Last Updated on Thursday, 28 December, 2023 at 10:10 pm by Andre Camilleri
The Malta Entertainment Industry and Arts Association (MEIA) has announced the appointment of Maria Galea as its new President, succeeding Howard Keith Debono.
Galea, renowned in the Maltese visual arts scene as a distinguished cultural and art professional, brings valuable experience and insight to this prestigious role.
The association said that since its inception, Galea has played an important role, initially as Chair of the Visual Arts sub-committee and then elected as Vice President in the last General Meeting.
“Her presidency marks a period of significant growth and solid foundation-building within the association,” the association said.
“The creative sectors are not only unique but also vital to our society, holding boundless potential. I firmly believe in positioning these sectors on equal footing with other industries, recognising their vast socio-economic impact. We persist in our efforts to establish robust foundations and infrastructure, ensuring efficiency, sustainability, accessibility, and raising awareness of the arts and entertainment sectors, all while championing for our members,” Galea said in her first comments as President.
“Therefore, I extend a heartfelt invitation to all, both within and outside the sector, to join hands with MEIA in our ongoing efforts to cultivate a robust and dynamic creative industry that stands on equal footing with other prominent sectors,” she continued.
“Both Howard’s and Toni Attard’s leadership as President and Vice President has been instrumental in giving our sector a voice, setting a much-needed solid foundation for the creative community, which we are extremely grateful for. I am privileged to work with the exceptional professionals within our executive and advisory committees. Together, we aim to further this legacy, fostering a sustainable creative industry and championing our artistic community,” she concluded.
The MEIA extended its heartfelt thanks to Howard Debono for his “visionary leadership and unwavering commitment, which have been vital to MEIA’s establishment and growth, laying a strong foundation for Malta’s entertainment and arts sectors.”
Established in 2020, the Malta Entertainment Industry and Arts Association (MEIA) stands as a prominent non-profit organisation dedicated to championing the rights, growth, and development of Malta’s vibrant entertainment and arts industry.
With a comprehensive approach that includes creators, performers, promoters, producers, suppliers, cultural educators, and technical personnel spanning Music, Theatre, Dance, Film, Visual Arts, and Arts Education, MEIA’s mission is to unite stakeholders within the entertainment industry and cultivate interest across its diverse sectors.