Teatru Malta during the coronavirus outbreak
On World Theatre Day, Teatru Malta launched three new initiatives with the aim of maintaining its commitment to invest in artists and performing arts even during these unprecedented times.
‘Tele Teatru’, ‘Kwarta Kwarantina’ and ‘Teatru Depożit’ are new initiatives launched by Minister José Herrera and Teratru Malta’s Artistic Director Sean Buhagiar. TeleTeatru is a platform that will see a variety of artistic and theatrical projects being taken directly to people’s homes. The initiative, which is supported by the Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government, is ensuring that the national theatre company continues to reach Maltese audiences in a new way.
“This is a particularly difficult time for people working in culture and theatre, as all theatres are closed. However, we will be taking theatre to the people anyway, even though not through the usual sites. We are launching a project to create a platform that allows theatrical and artistic projects to be launched. Teatru Malta’s TeleTeatru and Kwarta Kwarantina will be two of these projects to feature on this platform. Through TeleTeatru, we will be showing Teatru Malta projects online and on television as part of a wider project to take theatre to the audience’s homes. In fact, the first projects are being launched tomorrow on social platforms and through a collaboration with PBS, projects like Teatru Malta’s large-scale performance VII will feature on local television“, Minister for Culture Jose Herrera said.
Besides TeleTeatru, Teatru Malta also launched Theatre depożit, a project where artists can get up to 50% deposit on work they will get to do in the future.
The executive chair of the Arts Council, Albert Marshall, stated that “in the current precarious situation, we need to think outside the box. Teatru Malta is used to this kind of thinking, in fact, Theatre Deposit is a result of that. In these circumstances, initiatives that can support artists affected by Covid-19 is solace and will mark ACM’s proactiveness in bringing the artistic sector back on its feet. In this regard, Theatre Deposit is an excellent initiative that invests in the future of the sector”
“We have never experienced such difficult times for theatre in our lifetime. Though theatre is renowned for the use of masks, we certainly did not expect that we’d need to use this particular version that we are seeing nowadays, in our daily lives. However now more than ever is when we need and appreciate the magic of theatre, as we see more and more people becoming increasingly appreciative of the arts. Through our initiative, Teatru Depozit, we are investing in artists now and then working with them later. We are basically paying a deposit to artists who propose to work with us, on projects that in the future, we can then transform into reality. Artists will be paid a deposit for their future work now, which is when they need it most.” Teatru Malta’s Artistic Director, Sean Buhagiar, explained.
“Artists and performers are workers who have also been affected by Covid-19, and they will be benefiting from the financial measures and grants that have already been announced by government. But over and above that, we will also be investing further in these people through the brilliant initiative that is Teatru Depozit” concluded Minister Herrera.
All the initiatives are being taken in collaboration with the Arts Council Malta.
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