Ap­pli­ca­tions open for the first edi­tion of The Mal­tese Is­lands Fes­ti­val

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the first edi­tion of The Mal­tese Is­lands Fes­ti­val of Drama, Mu­sic, Singing and Dance (MIF’16) are now open. Part of The Bri­tish and In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Fes­ti­vals, MIF’16 will take the form of com­pe­ti­tions, 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 be­tween Fri­day 2 and Sun­day 4 De­cem­ber at St James Cav­a­lier in Val­letta 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 man­aged 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, with the early-bird of­fer of 15 per cent off the ap­pli­ca­tion fee clos­ing on Sun­day 1 Oc­to­ber (fi­nal ap­pli­ca­tions will close on 1 Novem­ber). 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 four or eighty four – 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 pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence!” Ms Lawlor con­cludes. The Mal­tese Is­lands Fes­ti­val of Drama, Mu­sic, Singing and Dance will take place at St James Cav­a­lier in Val­letta, as part of the Spazju Kreat­tiv pro­gramme, be­tween Fri­day 2 and Sun­day 4 De­cem­ber. Ap­pli­ca­tion forms and more in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.the­mal­te­seis­lands­fes­ti­val.com

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