Malta Arts Festival | 2016 edition kicks off

The Malta International Arts Festival kicks off on 8 July 2016 with…

Vertical Waves
Vertical Waves

The 11th edition of the Malta International Arts Festival (MIAF) organised by Arts Council Malta will see the participation of renowned international and local artists, will be presenting different art forms of exceptional quality.

More information about the festival, and details about events as they are published can be obtained from

Vertical Waves

Vertical Waves Project is an artistic process that mixes together research on body movement with sound and video in the spatial context of where the performance is taking place. Be it a building, a tower, a square... the space affects the development of the creation and determines the uniqueness of the action in relation to it.

The glorious facade of the National Library becomes a stage as the performers use ropes, body movement, sound, video projections and space to create a thrilling vertical dance quality that plays with a perceived lack of gravity.

The performance mixes feminine delicacy with the strength of rhythm and acrobatics, exploring themes of relationships, loneliness, togetherness and waiting. Performers alternate and relate, constructing a series of tableaux defined by video projections.

Date 8 July 2016 • Time 21:00 •  Venue National Library Valletta • Entrance Free


Playing on swings was, and still is, a popular fun activity. Bandli builds upon this instinctive mode of entertainment to create an interactive sound installation.

Eight swings will be installed in Pjazza San Ġorġ, and each one will be equipped with a motion sensor which is triggered through the swinging action.

These, in turn, trigger sounds of different instruments which will be assigned to each of the swings, allowing the whole structure to function like a music ensemble that is brought to life through the interactive engagement of the public. When two persons use the swings, they create a duo; four, a quartet... all the way up to an eight-piece ensemble.

Bandli is a collaboration between the Malta International Arts Festival and Modern Music Days – a concert series of 20th century and contemporary music featuring a collaboration between Valletta2018 and Teatru Manoel.

Date 8-17 July • Time 10am-11pm • Venue St George’s Square, Valletta • Entrance Free