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Spazju Kreattiv launches 2022 | 2023 programme

Spazju Kreattiv launches 2022 | 2023 programme

A new chapter for Spazju Kreattiv officially commences with the launch of the 2022 | 2023 programme. Once again, this season brings along with it a highly diverse programme consisting of various art mediums and collaborations. Building on the success of the previous year, the new programme seeks to promote artistic excellence, engage a variety of audiences and promote exchanges with international counterparts. With this in mind, the season will comprise over 560 events, including 400 collaborators and 19 creative forms.

This upcoming season will showcase initiatives that tackle various current issues relating to ethical, political, religious and philosophical ideas. All these topics and more, will be explored through numerous art forms such as live theatre, art exhibitions, film, music concerts, dance and more.

Moreover, this variety will give the chance to anyone and everyone to join in and be a part of this creative celebration. This in itself will also allow these projects to not only be viewed from a local perspective, but also from a global one. Additionally, it will give rise to a number of professional opportunities for both emerging and established artists to pursue new career opportunities. In doing so, Spazju Kreattiv will truly be ‘The Heart of Creativity’ (Il-Qalba tal-Kreattività) by being home for artistic encounters and creative experiences.

Furthermore, this inclusive approach will also be seen in other dedicated strands that range from events for senior citizens all the way to children. In the case of the latter, young ones will be able to enjoy shows with their families and participate in fun activities as part of the ŻiguŻajg season. Furthermore, the international aspect will be further enhanced with the artists’ residency programme by offering international artists a chance to embed themselves for an extended period of time in the Maltese culture through encounters with the local communities.

The Spazju Kreattiv digital experience will return with a series of selected events designed to improve the programme’s accessibility in light of its positive impact from previous years.

The offered initiative strives to increase public awareness of art and promote greater participation by presenting more online services such as video-on-demand possibilities, live-streamed discussions, podcasts, virtual tours, and online galleries. In this regard, the recently renovated website shall act as a platform to preserve the entity’s growing legacy by offering a readily accessible digital record of past achievements, including the organisation’s
art collection.

The Honourable Minister for National Heritage, Arts, and Local Government Dr Owen Bonnici spoke on how significant these artistic events are, and why it is so important to continue to invest in them. Dr Bonnici explained that “the transnational collaboration that took place today gave both domestic and foreign artists a sense of community. This shows how resilient the industry is and what can be accomplished when artists from other fields collaborate to create works of art. This is a prime illustration of programmes and other projects” Apart from this, he also emphasised the importance that these programmes hold to our culture by claiming that “only a few little nations, like Malta, have been able to preserve their distinct history, identity, culture, and language. For more events like this, we should continue to work together.”

Mr Rupert Cefai, the Chairman of Fondazzjoni Kreattività stated that regardless of the great changes and improvements happening within the organisation the original aim is still very well alive. “With each passing year, our vision continues to expand and evolve. However, our aim remains the same, and that is to act as a fundamental catalyst for creativity in all of its forms. We want to continue developing Malta’s creative sector by facilitating a way for artists which allows them to showcase their work,” he said.

Furthermore, he pointed out the positive outcome that is manifested through this aim. “In doing so, we are creating more opportunities for the creative community to explore their talents and continue to inspire our patrons with their brilliant work.” In his third year as Artistic Director of Spazju Kreattiv, Daniel Azzopardi went on to say that this year’s programme is especially focused on being linked and connected to present circumstances that the world is experiencing. “As the sector comes to terms with the effects of the pandemic and the ensuing war, we are launching a season of events which seeks to be relevant to the state of world affairs, offer space for creative development, and provide more avenues for networking and public participation,” expressed Mr Azzopardi. He encouraged patrons to continue showing their appreciation towards the arts by stating; “as much as the creators need a platform to nurture and present their artistic output, they also require the support of more audiences to champion the importance of arts in our society. Our future, as well as of the creative sector depends on it,” concluded Daniel Azzopardi. 

The Spazju Kreattiv Programme 2022-2023 can be found here.

For more information visit www.kreattivita.org.