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Heritage Malta's language museum in Vittoriosa is not intended to be another dead museum but one alive and buzzing with activity.
One of the more prominent news items last year was the announcement by the Société Nautique de Genève, the yacht club defending the America's Cup, that Valencia was chosen to host the 2007 Cup. What was most striking was not the choice of venue, but to what extent Valencia had planned their bid.
None of the playwrights who submitted their works for Malta's 2003 Premju Francis Ebejer contest, held by the Arts Council, were considered worthy of the first prize. The jury slammed all the 12 plays submitted but one, describing them as outdated, retrograde, poor, clichéd, pretentious and mediocre.
The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts will be spending only up to Lm11,770 on cultural support this year, that is, 2% of its annual budget.
A commitment to improve standards, create opportunities for artists and develop sustainable relationships with business concerns are among the objectives which the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts has set itself for the next three years.