Through this initiative, Arts Council Malta aims to create partnerships with a number of organisations in Gozo focusing on, and active in, the cultural and creative sectors.

The organisations will help Arts Council Malta to deliver the ongoing strategy and aim to achieve the ultimate goal of placing the arts and creativity at the heart of Malta’s future.

The partnership is intended to provide a stable support for organisations to plan ahead, grow, develop and deliver ACM’s strategic goals primarily addressing creative professionals and communities, namely:

  1. Nurture creative potential and support its development into professional activity
  2. Invest in artistic excellence
  3. Connect Malta to the international artistic community
  4. Provide more opportunities for people to engage in creativity

The funds allocated to the selected organisations will be covering activities happening in 2022, 2023, 2024.

Who can apply?

Investment for Cultural organisations - Gozo is open for Voluntary Organisations enrolled with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations and that have a registered address in Gozo.


The deadline to apply is extended until Tuesday 28 December 2021 at noon. Late applications cannot be accepted.


Click here to download guidelines.

Click here to download application form template.

Applicants are required to register a new profile as from January 2021. 

To apply for this scheme click here.


Application Deadline: 28 December 2021

Ranking Order

Applicant: Victoria International Arts Festival

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Project Title:
 Victoria International Arts Festival

Amount awarded:
 €120,000 (€40,000 for 3 consecutive years)

VIAF 2022 will consist of orchestral, choral, chamber music as well as big bands, taking place in five weeks between June and July 2022. A total of 96 foreign musicians representing 17 different countries, together with a complement of more than 70 Malta-based musicians will contribute to the musical aspect of VIAF. A composer and critic-in-residence will also be hosted. Additionally, seven art exhibitions will be put on throughout the year. Two watershed events will be organised to celebrate the first centenary of James Joyce’s Ulysses and T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. Master classes in 8 different disciplines will also be held. Throughout, all events will be digitised and made available online. The 2022 25th edition will also focus more comprehensively on interdisciplinarity. Collaborations with various institutions and organisations are a mainstay of the 2022 25th edition of VIAF.

Applicant: Soċjetà Filarmonika La Stella Gozo

Reference number:

Project Title:
 Taking forward the legacy of Teatru Astra Opera (2022 – 2024 opera productions)

Amount awarded:
 €165,000 (€55,000 for 3 consecutive years)

The project involves the production of an opera in two sperate performances, for three successive years. It will be the highlight of Festival Mediterranea which is orgainsed annually by Teatru Astra. The programme will include ancillary educational and cultural activities, including workshops, public lectures and publications to mark the occasion. The forthcoming 3-year opera project intends to sustain Teatru Astra's internal capacity building, and to foster a wider and diverse audience through several initiatives, including international collaborations, partnering with other local commercial organisations, and offering discounted student tickets.

Applicant: Soċjetà Filarmonika Leone A.D. 1863

Reference number: ICOG09-22-970

Project Title: Teatru Aurora

Amount awarded: €165,000 (€55,000 for 3 consecutive years)

The beneficiaries plan to restart the annual opera project after the two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project aims to make it possible for opera to return to previous levels and continue with its longer-term strategy that had to be paused. The first two years are meant to assess the new situations of demand and supply for operas as COVID-19 brought about a complete overhaul in several departments, particularly on the supply side with several established suppliers going off the grid and new game-changing prices and systems in the freight industry.

Applicant: Gaulitanus Choir

Reference number: ICOG10-22-971

Project Title: Gaulitana: A Festival of Music

Amount awarded: €120,000 (€40,000 for 3 consecutive years)

Gaulitana: A Festival of Music is an annual circa month-long springtime international festival held in various spaces around Gozo. It presents an eclectic mix of musical events in multifarious styles (from opera to symphonic, from choral to chamber, and from formal to informal), with space also given to multiple creative arts and an intensive educational programme. Gaulitana has been in the forefront in introducing innovative and ´daring´ artistic concepts (including surtitles in Gozitan operatic productions). Dubbed as “a major festival of classical music” (UK´s Musical Opinion magazine) and a recipient of the EFFE label, the festival, now in its 15th edition, has been playing a key role in putting Gozo on the international cultural map.

Applicant: Gozo Youth Wind Orchestra Foundation

Reference number: ICOG05-22-959

Project Title: Building on 20 years of success whilst looking forward for the next decade with courage

Amount awarded: €60,000 (€20,000 for 3 consecutive years)

In 2022, The Gozo Youth Wind Band & Orchestra will be commemorating its 20thAnniversary. The beneficiaries’ overarching concept for events during 2022 is to: embrace originality in repertoire and presentation; consolidate previous successes; introduce and launch new initiatives; spread events throughout the year to provide a wide calendar of events to attract local tourism as well as niche tourism both during peak season and low season; collaborate with other NGOs and performing arts entities both in Gozo and in Malta; enhance contacts beyond our shores.

Applicant: Chorus Urbanus

Reference number: ICOG03-22-956

Project Title: Feel the Magic

Amount awarded: €90,000 (€30,000 for 3 consecutive years)

This three-year project places the arts and creativity at the heart of the beneficiaries’ vision for cultural excellence. The project has short-term and long-term goals targeting internationalisation in a bid to strengthen Maltese creative practitioners and consolidate artistic networking. The short-term vision for this three-year project is to support the implementation of high-quality festivals in collaboration with international organisations and events in Gozo and the development of a more coordinated yearly programme of events. The long-term vision is the implementation of high-quality events in Malta and abroad thanks to the investment and networks with international organisations that connect Malta to the international artistic community.

Applicant: DCapitals Big Band

Reference number: ICOG06-22-966

Project Title: Cittadella Arts Festival

Amount awarded: €30,000 (€10,000 for 3 consecutive years)

This is an annual event held in July and September with the participation of various renowned local and international artists. The highlight of the festival is the annual Big Band concert at the Cittadella Ditch featuring DCapitals Big Band, its resident singers and a number of special guest artists.