Happy New Year from MyMAC!
As we launch into 2022, the team at MyMAC would like to reach out to wish you all the very best season’s greetings and a very happy new year! Throughout 2021, and despite the intractable challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have covered the inspiring cultural work taking place both in and out of Malta, including numerous performances in Malta of works ranging in genre from classical to jazz, and from traditional to electronic, as well as providing in-depth articles with some of the island’s most well-known musicians and representatives from leading cultural organisations. This year will be no different. As we step forward into a new year of fresh challenges, we promise to continue bringing you the very best in cultural journalism, and to keep you up to date with cultural projects taking place in Malta and those featuring Maltese artists overseas. Welcome to MyMAC 2022.
It is no exaggeration to say that the last year has been one of immense difficulty for the arts, both here in Malta and overseas. Nonetheless, those residing in Malta can at least take some comfort in the number of cultural projects to have taken place, despite these harrowing conditions. While it is true this figure is, of course, dwarfed by the number of events which one might expect to ordinarily take place in the country during such a time, Malta’s enthusiastic cultural audience have, at least, managed to retain a degree of ‘normality’, with notable regular events such as the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) and European Foundation for Support of Culture’s (EUFSC) Malta International Music Festival — held online for the first time in the event’s history — and Festivals Malta’s Three Palaces Festival continuing despite the impacts of the novel coronavirus. Other notable projects have included the EUFSC’s Malta Classical Music Academy, Electronic Music Malta’s (EMM) Circuits Festival and iMprint 5 — the noted Intaglio exhibition presented by the Malta Society of Arts.
Other ventures such as the announcement of the MPO and EUFSC’s MPO Academy, and the featured participation of Maltese artists abroad (including at the highly distinguished InClassica International Music Festival in Dubai) have also featured, with Malta’s cultural strengths brought to the foreground of those artistic developments taking place.
As we look ahead to 2022, it is heartening to once again be preparing for another year of energising artistic pursuits in Malta and continued success for Maltese artists performing to audiences in different countries.
Notable upcoming Maltese projects this year include:
- The Malta International Music Festival (MIMF), taking place from 7th June to 14th July, and bringing together numerous renowned soloists, conductors and orchestras to prestigious venues across the Maltese archipelago.
- Several MPO tours, including to the UK (22nd November to 7th December) and Europe (28th August to 5th May). The orchestra will also perform a number of concerts with renowned tenor and Metropolitan Opera star, Malta’s very own Joseph Calleja, throughout September and October.
In addition to these large-scale initiatives, Malta can expect to play host to numerous other cultural events throughout the year, such as masterclasses and various concert performances.
To keep up to date with important cultural developments happening in Malta, be sure to check in with MyMAC regularly.