This scheme will help support and maintain Malta’s creative and cultural ecology by enabling artists and cultural operators (whether they are organisations, collectives or freelance collaborations) to:
1. Restart their programming and production activity however possible.
2. Operate in a sustainable manner even if circumstances require postponing the reopening of certain activities to the public.
Applicants will need to provide a proposed programme of related activities with a common objective, which may include events, productions, performances, exhibitions, festivals, community cultural initiatives, training and development initiatives in order to make the case for their costs. The scheme aims to facilitate more financial and strategic flexibility, security, collaborations, innovative audience engagement, skills development and logistical service acquisition while minimizing risk of unexpected losses that occur due to unexpected restrictions related to public health or related matters. Cultural operators – whether they operate on a small, medium or large scale – would be able to plan ahead in their programming while adapting to the new realities and taking into account the uncertainties in a strategic and financially feasible manner. Health and safety measures are to be given utmost importance, keeping in mind that these are contingent upon the situation in the respective periods. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit their proposed programme of activities whilst keeping in mind the current scenarios.
This scheme will also enable compensation for seated ticketed events which would have to operate below full seating capacity due to public health restrictions. The compensation will be equal to the difference between the projected ticket sales in circumstances without public health restrictions and the projected ticket sales with the current public health restrictions (which may vary over time). This will be calculated with a capping of fifteen euro (€15) per ticket for each seated ticketed event up to a maximum of 350 seats and three events (€15 x 350 seats x 3 events = €15,750).
Who can apply?
Creative professionals/individual artists; Entities registered with the Malta Business Registry (including companies, partnerships, foundations and organisations/associations); Groups, collectives and consortia; Registered cooperatives; Voluntary organisations enrolled with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations.
The deadline to apply is Tuesday 31 May 2022 at noon. Late application cannot be accepted.
Click here to download guidelines for Call 1.
Applicants are required to register a new profile as from January 2021.
Application Deadline: 23rd February 2022
Applicant: Luke Saydon
Reference number: PSS28-22-1132
Project Title: Il-Programm tal-Miskin
Amount awarded: €53,000
“Dak gay... miskin”. An often-used Maltese phrase that sums up the naivety, lack of questioning, and the sense of (at times unintentional) intolerance projected on the LGBTQI+ community. This is the starting point. Il-Programm tal-Miskin will deliver a programme of events across Malta and Gozo which will act as a catalyst for the shifting landscape of LGBTQ+ representation and acceptance in our country. A tour of a new musical, new writing, networking and outreach workshops will celebrate the Maltese queer story. The programme activities will come to compliment, support and expand the imprint of a new original Maltese musical under the title of “It-Teatru tal-Miskin”. The beneficiary intends to enrich the artistic excellence of all creatives involved, while expanding on the social relevance that the project can leave upon the communities that will get to experience the work.
Reference number: PSS33-22-1141
Project Title: Ego Sum
Amount awarded: €28,000
From its experience of over 25 years, YMCA knows that homelessness is a devastating experience, leaving people without a direction. The beneficiary used to state that this is the end result of a compilation of social issues but nowadays, it learned that homelessness can happen to anyone - from families that had to move out due to dilapidated construction to others that did not afford the rise in rent - and this meant living in substandard-conditions. This experience rips away the confidence and motivation of the individuals. The project infiltrates this experience by reminding the people experiencing homelessness of their collective selves, in some cases bringing to their awareness that they could stop identifying with the homeless identity. The homeless are and have more than that; some are brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, lovers, students, employed, professionals. All are around us and what defines them is how they define themselves.
Reference number: PSS11-22-1097
Project Title: MADC Support 2022
Amount awarded: €43,000
This is a programme of quality, engaging and diverse productions and projects produced by MADC throughout the second half of the year 2022. The programme constitutes the beneficiary’s full comeback to the theatre scene, following two years of restrictions and scaled down plans. The main aim is to resume its programming and to sustain MADC’s impressive theatrical tradition which has withstood the test of time, and which has continued to be a stable reference point for both local theatre makers and audiences, empowering young generations whilst offering continuity, persistence and stability. The 2022 programme includes three different productions: the Shakespeare production “The Merry Wives of Windsor” in July 2022, the MADC One Act Play Festival in September 2022, and this year’s Christmas production “A Kick in the Baubles”. The programme will also feature a number of creatives and theatre practitioners whilst targeting and engaging a variety of audiences.
Applicant: Teatru Salesjan
Reference number: PSS32-22-1140
Project Title: SIX
Amount awarded: €20,000
“Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” by Richard Alfieri is a tragicomedy about an elderly lady who hires a young dance teacher to take classes in ballroom dance. They come from completely different social backgrounds - the lady is conservative and wealthy, and the young man is from an underprivileged Italian immigrant family. This story is a journey through overcoming prejudice and supporting each other. The play tackles subjects such as ageing, loneliness, homosexuality, serious illness, and elitism. It will be directed by German director Irene Christ. Teatru Salesjan will organize enriching offshoot events aimed at different segments of society, namely 6 dance workshops targeting the elderly community and 6 debates in collaboration with the Faculty for Social Wellbeing, opening the floor for the themes tackled, encouraging discourse among young adults, to increase self-reflection and sensitivity towards those that may struggle due to social norms and self-restricting paradigms.
Applicant: Centrestage Malta
Reference number: PSS47-22-1171
Project Title: Romanus Miles 2022
Amount awarded: €40,000
This project is inspired by ancient history, taking us back to the Roman period. Featuring costumes and instruments, the parade will take place around the streets of Valletta with re-enactments happening in Pjazza San Ġorġ and Pjazza Tritoni. Tiered seating will be installed in Pjazza Tritoni and various actors playing Gladiators, Julius Caesar, roman women and children will perform an act and entertain the audience. An arch will be visible to all audiences, both seated and in the whereabouts.
Applicant: Epiclectic Ltd.
Reference number: PSS35-22-1142
Project Title: UBU Mania
Amount Awarded: €30,000
The project consists of a joyful return to communal theatre with a twist. Alfred Jarry's 1896 classic succès de scandale will be the point of departure of a devised theatrical performance in which audience involvement is an essential element. The project will feature the acquisition of new skills by all participants, as well as the creation of a long-term artistic product with the potential for international export.
Applicant: Charles Paul Azzopardi
Reference number: PSS41-22-1148
Project Title: MIPP Outreach Programme
Amount Awarded: €35,000
The core concept idea is to hold several outreach events, including planned workshops throughout 2022 to access and permeate important demographic sectors and diverse communities, namely all those below the age of 35, in collaboration with cultural and creative practitioners, public cultural organizations (PCOs), academic and public entities with an interest in culture (e.g., UOM, MCAST, PBS, Local Government Division, Local Councils, Scouts, Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, Esplora). The outreach project will end with a milestone plenary convention in November, together with a major curated exhibit at the Malta Parliament open to a general public submission, a curated book publication open to a general public submission, and major international speakers giving lectures and hands-on workshops in Malta throughout 2022.
Applicant: Żugraga Dance Organisation
Reference number: PSS16-22-1110
Project Title: A year with Żugraga
Amount Awarded: €30,000
This programme will help the beneficiary develop as an organisation, strengthen its name in the field of dance and hopefully attract more audiences to future works. The project aims to serve as a steppingstone for the organisation to enrich its artistic contacts through collaboration, to improve and maintain a high quality and enhance its artistic profile which would help it deliver and promote longevity. Żugraga Dance Organisation plans to host 2 projects throughout the year. The theme of both works revolve around Malta. The first deals with situations that affected the people and the country during WW2. The presentation will convey a professional level performance of an artistic interpretation of Malta during WW2 accompanied by authentic live music. The second deals with construction and its effects on Malta and its residents. The project will also present a collaboration of different artistic languages for a multimedia performance.
Applicant: Glen Calleja
Reference number: PSS26-22-1130
Project Title: Studio Solipsis Programme 2022/2023: We make. We belong. We are.
Amount Awarded: €35,000
Making is the vital spirit that flows through the arteries of the Studio Solipsis Programme 2022/23. It gives life to the curatorial vision from which this series of workshops, interactive performances and research projects takes shape. The programme prioritises hands-on formation and immersive experiences across the board. The events and performances proposed are mostly geared towards direct collaboration with audience members, while some of the workshops address immersion and interactivity as key tools of researching and building narratives. Through this programme, Studio Solipsis seeks to cater for niche artistic research practices for diverse audiences and to provide a framework for sharing and capacity building opportunities. The events feature some notable and influential local and international artists, researchers and specialists who will share tools, techniques and their work with their audiences.
Applicant: Għaqda Mużikali Immakulata Kunċizzjoni
Reference number: PSS20-22-1119
Project Title: Integration through Music – Open Air Concert
Amount Awarded: €4,000
The project will attract new young foreigners to the Society to learn music for free. On the other hand, young musicians who already have some knowledge of music will be presented with the opportunity to participate in the Festa 2022 by performing at the Festa concert. The beneficiary believes that through the necessary instruments, it can facilitate the integration of foreign young people into its Society. Integration comes through many aspects, including music. The Concert will enable the Maltese to recognize ethnic music while young foreigners will have a platform to promote their skills and talents. As a result, this project, which is already attracting the interest of many groups of young people, will continue to encourage new musicians to join the Society.
Applicant: Għaqda Nazzjonali Każini tal-Banda
Reference number: PSS21-22-1120
Project Title: Reaching Out Campaign
Amount Awarded: €15,333
This project consists of a national media information campaign that will be held around Gozo and Malta. It is aimed at ensuring that local wind band societies remain relevant in today’s society, and therefore at promoting the importance that these societies have in our local communities. Together with its collaborators, the beneficiary will be showcasing the value added that these societies give to a person and to attract new people (including foreigners living in our local communities) to join these societies. The beneficiary will also work with every local wind band society and collaborator to build a tailor-made campaign for every locality together with special targeted events. It will organise various road shows in localities around Gozo and Malta, to better promote the importance of its voluntary work in the sector of culture and arts. These road shows have been designed as part of the specific marketing campaign for each locality, thus making sure that varied amounts of strata groups are reached.