Welcome to the EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS: Malta 2015

Culture is at the heart of Europe’s identity. The ECB’s EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS bear witness to this. Each year they are dedicated to a different country of the European Union (EU). This year the focus is on Malta.

The smallest country of the Union is not only able to look back on a rich cultural heritage, but also has an extremely vibrant cultural life to offer in the present. The EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS provide a lasting impression of this.

Making Europe’s common cultural bond visible – from the beginning that has been the aim of the EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS, which take place once a year in Frankfurt am Main, the seat of the European Central Bank. Europe’s self-image has a lot to do with individuality and self-determination, which is why in 2015 regional peculiarities, country-specific developments and special cultural characteristics play just as big a role as internationally successful stars and aesthetic innovations of a globally connected art scene.

About the Cultural Days

The European Union (EU) has its foundations in shared ideas and values, while also being home to a rich and varied array of cultures, made up of the traditions of the individual countries and regions. The EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS of the ECB provide an opportunity to celebrate this “unity in diversity”.


Mario Draghi, President of the ECB

“Working together to enhance awareness of a country’s cultural heritage that is part of our roots and our identity offers a good opportunity to educate and prepare future generations, who will have a key role in strengthening cohesiveness and community spirit and in deciding the way in which the European institutions will develop. The mission of the EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS fully meets this aim.”

Each year, the EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS of the ECB focus on a different Member State of the European Union. Towards the end of the year Frankfurt am Main becomes the setting for many high-quality artistic performances, ranging from music, dance and theatre to art lectures and exhibitions, literary events and films, as well as events for children. The ECB organises the CULTURAL DAYS together with the national central bank of the featured country and with the support of its many partners, who are committed to promoting European arts and culture.

Malta 2015: Programme preview

Opening Concert

Star-Tenor Joseph Calleja

Classical music
Star tenor Joseph Calleja and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of conductor Brian Schembri perform classic opera songs and arias from Verdi, Puccini, Tosti, Cilea and others.
Tuesday, 3 November 2015
Alte Oper Frankfurt, Großer Saal

Violin concert

Violinist Carmine Lauri

Classical music
Violinist Carmine Lauri (accompanied by Simon Hester on the piano) performs a colourful mixture of violin pieces, including Mozart’s sonata for violin and piano in A major (KV 305) as well as “Rapsodija Maltija” by Maltese composer Joseph Vella.
Monday, 16 November 2015
Oper Frankfurt, Holzfoyer


Maltese percussionist Renzo Spiteri

Sound Art Performance
Maltese sound artist and performer Renzo Spiteri presents his new experimental solo performance entitled “Quintessence”. Through the use of improvisation and a sculptural array of acoustic instruments, found large-scale objects and live electronic manipulation, Renzo presents the audience with a truly immersive experience.
Sunday, 8 November 2015
Gallus Theater

An evening with Lydia Caruana

Maltesie Soprano Lydia Caruana

Classical music
Maltese Soprano Lydia Caruana (accompanied by Yvette Galea on the piano) performs an evening of songs with an Italian touch. The programme includes “Tre sonetti di Petrarca” from Liszt’s masterpiece Années de pèlerinage as well as Rossini’s “La Regata Veneziana“.
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Oper Frankfurt, Holzfoyer

Big Band Brothers

Big Band Brothers, fronted by Daniel Cauchi

Big band concert
Give in to the infectious good vibes of the Big Band Brothers, fronted by Daniel Cauchi. The 20-member group performs a varied big band programme, including music from the 1930s, modern compositions and new arrangements of old Maltese melodies.
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten

Cosmos Wind Ensemble

The international brass quintet Cosmos Wind Ensemble

Classical wind music
The international brass quintet Cosmos Wind Ensemble, with musicians from Canada, Malta, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom, performs works by Mozart and Beethoven, as well as by Maltese composers Charles Camilleri and Albert Garzia.
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Alte Oper Frankfurt, Mozartsaal

Poetry in performance

Well-known actors from Malta and dancers
                            from Mavin Khoo’s ŻfinMalta Dance
                            Ensemble perform together to the vibrant
                            rhythms of Renzo Spiteri’s percussion

Literary performance
Well-known Maltese actors and dancers from Malta’s national company ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble perform alongside Renzo Spiteri’s live electronics. The impressive mix of spoken word, movement and sound layers brings the audience closer to the fascinating sound of the Maltese language.
Thursday, 12 November 2015
Literaturhaus Frankfurt

Erbgħa (4)

ŻfinMalta, Malta’s national ensemble for contemporary dance, showcases contemporary dance

Contemporary dance
Under the direction of Mavin Khoo, this production by ŻfinMalta, Malta’s national ensemble for contemporary dance, showcases contemporary dance at the highest level with four dance performances from four different choreographers.
Thursday, 19 November and Friday, 20 November 2015
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo“

Director Albert Marshall and his theatre group bring Tennessee Williams’ play “The Rose Tattoo” to the stage

Director Albert Marshall and his theatre group bring Tennessee Williams’ play “The Rose Tattoo” to the stage in Frankfurt (first performed in 1951 on Broadway). The production emphasises Williams’ “sicilianità” – the Sicilian temperament that Maltese actors, too, are well acquainted with.
Friday, 19 February and Saturday, 20 February 2016
English Theatre Frankfurt

Past events since 2003

Bulgaria 2014
Thank you, Bulgaria!

France 2012
Thank you, France!

Netherlands 2010
Thank you, Netherlands!

European Union 2008
Thank you, Europe!

Austria 2006
Thank you, Austria!

Poland 2004
Thank you, Poland!

Latvia 2013
Thank you, Latvia!

Italy 2011
Thank you, Italy!

Romania 2009
Thank you, Romania!

Greece 2007
Thank you, Greece!

Hungary 2005
Thank you, Hungary!

Portugal 2003
Thank you, Portugal!