Advisory & Consultation Phase:

Venues Working Unit [Group B]

Focal Points: Finance & Sustainability


7th October 2020



Keith Demicoli





Caldon Mercieca


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 suggestions and/or solutions for the Cultural and Creative Sectors were outlined and shared by sector stakeholders during the Advisory Group session:

● Flexibility and adaptability are key to finding alternative methods of working and bringing outputs to audiences. The current business model seems to be based on a mode of survival.

● Adopting an element of flexibility may mean that spaces are reimagined or reorganised (for pandemic adjustments) while downsizing events to fit non-conventional spaces might be an option, which in turn could create new possibilities of collaboration and accessibility for audiences.

● The need for a sense of community is crucial - it is important not to remain insular but to open up in our thinking, collaborations, partnerships, and visions. A network that shares resources (be they venues, skills, and/or visions) could enable the sectors to rethink its position beyond the

monetary exchange while still opening up possibilities that enable creatives and practitioners to make a living. Subscription models can also be a means of gaining revenue and a centralised point of reference could further enable this.

● Cross-sectoral collaborations with stakeholders and private operators may enable more holistic experiences (which are on demand), particularly by looking at where the needs exist (eg. in health, education, migration and environment) and exploring possibilities of the cultural and creative sectors stepping in to provide valuable contributions towards these sectors.