Arts Council Malta collaborated with the Maltese Embassy in the Netherlands to participate in the European Literature Night on 14 May 2024.

The 2024 event explored the theme of ‘Writers as Travellers’and Malta was represented by Loranne Vella, who participated in a panel discussion on travelling through language, during which she also had the opportunity to read an extract in Maltese from her book ‘Rokit’. The European Literature Night was concluded by an excellent performance by Loranne, through a literary piece which was originally written by herself and translated to English by Joe Gatt. The work recounts her journey through the eyes of a young child walking around the saltpans of Birzebbuga.

Loranne Vella (b.1972) is a Maltese writer, translator and performer based in Brussels. She has been awarded the Malta National Book Council's ‘National Book Prize’ on a number of occassions, including the award for ‘Best Novel in Maltese or English’ for Rokit (2018) and Marta Marta (2023). Loranne is also co-editor of the Maltese-language literary journal Aphroconfuso.

The event was recorded, with all discussions and performances available here:



Europe's Finest Hours

On 5 June 2024, Arts Council Malta in collaboration with the Embassy of Malta in the Netherlands participated in the EUNIC Netherlands event entitled ‘Europe’s Finest Hours’.

The programme focused on European stories, told through talks, movies, workshops and performances, one day before the European Parliament elections. Malta was represented by song writer, musician and performer Alexandra Alden, who performed some of her music during a full-day event in celebration of European Culture.

More information on the participants and the programme may be accessed here: