Malta/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy  

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

The National Cultural Policy is guided by three principles:

  • empowering the public to participate in cultural activity through a people-centre approach;
  • enabling relationships between all stakeholders; and
  • knowledge building and sharing through dissemination of best practices and reliable and valid information.

The objectives of the policy are to:

  • build stronger governance to facilitate cultural development;
  • enable creativity through education, excellence and economic development;
  • develop inclusive culture;
  • foster transnational cooperation; and
  • strategically develop culture and the arts.

Cross-cutting priorities have been identified in order to shape these objectives into effective and sustainable actions.

  • democratisation of culture (empowering each individual to transform his/ her potential, cultural rights, diversity, fair and equitable socio-political access and active participation by all);
  • reinventing cultural education (establishing a formal educational setup, including the necessary infrastructure, aimed at tackling the formative and life-long learning needs of tomorrow’s cultural and creative professionals);
  • highlighting the benefits of diversity (intercultural dialogue, promotion of diversity in all its forms);
  • interpretation and developing a multifaceted cultural identity (engagement with cultural heritage and interpretation of heritage);
  • incentivising and sustaining the economy of culture (employment, professionalisation, training, route to market, access to finance, intellectual property rights); and
  • international cooperation (cultural diplomacy, bilateral and multilateral agreements, mobility of artists, cultural professionals and mobility of works of art).

Malta supports the aims of the Council of Europe as enshrined in its European Cultural Convention, adhering to the Council's overall objectives of promoting human values throughout the continent, with emphasis on identity, diversity, human rights, social and economic affairs, education, heritage, media and communication, youth affairs and local authorities


Chapter published: 12-08-2015


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