European Foundation for Support of Culture
The European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC) is a non-profit organisation founded in Malta to initiate and promote cultural and educational projects in Europe and all around the world.
A key objective of the Foundation is to introduce broad public access in different countries to the most prominent facets of world musical and cultural heritage. To this end, the EUFSC holds numerous festivals, competitions, exhibitions, conferences, presentations, master-classes, workshops, concerts and other events seeking to support and promote culture, to inspire interest in various types of modern art and to support young talented musicians and gifted youngsters. Another important role of the EUFSC is to highlight and promote Maltese composers, musicians, ensembles and orchestras.
Since its inception, the Foundation’s portfolio of cultural events has become impressive, with notable past events including the sponsorship of the 40th Jubilee Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony; the hosting of the debut performance of the new Crystal Palace ballet in Malta in collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre; and the celebration of the 2018 Malta International Music Festival which coincided with the same year that Valletta was named as the European Capital of Culture. The Foundation is a sponsor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2018-2019 organised the MPO’s first ever international tour, with further tours following in 2021 and 2022. After a year of disruption due to the Covid pandemic, 2021 saw the Foundation bounce back with a series of ambitious projects around the world, including the Grand Finale to the ‘14 Ways to Dubai’ International Piano Competition, the inauguration of the first Middle East Classical Music Academy, and the 10th anniversary of the Foundation’s flagship InClassica International Classical Music Festival, which was held in Dubai and marked the biggest and most ambitious classical music event in the region’s history.
Notable projects in 2022 so far have included a European tour for the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the ClaviCologne International Festival and Academy, Malta Classical Music Academy and the Malta International Music Festival. Another tour for the MPO, this time of the UK, will follow later on in the year, along with a Eurasian tour in collaboration with the acclaimed Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, and the inaugural edition of the Symphonic Yerevan International Music Festival, which will take place in the Armenian capital in August.