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Malta/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.3 Associations of citizens, advocacy groups, NGOs and advisory panels

A number of cultural non-governmental organisations with strong community-led advocacy roles have been established throughout the years with the intention of promoting and developing specific traditional or common interests. These groups vary, from special interest groups such the Carnival enthusiasts association who are lobbying with strong political patronage for workshop spaces, to heritage foundations such as Din l-Art Helwa, which engage in both restoration projects and advocacy for the protection of cultural heritage in the rise of aggressive development projects which are causing irrevocable damage to Malta's urban and rural heritage.

Most of these associations are now registered with the Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations, set up by the Voluntary Organisations Act 2007 with the task to strengthen the voluntary sector through various initiatives with the specific aim of promoting the work of VOs as well as encouraging their role as partners with the government in various initiatives.

Chapter published: 12-08-2015

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