Advisory & Consultation Phase:

Venues Working Unit [Group A]

Focal Points: Facilities & Operations


3rd September 2020   



Keith Demicoli





Rupert Cefai


Stephanie BonnicI


* The Advisory Group is made up of representatives from Public Cultural Organisations, Beneficiaries of Investment in Cultural Organisations & the Gozo Cultural Support Programme, Festivals, Public Entities, Associations & Organisations, Lobby Groups, Cultural Operators (Management, Education, Communities), Beneficiaries of the Malta Arts Fund Special Call, and Participants of the ACMlab Special Series & Arts Reboot Series.



Session Outcomes:


The following call-to-actions were outlined by sector stakeholders during the Advisory Group session further to a discussion on the challenges being faced by the Cultural and Creative Sectors:


  • The need for an effective recovery plan to restart operations which follow the necessary safety measures, which will in turn also boost confidence in venues, artists, operators, and audiences.

  • The need for tracer studies and simulation exercises to start testing venues, in addition to the audience perception study being carried out by Arts Council Malta.

  • The need to provide incentives to skilled personnel and other professionals by means of sponsored and effective training courses for the sectors.

  • The need to train professionals in the sectors in digitalising and blended approaches in order not to lose out on human resources who will otherwise seek such training overseas.

  • The need to acknowledge that online content can generate relevant reach but only if the necessary resources are in place to maintain quality and to enable monetisation so as to avoid presenting online content free of charge.

  • The need to join forces and collaborate within the sectors and also beyond in order to maintain financial sustainability of venues, events and operators.

  • The need for support in renting large venues to meet the demands of guidelines issued by local authorities and support in covering the high costs of sterilisation and sanitisation.

  • The need to differentiate between outdoor and indoor events, and the different needs of communities and audiences, some of whom are key players for the sectors to operate sustainably but who are considered vulnerable in nature (eg. young audiences, elderly audiences).

  • The need for campaigns to boost confidence and regain audience trust in the sectors.