The Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government and the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection have launched the Event Support Scheme, which is intended to continue to offer direct support to the creative sector with immediate effect.
The 2nd July marked a significant occasion for a number European Embassies and Cultural Institutes active in Malta, who, over the past several months, had been working together to set up the EUNIC Malta Cluster.
Arts Council Malta, together with the Mediterranean Conference Centre, have issued a call for the production of original musicals in the Maltese language which will be performed live between July and August of every year for a period of five years (2022-2026). This was announced by Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera together with Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Clayton Bartolo.
KulturaTV 2021 is one of the 12 RESTART schemes by Arts Council Malta allocating direct funds amounting to €3.62 million, which are being made available in a more simplified, effective, and sustainable manner.
Arts Council Malta has announced the winners of the special edition of Premju għall-Arti, with the aim of celebrating the resilience of the cultural and creative sectors. Premju għall-Arti recognizes excellence achieved by artists and creatives despite the challenges brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The second edition of the Artistic Financing for Feast Associations Scheme will give the opportunity to a number of feast associations around Malta and Gozo to benefit from €150,000 in direct investment by Arts Council Malta in the safeguarding and upkeep of artistic work held by these associations.
€433,333 are being awarded to 16 different cultural and creative programmes as part of the RESTART Schemes 2021 managed by Arts Council Malta. The creation of this scheme derived from the additional €1 million special investment by the government announced during the last budget, further strengthening this government’s commitment towards a robust recovery of the cultural and creative sectors.
The annual fund for Maltese fireworks factories working on a voluntary basis aims at continuously improving safety features in fireworks factories whilst contributing to the overall betterment of the pyrotechnical industry.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed between Arts Council Malta (ACM) and Malta Enterprise seeks to formalise the longstanding relationship between the two entities for the benefit of the cultural and creative industries in Malta and Gozo.
Arts Council Malta in New York is proud to present Anna Horváth’s Aha Objects with her project Sorgi at the WantedDesign Manhattan and ICFF online Trade Show - CLOSEUP 2021, this May and at the WantedDesign exhibition (Jun-Aug) as part of ECO Solidarity, an initiative of the European Union National institutes for Cultural (EUNIC) in New York.
Aimed at assisting local artists and creatives in accessing Creative Europe funding, the Creative Europe Desk in Malta is bolstering its operations to serve as a focal point for further engagement with the local industry and to serve as a bridge between local artist and their European counterparts.
Arts Council Malta and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ are launching the third edition of ARTIVISTI, aimed at supporting and inspiring young artists while providing them with a platform to create and produce, promoting active citizenship.
This year’s edition of Premju għall-Arti is set to recognise the resilience of the cultural and creative sectors, turning its focus on the outstanding work produced by artists and creatives during a time of increased challenges and difficulties.
Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera announced that Arts Council Malta has launched a new Arts Education Scheme as part of a €6 million direct investment in the local cultural and creative sectors.
Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera launched the process through which Arts Council Malta will be designing its upcoming strategy. During this phase of the process, the public and all interested stakeholders are invited to participate in a public consultation process which seeks to build on the current strategy whilst engaging with new ideas and suggestions for the formation of the new strategy aimed at lasting until 2025
Maltese visual artist Aaron Bezzina will be representing Malta in UN/MUTE-10002, a three-month online residency that provides artists an opportunity for a critical exchange and collaboration while simultaneously connecting resources from the global cultural epicenter of New York City. Bezzina was selected following an open call in January by Arts Council Malta in NY.
Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera announced that Arts Council Malta has launched a special support scheme as part of a €6 million direct investment in the local cultural and creative sectors.
Is-sejħa ta’ Dr Lydia Abela biex din is-sena jkunu tfal fid-djar residenzjali li joħorġu bid-diżinn tal-kartolini tal-Milied għall-Uffiċċju tal-Prim Ministru wasslet għal iktar minn 50 sottomissjoni li ġew evalwati skont l-etajiet differenti minn bord maħtur b’rappreżentanti tal-Kunsill Malti għall-Arti.
Freedom of expression, the clear distinction between the individual and the artist’s persona, as well as the free use of parody and satire, are fundamental elements which each and every society should cherish and promote without any disruption and interference.
Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera, together with Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services and the Digital Economy Clayton Bartolo, presided over the signing of MoU between the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and Arts Council Malta (ACM).
The yearly analysis of the national budget conducted by Arts Council Malta reveals an overall increase of 5.4 per cent for culture, with a total budget of €95.2 million for cultural heritage, the arts, media and creative sectors for 2021.
A new Head of Strategy has been announced by Arts Council Malta. The appointment sees Mr Adrian Debattista, who has held the role of Research Associate within ACM over the past years, take over responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of Malta’s culture strategy supporting all cultural and creative sectors.
Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera has launched a €90,000 investment scheme for restoration and conservation work in parish churches. The scheme aims to provide financial support for the restoration and conservation work on altars, architectural decoration, gilding and frescoes of the parish churches of the Archdiocese of Malta and the Diocese of Gozo.
8 projects have been selected by Arts Council Malta to benefit from the Malta Arts Fund – Project Support Grant (2nd Call 2020). The beneficiaries were announced during a press conference held at Spazju Kreattiv. A total of 8 projects were selected out of 36 applications. In total, the projects received €90,000.
The Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government, in full collaboration with Arts Council Malta, is publishing the COVID-19 Transition Guidelines for artistic productions that will be staged in established public and private indoor and outdoor theatres and performance spaces.
Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera launched three funding schemes; €150,000 for the scheme to support local band clubs, a €170,000 funding scheme for the safety at voluntary firework factories and a €150,000 funding scheme for the artistic financing for feast associations. The three pillars often serve as vital cultural centres of activity and also play an important role in the lives of their local communities.
As part of Arts Council Malta’s strategy in providing support for organisations, regular festivals, programmes and events in planning ahead, through sustainable models of management, primarily addressing cultural professionals and communities, in 2016, following a competitive call for proposals, 11 organisations and festivals active in the cultural and creative sectors were selected to become Arts Council Malta’s strategic partners during the years between 2017 and 2019.
The President’s Award for Creativity provides recognition and support at the highest level of the State to organisations, especially those working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, to engage these groups in creativity and arts-driven projects and thereby increase their level of integration and engagement in society.
On Friday 22 May, Pjazza Teatru Rjal launched a new music video performed by its very own Malta Concert Orchestra with an underlying positive message that should help us ‘pull through’ the current situation.
Arts Council Malta has announced the winners for the third edition of Il-Premju għall-Arti, the national arts awards which celebrate the achievements of the cultural and creative sectors. The award acknowledges excellence in artistic work premiered during the preceding year.
The KREATTIV funding programme is part of Arts Council’s Malta’s commitment to engage educators and creative practitioners in dialogue and collaboration, with the aim to encourage students and educators towards further engagement within the creative sector.
Arts Council Malta within the Ministry for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government recognise that COVID-19 is having a significant impact on creative and cultural practitioners, groups, organisations, the audiences and society at large.
Arts Council Malta is glad to announce that further to lobbying and discussions with the relevant bodies, the Government is supporting the self-employed in CREATIVE ARTS too in these special circumstances.
The New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF), a festival that Arts Council Malta takes part in, is working hard to quickly adapt to working, learning, and entertaining yourselves and your kids at home.
Arts Council Malta’s priority is to support the arts and creative sector. Understanding the sensitive situation and growing concerns of the arts and culture community, plans are currently being laid out so as to support artists and their projects.
KorMalta, an initiative by Arts Council Malta which falls within the Ministry for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government, held a press conference for their upcoming concert Fauré’s Requiem at the Collegiate Church of Saint Lawrence, Vittoriosa on Saturday 7th March early morning on the church’s parvis.
Nominees for the third edition of Il-Premju għall-Arti were announced during a press conference at noon today at the President’s Palace in San Anton. Il-Premju għall-Arti 2020 celebrates the main achievements of the Maltese cultural and creative industries, with Arts Council Malta’s aim being to recognise and reward outstanding work premiered during the 2018/2019 season.
Parents of children under 16 who attended Cultural or Creative courses during 2019 can now apply for a tax deduction scheme of up to a maximum of €100 for each child. If the course was provided by an entity or individual recognised by Arts Council Malta, parents are entitled to claim a deduction against their chargeable income of up to a maximum of €100 for each child.
Eight projects are benefiting under Il-Premju tal-President għall-Kreattività 2019 edition. The initiative provides recognition and support at the highest level of the State to organisations, especially those working with groups from socially or economically deprived environments, to engage the groups in creativity and arts-driven projects and thereby increase their level of integration and engagement in society. The Award is managed by the Office of the President and Arts Council Malta.
The changes made have kept you as applicants at heart and will make it easier and clearer for professionals and students to be judged fairly as it will create a more equal level playing field for applicants.
Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici announced the publication of a children’s storybook aimed at for 10-12-year olds, based on Trevor Borg’s Cave of Darkness – Port of No Return, which forms part of this year’s Venice Biennale Maltese Pavilion installation.
The Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government, through Arts Council Malta and in collaboration with the Malta Band Clubs Association, has launched a new fund for the purchase of musical instruments by Maltese musical societies.
The yearly analysis of the national budget conducted by Arts Council Malta reveals an overall increase of 2.7 per cent for culture, with a total budget of €85.8 million for cultural heritage, the arts, media and creative sectors.
The coveted Il-Premju għall-Arti, an initiative by Arts Council Malta, within the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government is back for its third edition. The awards will be under the patronage of President of Malta George Vella and will be celebrating excellent and outstanding work premiered throughout the 2018/2019 creative season, contributing to the advancement of Malta’s cultural and creative sectors.
Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici announced that a total of 29 musical societies have been awarded € 150,000 amongst them, thanks to a fund focusing on strengthening the cultural work done by these societies. This fund is now in its third year.
“The Movie Charity Auction”, which was held between 5 and 7 September 2019 in Venice, Conventions Malta, organised a guided tour of Malta Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia with the participation of Malta pavilion’s lead curator Dr Hesperia Iliadou – Suppiej.
On Saturday 17th August, the curtain will be raised on the Cittadella Arts Festival in Gozo. The festival, which runs until the 13th September, is being organized by DCapitals Big Band in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo, the Malta Arts Council (Gozo Cultural Support Programme), the Malta Tourism Authority and Heritage Malta.
Malta’s national repertory dance company ŻfinMalta has featured on the Entertainment front page of The Wallstreet International, complete with front-page image, in a review penned by noted dance essayist and critic Marinella Guatterini.
Arts Council Malta within the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government and Aġenzija
Żgħażagħ within the Parliamentary Secretariat For Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations are
pleased to announce the 2019 launch of their collaborative programmes: Artivisti and Young Artist
Arts Council Malta would like to encourage organisations, especially those working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, to submit their project bid for the Premju tal-President għall-Kreattività ahead of tomorrow’s deadline for the submission of applications.
Teatru Salesjan in Sliema, Teatru Pandora in iż-Żejtun and the Blue Arena theatre in Ħaż Żabbar will all be benefitting from a total of € 1,000,000 between them over the span of two years to address major structural works in the three theatre spaces.
During the UNESCO International Poetry Day, Maltese poet based in Paris, Elizabeth Grech participated in the poetry reading event "Giornata Internazionale della Poesia 2019" at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in the heart of Rome on 21 March 2019
The New York premiere screening of Limestone Cowboy, Maltese director Abigail Mallia’s new film, was presented by Arts Council Malta at the prestigious Museum of the Moving Image on May 5th with positive reactions and strong response from the audience. The film was also screened to a packed house at the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan two days later
Arts Council Malta is proud to announce that Professor Vince Briffa, one of the three artists exhibiting at the Malta Pavilion for the 58th Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, has received the prestigious Omaggio all’Arte ed all’Innovazione a Venezia 2019
Il-Kunsill Malti għall-Arti dejjem għaraf l-importanza li għandhom is-soċejtajiet tal-banda fi ħdan l-Għaqda Każini tal-Banda, mhux biss fit-tkattir tal-kultura mużikali imma wkoll fil-ħarsien u t- tisħiħ tat-tradizzjonijiet kulturali f’pajjiżna
28 fireworks factories, which operate on a voluntary basis, have been awarded €5,000 each to improve safety practices in pyrotechnics. The fund was launched for the second year running by Arts Council Malta, which falls within the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government.
The Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government has presented the Maltese Pavilion which will be representing our country at the 58th edition of the Venice Art Biennale, through the Arts Council Malta
Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici and Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia announced a €1 million project entitled ‘Create 2020 – Investing in Culture and Creative Capacity Skills in Malta’s Public Sector’
Eight young artists will benefit from the new Young Talent Fund, a programme which supports the participation of young artists and performers in international platforms such as festivals, competitions, exhibitions and/or performances.
The all-female band Cryptic Street is set to receive a boost as Arts Council Malta and the Ministry of Justice, Culture & Local Government have announced that they will be funding the re-purchasing of their stolen equipment
The Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Michael Farrugia together with Arts Council Malta executive chair Albert Marshall today announced the amended law and regulations relating to outdoor events in unlicensed venues
Maltese pianist Alexandra Camilleri Gambin has been selected to take part in EuroChoir 2018, a unique choral event organised by the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat in cooperation with a local partner every year in a different country
A fund focusing on strengthening the work done by band clubs which often serve as vital cultural centres of activity and also play an important role in the lives of their local communities has just been launched for the second year running
A new fund will focus on improving safety in fireworks factories as well as contributing to the betterment of the final product, especially due to the prominent role this industry plays in Maltese culture and celebrations
Tonight’s Carnival activities are cancelled due to the stormy weather that has hit the Maltese islands. The Carnival floats will make their way from Marsa to Valletta under a specially installed protective tent on Saturday morning instead.
Building up on the success of previous years, the 2018 edition of the Malta Carnival has a number of firsts which range from an increase in the diversity of overall activities as well as a larger number of participants. Moreover, this year’s edition will see an increase of around 12% in the allocated budget from the previous edition.
Arts Council Malta (ACM) has launched Festivals Malta — a Public Cultural Organisation which not only programmes cultural activities, but also endeavours to make festivals and the performing arts an integral part of Maltese life
The yearly analysis of the national budget conducted by Arts Council Malta reveals an overall increase of 10 per cent for culture, with a total budget of €70 million for cultural heritage, the arts, media and creative sectors
Children whose families have been stricken by serious illness, survivors of domestic violence and persons receiving treatment at Mt Carmel Hospital will be among the beneficiaries of the 2017 edition of Il-Premju tal-President għall-Kreattività
Yet another successful Notte Bianca has been accomplished with visitors flocking Valletta in the thousands for the largest festival in Malta to experience the quality entertainment provided. An estimate of more than 70,000 people visited the capital to attend 90 different events spanning all the arts sectors performed within the settings offered by the capital’s architectural heritage, across the four corners of the City.
Notte Bianca will return to Valletta in spectacular fashion on Saturday the 7th of October with a carefully curated programme put together by the Notte Bianca team together with the Arts Council Malta, which draws from all the myriad facets of the creative sphere
Arts Council Malta is proud to report the success of two of its primary summer festivals held between the end of June and 22 July. Apart from the increase in the number of attendees, the Council is pleased to note the Malta International Arts Festival and the Malta Jazz Festival have continued to develop and reach a wider audience
Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici had the opportunity to meet with the first two youths participating in the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators. This is a partnership agreement between Arts Council Malta and the Salzburg Global Forum, amounting to a total of 30,000 dollars.
The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and Arts Council Malta (ACM) have signed an agreement in the area of the Arts and Science. In particular, the agreement, will encompass attempts to increase participation in culture and the creative industries, increase collaborations between Public Cultural Organisations and encourage interdsiciplinarity between the arts and Science.
The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the Valletta 2018 Foundation, responsible for the implementation of Valletta’s title of European Capital of Culture 2018 have been collaborating since 2015 to improve and increase mobility of artists in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Following last year’s successful participation with the film Simshar by Rebecca Cremona, this year, for the second year running, Arts Council Malta in New York participated as a programming partner in the Panorama Europe Film Festival with another Maltese film—Do Re Mi Fa by Chris Zarb
Malta is hosting the 37th convention of the Federation of European Carnival Cities with 160 delegates expected to attend the convention, organised by the Valletta Local Council in full collaboration with the Malta Arts Council.
Arts Council Malta together with Għaqda Każini tal-Banda and the National Archives of Malta are launching an exciting initiative which aims to address and benefit band clubs in Malta and Gozo and provide digital access of Maltese musical heritage to the public.
Panorama Europe’s ninth edition of the essential festival of new and vital European cinema, co-presented by Museum of the Moving Image and the members of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), returns to the Museum and the Bohemian National Hall with a slate of 17 exceptional new feature films screening between 5-21 May.
This year’s edition of Għanafest was launched by Arts Council Malta following the traditional San Girgor mass in Żejtun, just before a group of għannejja and musicians made their way to Marsaxlokk on animal-drawn carts.
Since 1962, World Theatre Day, set by the International Theatre Institute, has been celebrated by theatre professionals, theatre organisations, theatre universities and theatre lovers all over the world on the 27th of March
As part of the Government's strategy to aid and foster the local film industry and as part of Malta’s internationalisation strategy for the cultural and creative sectors, the Malta Film Commission (MFC) together with Arts Council Malta (ACM) is launching a match funding grant programme for Film Distribution. This funding programme will be administered by the Malta Film Commission.
Between Dec 7th and 10th, the Arts Council Malta in NY in association with the National Book Council (Malta) presented leading contemporary Maltese poet and novelist Immanuel Mifsud, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature (2011) and both the Malta National Award for Prose (2002, 2015) and for Poetry (2015), at the New Literature from Europe Festival in New York City
On 31st December, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will ring in the New Year in style with a performance of operatic arias and rousing orchestral music in a very special New Year’s Concert presented by Arts Council Malta and the Office of the President
Alex Vella Gera, who won the novel category with Trojan and Trevor Zahra, winner of the short story category with Vespri, will each receive a maximum grant of EUR 5000 for the translation of their award-winning work
Leading contemporary Maltese poet and fiction writer Immanuel Mifsud, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature (2011) and winner of the Malta National Literary Award, will be participating in the New Literature From Europe Festival in New York happening from 7th till 10th December 2016.
An artistic project involving a group of survivors of domestic violence and their children. Young and elderly people collaborating through a photographic project. A project involving teenagers from the Grand Harbour area who tell their stories through film
Arts Council Malta and the Valletta 2018 Foundation welcome the announcement that EUR50 million in ERDF funding (European Regional Development Fund) have been allocated for the development of cultural projects and the restoration of heritage sites
Valletta’s favourite Saturday happened with a bang this year. 100 events. Over 1,000 creative participants. More than 70,000 visitors experienced the largest cultural event in Valletta. This year’s Notte Bianca returned bigger and better than ever
“Festivals are about connecting all of us who love music and art. Live performances are exchanges between artists and audiences that help us share vital and essential emotional experiences.” - Peter Manning, Artistic Director
As from January 2017, every secondary school student in Malta and Gozo will experience a minimum of one artistic production a year produced by creative professionals and presented through a curated programme.
Last preparations are underway for the Malta Jazz Festival, which will be running from 21 till 23 July and will feature some of the top-notch world artists such as Snarky Puppy, Omer Vital and Marcus Roberts.
Artists looking to create an ambitious artistic project with an international partner over the next three years will also get the opportunity to feature in the Valletta 2018 programme after a new fund was launched yesterday.
The Malta Digital Games Fund (MDGF) - which aims to encourage the creation of digital games by small companies and groups of individuals based in Malta – has been relaunched in a new programme by Arts Council Malta.
Arts Council Malta will be launching the Malta Digital Games Fund, and an information session will take place on Monday 13th June at 18:30 at the TAKEOFF Business Incubator, Dar Guzeppi Zahra, University of Malta.
Arts Council Malta, in collaboration with The Parliament Secretary for Local Government and Valletta 2018 Foundation, will be organising information sessions for the five regions of the Maltese Islands about the portfolio of funds administered by Arts Council Malta.
Arts Council Malta has announced that Raphael Vella and Bettina Hutschek will be the two artist-curators for the Malta Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia to be held between 13th May and 26th November 2017.
The 11th edition of the Malta International Arts Festival (MIAF), which will be taking place from the 8th to the 18th July, was launched by the Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Hon. Dr Owen Bonnici and Arts Council Malta.
The sound of French troubadour music, eclectic Estonian music and atmospheric Tuareg arrangements will be part of Għanafest’s programme for this year at Argotti Gardens, under the new artistic direction of Renzo Spiteri.
L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival Kanzunetta Maltija which, this year, will be held on the 7th and 9th July, is the result of a collective effort meant to highlight the importance of songs in the Maltese language.
The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies and Arts Council Malta are pleased to advise that some assistance will be available to enable delegates from developing countries to attend the 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture being held in Malta from 18 to 21 October 2016.