Discussing migrant integration and the arts

The realities of diversity can often be seen as a futile challenge. How can we be inclusive and stop trying to change others? Can diversity actually be rewarding in terms of creativity, innovation and critical thinking?

Led by UNHCR Malta Mr Fabrizio Ellul, our upcoming ACMlab discussion explores how culture and the arts can embrace diverse baggages and help improve the wellbeing of society.

Speaking from their own personal experience, the panel includes:

  • Dr Neil Falzon (Aditus Foundation)
  • Dr Martine Cassar (Commissioner Of Refugees)
  • Mr Dominik Kalweit (Kopin)
  • Dr Silvan Agius  (Human Rights and Integration Directorate)

Fabrizio Ellul

Fabrizio Ellul has 10 years of experience working in communications. He currently heads the Public Information Unit of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Office in Malta, and since setting up the unit in 2010 he has been responsible for its communications strategy and implementation. Apart from being the spokesperson for UNHCR Malta, his experience involves the coordination of UNHCR public awareness campaigns that have appeared on TV, radio, cinema, and social media. Media and advocacy campaigns are based on focus groups and in-depth public perception surveys in Malta. He has delivered numerous talks on refugee issues.  Fabrizio Ellul is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta, where he has delivered lectures on ‘methodology’ and ‘media and society’. He is currently a PhD candidate within the International Relations Department, specialising in European Parliament advertising campaigns. His main research interests are visual images, popular culture and myths. In December 2018 Fabrizio Ellul founded Filfla Studio, a personal project which aims to tell stories in different formats. The first Filfla Studio production, a short animation called ‘Filfla’, is a finalist at the 2019 French Riviera Film Festival.

Dominik Kalweit

Dominik Kalweit, Kopin’s Vice Executive Director and Director for Projects & Initiatives will be one of the speakers in our next ACMlab session. Dominik holds a Diplom (ISCED 7) from the University of Augsburg, Germany, in Political Science and Communication Sciences and has been active in international development cooperation, global education and human rights related fields since 2005. In his work, he focuses on strategic planning, team management, training, advocacy and research. Dominik is a Steering Group member and Euro-Med Coordinator of the global Destination Unknown Campaign for the rights of children and youth on the move. He is also an active member of SKOP’s AidWatch and Development Education working groups.

Dr Silvan Agius

Dr Silvan Agius holds an MA in Human Rights and Democratization and worked in the field of human rights and equality since 2004. Upon completion of his studies, he joined the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality. In 2007, he moved to Brussels to work for the European Region of the International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, where he became Policy Director in 2010. During this time he worked closely with the European Commission and the Fundamental Rights Agency amongst others, leading on the consortium that gave birth to the European LGBT survey of more than 93,000. At ILGA-Europe he also gave attention to the communications aspect of LGBT equality, creating the now famous Rainbow Map and Index classifying European countries according to the quality of their LGBTI legislation and policy, and in turn stimulating them to aim higher. Towards the end of 2015, he was recruited as the Director in charge of the setting up of a new office entitled, the Human Rights and Integration Directorate.

Dr Neil Falzon

Neil is the founder and Director of aditus foundation, an NGO established with a mission to monitor, report and act on access to human rights in Malta. It works to promote a society where all persons are able to access and enjoy all their fundamental human rights. He lectures human rights law at the University of Malta, with the Facutly of Laws and the Faculty for Social Wellbeing. He also coordinates the Platform of Human Rights Organisations in Malta (PHROM), the network of local NGOs workng to improve human rights standards in Malta. Prior to aditus foundation, Neil coordinated Amnesty’s Malta group and worked as an independent human rights lawyer. Between 2005 and 2009 he headed the Malta office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Neil was awarded his law degree from the University of Malta in 2001, subsequently completing his Mediterranean Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation in 2004.

Dr Martine Cassar

Dr Cassar was appointed Commissioner for Refugees in 2016. Prior to her appointment, Dr Cassar headed the office of an International Organisation based in Malta for over two years. She graduated in Law from the University of Malta in 2008, and specialised in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights at the Academie De Droit International Humanitaire et de Droits Humains in Geneva. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi from Times of Malta article. 

This session is being held on Friday 24th May at 6:30pm at Fortress Builders, Valletta. Drinks and nibbles will be served.

To book your free place call us on 2339 7020 or send us an email on fundinfo@artscouncilmalta.org. Places are limited and are reserved on a first-come first-served basis.