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The Cultural Partnership Agreement (CPA)  Arts Council Malta’s (ACM) source of regular funding for organisations from January 2017 till December 2019, replacing the former Organisation Support Grant.

11 organisations and festivals active in the cultural and creative sectors had been selected to become Arts Council Malta’s strategic partners during the years 2017-19.

Between them, these entities received a total of over one million euro through the Cultural Partnership Agreement during the dedicated three years. In return, they were required to further the Council’s strategic aims as laid out in the Strategy2020, following a competitive call for proposals.



Following a rigorous screening process by Arts Council Malta representatives, the following organisations were selected: the META Foundation; Teatru Salesjan; Opening Doors Association; BLITZ and Kinemastik.

The selected festivals were: The Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival organised by Inizjamed; the Malta Short Film Festival organised by the Malta Film Foundation, the designers’ component of the Malta Fashion Week, the Valletta Film Festival organised by the Film Grain Foundation, L-Għanja tal Poplu and the Beland Music Festival. 


From film to literature, from contemporary art spaces to community theatres, from fashion to the performing arts, the selected festivals and organisations offer a broad range of activities as well as geographical breadth. Between them, they number thousands – both in terms of volunteers as well as audiences. The organisations planed to use their funds to employ full-timers, to improve artistic quality, to develop audiences. 

Most have ongoing relationships with Public Cultural Organisations such as Spazju Kreattiv and Pjazza Teatru Rjal, ensuring that the latter also strengthen their artistic programmes.

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