A call for proposals for papers, panels, workshops, screenings, performances, installations or round-table discussions is now open

“The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson


Throughout 2018, Valletta will hold the title of European Capital of Culture; in this context, substantial capital projects have been developed to strengthen Malta’s cultural and creative sector. Foremost among these are MUŻA, housing Malta’s national fine art collection through a community-curation approach operated by Heritage Malta, as well as the Valletta Design Cluster, which will act as a point of reference for new design studio-laboratories to enable industry-driven product and experience design research including the design of human-computer interfaces.

Also in 2018, Malta’s national public broadcasting company will collaborate with Heritage Malta on a national-scale audiovisual digitization project, endowed with about €5 million in EU and national funds, further enhancing work on digital cultural heritage in Malta by other public entities such as the National Archives, the Broadcasting Authority, the University of Malta and the Malta College of Art, Science and Technology.

This increased activity within the arts and archiving sectors of a relatively young country, along with 2018’s designation of European Year of Cultural Heritage, provides a context within which DRHA Malta 2018 can reflect, react and contribute.

DHRA Malta 2018 mirrors Fondazzjoni Kreattività’s purpose of catalysing innovative and cutting edge research and creative work in its theme of ‘Creative Legacies: Collaborative Practices for Digital Cultural Heritage.’

Conference Strands

The conference programme will be structured within 5 distinct strands:

  • Digital arts, design and performance;
  • Digital humanities;
  • Creative and cultural industries;
  • Digital libraries and archives; and
  • Digital cities and urban commons.

DRHA 2018 will create a space for conversations and collaborations across disciplines. The conference will feature performances, networking opportunities, and a conference meal at a Heritage Malta landmark site. There will also be activities associated with the global photo contest Wiki Loves Monuments, supported by the Wikimedia Foundation.

A selection of papers from DRHA Malta 2018 will be developed into a special edition of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media guest edited by Toni Sant, following the conference.

Proposals must be submitted by filling in this form drha2018.org/proposal-details until the 31st January 2018.

Fondazzjoni Kreattività

Fondazzjoni Kreattività is a public cultural organisation established in 2000 to run the millennium project that established Malta’s national centre for creativity at St James Cavalier in Valletta, now known as Spazju Kreattiv.

A call for proposals form can be viewed here

Image credit: Exhibition name: Extant - MFA Digital Arts Exhibition; photographer Name: Elisa von Brockdorff;
artist: Joseph Camilleri / Steffi De Martino