It is with great regret that I must announce the postponement of our Malta Classical Music Academy (MCMA), originally scheduled to take place in April and May 2021.
Following detailed discussions both here in Malta and with our colleagues abroad, we have taken the difficult decision to reschedule the event to 5th July – 24th July 2022, in order to deliver the best possible experience to our Academy participants and valued audiences. Please note these dates may be subject to further changes as appropriate.
It has always been the intention of the European Foundation for Support of Culture to present a world-class event of the highest standard, and one that works to promote, strengthen and support this country’s thriving cultural landscape and further establish Malta as a new centre for classical music in Europe and around the world. To this aim, we have invited outstanding professors and performers from all around the world to give a ground-breaking series of masterclasses and lectures, as well as providing invaluable space for artistic development, networking and inspiration through the Academy’s unique programme of daily lunchtime concerts. This event truly marks a hugely significant development in the world of classical music education, and we are immensely proud to hold the event here in Malta.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, we have endeavoured to make all possible preparations in order to enable the Malta Classical Music Academy to take place, including the incorporation of social distancing for participants and audience members, as well as numerous other logistical and artistic arrangements designed to allow our professors and performers to work safely and effectively during their stay. However, despite our best efforts, it is now clear that holding the MCMA at this time, especially in light of the recent new measures enacted to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, presents additional serious challenges to its implementation, and that this and our other large-scale events originally scheduled for April and May would be best served taking place later this year.
It should be noted that this postponement will also affect our InClassica International Music Festival and Classic Piano International Competition, both originally scheduled to take place at the same time as the MCMA, and now also moved to later in the year. The precise dates for these initiatives will be confirmed shortly and be announced on their respective websites.
While this decision is of course one of immense regret for the EUFSC, the health and safety of our audiences, participants, visiting artists and staff must remain our top priority, and we have every confidence, that, despite the obvious disappointment felt by everyone involved in this project, this decision will ensure a safer, and more successful series of events.
Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Malta Classical Music Academy.
With best regards and respect,
President of the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC)