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A paper recently presented by the European Cultural Parliament, in which culture is placed 'at the heart of a knowledge-based economy', indicates why the polarisation between the sciences and culture and the arts is bogus. Of course they are different, and policies that do not recognise this are so 20th century.
For many generations of Maltese and Gozitans, the annual village feast has been the high point of both their religious and cultural year. But is this still the case?
One of the reports accompanying the pre-budget document issued by the government last Saturday contains an extraordinary statement about culture.
Is Malta's cultural branding consistent with its economic branding? "The time has come for us to correlate what we are trying to achieve as a nation and to ensure that what we highlight as our cultural achievements fit in with that vision."
The Malta Tourism and Culture Ministry is to hold an annual national forum to address the important issue of the strategic plan for cultural heritage and will be open to sector-wide participation of those involved.
Malta is passing through a cultural renaissance since joining the European Union, just as had happened after independence 40 years ago, the country's Culture and Tourism Minister, Francis Zammit Dimech said.