Funded Travel Grants for 2017
Applicant: Glen Zammit
Reference Number: CETR 01-17-1919
Project title: Norddeutsche Horntage
Amount Awarded: €824.06
Glen Zammit will be attending a master class in Germany, offering conservatory students the possibility to work together with renowned professors, where they can further develop their skills, and receive advice for their continued studies. The course does not focus exclusively on private lessons, but rather emphasizes audition training and ensemble playing. In addition to working on and practicing audition excerpts, actual audition situations are simulated. Such audition training is a good opportunity to prepare for auditions, and to gain experience and routine through simulated auditions, with the aim of warding off nervousness and anxiety that may build up in an actual audition situation.
Applicant: Patsy Chetcuti (obo Moveo Dance Company)
Reference Number: CETR 03-17-1921
Project title: Freedom Prison
Amount Awarded: €1,054
Moveo dance Company will be participating in “Freedom Prison”, a 10-day festival that forms part of the Aarhus European Capital of Culture in 2017. The festival takes place in a former state prison, and artists are invited from all over Europe to participate in this cultural experience. Apart from showcasing their individual performances, participants will also create a final performance based on the concept of Freedom vs. Imprisonment. Participant will display their own performances, and will also perform a joint choreography called the freedom Prison Show. This show will run for two days with approximately 8000 spectators each night, and will take place within the walls of the former prison. Moveo Dance Company will perform ‘Ara Gejja’, which revolves around this concept of Freedom vs. Imprisonment, through the distinction between traditional childhood games and today’s technological games. The freedom experienced by children, as they used to play openly in the past, creates a contrast to today’s static and inanimate gaming children experience on a daily basis. Traditional games are portrayed through dance with specific focus on Maltese games such as ‘Ara Gejja il Mewt Ghalik’, ‘Dawra Durella’, and ‘Bum Bum Il-Bieb’.
Applicant: Evgletta Zhanna Shtohryn
Reference Number: CETR 08-17-1926
Project title: Land-art project and an environmentally themed video art project
Amount Awarded: €924.87
During the two-months Artist Residency in Iceland Evgletta will seek to complete two projects based on the research which had been conducted in previous residencies. The first project is the continuation of the research that had been conducted for a five-part video installation project called “Now no longer – Now not yet”, which was an interdisciplinary work, bridging geology, video art and performance art. In this site specific installation the beneficiary will further explore Earth movements and plate tectonics. The second project is part of the Three Islands projects where water is explored as a by-product of human activity and observed as a driving force for contemporary migration. Here the water circularity will be followed by the circularity of the human journey as a refuge. For this project, Zhanna will perform various water-related activities that also poetically connect to the global sea rise. The artwork will be a mixture of land art, performance art and video art.
Applicant: Charlotte Stafrace
Reference Number: CETR 12-17-1930
Project title: TimeSlips Creative Storytelling
Amount Awarded: €404.05
Charlotte Stafrace will be attending a training course in Edinburgh with Professor Anne Basting. The training consists of two sessions. The first session consists of a lecture at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, which will focus on the positive impact of community-building projects with older people, with the aim of creating a sustainable network to bring meaningful engagement to older adults who are at risk of isolation. The second session consists of a creative storytelling workshop that brings together artists, healthcare professionals and cultural organisations to find out more about “TimeSlips”: a successful international approach to embedding creativity in care provision. The approach which will be explored at the workshop is evidence-based and person-centred, and it is used by care professionals and artists in older people’s services and care homes around the world.
Applicant: Sandra Zaffarese
Reference Number: CETR 15-17-1933
Project title: Participatory attendance at the New York International Childrens’ Film Festival
Amount Awarded: €924.87
Sandra will be attending the New York International Children’s Film Festival in preparation for the next edition of the Little Rock People Children’s Film Festival (LRP), forming part of the Kinemastik International Short Film festival programme held annually in Malta. This festival is entering into its 9th edition this year, and Sandra is now aiming to seek out further innovative and thought provoking ways of introducing the media of film, animation and documentaries to the young local audience in Malta. The aim of this mobility project is to make contacts, but also to observe and attain a further understanding of the organisational and programming aspects of this prestigious festival in order to use the festival as a model for the festival locally. The beneficiary believes that this mobility project would offer insight, inspiration and possible collaborations to further the festival and ultimately the youngsters who will be attending it.
Applicant: Ilona Baldacchino
Reference Number: CETR 20-17-1938
Project title: Devising Dance Performance with adults with learning dis/abilities: an exploration of dis/ability, dance and artistry, with special reference to Opening Doors dance group
Amount Awarded: €573.62
Ilona will be presenting her Dance Studies research at the symposium entitled “The Dance Fields – Staking a claim for Dance Studies in the 21st century”, being held between the 19-22nd April 2017, convened by the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University; Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID), De Montfort University and Centre for Dance Research, University of Roehampton, UK. Ilona’s research will be delivered in a form of a lecture presentation, where contexts and findings will be shared with others participating in the symposium. The aim in presenting this work is to create a space for discussion and sharing of ideas, specifically on disability arts, on how accessible they are, what training opportunities are being provided for individuals with a disability interested in pursuing their studies or possibly a career in dance, the opportunity for inclusive dance programmes and/or performances. These themes are all pertinent into forming possible collaborations with international practitioners working in the field.
Applicant: Sarah Spiteri
Reference Number: CETR 21-17-1939
Project title: Music for All - Approaches for Special Music Education
Amount Awarded: €1,850
Sarah Spiteri will be attending an intensive course at the Resonaari Special Music Centre in Helsinki, Finland. The course will be providing pedagogical and theoretical training as well practical sessions addressing music education for children with special needs. The course will offer the applicant further training on techniques based on colour and shape codification.
Applicant: Bettina Paris
Reference Number: CETR 22-17-1940
Project title: Internship with Chickenshed Theatre, London
Amount Awarded: €2,000
Bettina Paris has been offered a two-month internship at the Chickenshed Theatre in London, where she will form part of a ‘Performances for Children’ Programme, a vibrant programme that performs all over London. This children’s programme runs successful outreach projects, education courses and other various programmes throughout the year. During her internship Bettina will be working on a number of new projects, as well as on various high profile performances.
Applicant: Michelle Cachia Castelletti
Reference Number: CETR 29-17-1988
Project title: Recording of Mahler Symphony No 10 (reconstructed, arranged and orchestrated by Michelle Castelletti) by John Storgårds and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra for the international classical record label BIS
Amount Awarded: €2,000
Michelle Castelletti will be recording her re-created version of Mahler’s Tenth symphony with the record label BIS in Sweden. Following a detailed study of the existing Mahler sketches and fragments of this uncompleted work, Castelletti will re-create the symphony for chamber orchestra, retaining the authenticity found in the Mahler manuscripts. She will be present for the recording sessions with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra under the baton of John Storgårds for the international label BIS. During her stay in Finland and Sweden, she will be there ensuring the success of the project as a whole, taking care of any changes that need to be done, such as decisions regarding the score, instrumentation and orchestration.
Applicant: Nadia Mifsud Mutschler
Reference Number: CETR 35-17-1996
Project title: Parteċipazzjoni f’Voci lontane, voci sorelle (Firenze)
Amount Awarded: €323.21
Nadia Mifsud Mutschler will be participating in the international poetry festival ‘Voci Lontane, Voci Sorelle’ in Florence. This literature festival forms part of the “Estate Fiorentina” consisting of a wide cultural calendar with various activities and events throughout the entire summer. The activities and events are from different fields of art (poetry, theater, music, cinema, photography and visual arts). The festival is organized by the Laboratorio Nuova Buonarroti Association, a cultural association that aims to strengthen the relationship between the locals of Florence and other Italian and International artists, while fostering curiosity on culture and the creative process.
Applicant: Adrian Grima - Inizjamed
Reference Number: CETR 47-17-2011
Project title: Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale
Amount Awarded: €1,214
Inizjamed will be participating in “Mediterranea 18, Young Artists Biennale” in Albania. Hosted for the first time between the cities of Tirana and Durres the Biennale will bring together around 230 Euro-Mediterranean artists and will create opportunities for young artists to enable mobility, exchange, mutual understanding, intercultural dialogue, collaboration and training. Aidan Celeste and Rachelle Deguara will be representing Malta through their literary creations ‘Houellebecq By The Sea’ and ‘Replika/Eku’ respectively while Valerie Visanich is part of the project ‘A Natural Oasis?’ whose final outcome will be showcased at the Biennale. These artists will be exporting their works and showcasing it in a Euro-Mediterranean context.
Applicant: Gilbert Calleja
Reference Number: CETR 25-17-1984
Project title: iF LAB – Interactive Factual Lab (www.iflab.net)
Amount Awarded: € 1,963.59
Gilbert Calleja will be attending the ‘iF lab’ training course in Belgium and France to further develop and work on his documentary project (webdoc) about a local fisherman, his family, his boat and the extended community in Marsaxlokk. ‘iF lab’ is aimed at non‐fiction storytellers exploring new narrative formats and the project focuses on bringing professionals from various disciplines to work towards the production of a new documentary based on interactivity. ‘iF lab’is based on guided team work, where each team reconceptualises the initial pitch of a project, redesigns a prototype and produces a new documentary. Two separate one‐week intensive sessions (story booster and prototype booster) are dedicated to the idea development and the production of the work. These are then followed by online tutorials and guidance.
Applicant: Etienne Spiteri
Reference Number: CETR 32-17-1992
Project title: Peter Stark Conducting Masterclasses and Workshops
Amount Awarded: €1,028
Etienne Spiteri will be attending a three-day short course on conducting, with the world renowned conductor, mentor and consultant Peter Stark. The masterclasses are in small groups, and they focus on various aspects of conducting, from observations to discussions on skills and difficulties. Apart from the general techniques of conducting, this course goes into detail on how to develop the art of conducting from different perspectives, as well as preparing for examination sessions.
Applicant: Valerie Visanich
Reference Number: CETR 31-17-1990
Project title: Out of place in an institutional art space? A comparative research on cultural participation in Malta and Portugal
Amount Awarded: € 832.62
Valerie Visanich will be participating in the European Sociological Association International Conference being held in Athens. Together with the Portuguese sociologist Jose Soares Neves, she will present preliminary results of a comparative study on cultural participation in Malta and Portugal. This international platform is essential to continue the development of an academic study with the intention to be published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Valerie will also be meeting the Committee members of the European Sociological Association to discuss the coordination of the 10th Midterm International, the European Sociological Association Conference focused on the Sociology of the Arts, to be held in Malta in 2018.
Applicant: Bernard Camilleri
Reference Number: CETR 39-17-2000
Project title: Participation at the International Games Week in Berlin - 'QUO VADIS 17 - and the A MAZE Indie Games Showcase.
Amount Awarded: € 1,269
As part of the International Games Week in Berlin, Bernard Camilleri will be taking part in ‘Quo Vadis’ – one of Europe’s longest-standing professional game developers conference which focuses in depth on all aspects of video games development, business and marketing, addressing developers, publishers, decision-makers, researchers and young talents in the industry. Quo Vadis provides a framework where the participants can discuss important topics and trends in the subjects of graphic design, to sound composition, from storytelling to animation technology. He will be also attending the A MAZE, 6th International Independent Games and Playful Media Festival in Berlin which brings together independent game developers, digital creatives, individuals and entities interested in game development.
Applicant: Sara Pace
Reference Number: CETR 24-17-1983
Project title: Residency + at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland
Amount Awarded: € 1,369.58
During the month-long residency in Ireland, Sara Pace intends to further explore ideas and thoughts she had started experimenting with while spending study weeks at the Burren College of Art for workshops. She will have the dedicated time to listen, record, share stories, imagine and create in a space that is both quiet and full of life. Being able to meet with other practicing artists who live in the area, as well as be present for exhibitions that are taking place within the area will enable her to reach out further to contemporary art work and can further explore and expand her work.
Applicant: Steve Hili
Reference Number: CETR 51-17-2051
Project title: Performing “Burning Love. To the ground” and providing a platform for Maltese comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017
Amount Awarded: €500
Steve Hili will be performing his show called “Burning Love. To the ground” at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2017, at a venue called The 30 Seater Nightcap. He had debuted this show at the Brighton Fringe last year and he will be previewing it in London in July 2017, before taking it up to Edinburgh. As well as doing his own show in Edinburgh, he is also offering an opportunity for Maltese comedians to perform at the Fringe, by giving them the chance to do a few minutes of their own stand-up comedy before his show. The show has also been included in the official programme.
Applicant: Malcolm Galea
Reference Number: CETR 64-17-2091
Project title: The Complete History of Europe (More or Less)
Amount Awarded: €1900
More or Less Theatre will be taking its show ‘The Complete History of Europe (More or Less)’ for a full run at the 2017 edition of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. ‘The Complete History of Europe (More or Less)’ is one of the educational family comedies that is offered in the More or Less Theatre repertoire of plays. Originally created for the 2013 edition of the Żigużajg Arts Festival for Children and Young People, the show has been performed regularly ever since, along with the theatre group’s other repertoire plays. Apart from gaining further international experience, the company will also use this as a networking exercise in which to build international contacts and communicate with possible future collaborators.
Applicant: Rochelle Gatt
Reference Number: CETR 66-17-2093
Project title: Festival Deltebre Dansa
Amount Awarded: €1284.77
Rochelle Gatt will be participating at the Festival Deltebre Dansa at the heart of the Ebre Delta in Spain. Deltebre Dansa is a space where hundreds of international contemporary dance and circus professionals create new forms of movement, promoting a multicultural experience. The Festival collaborates with Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance – SEAD (Austria), La Central del Circ (Spain), Centre National des Arts du Cirque – CNAC (France), SóLODOS EN DANZA (Costa Rica), Bureau du Québec à Barcelone (Spain), Teatro del Temple (Spain), Brussels Contemporary Dance Competition (Belgium), FLIC Scuola di Circo (Italy), Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts (The Netherlands) and Onassis Cultural Centre Athens (Greece), among others.
Applicant: Evelina Batey
Reference Number: CETR 60-17-2087
Project title: 39th International Piano Teachers Annual Conference in Helsinki, Finland in preparation for the 40th EPTA Conference in Malta, 2018
Amount Awarded: €1255.93
Evelina Batey will be representing EPTA Malta at the 39th International Piano Teachers Annual Conference in Helsinki, Finland between 10 – 13 August 2017. This conference will be attended by many of the piano teachers, producers, event organizers, young pianists from more then 40 European and other countries. The theme of the conference this year is “inspiration” and the main disscussion will be on Inspirational aspects on how to motivate children to learn piano and continue to study music professionally in the future. EPTA EUROPE consists of 39 country members including associated members from USA, Canada, Argentina, Turkey, Cuba, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, China.
Applicant: Teodor Reljic
Reference Number: CETR 54-17-2081
Project title: Participation at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki
Amount Awarded: €830.50
Teodor Reljic will be participating in the Worldcon 75 in Helsinki in Finland, which will be taking place from August 9 to 13, 2017. He will also be meeting with writers Jeff VanderMeer, Gregory Bossert and Karin Tidbeck to talk shop and consolidate networking possibilities. Apart from promoting his 2014 novel TWO, he will also be attending the Worldcon with the aim of spreading the word about MIBDUL– an upcoming comic book series he is currently in the process of scripting and which is being illustrated by Inez Kristina and which, like TWO, will be published by Merlin Publishers.
Applicant: Robert Buttigieg
Reference Number: CETR 62-17-2089
Project title: BISYOC 2017 – Intercultural Youth Orchestral Exchange
Amount Awarded: €800
Robert Buttigieg will be participating in the BISYOC 2017 being held near Ludlow, United Kingdom, from Wednesday 2nd August 2017 to Monday 14th August 2017. He will be performing a chamber concert and two concerts during the last week of the BISYOC experience. It will also include cultural exchange activities with other musicians. This orchestral exchange will help the applicant engage further with international musicians and experience different mentalities and approaches towards music.
Applicant: Mario Abela
Reference Number: CETR 59-17-2086
Project title: Lumen Residency in Atina Italy
Amount Awarded: €1428.80
Mario Abela will be participating in an artist residency in Atina, Italy, offering the opportunity to international artists to meet, interact, and eventually to exhibit their works, both in Atina (Italy) and later on in London next November. Lumen is an art collective exploring the themes of astronomy and light. During this residency, the artist intends to carry out a project that is in line with his current body of work titled ‘Dislocated Geographies’. His works consist of large format charcoal drawings, and audio/visual installations, that depart from metaphysical and scientific theories. Through a juxtaposition of images and chance during execution, what starts as storytelling, becomes an exploration into fantastic, dislocated geographies. This puts under analysis concepts like time and chance to establish how these determine the interpretation of the past and sometimes forecast the future.
Applicant: Nicholas Zammit obo VOCA
Reference Number: CETR 52-17-2079
Project title: VOCA on Stage in Brussels
Amount Awarded: €2000
Voca Choir, composed of 30 members, will be performing some of its repertoire in Brussels. The Choir will have the opportunity to perform in various distinguished venues, includng squares, city centre, Churches as well as a final production put up by Interkultur Foundation. The Choir will also participate in a workshop with choral conductor Dieter Stealens who will introduce the musical tradition of the region and together with other choirs hailing from Denmark, Netherlands and Belgium, they will work on a few new pieces to be performed in the final concert.
Applicant: Josianne Azzopardi Mamo
Reference Number: CETR 82-17-3088
Project title: Participation at Scots Write, organised by the Society of Authors (SoA) in St. Andrews, UK
Amount Awarded: € 653.39
Josianne Azzopardi Mamo will be participating at Scots Write, a two-day networking event organised by the Society of Authors in St. Andrews, UK in September 2017. One of the speakers will be Joanna Harris, author of Chocolat, a book which was turned into an Oscar-nominated film. The event will enable Josianne to network with members of the learned Society of Authors – a UK trade union for writers that dedicates itself to advising individuals with anything related to the profession of writing, such as approaching literary agents, publication contracts and so on. Attending this event will give her an insider’s insight into legal and commercial aspects of publishing on an international level.
Applicant: Ryan Falzon
Reference Number: CETR 83-17-3089
Project title: Scouting Berlin
Amount Awarded: € 1500
Scouting Berlin is intended to give artist Ryan Falzon and his agent Michael Fenech the opportunity to conduct an exploratory visit to Berlin during Berlin Art Week. During this week, Berlin is the hub of a number of world class fairs showcasing contemporary art. The aim is to follow up on contacts and to network. A good amount of renowned Art Fairs such as Berliner Liste, Positions and Art Berlin are to be visited, where a number of selected galleries would be approached and presented with a very specific selection of works from Ryan Falzon’s portfolio. The visit will also serve to explore the possibility of setting up an art stall in one of the fairs next year, giving the opportunity to other Maltese artists to showcase their work on a prestigious international stage.
Applicant: Angelique Muller
Reference Number: CETR 75-17-3070
Project title: 13th Annual Hollshorts Film Festival
Amount Awarded: € 1500
Angelique Muller, film curator and programmer for the Valletta Film Festival and the Kinemastik short Film Festival, will be participating in the HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood, CA. The Festival attracts A-listers like Jessica Biel, Demi Moore, Kirsten Dunst, Matthew Modine and Josh Broline, and festival honorees include filmmakers such as David Lynch and Oscar Winner Paul Haggis. The festival is devoted to showcasing short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panels and forums. It showcases Short Animations, Short Live Actions, Short Documentaries, Music Videos, Webisodes, Commercials, Youth Films and Digital Microbudgets. Angelique will be attending the film screenings, participating in networking events and in industry panel discussions and conferences.
Applicant: Sean Pollaco obo Weeping silence
Reference Number: CETR 76-17-3072
Project title: Weeping silence plays world-famous FemMe Festival (NL)
Amount Awarded: € 1900
Weeping Silence will be performing in the FemMe Festival in the Netherlands in September 2017. In addition to the performance, Weeping Silence will also have the opportunity to network with key players in the music business. FemMe Festival is one of the world’s biggest festivals in the female-fronted rock and metal scene, attracting thousands of people from all over the world who travel there to listen to their favourite female rock and metal bands.
Applicant: Abigail Grech
Reference Number: CETR 85-17-3091
Project title: Sciacca Classic Fest
Amount Awarded: € 468
Abigail Grech will be participating in the Sciacca Classical Music Fest at Badia Grande di Sciacca. This opportunity would be of sound relevance as it equips musicians with the practicing of solo performance as well as in the more challenging chamber music performance. It will help Abigail develop orchestral playing skills within a chamber group setting where she will be performing the Dvorak Quintett in G at the end of the festival. This will enrich her profile and aid her in acquiring skills on par with international standards which would then enable her to perform in larger festivals.
Applicant: Karl Schembri
Reference Number: CETR 73-17-3057
Project title: Participation in IV international poetry festival of Lima (Fiplima)
Amount Awarded: € 2000
Karl Schembri will be participating in the 4th edition of the International Poetry Festival in Lima, Peru. The festival is regarded to be among the most important in Latin and Central America and it is held annually, gathering poets from over twenty countries from America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Karl will be reading poems in Maltese and in English from his works “Passju taht ix-Xita” (2013) and “Remember the Future” (2013) in several locations in the city of Lima as well as in surrounding villages. These will be translated into Spanish and presented there too. The organisers of the festival have already started publishing some of his works on journals and online portals, building more attention and exposure that will help gather the attention of Latin American publishers.
Applicant: Matthew Maggi
Reference Number: CETR 84-17-3090
Project title: Participation at the Toronto Film Festival and Industry Market-networking and pitching of Maltese scripts and other film-related Projects
Amount Awarded: € 1935
Matthew Maggi will be attending the Toronto Film Festival in September 2017. He will be also participating in the six day industry conference and market, and in several workshops, talks and networking events where he will be pitching scripts by Maltese filmmakers to film producers, distributors and sales agents for possible co-production and distribution deals.
Applicant: Francesca Balzan
Reference Number: CETR 95-17-3152
Project title: Participation in conference 'Jewellery Matters', Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Amount awarded: EUR959
Francesca Balzan will be participating in the conference 'Jewellery Matters' that will be held at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam from the 15th till the 17th November 2017. Francesca has researched, published and contributed to exhibitions about jewellery in Malta over several years and she will be participating in this important international conference to network with other international jewellery historians and makers of this particular branch of the arts.
Applicant: Opening Doors Association
Reference Number: CETR 100-17-3162
Project title: Symposium "Dance-Diversity-Inclusion"
Amount awarded: EUR889
Ilona and Sandra, team members of Opening Doors Association will be attending and presenting their research at the Symposium "Dance-Diversity-Inclusion" in Dortmund, Germany. Exposing individuals with disabilities to a creative dance experience, whilst informing their development as creative and artistic individuals forms the basis of their research, investigating the relationship between dance and disability, more specifically, dance devising processes with young adults with learning disabilities. Ilona and Sandra will eventually disseminate information and experiences from the trip to the rest of the team in Malta. This mobility will hopefully also give rise to further collaborations with new organisations, artists and academics working in the field.
Applicant: Andrew Farrugia
Reference Number: CETR 97-17-3155
Project title: Te fit-Tazza at OFF2018 Barcelona
Amount awarded: EUR1350
Members from "Te Fit Tazza" will be travelling to Barcelona to attend the OFFF2018 with the aim of participating in conferences, activities, and performances by artists in the line-up. OFFF2018 facilitates networking opportunities between Offline/Online designers, Motion Designers, Sound Designers, Graphic Designers, Theorists, Developers and Professionals. "Te Fit-Tazza" will be presenting their designs and searching for potential partners to discuss any collaborations.
Reference Number: CETR 93-17-3150
Project title: Angelcrypt Live In Germany
Amount awarded: EUR1921
Angelcrypt (Malta) will be participating in a music festival in Germany, entitled the Taunus Metal Fest, which will host around twenty German and international bands. The festival is expecting the attendance of over 1000 people. The band will be showcasing their musical capabilities to this international crowd and they also plan to make a lot of new contacts which will hopefully open the doors to other international festivals.