Published on Monday 24 July 2023

Arts Council Malta, together with the Cultural Directorate, has now launched the Culture pass edition for scholastic year 2023/2024, an initiative that aims towards providing high-quality cultural and artistic experiences to students across the islands by inviting schools to participate in the programme.

The initiative has met with considerable success in past years, attracting a high volume of applicants while building on Arts Council Malta’s on-going strategy to strengthen the right to culture, making cultural events accessible to a wider audience that includes students and younger people. It also supports the drive towards creating new opportunities by facilitating stronger collaborations between educational institutions and cultural organisations, which is one of the driving pillars of ACM’s Strategy 2025.

Schools that incorporate Culture Pass within their learning programmes enable students to experience cultural and artistic elements interwoven into their learning journey. The scheme is designed to introduce children to the realm of arts as well as to integrate these experiences seamlessly into their education, enhancing subjects such as literacy, digital literacy, sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation, making them more engaging and enjoyable.

How can schools get involved?

Schools will be provided with a programme of selected productions and events for the 2023/24 scholastic year. Schools are required to choose and book activities that align with their students' needs.

In an effort to ensure quality interactions, each event can only have a maximum of 100 participants. The budget for the scheme will be equally divided between two periods, October to January and February to June, to ensure a fair distribution of events throughout the school year.

How are productions and events awarded?

Culture Pass opens up the opportunity for artists, creative collectives, and non-governmental organisations working within the cultural and artistic sectors to submit an expression of interest in producing activities which target children and young people aged three and up. The events can span across various art forms such as dance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, film, and heritage.

Eligible activities must be interactive, either through pre- or post-production workshops or integration into the production itself, ensuring the direct participation of students. The events should align with topics covered by the national curriculum, such as mass media, globalization, diversity, politics, health, environmental issues, among others. Moreover, return applicants are required to revise their projects each year to ensure that the pieces stay relevant to the student age group which they are designed for.

A grant per student will be awarded to the producer upon submission of the claim form. Each producer can receive a maximum grant of €15,000 over a school year, with the grant set at €5 per student. Applications are open until noon, August 9, 2023.

An invitation to schools

Culture Pass represents a unique opportunity for students to explore the arts and for artists to engage with the next generation of art enthusiasts, contributing to our collective cultural future. All Maltese and Gozitan schools are encouraged to participate in this initiative, which offers an effective way of incorporating the arts within the school curriculum. For more information, send an e-mail to or visit

The deadline to apply is Wednesday 09th August 2023 at 12pm (noon).