The Impact of COVID-19 on the Cultural and Creative Sectors

A six-week series of conversations as part of Arts Council Malta's ACMlab series will start on Wednesday 1 April 2020. The topics being presented draw from the results of a survey carried out by ARC Research & Consultancy on the impact of COVID-19 on the cultural and creative sectors. In these sessions, we shall seek to cover topics that enable creative practitioners to deal with challenges brought on by COVID-19, as well as to present opportunities to evaluate and discuss how the sectors operate on a long-term basis. View the survey's initial findings and reactions here and read more about the sessions below.

Session #6 of 6: Exploring Collectivity - Part 2 

Wednesday 6 May 2020

 

In this final session, we shall explore possibilities of unity and representation for the Cultural and Creative Sectors in Malta. In the first part of these two sessions, we outlined what has been done so far in this regard and discussed what works/worked and what did/ did not. With this in mind, this last session will seek to explore practical possibilities for the future. We will look at possible models of governance and funding, as well as the role of any such bodies of representation - including lobbying, exchanging information, supporting and assisting, and sharing of resources and knowledge.

 

The panel for this session will be announced shortly. Dorian Mallia will be carrying out movement interventions during the session with the aim of getting us to move collectively during the two-hour conversation.

 

To join us, you are kindly asked to register online: https://forms.gle/D4ii1wjpNa1uK81G6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session #5 of 6: Exploring Collectivity

Wednesday 29 April 2020

 

As islanders, we seek to create work, establish connections and make our voices heard with the knowledge that we are somewhat isolated from the rest of Europe, the Mediterranean and the rest of the world.  Historically, the sectors have experienced attempts at coming together, sharing knowledge, establishing standards, and lobbying for support. A sense of fragmentation remains and is highlighted at a time of crisis when strength is found in unity. In this session we will discuss how the sense of togetherness established through these sessions can be a possible solution for independent practitioners to consider collectively.

 

The panel for this session will be made up of Jean Marc Cafa (ex APAP), Prof Mark Anthony Falzon (anthropologist), Pierre Portelli (ex START), Glen Calleja (HELA), Alison White (ex Dance Council) and Cristina Da Milano (CAE). Dorian Mallia will be carrying out movement interventions during the session with the aim of getting us to move collectively during the two-hour conversation.

 

To join us, you are kindly asked to register online: https://forms.gle/oma2cV29sx3RkkT69

Session #4 of 6: Keeping Connections Alive

Wednesday 22 April 2020

 

In most cases, cultural and creative events are driven by one common factor; bringing people together. It is usually about togetherness, connections, encounters and communication with our peers and with others. These connections - most often than not - transcend borders, bringing local and international artists together on the same platforms. In a situation where this becomes impossible, how do we keep going? How do we stay in touch with our audiences? How do we plan ahead? How do we keep communities engaged and connections alive? 

 

The panel for this session will be made up of Rosetta Debattista (Artistic Consultant - Teatru Salesjan), Annabelle Stivala (Director - Festivals Malta), Natalie Muschamp (Founder and Managing Director - Step Up for Parkinson's), Tina Walsberger (Marketing and Communications Director - Edinburgh International Festival) and Jean Noël Attard (Cultural Manager - Gozo). Diane Portelli (Moveo Dance Company) will be carrying out movement interventions during the session with the aim of getting us to move collectively during the two-hour conversation.

 

To join us, you are kindly asked to register online: https://forms.gle/mPzVnZzFQn2ug3pHA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session #3 of 6: Sustainable Approaches

Wednesday 15 April 2020

 

Across the world, organisations operating in the cultural and creative sectors have been looking at ways in which they can be proactive. Archives are being opened up for free, with past productions being streamed. These are excellent initiatives in the face of the crisis, but are they also sustainable approaches? 

 

The panel for this session will be made up of Paolo Mangiola (Artistic Director, ŻfinMalta), Simone Spiteri (independent playwright, director, educator) and Sigmund Mifsud (Executive Chairman, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra), Alexandra Pace (founder and Director of Blitz) and Anita Debaere (Director of Pearle*). Diane Portelli (Moveo Dance Company) will be carrying out movement interventions during the session with the aim of getting us to move collectively during the two-hour conversation.

 

To join us, you are kindly asked to register online: https://forms.gle/oLvkrwL19bLQ5AiK6

 

 

 

Session #2 of 6: Shifting Online

Wednesday 8 April 2020

Immediacy has taken on a completely new meaning in the time of #COVID19. How can individuals be better enabled to shift work online and have full teams working efficiently? Is there the need for a fund for capital investment in software? What kind of paid initiatives can be set up and executed remotely, and how can these go beyond the online experience?

 

The panel for this session will be made up of Victor Mayot (IETM), Chris Peregin (Lovin Malta), Jon Mallia (Producer & Writer), Neil Navarro (Total IT Solutions) and Gordon Grech (Arkafort). Dorian Mallia (Moveo Dance Company) will be carrying out movement interventions during the session with the aim of getting us to move collectively during the two-hour conversation. 

 

To join us you are kindly asked to register by sending an email on artsassistance@artscouncilmalta.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session #1 of 6: Creating Opportunity out of Crisis

Wednesday 1 April 2020

We will start off these sessions by acknowledging the extraordinary context which COVID-19 has placed everyone in, including the cultural and creative sectors. History shows us that creating opportunity out of crisis is indeed possible - but how do we do that in the face of such uncertainty and instability? How are we meant to create connections in a time of global isolation?

 

The panel for this session will be made up of Kathrin Deventer (European Festivals Association), Kristina Borg (socially engaged artist), Silvana Aquilina Naudi (Gestalt Psychotherapist). Dorian Mallia (Moveo Dance Company) will be carrying out movement interventions during the session with the aim of getting us to move collectively during the two-hour conversation. 

 

To join us you are kindly asked to register by sending an email on artsassistance@artscouncilmalta.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background Information

ARC Research and Consultancy has carried out a first survey entitled ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on the Cultural and Creative Sectors in Malta’ in order to measure the impact of the pandemic on these sectors in Malta to date, to give visibility to this impact, and to propose measures by which local authorities can assist and support. The survey <https://forms.gle/bLPsbUWHKGpyJzKP9targeted all those working in and/or with the cultural and creative sectors including artists as well as cultural operators and/or service providers working in or with the sectors.

A day before closing the survey to respondents, on the 24th March 2020, the Government of Malta acknowledged the Creative Arts as a sector eligible for immediate financial assistance. Our focus of analysis for this survey is on introducing and supporting further and more targeted measures for the sector. A defining factor of this research is that it is not conclusive, but rather aims to use the data from this survey in order to initiate a collective discussion on the realities of the cultural and creative sectors in Malta. As a number of respondents pointed out, some of these have actually always been a daily reality for individuals operating within the sectors,and this pandemic has thus created an opportunity to evaluate and discuss a way forward on how the sectors operate on a long-term basis. We will be encouraging active participation from respondents and anyone that wishes to be included in upcoming discussions which will be announced in the coming days.

View the survey's initial findings and reactions here.

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