Funded Travel Grants for 2018
Applicant: The New Victorians
Reference Number: CETR-88-18-3198
Project title: MARA at the National Theatre of Scotland
Amount Awarded: €1825
“MARA” is a production that celebrates the story of women throughout time, with an all-female cast, where audio plays a very important part in the dramaturgy and is more than just a sound track. Composing and manipulating sound live, the audience will be immersed in audio-creations where the sound designer becomes a performer, and the audience participates in the storytelling. Following a successful run of the show in August 2016, this summer MARA will be part of the National Theatre of Scotland's Exchange programme as one of the two selected international acts. The new young cast will be incorporating stories of Maltese women, giving them a voice as well as giving the opportunity to a fully Maltese female cast. The piece will also expose Maltese culture, language and stories. Performing at the National Theatre of Scotland will be a good exposure for their work, and will enable them to network with other theatre practitioners and artists.
Applicant: Austin Camilleri
Reference Number: CETR-103-18-3224
Project title: Artist Residency and Networking in The Hague
Amount Awarded: €1464
Austin Camilleri will be participating in an International artist-in-residency program and pre-program, towards the exhibition 'Climate as Artifact', in October and November 2018 at Electriciteitsfabriek The Hague, the Netherlands hosted by Satellietgroep, an artist collective, based in The Hague. The mobility will also include the applicant participating as a guest speaker in Festival Designkwartier, at Electriciteitsfabriek, The Hague, as well as participation in a series of networking meetings with Museum directors in Holland.
Applicant: Immanuel Mifsud
Reference Number: CETR-90-18-3201
Project title: TRGNI SE! POEZIJA! - International Poetry Festival in Belgrade
Amount Awarded: €602
Immanuel Mifsud will be participating in the International Poetry Festival in Belgrade, which is one of the most prestigious literary festivals from former Yugoslavia. The festival includes readings by poets from Spain, Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Cyprus, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Slovenia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia. Immanuel’s participation is also important because the organisers will be publishing three books of his in the next three years, and therefore his presence will help establish and boost a Maltese literary presence in Serbia.
Applicant: SEED DANCE COMPANY obo Lea Ellul Sullivan
Reference Number: CETR-87-18-3196
Project title: Youth America Grand Prix Final in New York
Amount Awarded: €2000
Lea Ellul Sullivan, an eleven year old dancer, will be performing at the Youth America Grand Prix Final (YAGP) in New York, which is one of the largest performance opportunities for students. Following the semi-finals held in Paris in 2016, Lea Ellul Sullivan was chosen as one of the ten best contemporary soloists at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). The YAGP is an international dance competition with entries from as far afield as Japan, Brazil and Australia. Lea Ellul Sullivan, who has been training at ArtsExcel dance school for the past five years, was the first ever Maltese dancer to compete. She will now be moving on to the finals in New York, where she will be exhibiting her solo performance in front of five international judges which range from companies such as the Royal Ballet, the English National Ballet, ABT, Tanz Zurich and Paris Opera.
Applicant: Chris Briffa
Reference Number: CETR-97-18-3222
Project title: Chris Briffa Architects - Venice Biennale - Site Visit 2018
Amount Awarded: €1479
Chris Briffa Architects has been invited to exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale as part of the TIME SPACE EXISTANCE exhibition being held from May to November 2018 and organised by Global Art Affairs Foundation. The creative director, curator and architectural assistant of Chris Briffa Architects will be meeting Valeria Romagnini and Sarah Gold, the curator and coordinator from Global Art Affairs, as well as view the exhibition spaces at Palazzo Mora, the venue for the TIME SPACE EXISTANCE exhibition. Following the site visit to Venice, the team will be able to develop a detailed and ambitious proposal for the exhibition.
Applicant: Karl Schembri
Reference Number: CETR-94-18-3219
Project title: Participation in the 9th edition of the Bucharest International Poetry Festival
Amount Awarded: €375
Karl Schembri will be participating at the international poetry festival in Bucharest, Romania, for the 9th edition of the festival. The festival started in 2010 and it has since had over 350 guest poets from around the world on diverse prestigious stages, transforming Bucharest into a capital of poetry every spring. For its ninth edition, the festival will feature poetry, jazz, performances, debates, panel discussions and projections in several venues across Bucharest. As a participant invited to the festival, Karl will be reading poems in Maltese and English in several locations around the city. These will be translated into Romanian and presented there too.
Applicant: Lawrence Buttigieg
Reference Number: CETR-98-18-3223
Project title: Presentation of paper at the “Creative Bodies—Creative Minds” international conference at the University of Graz, Austria
Amount Awarded: €641
Lawrence Buttigieg will be presenting a paper called 'The Artefact: A Means of Engendering the Conceptual Through Materiality' during an international conference at the University of Graz in Austria. He will be presenting to an international audience his latest academic work pertinent to his box-assemblages, which were part of his practice-led doctoral research at Loughborough University, UK and which were recently exhibited at the SACRED|PROFANE, exhibition held at Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier in 2017. The Creative Bodies—Creative Minds conference will be an opportunity to engage with an international audience, to promote his work, to network and to establish new contacts.
Reference Number: CETR-103-18-3239
Project title: Creative Exchange, Ljubljana
Amount Awarded: €1283
808 will attend the Future Architecture Fair and Creative Exchange in Ljublana. Future Architecture is a leading exchange and networking platform that enables architecture museums, festivals, producers, publishers, agencies, academic institutions and emerging multidisciplinary professionals to connect and build joint projects easily and effectively. The organisations and collectives are also invited to take part in 20 minute presentations of their activities at the Focus Talks. 808 will participate in the fair and seek out new connections for involvement in future 808 events and opportunities such as Malta Design Week, Design Dialogues and Gallery808.
Applicant: Luc Houtkamp
Reference Number: CETR-103-18-3218
Project title: Luc Houtkamp concert and CD presentation in Germany
Amount Awarded: €238
Luc Hautcamp will be presenting his CD on 17 May 2018 in Neurenberg, Germany, at the Kulturwerkstatt Auf AEG, in the framework of the series “The Art of Improvisation”. This event is the kick-off of a longer tour period in Germany and Austria, foreseen in the fall of 2018. The Concert series "The Art of Improvisation" is organised by Selig Music Production and hosted by the Kulturbüro Muggenhof, a German non-profit organisation dedicated to socio-cultural performances, workshops and networking. The series focuses on chamber music concert performances that deal with the interplay of sound and location, and with musical crossovers.
Applicant: Veronica Stivala
Reference Number: CETR-93-18-3292
Project title: Participation in Mount Olymprov in Athens: Research and networking for Malta Improv Festival
Amount Awarded: €548
This project will see Veronica attend Mount Olymprov, an international improv festival in Athens, Greece in June 2018. The aim is for her to gain important information, and network for a similar festival she wishes to organise in Malta, of which there is currently no such thing. The five-day festival in Athens features shows, events and activities, and registration includes entrance to all the evening shows as well as all the networking events over the course of the festival. The performers are some of the top performers in the world and hail from Canada, LA, NYC, Argentina, France, Portugal, Romania, Germany, and, of course, Greece.
Applicant: Clare Vassallo
Reference Number: CETR-101-18-3301
Project title: Maltese Literature in Translation - Networking for Foreign Publication
Amount Awarded: €1077
Clare will be participating in the annual Mediterranean Editors and Translators Meeting (METM) at the Centre Cultural La Mercè in Girona, Spain. Now in its 14th year, the event is an established CPD and networking event – a highlight in the calendar for many editors, translators, interpreters and other providers of English-language support services in the Mediterranean area and beyond. It offers one and a half days of presentations and keynote speeches, two half days of pre-conference workshops, and a programme of “Off-METM” events. She will be presenting a paper with her copy-editor, Mary Ellen Kerans, specifically on the experience of translating Trevor Zahra's 'Vespri' funded by the Arts Council Malta's Translation Grant, which has just been completed. The paper will focus on the benfits of translators working in close collaboration with a non-native speaking copy-editor and will be using examples taken directly from 'Vespri' as a basis of the presentation and discussion. The conference will also provide a platform for networking of Mediterranean literature and for finding a publisher for this work.
Applicant: Kenneth Spiteri
Reference Number: CETR-99-18-3298
Project title: Like An Octopus By Its Own Ink Erased
Amount Awarded: €1715
Kenneth Spiteri will be participating in a practice-based residency at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in New Zealand to work on the creation of the short film “Like an Octopus by its Own Ink Erased”. The film will form part of a larger interdisciplinary performance work that is currently in pre-production phase. The film will be produced by Paxifica Films NZ, and will be shot over a 2 week period in July 2018, with the support of the Corban Estate Centre, as well as financing from French production support. “Like An Octopus by its Own Ink Erased”, is a highly ambitious performance work being created to tour in international theatre festivals. In its completed form it will comprise of a choreographic work (45 minutes) the short film (18 minutes), and a theatre piece (60 min).
Applicant: Jean-Marc Agius
Reference Number: CETR-104-18-3304
Project title: Edinburgh Fringe Trip
Amount Awarded: €2000
Studio 18 is organising a trip to Edinburgh, where the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival will be held in August 2018. During this month, performers from all over the world conglomerate to showcase their artistry in the cultural hub that is Edinburgh. Being one of the world's largest arts festivals, the Fringe is an opportunity for Studio 18's members to experience artistic skills and cultural diversity on a global scale. Ranging from small-scale gigs, to high-end budgeted shows, the festival as well as the fringe, boast an interdisciplinary assortment of genres - from theatre, to dance, to puppetry, to circus. The mission of Studio 18 is to nurture the creativity and holistic development of young people through informal education and the performing arts. Members of Studio 18 (ages of which range from 18 to 26) find themselves in their early stages of their artistic career and therefore an insight into the international sphere of performing arts would hopefully be an invaluable experience for them.
Applicant: Shawn Mizzi
Reference Number: CETR-87-18-3279
Project title: Angelcrypt live in Germany
Amount Awarded: €2000
Angelcrypt will be playing live at the Feuerfaenger Festival in Germany, in June 2018. They will also be promoting Maltese heavy metal in Germany, networking with other bands, agents and festival organisers. They will also be identifying further opportunities for band growth and development.
Applicant: Jean-Marc Agius
Reference Number: CETR-105-18-3305
Project title: Barbershop Quartet London Trip
Amount Awarded: €1530
Dr Joseph Gatt, the musical director of the barbershop quartet entitled ‘Barbetti’, along with members from the quartet will be attending The London A Cappella Festival 2019 to understand better the international standards that they are to strive towards, and make contacts with similar groups so as to create an international artistic network. Curated by The Swingles and Ikon Arts Management, the London A Cappella Festival welcomes the top vocal talent of the a cappella world in a star-studded line-up of international headliners. It spans over 3 to 4 days, and it also features talks, and free interactive pop-ups to engage singers and music lovers in exploring further the dynamics of the human voice.
Applicant: Duska Malesevic
Reference Number: CETR-103-18-3303
Project title: Postcards from Paradise - A Look Beyond Malta's Postcard Exterior - Photography Exhibition and Book Presentation
Amount Awarded: €1001
Duška Malešević shall be exhibiting her project 'Postcards from Paradise' at the Art Salon of KCNS- Cultural Centre, Novi Sad in Serbia in June 2018. Novi Sad will be celebrating the European Capital of Culture in 2021 and the Novi Sad 2021 Foundation has decided to support this project as a link between Valletta2018 and NoviSad2021, two European Capitals of Culture. The idea is to link the two cities, Valletta and Novi Sad, and to also propose another exhibition that will take place in Valletta in 2020 in preparation for Novi Sad 2021.
Applicant: Glen Calleja
Reference Number: CETR-101-18-3482
Project title: Voix Vives Toledo
Amount Awarded: €267
Voix Vives Toledo have invited Glen Calleja to present his poetry during their festival which is being held between the 31st of August and the 2nd September 2018. This festival gives participants the opportunity to present poetry in various forms, both in public readings and in other platforms using different media. Voix Vives Toledo brings together some of the top poets from all over the Mediterranean making it an excellent opportunity for showcasing one's work and for networking. It presents an opportunity where long-term professional relationships can be forged and potential collaborations initiated. The 6th edition of the International Poetry Festival Voix Vives, “from Mediterranean to Mediterranean”, in Toledo, is organised by Libre Culture, El Dorado – Activismo Cultural, Cuéntame Toledo and Matadero Lab.
Applicant: Alexandra Camilleri Gambin
Reference Number: CETR-105-18-3487
Project title: EuroChoir 2018
Amount Awarded: €484
Following an audition, Alexandra was selected to participate in EuroChoir2018. EuroChoir is a choral event organised by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat, a network of organisations, choirs and individuals in the field of collective singing in Europe. It represents more than 2.5 million singers, conductors, composers and managers in over 40 European countries, and reaches out to more than 37 million people in continental Europe, active in the field of collective singing. Each year it takes place in a different country and this year the project is to be held in Helsinki and Tallinn. This special choir project aims to promote European choral music among young singers and to encourage cultural exchange within Europe.
Applicant: Karl Schembri
Reference Number: CETR-88-18-3320
Project title: 12th International Poetry Festival in Pereira, Colombia
Amount Awarded: €1900
Karl Schembri will be participating in the 12th International Poetry Festival in Pereira, Colombia. The event will take place from Tuesday 28t August to Saturday 1 September 2018, and will include 30 notable poets from Italy, Spain, France, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Chile, Venezuela, Canada, Argentina, Peru, and Colombia, all performing in various venues including theatres, auditoriums, and education centres in the city. This poetry event is one of the best known of its kind in Colombia and Latina America, and is publicized through national and international media outlets with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Governorship of Risaralda, and the Technological University of Pereira among others.
Applicant: Jean Ebejer
Reference Number: CETR-106-18-3480
Project title: Conversatism at EASA 2018
Amount Awarded: €1617
Andrew Borg Wirth and Nicolas Theuma, currently doing a Masters in Architectural Design at the Faculty for the Built Environment at the University of Malta, are going on a research trip to the Biennale Architettura in Venice in July 2018, were they will be contextualising with current contemporary architectural outputs, research endeavours and conversations. There are around 63 national pavilions and over 70 architects exhibiting their work at the Architecture Biennale this year. From Venice, they will be travelling to Croatia to co-tutor a workshop during the RE: EASA Assembly in Croatia. EASA (European Architecture Students Assembly) is a platform for cultural and educational exchange, connecting Architecture students and professionals from all European countries, and in recent years from all over the world. The assembly is organized by international students for international students and provides a unique platform for design conversations.
Applicant: Shawn Mizzi
Reference Number: CETR-106-18-3313
Project title: Angelcrypt live in the UK
Amount Awarded: €1992
Mammothfest is one of the largest hard rock and metal open air festivals in the UK. They springboard emerging bands by giving them opportunities to play on big stages with some of the biggest and best metal bands in the world. Angelcrypt will be headlining the Saturday Rikstock stage at Mammothfest 2018 which will be held between the 5th and 7th October 2018 in Brighton, UK. They will be playing their music, promoting Maltese heavy metal, networking with other bands, agents and festival organisers, as well as identifying further opportunities for band growth and development.
Applicant: Robbie Mazzaro
Reference Number: CETR-106-18-3477
Project title: Participation in Argillà Italia
Amount Awarded: €973
Robbie Mazzaro will be exhibiting at the "Argillà Italia", an International Ceramics Festival held biannually in Faenza (Ravenna, Italy) in the first week-end of September. Since 2008, Argillà Italia has established itself as a leading festival of Ceramics in Europe. 20 international exhibitors will be presenting their best ceramic production, ranging from art, sculpture, design, furniture and household items. A rich program of cultural events will also be organized alongside the fair, including pottery-making with Mondial Tornianti (worldwide potter's wheel championship), open-air ceramic kilns with firing performances, concerts with ceramic musical instruments, conferences and workshops.
Applicant: Clifford Borg
Reference Number: CETR-106-18-3469
Project title: Enlightened Piano Radio Awards in Berlin October 2018 and Workshop organised by EPR team together with other pianists.
Amount Awarded: €437
Clifford Borg will be participating at the Enlightened Piano Radio Awards in Berlin in October 2018. The Enlightened Piano Radio is a platform of world music and new age pianists from all over the world. One of the main activities of the Enlightened Piano Radio is to hold annual awards for different selected categories. To date the awards have always been carried out in America. In 2015, the awards ceremony and concert have been carried out at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. This year, the EPR awards and concert will take place in Europe for the first time ever and it will take place at the Berlin Philarmonic Hall on the 3rd of October. Clifford's latest album entitled "Eco- Harmony" has been nominated in the section Best Holiday Album.
Applicant: The Amadeus Chamber Choir (Director, Brian Cefai)
Reference Number: CETR-106-18-3478
Project title: The Amadeus Chamber Choir sings Traditional Maltese and Polish Choral Works in a Musical Celebration of Cultures and participates in a networking opportunity
Amount Awarded: €1602
The Amadeus Chamber Choir will be showcasing choral works from its repertoire, to new audiences, at an international level, with a special focus on works by Maltese composers and Polish traditional songs, during concerts in distinguished venues in the Polish cities of Gdansk and Poznan, between the 10th and the 16th September 2018. This will provide the basis for a meeting of cultures, as the choir will be collaborating in a networking opportunity with a Polish choir with potential for further artistic collaboration and cultural exchange, facilitating intercultural dialogue, promoting intergenerational activity and exploring musical diversity across cultures.
Applicant: Loranne Vella
Reference Number: CETR-93-18-3574
Project title: 33rd Vilenica Literature Festival
Amount Awarded: € 471
Loranne Vella has been invited to participate in the 33rd Vilenica festival, by the Slovene Writers’ Association and the Cultural Society Vilenica. The festival is a gathering of poets, writers, playwrights, but also essayists, publishers, cultural managers and translators from Central European countries and beyond. One of the most important aspects of this year’s festival is the presentation of Maltese Literature. The presentation is part of the project titled “Lesser-known literatures of Europe” at Vilenica that seeks to present European literary landscapes that have for various reasons remained in the shadow of larger and better-known traditions. These are the literatures of smaller nations, regions and minorities, and also of larger groups that despite the high quality of their writing are underrepresented in the body of translated works in Slovene and often in other languages, too. The festival will take place between 5 and 9 September 2018 with a number of pre-opening events on 4 September at various locations in Slovenia.
Applicant: Elyse Tonna
Reference Number: CETR-96-18-3579
Project title: in between
Amount Awarded: € 998
Elyse Tonna has been invited to assist in the curation of an exhibition of Maltese contemporary artists at Galleria Biffi Arte in Piacenza, Italy. The curatorial team is a collaboration between local curator Joe Philippe Abela, Italian gallery director/architect Carlo Scagnelli and Italian curator and professor, based in Switzerland, Susanna Gualazzini. The exhibition, which will be held between 20th October 2018 and 3rd December 2018 will involve the participation of eight local Maltese contemporary artists (Vince Briffa, Trevor Borg, Victor Agius, Aaron Bezzina, Ryan Falzon, Francesca Mercieca, Joe Smith and Andrea Zerafa). Elyse Tonna, as assistant curator, will be assisting the gallery team and local curator in the general and technical logistics of the different works of each artist, assisting in the development of conceptual texts in relation to the exhibition concept relating to 'Time' and assisting the gallery technical team/curator/artists whilst setting up and dismantling the exhibition in Italy.
Applicant: Nadine Mercieca
Reference Number: CETR-98-18-3581
Project title: Nadine Axisa quartet - performance in Poland
Amount Awarded: € 1895
Nadine, an established Maltese jazz singer who has been contributing to the local music scene for more than 15 years will be performing in Poland in October 2018. Joe Debono will be joining her on piano, Oliver Degabriele on bass and Joseph Camilleri on drums. They are performing at the prestigious Friday cyclical jazz concerts held under the patronage of the Director of the Lazienki Park Museum in which most popular Polish as well as foreign jazz musicians participate. The concerts are held in a venue that is regarded as very important in Polish history and unique in terms of its architecture – the Royal Theatre, part of the Royal Lazienki park that was King Stanisław August’s summer residence. The Royal Theatre is situated in the Old Orangery, the Gallery containing Stainisław August’s collection of sculptures.
Applicant: Vincent Briffa
Reference Number: CETR-91-18-3571
Project title: Talks on Maltese Contemporary Visual Art
Amount Awarded: € 608
Vince Briffa has been invited by the directors and curators of Galeria Okno, in Slubice, Frankfurt am Oder and also of Biffi Arte in Piacenza, Italy to deliver two talks relating to Maltese Contemporary Visual Art during my participation in the exhibitions UNDERSTATEMENT at the OKNO gallery (which opens on the 19th October 2018), during the International Festival of New Art lAbyRinth; and in the exhibition IN BETWEEN at Biffi Arte in Piacenza (opening on the 20th October 2018). The talks form part of both galleries' cultural activities. Both talks will be based on a historical framework of Contemporary Maltese Visual Art from its early years with the experiments of Atelier '56 in the late1950s, and spanning to today, highlighting milestones and achievements, exposing its diversity. The talks will provide a background and promotion to the events held by the Valletta 2018 Capital of Culture, particularly those of a visual arts nature, expanding also on infrastructural projects such as MUŻA, the Valletta Design Cluster and MICAS.
Applicant: Tony Briffa
Reference Number: CETR-92-18-3572
Project title: European Ceramic Context 2018
Amount Awarded: € 800
Tony Briffa will be presenting his work at the European Ceramic Context 2018, which forms part of a biennial symposium for European contemporary glass and ceramics on the island of Bornholm in Denmark. The event is jointly organized by the Royal Danish Academy School of Design Bornholm, Bornholm ArtMuseum, and Grønbechs Gård. This event is motivated by a desire to promote the disciplines and trades of glass and ceramic art at European and global levels.
Applicant: Davina Preca
Reference Number: CETR-102-18-3570
Project title: ECIA general Assembly 2018
Amount Awarded: € 740
The ECIA, the European Council for Interior Architects has invited the presidents, boards and secretaries general to the annual general meeting which is taking place on the 15 September 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium. Davinia Preca, as Chairperson of MIDA (the Malta Interior Design Association) and Maria Mercieca as Secretary of MIDA will be attending the meeting. The Belgium national organization AINB, has organized a rich and diverse program with a detailed time schedule for the complete weekend. This meeting will enable them to discuss the professional world of interior design with other European peers and collaborate on supporting this profession on a local level through MIDA. During the general assembly they will be discussing the relationship between academia and profession, which will be eventually also discussed with MCAST students during the 3d Interior and Spatial Design Course
Applicant: Angelique Muller
Reference Number: CETR-94-18-3577
Project title: Ile courts international film festival
Amount Awarded: € 1800
Angelique Muller has been invited to present the “Ewropej Anthology”, composed of 5 Maltese short films produced by Film Grain Foundation, at the Île Courts International Short Film Festival in Mauritius. Since its creation, the Île Courts – International Short Film Festival of Mauritius has acted as a tool-kit for the development of cinema in Mauritius. Île Courts is meant to be a showcase for a different cinema in Mauritius, and regularly screens movies from all over the world, taking audiences on a surprising journey into the heart of contemporary cinema. “Ewropej Anthology”, produced in May 2017 and premiered at the Valletta Film Festival in June 2017 is now on its way to be presented to an international audience in as many international film festivals as possible. Attending this festival will hopefully trigger invitations to other international festivals.
Applicant: Ylenia Camilleri-Brennan
Reference Number: CETR-100-18-3583
Project title: NAB Show - New York
Amount Awarded: € 1042
Ylenia Camilleri-Brennan will be attending the NAB Show at Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, in October 2018. The world-renowned National Association of Broadcasters acquired Content & Communications World (CCW) in 2014 and in 2015 reintroduced the event as NAB Show New York.
The conference will consist of several networking events, as well as panel discussions with speakers discussing issues such as “the Biggest Trends Impacting Media and Entertainment and How You Can Gain a Competitive Advantage”, “Women in Media in the Era of #MeToo”, “Where The Camera Operator, TV Actor, and Film Director Meet”.
Applicant: SEED DANCE COMPANY
Reference Number: CETR-102-18-3492
Project title: Youth America Grand Prix Conference
Amount Awarded: € 680
Marisha Buttigieg Scicluna will be participating in the Youth America Grand Prix Conference in Paris in November 2018. Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP ) is the largest scholarship and performance opportunity for students giving them the opportunity to be trained and mentored by some of the world's leading teachers and artists. Teachers and students are invited to the Semi final held in Paris to view and network with top dance schools and companies. Thanks to this opportunity teachers have the possible potential to network amongst various world renowned schools, watch repertoire and partake in discussions and meetings with teachers from around Europe. The opportunity to spend time amongst such teachers in discussion and observation will better equip her for training Maltese students. All students at YAGP are of an exceptionally high level and this will allow her to analyse such work which maybe a requirement for Maltese dancers who aspire to become full time artists.
Applicant: Evgletta Zhanna Shtohryn
Reference Number: CETR-95-18-3578
Project title: Textile memory - a short residency/exhibition set up visit
Amount Awarded: € 965
Evgletta Zhanna Shtohryn was selected by Blitz and Airwro to attend a fully funded residency to research textile, fabrics and clothes in Poland from 1945 until today. During that month after some discussions with Air Wro, she proposed to expand from research to a fully formed contemporary art project and exhibit the works in a large scale, new media and textile, sculpture exhibition in November 2018. Air Wro agreed to her proposal and with this grant she will now be going back to Poland to conduct some final research and exhibit her work.
Applicant: Greta Muscat Azzopardi
Reference Number: CETR-87-18-3593
Project title: Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators V
Amount Awarded: € 163
Greta Muscat Azzopardi has been selected to participate in the “Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators V”. The Forum will be convened in Salzburg, Austria at Schloss Leopoldskron from October 16, 2018 to October 21, 2018, bringing together approximately fifty dynamic young cultural innovators from around the world. The organisation continues to support the participants through the YCI Forum network after they return home. The young creative leaders (fellows) who join the YCI Forum and network come from all continents and represent a broad spectrum of cultural expression and artistic endeavor – including visual arts, performing arts, literature, cultural heritage, fashion, food, architecture, and design. The program will include plenary sessions, small group discussions, and capacity building sessions on communication, principles of self-organization and leadership.
Applicant: TAKE2 Ltd
Reference Number: CETR-89-18-3596
Project title: Mipcom Market Attendance by Jon Mallia and Carlos Debattista
Amount Awarded: € 2000
TAKE2 Ltd will be participating in the MIPCOM Market in Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France. MIPCOM is the world’s leading content market for creating, co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing entertainment across all platforms. MIPCOM provides a unique opportunity to meet the key decision-makers in the TV/Film, Digital Media and Advertising/Brands sectors together in one place at one time. Jon Mallia and Carlos Debattista (TAKE2 Ltd) are two Maltese writers/ producers who are working hard hand in hand to develop and produce TV projects produced in Malta, and with great potential to travel overseas. The projects they are working on for co-production with foreign production houses and networks include “Never after”, “Miraklu (for the Love of Mary)” and “Evangelisti”.
Applicant: Andrea Zerafa
Reference Number: CETR-94-18-3606
Project title: In Between - A Collective Art Exhibition - Piacenza, Italy
Amount Awarded: € 723
Andrea Zerafa has been invited to form part of 'In Between', a collective exhibition of Maltese contemporary artists at Galleria Biffi Arte in Piacenza, Italy. The curatorial team is a collaboration between local curator Joe Philippe Abela and assistant curator Elyse Tonna, Italian gallery director/architect Carlo Scagnelli and Italian curator and professor, based in Switzerland, Susanna Gualazzini. The exhibition, taking place between 20th October 2018 and 3rd December 2018 will bring together eight established and upcoming local Maltese contemporary artists; Vince Briffa, Trevor Borg, Victor Agius, Aaron Bezzina, Ryan Falzon, Francesca Mercieca, Joe Smith and Andrea Zerafa. 'In Between' seeks to explore the multifaceted concept of time and each artist will be presenting different interpretations of “time” as a parameter that is internalised, experienced and communicated through different perspectives. Time perceived as a diffusing parameter, an inescapable dimension of infinite complexity; something that is yet to be perhaps understood. Biffi Arte Gallery is located on the ground floor of Palazzo Marazzani Visconti in Piacenza, Italy. The space has a total of six galleries, three of which have large windows overlooking Via Chiapponi, one of the main roads leading from Piacenza’s main duomo square. The palazzo has recently been restored, thus creating intimate spaces where Biffi Arte Moderna e Contemporanea could host regular exhibitions of both renowned and emerging artists. In Between will be hosted within the first two rooms: the Sala dei Pilastri and Sala Grande.
Applicant: Joe Philippe Abela
Reference Number: CETR-97-18-3610
Project title: In Between
Amount Awarded: € 921
Joe Philippe Abela is one of the curators of 'In Between', a collective exhibition of Maltese contemporary artists happening at Galleria Biffi Arte in Piacenza, Italy. The curatorial team is a collaboration between Joe Philippe Abela and assistant curator Elyse Tonna, Italian gallery director/architect Carlo Scagnelli and Italian curator and professor, based in Switzerland, Susanna Gualazzini. The exhibition, taking place between 20th October 2018 and 3rd December 2018 will bring together eight established and upcoming local Maltese contemporary artists; Vince Briffa, Trevor Borg, Victor Agius, Aaron Bezzina, Ryan Falzon, Francesca Mercieca, Joe Smith and Andrea Zerafa. 'In Between' seeks to explore the multifaceted concept of time and each artist will be presenting different interpretations of “time” as a parameter that is internalised, experienced and communicated through different perspectives. Time perceived as a diffusing parameter, an inescapable dimension of infinite complexity; something that is yet to be perhaps understood. Biffi Arte Gallery is located on the ground floor of Palazzo Marazzani Visconti in Piacenza, Italy. The space has a total of six galleries, three of which have large windows overlooking Via Chiapponi, one of the main roads leading from Piacenza’s main duomo square. The palazzo has recently been restored, thus creating intimate spaces where Biffi Arte Moderna e Contemporanea could host regular exhibitions of both renowned and emerging artists. In Between will be hosted within the first two rooms: the Sala dei Pilastri and Sala Grande.
Applicant: Aaron Bezzina
Reference Number: CETR-99-18-3616
Project title: In Between
Amount Awarded: € 604
Aaron Bezzina has been invited to form part of 'In Between', a collective exhibition of Maltese contemporary artists happening at Galleria Biffi Arte in Piacenza, Italy. The curatorial team is a collaboration between local curator Joe Philippe Abela and assistant curator Elyse Tonna, Italian gallery director/architect Carlo Scagnelli and Italian curator and professor, based in Switzerland, Susanna Gualazzini. The exhibition, taking place between 20th October 2018 and 3rd December 2018 will bring together eight established and upcoming local Maltese contemporary artists; Vince Briffa, Trevor Borg, Victor Agius, Aaron Bezzina, Ryan Falzon, Francesca Mercieca, Joe Smith and Andrea Zerafa. 'In Between' seeks to explore the multifaceted concept of time and each artist will be presenting different interpretations of “time” as a parameter that is internalised, experienced and communicated through different perspectives. Time perceived as a diffusing parameter, an inescapable dimension of infinite complexity; something that is yet to be perhaps understood. Biffi Arte Gallery is located on the ground floor of Palazzo Marazzani Visconti in Piacenza, Italy. The space has a total of six galleries, three of which have large windows overlooking Via Chiapponi, one of the main roads leading from Piacenza’s main duomo square. The palazzo has recently been restored, thus creating intimate spaces where Biffi Arte Moderna e Contemporanea could host regular exhibitions of both renowned and emerging artists. In Between will be hosted within the first two rooms: the Sala dei Pilastri and Sala Grande.
Applicant: Nick Theuma
Reference Number: CETR-99-18-3607
Project title: INCM 2019 Malta
Amount Awarded: € 2000
Six University of Malta Architecture students and recent graduates will be participating as bidding team members and national contacts in INCM Vitosha 2018 in Bulgaria. INCM (the Intermediate National Contacts Meeting) forms part of a larger student network EASA. EASA is a network of architecture students from all over the continent. Every summer an assembly takes place in a different European country, whereby 500-600 of some of the brightest students, graduates and tutors live together in a self-sustaining, community-like setting. The Assembly takes place over two weeks and includes lectures, building and theoretical workshops, as well as other cultural and architectural endeavors. EASA acts as a platform for the exchange of social architectural and cultural experiences. INCM is an annual gathering of two National Contacts from over 50 countries involved in EASA, and will take place between 13-22nd October in Bulgaria. The event focuses on discussions about the future of EASA, bidding presentations for future events and talks by world famous architects and architectural theorists.
Applicant: Marija Grech
Reference Number: CETR-88-18-3595
Project title: Participation in 2018 ELLAK International Conference
Amount Awarded: € 1613
Marija Grech will attend the 2018 interdisciplinary ELLAK (English Language and Literature Association of Korea) International Conference in Seoul, South Korea, on the theme ‘Encounters with the Posthuman: Materiality, Vitality, Narrativity’. During the conference, Marija will participate in a special conference panel that she has co-organised in her capacity as a curator and co-editor of a growing online cultural initiative ̶ an interdisciplinary site that brings together a growing network of artists, researchers and scholars to showcase their work in various fields such as digital media and digital technologies, bioart, comics, film, literature, philosophy and environmental studies. The conference provides an excellent platform for Marija to present and promote the work being done as part of this cultural initiative. It will help her expand her network of collaborators and allow her to develop new collaborative projects with international partners, particularly with upcoming digital artists wishing to feature their work on the site. The conference will also allow Marija to continue to build on her own professional development as a cultural researcher and writer by attending talks and presentations by some of the world’s leading cultural theorists.
Applicant: Francesca Grima
Reference Number: CETR-99-18-3605
Project title: Australia & New Zealand 2021 tour preparations and masterclass dance workshops.
Amount Awarded: € 1900
Francesca Grima will be travelling to Australia and New Zealand this January and February 2019, as she was invited by Red Chair Management Company to approach festivals and theatres to sell her new flamenco dance production SHIP OF THESEUS which was premiered at the Malta Arts Festival last July 2017. With the help of Red Chair Management who are interested in producing the tour in December 2020 - January 2021, she will approach presenters including the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Cygnet Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Tanks Arts Centre (Cairns), The Events Centre (Caloundra), Empire Theatre (Toowoomba), Townsville Civic Theatre, The Sydney Festival as well as the WOMAD festival in Taranaki, New Zealand, The WOMADELAIDE Festival in Adelaide and the Perth Arts Festival.
Applicant: Ian schranz
Reference Number: CETR-99-18-3767
Project title: Bark Bark Disco California Tour
Amount Awarded: € 2000
Bark Bark Disco are invited to present and promote their new EP live in California. The new album will be released at the end of January 2019, by the US record label "Minty Fresh", known for releasing albums for bands like The Cardigans, Klee & Miou Miou. At the various concerts they will be performing at, Bark Bark Disco will also be meeting with "Tell All Your Friends Promotions", known for their work with artists like Yoko Ono, Cigarettes After Sex & Carl Barat. The band will also be performing at TinyDesk studios in Washington.
Applicant: Emma Mattei
Reference Number: CETR-99-18-3769
Project title: Berlinale 2019
Amount Awarded: € 984
Emma Mattei, director of programming for Kinemastik, will be attending the Berlinale in Germany. The International Berlin Film Festival is an annual event that draws key players from the film industry to Berlin for 10 days in February each year. Screenings, networking and industry events bring filmmakers, festival organisers, producers and directors together, to meet, exchange ideas and collaborate, be it as partners or producers. It is a unique networking experience combined with great content discovery. Kinemastik’s presence at Berlinale is key for maintaining Kinemastik's connection to the international film communit. As a festival representing independent short films and filmmakers in Malta, they are connect to the current trends in the short film genre, namely by selecting key works many of which premiere in Berlin, to be screened at KISFF (Kinemastik International Short Film Festival). Furthermore, Kinemastik continue to support local filmmakers with workshop opportunities where possible, inviting industry professionals to provide access to their expertise. Through attendance at international festivals they have forged strong relationships with filmmakers, producers and festival directors worldwide.
Applicant: Nadia Mifsud Mutschler
Reference Number: CETR-99-18-3771
Project title: Kerala Translation Workshop and Literature Festival + reading in Mumbai
Amount Awarded: € 1500
Nadia Mifsud Mutschler will be attending the Kerala Literature Festival in India, and also taking part in a poetry translation workshop in Kerala, after which she will travel to Mumbai to read her work. The poetry translation workshop is being co-ordinated by LAF (Literature Across Frontiers) in collaboration with the Kerala Literature Festival. Also taking part in this translation workshop will be Indian poets writing in Malayalam and Marathi, two poets from Wales and one poet from the Basque country. The Kerala Literature Festival is one of the 20 literature festivals held in India annually. It is organized by the region’s largest publishing house, DC Books. Although this festival was only launched in 2016, it has become a culturally significant platform. The programme for the 2018 edition featured no less than 178 activities. According to estimates by DC Books, around 200,000 people attended the four-day 2018 edition of the festival. The 2019 edition will be hosting more than 300 speakers. Following the festival, Nadia will be travelling to Mumbai with representatives of the LAF and a group of Welsh writers, and she will be reading at the Kitab Khana bookshop in Mumbai, one of the most popular bookshops in Mumbai in India.
Applicant: Film Grain Foundation
Reference Number: CETR-99-18-3785
Project title: Valletta Film Festival at Berlinale
Amount Awarded: € 1167
The Film Grain Foundation is currently preparing for the 5th edition of the Valletta Film Festival (VFF). As part of the Foundation’s networking and research, members of the Foundation will be attending a variety of established international film festivals. The first major industry event and film festival of the year is the Berlinale and the European Film Market (EFM) taking place in Berlin in February from 7 – 17 February 2019. Presence at this festival is essential to help with the film selection and programming of VFF 2019 as well as to attend meetings with industry professionals that could potentially be invited to submit their work to Valletta Film Festival or attend VFF 2019 as speakers, guests or jury. As the films eligible for Valletta Film Festival need to be completed and released no longer than 12 months prior to the festival dates, the Berlinale is crucial in order to be able to complete the curated sections of the VFF. Every year Berlinale showcases over 400 films most of which are European or world premieres and offers a great opportunity to hand pick some of these titles
Applicant: Georgemario Attard
Reference Number: CETR-99-18-3774
Project title: Għana research & networking
Amount Awarded: € 1880
Georgemario Attard will be travelling to Morocco and to Portugal to conduct research on music which is similar to Għana. In Morocco, he will be conducting research in the library of Al-Qarawiyyin in Fez and in Portugal he will be focussing on Fado. He is conducting research in the Mediterranean region primarily to discover musicians who do not have a digital footprint and who are contemporaries to Malta's għannejja, still practising their traditional artform in their respective country. He will be conducting research in libraries and archives with the aim of tracing the origins and the development of Malta's Għana. The outcome will be to establish a network, with the aim that Malta's għannejja can exchange experiences and knowledge, which can lead to export and collaborative work.
Reference Number: CETR-99-18-3770
Project title: Creative Exchange 2019 - Future Architecture Platform
Amount Awarded: € 1997
The Arts Committee of ACT will be attending the Creative Exchange 2019 and the Architecture Fair organised by the Future Architecture Platform in Ljubljana, Slovenia between 14-16 February 2019. The Creative Exchange forms part of the European Architecture Program 2019 which includes multidisciplinary exchanges, conferences, debates and networking sessions held at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana and also presents the projects submitted in the Call for Proposals - an exchange of ideas and projects related to social, cultural and artistic innovations. It will bring together representatives and members, partners and supporters of the Future Architecture Platform, which include multi-disciplinary emerging cultural professionals and high profile institutions such as MAXXI, The National Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome, Italy), Copenhagen Architecture Festival (Denmark), Forecast Platform (Berlin, Germany), The Royal Academy of Arts (London, UK), Fundacio Mies Van Der Rohe (Barcelona, Spain) and dpr-Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). By attending this Creative Exchange and representing the organisation at the Architecture Fair, the team will be able to expose its ideas and strategy and build new coalitions with multidisciplinary teams from around Europe. The members will also be participating in debates and conferences and will get first-hand experience in the pitching processes for the selection of projects which will then be exhibited in several partnering major festivals and exhibitions around Europe.