We recognise that given our geographical context, forming and maintaining international connections is fundamental for Malta’s cultural and creative sectors to flourish. We envision stronger international cultural relations enabling long-term development of the sectors, through new international opportunities for collaboration and exchange. In today’s globalised world, having an international outlook to forms of artistic practice becomes a prerequisite for professionalisation and further growth. we envision collaborations based on mutual understanding, trust and intercultural dialogue, whereby arts and creativity transcend borders.
We envision Malta’s cultural and creative practitioners becoming more engaged in international exchanges and coproductions in the coming years. Given the constant evolution of the cultural and creative sectors, we also understand that there is the need to develop the skills of creative professionals to engage internationally. This includes reaching out to new and diverse audiences across the globe, and sustaining 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.
As an entity responsible in the implementation of the National Cultural Policy 2021, we shall advocate for a more open approach in cultural relations. This encompasses an open dialogue with multiple stakeholders that engages and mobilises citizens, artists, civil society, and cultural institutions. Our strategy will be directed towards building trust and nurturing relationships across national borders, and supporting and facilitating cross-border creative experimentation and new international cultural projects. Our existing and future roles within international networks as a national entity will also contribute towards global conversations shaping the trajectories of international cultural relations.
We embrace the guiding principles of the EU Agenda in international cultural relations, as established in the Joint Communication ‘Towards an EU Strategy for International Cultural Relations’. This restates the EU’s commitment to the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, and aims at encouraging cultural cooperation between EU and partner countries, by “promoting a global order based on peace, the rule of law, freedom of expression, mutual understanding and respect for fundamental rights.”