Are you a young artist or creative interested in mobility opportunities? Would you like to explore international opportunities? Would you like to travel, attend short courses, residencies or job shadowing abroad? Would you like to pursue further studies abroad?

This ACMlab explores international opportunities currently available for young artists and creatives and discusses practical ways to prepare for such opportunities such as updating your portfolio, performance reel and preparing for auditions. Throughout the session we will also be listening to the experience of local talent who took the leap and internationalized their practice.


Francesca Abela Tranter

Francesca Abela Tranter is a Maltese Dance researcher/choreographer/ practitioner /coach and interdisciplinary dance artist, having trained in Malta and UK specialising in Contemporary dance techniques and choreography. In 2012 she graduated with a Master’s degree specialising in Performance Dance Studies from the University of Malta School of Performing Arts. 

In 1998 she founded Contact Dance Company (CDC) as a springboard for her own choreographic research, currently a project based company that continues to create valid work investigating diasporic concepts as well as private commissions.  Her choreographic work has been presented in high profile theatres and platform festivals across Malta, Gozo, England, Scotland, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Palestine, Italy, Lithuania, Germany, Turkey, Tunis, Portugal, France, Scotland, Germany, Cyprus, Sicily and Greece.

In 2001 she founded Dance Hybrid Malta, an annual intensive programme for professional dance exploration inviting exceptional international artists sharing their revolutionary practices and styles in Malta. In 2010 she was highly influential in introducing a full time three-year BA (honours) undergrad in dance at the University of Malta which today forms part of the University of Malta School of Performing arts. 

In 2011 she established Dance on the Move, an on-going weekly platform of master classes that host a roster of celebrated international teachers where dancers get together, challenge their training and share work.  She is currently assistant lecturer at the dance studies department (since 2010) at the University of Malta’s School of Performing Arts leading daily technique practical classes in contemporary dance, foundations of choreographic practices and methodologies, collaboration and devising approaches, mentoring and coaching. 


Dr Joseph Lia 

Joseph Lia is the Head of Culture of the Creative Europe Desk Malta.  He graduated from the University of Malta in Music, and later obtained a Masters and a Doctorate Degree in Performing Arts (Voice) and Pedagogy from the St Petersburg State Conservatoire.

Joseph has been active in the Culture and Creative Industry for more than 25 years both as a performer and also as an arts manager.  He won several vocal international competitions abroad, and also served as a jury member for international choral and singing competitions. Joseph performs regularly in several international festivals as a soloist, organises several cultural events, and is invited abroad to give vocal master classes to solo singers and choirs. 

Joseph Lia is also a part time lecturer at the University of Malta within the Centre for Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the founder and artistic director of the Malta International Organ Festival, and is a committee member of KorMalta – Malta National Choir, which project was his initiative with Arts Council Malta. Photo Credit: Alan Carville. 


Marie Le Sourd

Marie Le Sourd is since 2012 the Secretary General of On the Move, the cultural mobility information network active in Europe and worldwide. Prior to this position, Marie Le Sourd worked in Singapore for the Asia-Europe Foundation (Cultural Department) from 1999 till 2006 and directed the French Cultural Centre in Yogyakarta-Indonesia from 2006 till 2011. 
Marie Le Sourd has over the years nurtured a knowledge pool on international cultural cooperation, funding schemes for the mobility of artists and cultural professionals, networks and web-resources. She is overall interested in the multiple impacts of mobility on artists and cultural professionals and evaluation process linked to these.

The session will be held on Tuesday 8th June 2021 at 18:00 at Malta Society of Arts, Valletta. 

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Kindly note that due to Covid-19 restrictions this event is limited to 20 people.

*Upon attendance, patrons will be refunded the €5 within a maximum of 15 working days.