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Spazju Kreattiv is a programme of creative arts and culture events that take place primarily across Malta and Gozo. Established by Fondazzjoni Kreattività in the year 2000, our home is in St James Cavalier, Valletta, a 16th century fort converted into the National Centre for Creativity. We host a range of exhibition spaces, a cinema, a theatre in-the-round, an artist in residence programme, and operate a number of festivals, including ŻiguŻajg and VIVA (Valletta International Visual Arts Festival).
The Spazju Kreattiv Programme is led by artistic director Toni Sant and developed by a team of programme, operations and technical staff. The Programme is composed through a combination of projects and events submitted through an open call and from others specifically created, commissioned or co-produced with us. For more information about collaborating with us, please drop in on one of our regular IKKREA sessions where you can meet one of our programmes coordinators.
The Spazju Kreattiv programme is divided into a number of strands – although many events may fall under more than one.
Theatre, dance and music are the foremost performing arts in the Spazju Kreattiv programme. We regularly host live theatre and music events in the Spazju Kreattiv Theatre and in other spaces in the building.
The Spazju Kreattiv Cinema features a range of international and local art house films, including Academy Award winners and nominees. We also screen international seasons of music, theatre and dance, including live and encore screenings of National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Bolshoi Ballet and Met Opera productions.
Our gallery and studio spaces permanently host a range of free visual art exhibitions and projects, including video art, installation art, painting, photography, and project expositions and info spaces.
The Ideas strand comprises a broad range of workshops, discussions, research projects, conferences and other development events relating to the local creative sector. These events are aimed at a range of ages and levels of knowledge.
The Artists’ Residency programme is based on the concept of cultural immersion. Residences are hosted in order to enrich cultural diversity within the national creative scene, facilitating local and international artists to collaborate and produce inclusive works rooted in community and collective growth.
Spazju Kreattiv Strategic Vision
Spazju Kreattiv’s strategic vision for its programme of events is based upon three key principles: Identity, Diversity and Legacy. Successful proposals will reflect on and explore these ideas.
IDENTITY: Creativity, art, and culture are different concepts related to one another. Who we are as a creative community depends on a clear understanding of the differences and overlaps between these three constructs. Proposals should:
- have a clearly defined purpose and aims;
- be relevant to Malta’s creative ecology;
- have international relevance (including export potential);
- directly engage with personal and/or collective identity.
DIVERSITY: Spazju Kreattiv seeks to present innovative work and encourage creativity. As per Fondazzjoni Kreattività’s Mission Statement, we seek to act as “a catalyst for all forms of expression, by providing space and extending experience to reach all people and involve them in interactive participation.” We are particularly interested in championing underrepresented creative forms. Your proposal should:
- engage audiences as active participants;
- provide opportunities for underrepresented audience groups;
- have an interdisciplinary component.
LEGACY: Knowing where we come from and what we are leaving behind are essential qualities of engagement with aspects of legacy. While being aware of our heritage and how this informs new work, it is also necessary for works presented through Spazju Kreattiv to demonstrate an awareness of whatever can and will be left behind. This will provide the opportunity for future generations to appreciate the creative efforts presented in our time. A proposal should:
- be aware of the historical context of the work and its medium in Malta;
- have a plan for long-term preservation of the work through documentation;
- consider the present and future impact of the work.
Fondazzjoni Kreattività was founded in the year 2000 when the Maltese government decided to establish an official entity for the purpose of safeguarding Malta’s creative sector. The aims of this organisation are as follows:
- To act as a catalyst for all forms of expression, by providing space and extending experience to reach all people and involve them in interactive participation.
- To establish itself as a centre for cultural exchange with other countries, thus cultivating a sense of cultural identity based on local dimensions and international diversity in the light of Malta’s development of cultural tourism.
- To offer an ongoing dialogue between the various artistic disciplines, in such a way as to conduct and encourage research and documentation related to the arts and popular creativity, while fostering an aesthetic and cultural awareness among the younger generation.
- To contribute to the country’s economic and social development and prosperity by promoting artistic creativity as an alternative means of entertainment, self actualisation and empowerment.
Today, the current Chairman of Fondazzjoni Kreattività is Mr Rupert Cefai, alongside a board comprised of Mr Partick Fenech, Mr George Glanville, Dr Georgina Portelli, Mr Emanuel Spagnol, Ms Miriam Schembri, Ms Pauline Bartolo, Dr Suzanne Psaila and Mr Joseph Anthony Zammit