Published on Monday 25 July 2016

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.

NOTE: Deadline has been extended to Friday 23rd September at noon.

This measure – one of the deliverables of Arts Council Malta’s Strategy2020 – is being accompanied by a call for expression of interest for events of a cultural and artistic nature targeting students in all years of secondary school, from Middle School to Senior School. Activities are to be held between January and June 2017.

This Call – which is being issued jointly by Arts Council Malta and the Culture Directorate - is intended to enable creative practitioners to generate captivating, creative, innovative, original as well as already existing work for audiences in these age categories (11 to 16 years) and to provide the opportunity for these young people to experience at least one cultural activity as an extension to the curriculum covered during the scholastic year.

The Call is open to artists, cultural organisations and creative enterprises which have already created specific work for young audiences or will be presenting new work in the coming months.

An info session on the Call will be held on Friday 5th August 2016 at 10am at Spazju Kreattiv Cinema, Valletta.

Photo shows #BabyDaddy, a production for teens, originally commissioned for ŻiguŻajg Festival. Photo by Elisa Von Brockdorff.

The call forms part of the Culture Pass, a new programme replacing the Culture Card, which was introduced in schools in 2011.

The new programme is designed to provide students in all years of secondary school with professional cultural and artistic experiences of the highest quality; complement the learning outcomes of the National Curriculum Framework and add value to arts education and other curricular subjects. It will also encourage creative practitioners to create and develop new work for young audiences and increase the programming capacity over longer periods with the purpose of connecting artistic and non-artistic disciplines to the students’ curriculum.

Participation in the Culture Pass grant scheme is based on a selection process and will be evaluated according to established criteria. The selection team will include representatives of the Culture Directorate, Arts Council Malta and the education sectors. Deadline for applications is 12th September 2016 at noon. This has been extended to Friday 23rd September at noon.

Participation in the info session of Friday 5th August is free of charge and open for all. To book a place, email us on Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Guidelines and application forms can be downloaded from here.

Photo shows Finding Home(r) by Teatru Anon, a production for 10+ commissioned by ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People