22 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

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The Library of Congress and The Kennedy Centre, Washington DC for Eurokids 2014

In November 2014, the Embassy of the Republic of Malta participated in the Kids Euro Festival, which was organised by the EU Delegation to the United States with a show from More or Less Theatre.

The Executive Director of the European American Cultural Foundation Kimberley Heatherington thanked Ambassador Marisa Micallef and said that this”enthusiasm for Kids Euro Festival and the spirit it represents means a great deal to the American European Cultural Foundation...and that it is only through this kind of collaboration that the Kids Euro Festival is at all possible.”

Malcolm Galea and Joseph Zammit performed in four shows while in Washington, performing The Complete History of Malta (More or Less) at two significant venues, the Kennedy Centre Millennium Stage and a first for Malta… at the Library of Congress…as well as in two schools Sheridan School and the Mansion at Strathmore where these two talented performers brought the house down.

This two-week long festival is a joint cultural diplomacy initiative of the EU Embassies in Washington and is a wonderful showcase of European arts and culture that presents many free activities to families and, particularly, to children. This year’s more than 200 events included performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, puppetry, dance, magic, cinema and more. For more information about the Kids Euro Festival, please visit: http://kidseurofestival.org/.

The Embassy of Malta in Washington DC would like to thank the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ Cultural Diplomacy Fund and the generosity of the benefactors of the European-American Cultural Foundation, for having made the whole event possible.

18 October 2014

Malta Favur Negozjati Bejn L-Unjoni Ewropea U L-Istati Uniti Dwar Ftehim Trans-Atlantika Ta' Kummerċ U Ta' Investiment (TTIP)

Il-Ministru għall-Ekonomija, Investiment u Intrarpriżi  Żgħar Dr Chris Cardona attenda għal laqgħa informali tal-Ministri tal-Kummerċ tal-Unjoni Ewropea, li saret f’Ruma, li trattat il-fehim Trans-Atlantika ta' Kummerċ u ta' Investiment (TTIP), ir-relazzjonijiet mar-Russja u l-Ukrajna u l-Politika Kummerċjali tal-Unjoni Ewropea.

Il-Ministru Cardona qal li Malta hija favur li l-Kummissjoni Ewropea tkompli bin-negozjati tagħha għal ftehim Trans-Atlantika ta' Kummerċ u ta' Investiment.  Dan għaliex huwa mistenni li ftehim ta’ dan it-tip ikollu l-potenzjal li jtejjeb il-kummerċ bejn l-Istati Membri tal-UE u l-Istati Uniti u għalhekk jistimula tkabbir ekonomiku fiż-żewġ reġjuni.

Fl-istess waqt, il-Ministru Cardona, qal li Malta hija mħassba bin-nuqqas ta’ aċċessibbiltà li hemm għal dokumenti tal-Istati Uniti li huma importanti biex issir analisi sew tad-diskussjonijiet, kif ukoll dwar il-pożizzjoni li qed tieħu l-Istati Uniti fis-settur marittimu, fl-avjazzjoni u l-gaming. 

Dwar is-settur Marittimu, il-Ministru Cardona tkellem fuq il-ħtieġa li l-ftehim jistabilixxi numru ta’ obbligi bejn iż-żewġ partijiet, għaliex fis-sitwazzjoni li qegħdin fiha l-operaturi mill-Unjoni Ewropea għandhom aċċess limitat għas-swieq fl-Istati Uniti.

Dr Chris Cardona qal ukoll li Malta tixtieq tara progress fis-setturi tas-servizzi tat-trasport internazzjonali u fid-diskussjonijiet dwar l-aspett regolatorju tas-servizzi finanzjarji għaliex iż-żewġ oqsma huma importanti għall-ekonomji tal-Unjoni Ewropea u tal-Istati Uniti.

11 October 2014

Maestro Joseph Vella’s Mass To Be Performed In New York In 2015

During the celebrations in Washington DC marking the fiftieth anniversary of Malta’s Independence, the Maltese Ambassador to the US Ms. Marisa Micallef took the opportunity to organise a cultural event to promote Maestro Joseph Vella’s Mass. The event was held at the Headquarters of the EU Delegation, where earlier this year Malta also successfully promoted the Valletta International Baroque Festival. 

The Ambassador and Christopher Hyland, who originally commissioned the Mass, had previously also had talks with the New York Choral Society in connection with performing this in New York City. During the Malta celebrations in DC the Director of the New York Choral Society David Hayes, made the very positive announcement that the New York Choral Society had decided to perform this Mass in the fall of 2015 in NYC.

This event was very well attended by EU and other ambassadors, a number of US Administration officials including the Chief of Protocol, leaders from the DC Arts world, members of the Maltese community and of the diplomatic community in Washington, including the Apostolic Nuncio to the US.

The autographed programme relating to the September 19th Malta 50th anniversary event will be added to the New York Choral Society archive which is part of the collection of the NY Library of the performing arts.

Ambassador Micallef explained how when she first heard the Mass she knew it would be her responsibility to ensure it would be performed here in the USA and the Embassy of Malta had put together this special cultural event with this in mind.

01 August 2014

Thirteenth Year Anniversary Montage of 9/11

You are cordially invited for the unveiling of the Thirteenth Year Anniversary Montage memorializing the 185 Pentagon Souls who perished on Sept 11th, 2001.  The event will be held at the San Anton Presidential Palace - H'Attard.

The event is organised Maltese Artist Challie Turu Spiteri.

The general public is invited to attend.

Email 13anniversary9112014@gmail.com for more information or to reserve your place.

We encourage everyone to attend.

New Foundation Will Share And Celebrate Malta With North American Audiences

[Hamilton, Massachusetts] — To inspire Americans to learn about, experience and support places of great historic, cultural, and natural significance in Malta, the American Malta Foundation was created, in alliance with Din l-Art Ħelwa, the National Trust of Malta. After two years of planning, and studying the feasibility of a new organization, the American Malta Foundation (AMF) was formally launched in 2014, and is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. AMF memberships are available, and begin at $25. 

Din l-Art Ħelwa is a non-governmental, nonprofit, voluntary organization founded in 1965 to safeguard the historic, artistic and natural heritage of Malta. Since its beginning, Din l-Art Ħelwa has restored and managed numerous cultural sites of immense historic and environmental importance. As an independent American nonprofit corporation, the American Malta Foundation will help promote Din l-Art Ħelwa priorities in the United States and Canada. 

According to Stefanie Joy Muscat, President of the AMF Board of Directors, “In late 2012, the first conversations about the Foundation began, between myself and Luciano Mulè Stagno of Din l-Art Ħelwa. As the wife of a 2nd generation Maltese descendent, and the mother of a 3rd generation, I was actively seeking ways in which my family could have meaningful engagement with its Maltese roots. I was aware of organizations, in North America, actively fundraising and promoting the interests of NGOs in Europe and Asia. Why couldn't such an organization exist to represent Malta?” 

There are many activities currently being undertaken, and planned, by the American Malta Foundation. Among them is the North American Maltese Oral History Project (NAMOP), which represents one of the first attempts in the US and Canada to record Maltese immigrant experiences in their own words. 

The Foundation is also offering group travel to Malta. Two trips are being planning for 2015, with departures in April and October. Tours created by the American Malta Foundation allow for an intimate and exclusive view of Malta's unique culture, heritage and natural beauty. 

General information about the American Malta Foundation is available at http://www.americanmaltafoundation.org.

10 July 2014

4th Convention For Maltese Living Abroad

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs would like to inform the Maltese diaspora and the general public that the next convention for Maltese Living Abroad will take place on 20-23 April 2015. Preparations are currently ongoing and the Ministry would like to hear from those who are interested in participation at the fourth Convention.

The Convention will consist of plenary sessions together with a number of workshops. Other activities will also be organized at the margins of the Convention. These include an arts exhibition, literary symposium and a drawing exhibition by school children across the island relating to themes linked with the Diaspora.

The working languages of the Convention will be Maltese and English.

Those interested in attending the Convention are invited to express their intent of participation by filling in the form that may be downloaded from http://mfa.gov.mt/library/2015Convention%20-%201stNotice+Form%20(FINAL%20-%204July2014)%20(3).pdf. This form is to be sent via email on convention2015.mfa@gov.mt. Alternatively, the form may be sent to the following postal address:

The Director
Directorate for Maltese Living Abroad
Directorate-General for Political, European Affairs and Maltese Abroad
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Palazzo Parisio, Merchant’s Street
Valletta – VLT 1171

All forms (by electronic mail or by post) must reach the Ministry for Foreign Affairs by not later than Thursday 14 August 2014 (12.00hrs CET).