Funded Presentation & Touring Grants for 2020.
Applicant: Miriam Calleja
Reference Number: CEPT-10-20-4532
Project title: Collaboration with Munich poet to present a project at Shamrock Festival
Amount Awarded: €451
The organisers of Shamrock Festival invited Miriam Calleja to present her work during their festival in Munich in October 2020. They would like her to collaborate with poet Karin Fellner during the preceding months, so as to present a body of work in German, English, and Maltese. In order to do this, they have secured an artist residency at Villa Waldberta (in Munich) for her during the months of September and October 2020. During this residency, she will be able to work with Karin closely in order to fulfill the request by Shamrock Festival. This will entail the creation of a project based on a brief given to them by the festival organisers. They have requested that the poetry (or other bodies of work) they create together or separately during the course of their work together to be presented in their native languages (Maltese and English).
Applicant: Ryan Falzon
Reference Number: CEPT-16-20-4539
Project title: We Lost the War (Berlin)
Amount Awarded: €7000
Ryan Falzon will be exhibiting his work at the Berlin gallery OKK Raum 29. His art collection WE LOST THE WAR deals with the idea of loss on various levels. It deals with the violation and exploitation of the notion of a national identity, with references to local customs, traditions, icons and events. Alongside are treated personal losses such as lost love and broken relationships. The themes are tackled from the artist’s subjective point of view throughout the whole project. Conceptually, the paintings included in WE LOST THE WAR construct an iconography of celebration - downfalls as much as victories - through layers of deceptive bright paint and pop art tropes. The exhibition will be co-curated by Michael Fenech, who originally curated the 2017 exhibition in Malta, together with Pablo Hermann, owner of OKK Raum 29. The opening date for this exhibition is 25th September 2020, an excellent timing for an exhibition in Berlin as this will follow up the interest in art scene generated through the Art Week, which is happening between 9 – 13th September 2020. The exhibition is set to run until 18th October 2020. Hermann selected the 25th September for the opening night for WE LOST THIS WAR as to happen during Kolonie Wedding. Wedding being the district in which OKK gallery is situated, Kolonie Wedding is a much anticipated biannual district art tour.
Applicant: Cheryl Lofreda
Reference Number: CEPT-15-20-4538
Project title: Concept of Movement’s THE MVMT at the World of Dance World Championship Final in Los Angeles
Amount Awarded: €8000
Concept of Movement (COM) is a Maltese Professional Urban Dance Academy. One of its crews, THE MVMT, won the World of Dance Championship Series Switzerland 2019 last November 2019 and have now been invited to present their winning piece in the World of Dance Championship in Los Angeles this July 2020. World of Dance (WOD) is the epicenter of urban dance globally. Being the largest international urban dance competition in the world, WOD celebrates the latest street and urdan dance choreography trends. COM is the first-ever team from Malta to take part in a WOD Championship Series event and the first Maltese team to come first place in World of Dance Championship series and so qualify to present their urban dance piece at the World of Dance Championship Week in Los Angeles.
Applicant: Big Friends Guggen Musik A.D. 2008
Reference Number: CEPT-16-20-4533
Project title: Big Friends Guggen Musik Malta, Aeolian Islands Tour 2020
Amount Awarded: €8000
The Big Friends Guggen Musik Malta, Aeolian Islands tour 2020 is part of the band’s plan to expose Maltese music, that is specifically arranged for this band, on an international platform and to give band members the opportunity to perform outside of the Maltese Islands. The Big Friends Guggen Musik Band was invited to perform alongside other international bands, and this invitation is a direct result of the band’s performance during the Carnival festivities in 2019 and the band’s Annual Concert of the same year. The word Guggen is mostly used in Austria, Switzerland and Germany and refers to the presentation of joyful music. This musical style involves the playing of both traditional and innovative musical instruments (primarily divided between brass and percussions) and together with singing and dancing, this contributes to a complete transformation of popular musical pieces to engage the audiences, with diverse backgrounds, in a festive spirit. The band makes use of innovative musical instruments that are not normally used in traditional Maltese village bands such as the Sousaphones washboards and temple blocks, which gives the Big Friends Guggen Musik Band a unique and innovative touch.
Applicant: Maria Concetta Cariello
Reference Number: CEPT-13-20-4535
Project title: Solo presentation at STARTAS Festival in Lithuania
Amount Awarded: €240
The solo performance "PRIMA MATERIA - A Study On My Bodies" by Maria Concetta Cariello has been invited to STARTAS International Contemporary Art Festival in Lithuania at the end of May 2020. She has been working on this solo research since last August, thanks to the Research Grant of ACM, and then presented it last December in Malta for a small audience, and she was happy to receive feedback for it. On that occasion, artist Paulius Prievelis was in the audience, and the month after he approached her, inviting her to STARTAS Festival that he organizes in collaboration with other artists back in Lithuania. It is a contemporary arts festival, which also includes dance performances. The Culture Centre of Rokiskis is a governmental institution which is responsible for cultural activities in Rokiškis town and its region. The International Contemporary Art Festival STARTAS is organised by the Culture Centre of Rokiskis, and it is in its fourth year now. In the last three years, STARTAS also hosted artists from 14 different countries, including from Europe, Mexico and Iran.
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