina Polychronopoulou (Greece).



Details about these and other events can be obtained from the Malta Arts Festival website. More events will be published every Friday, with the complete programme unveiled by the 4th May. Early bird tickets will be available from this day up to the 7th June, and regular tickets will be available thereafter.