The session will focus on alternative ways of creating content and engaging with audiences with a particular focus on the digital sphere, alternative spaces and new audiences.

The guest speakers for the session will be Robbert Van Heuven - dramaturg at Noord Nederlands Toneel and and Annabelle Stivala - Director Festivals Malta. 
The session will be moderated by Elaine Falzon on behalf of ACM. 
Join us on Monday 27 July 2020 at 6.30 p.m.

The session will be live-streamed on #ArtsCouncilMalta Facebook page.

Guest Speakers: 

Robbert Van Heuven
Long before Robbert started working with the Noord Nederlands Toneel, he wrote up programs and interviews for years for the Nooderzon festival in Groningen. After his bachelor’s degree in theatre and cultural studies, it was expected that Robbert would write about theatre. He also worked for periods of time as a culture and theatre journalist, for, among others, Dagblad Trouw and Theatermaker. The fact that Robbert now works as a dramaturg seems logical to him. In his own words: “cultural journalism and dramaturgy, criticism and reflection, are very close to each other.” As a freelance dramaturg he works, for instance, for Urban Myth, Wunderbaum, and the Amsterdam Fringe Festival. As the in-house dramaturg for NNT, Robbert van Heuven is responsible for curating, planning, and guiding the productions which are developed within the theatre company.


Annabelle Stivala
Annabelle Stivala is Director and acting CEO of Festivals Malta. Festivals Malta is an agency which produces eight festivals with more than a 150 cultural events every year. Annabelle began her career in the cultural sector in 1994 when she joined the Department of Culture and in 1998 she started her own company specialising in corporate events. During this time, she managed several large scale events for multinational companies and was responsible for several international events in Hong Kong, London and Italy representing the Malta Tourism Authority. She graduated in International Events Management in 2010 and she joined the Ministry of Culture and Local Government as a consultant in 2013. In 2014 she was appointed Director Festivals within Arts Council Malta and in 2016 started the process to hive off the Festivals Directorate from Arts Council Malta. She launched the Festivals Malta brand together with the first Festival and Event Strategy for Malta in 2018. Annabelle was the Director of the 7 th World Summit which was held in Malta in 2016, the Chairperson of the Local Government Conference held in 2017 and was also appointed a member of the National Festivities Foundation, a position she still holds today.

Guest Participants: 


Electronic Music Malta
EMM aims to promote electronic music in Malta. The forms of music include electronic music performance, composition, production, recording, engineering and mastering. EMM also aims to raise awareness on education, documentation, restoration of equipment, innovation in this form of music and joining up of electronic music with other moving or static art forms. Its approach to electronic music is an inclusive one whereby different forms of music and cultures can benefit from each other. EMM has maintained a steady, interesting programme of high artistic excellence consisting of discussions, screenings, talks, workshops and yearly conference Circuits. In 2020 EMM will work on a new strategy focusing on three main strands: performances, research/innovation and education. 


Blitz programmes are designed to engage with artists and arts professionals at all stages of career development, from programmes for the very young, to internships, postgraduate education, workshops and public lectures and talks. Artists are supported through an exhibition programme which brings together local and international artists, and selects work/projects based on merit and relevance. All collaborations are undertaken with the long-term view to building networks which provide advocacy, support, and exchange of all kinds, including residencies, internships, exhibitions, information, research and ideas.

Fondazzjoni Temi Zammit

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