Applications for the first edition of The Maltese Islands Festival of Drama, Music, Singing and Dance (MIF’16) are now open and will close on the 1st November.

MIF’16 will take the form of competitions between the 2nd and 4th December, with participants performing in front of both a public audience and a professional adjudicator from the UK. Children (aged 4+) and adults of all ages are invited to apply.

The Festival, which will take place at St James Cavalier as part of the Spazju Kreattiv programme, will have four primary categories: dance, drama, music and singing. Each category has been further subdivided into various areas in both classical and popular genres. Each sub-category will be professionally adjudicated, with the winners in each section receiving a prestigious award.

Talking about the concept behind MIF’16, festival manager Cathy Lawlor said, “Our mission is to provide a performance-based learning platform for performing arts students and practitioners of all ages, by combining high international-standard assessment with a comfortable, safe performance environment. High standards and quality are our top priority to support educators in the performing arts field; nurturing skills and talents at all levels of ability.”


Although in its first year, the MIF’16 has already become a member of The British and International Federation of Festivals, which works with amateur festivals across the globe to help create over one million performance opportunities each year in the UK alone. This distinguished and influential consortium has over 560 members in the UK and internationally.

Applications to the MIF’16 are now open, and applicants who apply before the 1st October will benefit from an early-bird offer at 15% off the entry fee. Those interested can register either as an individual or as a group, with discounts offered to those entering more than one category. Prices for an individual entry start at €30, and group participation fees are €15 per person.

“Malta’s arts and culture sector is steadily growing in the run up to Valletta hosting the European Capital of Culture title in 2018. However, singing, music, dancing and dramatic art has played an important role in Maltese culture for centuries. This festival helps students and practitioners – whether aged 4 or 84 – to develop and showcase their skills by providing an opportunity to perform, to practice and to gain valuable experience. We invite you to take a leap, to apply and to trust that you will gain a positive experience!” Ms Lawlor concludes.

Application forms and more information can be found here.