COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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 Malta - Profile Updates


1. Historical perspective: cultural policies and instruments

A design has been selected for the new museum of art MUZA.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation

In 2014 the Malta Showcase was created as an export platform of curated work available for international audiences.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

The Valetta 2018 Foundation, set up to manage the European Capital of Culture, is organising many projects, conferences and research within its framework.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

Plans have been tabled on the development of a purpose built space for the performing arts.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts rebrands as Arts Council Malta and announces new strategic role.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

The law regulating cultural heritage is set to be amended in 2015.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

Key economic indicators for the creative and cultural industries are included in chapter 4.2.3

4.2 Recent policy issues and debates

4.2.6 Media pluralism and content diversity

Budget 2015 introduced a new allocation of 300 000 EUR to encourage private television stations to develop and promote cultural content.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.5 Tax laws

To boost foreign film production in Malta, the rebate system of production costs was increased to 27% in 2014.

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.6 Film, video and photography

Film classification transferred from the Police Laws to the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts Act.

6.2 Public cultural expenditure

6.2.1 Aggregated indicators

Public spending on culture and the creative sectors has been on an upward trend between 2007 and 2014, with an increase in 2015 of 25% over 2014 figures.

6.2 Public cultural expenditure

6.2.3 Sector breakdown

Highlights from the 2015 Budget for the cultural and creative sector are included in 6.2.3, including new initiatives, capital expenditure and restoration works.

8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers

8.1.1 Overview of strategies, programmes and direct or indirect forms of support

A new fund was launched in 2014 to fund small-scale projects by amateur cultural organisations and community-led cultural projects.

8.2 Cultural consumption and participation

8.2.1 Trends and figures

Trends from the Cultural Participation Survey 2011 and trends from other surveys on use and expenditure are included in 8.2.

8.3 Arts and cultural education

8.3.1 Institutional overview

An Academy of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra offering training for musicians to eventually join the Orchestra is envisaged for 2015.

8.3 Arts and cultural education

8.3.2 Arts in schools

A reduction in the time allocated to the curriculum for arts subjects at secondary school caused outcry by arts education professionals in 2014.