Published on Thursday 24 August 2023

The Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Owen Bonnici announced that 27 voluntary organisations will benefit from the Artistic Financing for Feast Associations Scheme, with the total financial allocation amounting to €140,000.

This scheme aims to further foster, safeguard, and strengthen cultural traditions, particularly those relating to artistic decorations in the various Maltese feasts. This scheme is administered by Arts Council Malta.

Speaking at the presentation of the funds, Minister Owen Bonnici expressed his gratitude towards these associations for their dedicated efforts in creating and designing these artistic decorations which adorn the streets of numerous localities during feast season.

"Through the implementation of this scheme, we are continuing to strengthen our nation's cultural foundation and the rich traditions inherent in feast decorations. This support encompasses not only design and manufacturing assistance but also extends to investment in learning and training, along with fostering various cultural projects and activities. Such initiatives consistently provide us with the groundwork to reinforce and secure the future of our cultural heritage," Minister Bonnici stated.

Mary Ann Cauchi, Director Funding and Strategy at the Arts Council Malta, stated that this fund extends support to the numerous organisations across our towns and villages which continue to contribute to traditional Maltese feasts, dedicating their time throughout the year to enhance the artistic aspect of these celebrations, whilst also serving as an initiative to fully realise the potential of our vibrant local cultural expressions, deeply rooted within our communities, as mentioned in Strategy2025 of the Arts Council.

"This programme ensures that these organisations receive the necessary support to continue advancing their endeavours, whilst also encouraging higher levels of artistic achievement," remarked Ms Cauchi.

Beneficiaries of this scheme had to be voluntary organisations enrolled with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations and were scrutinised in terms of technical and artistic eligibility by Arts Council Malta; each project was awarded funding on a case-by-case basis.  For more information and results kindly visit here.