Internationalisation brings about different cultural experiences, new audiences and increased cultural co-operation. It also sustains the growth of cultural and creative entrepreneurs. In addition, there are also spill-over effects in other sectors, including nation branding, development, tourism and trade.

We are committed towards facilitating the international development of the cultural and creative sectors to sustain both the sectors’ growth as well as their contribution to Malta’s international relations. We will also contribute to the European Commission’s Work Plan for Culture (2015-2018) whereby Member States are invited to collaborate on priorities, including the promotion of cultural diversity, culture in EU external relations and mobility.

As a national agency, we also form part of a wider international community and contribute to conversations with a view to develop globally reaching actions. In the coming years, many cultural policy makers, cultural leaders and artists will convene in Malta to debate culture, inspire change and lead actions. The World Summit on Arts and Culture in 2016, the culture agenda of the Maltese Presidency of the European Council in 2017 and conferences held on the occasion of Valletta as a European Capital of Culture in 2018 share a common thread. Our geo-political space can present the international cultural community with a unique context for conversations on the future of culture. We plan to continue with this work as part of the 2018- legacy programme together with the public cultural organisations, higher education institutions and civil society.

External links of interest

Arts Council Malta is a member of:

EUNIC: European Union National Institutes of Culture

IETM: a network of performing arts organisations


Other useful links

ResArtis: a worldwide network of artistic residencies


Articles in the media

Interview with the curators of the Malta Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2017, VIDA, October 2016

The World in one City, ENCORE Arts&Culture Magazine, November 2016