Do you culture? Do you care? Does it challenge? Does it change? What is the role of culture in 21st century Malta? What does the future hold for Maltese artists? What is the impact of culture on our society?
These were the topics discussed during the first Valletta Creative Forum.
St James Cavalier in collaboration with the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and supported by British Council Malta invited various stakeholders to form part of a think-tank called the Valletta Creative Forum. The VCF focused on issues challenging contemporary culture in Malta through a series of encounters and workshops which aimed at providing concrete proposals and a road map for the future of culture in Malta.
It sought to expose the value of the arts on a social and economic level and the need to develop the necessary infrastructure to professionalise the arts in Malta . The six month national forum brought together artists, policy makers, institutions, politicians, business entrepreneurs and professionals from Malta and beyond to initiate a debate on current cultural issues. Through working groups, participants recommended strategies and initiatives to generate new ideas for Malta's creative industries.
Arts and Health: the wellbeing of Maltese Society
Arts, Heritage and Tourism
A document outlining the main debates and recommendations proposed bythe VCF has now been published and is available here.
A shorter document containing an outline of the recommendations has also been published and is available here