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Junior College to put on theatre festival as creativity prize funds awarded

11 projects funded as part of 2017 Il-Premju tal-President għall-Kreattività

Winners of this year's prize funding. Photo: Arts Council Malta

Winners of this year's prize funding. Photo: Arts Council Malta

A project which will pair young people with grandmothers in workshops is among the beneficiaries of this year's President's Creativity Award.

11 projects will receive around €100,000 in funding as part of the 2017 edition Il-Premju tal-President għall-Kreattività, an arts fund with a strong community and social emphasis.

Among them are children whose families have been stricken by serious illness, domestic violence survivors and people receiving treatment at Mount Carmel Hospital.

Others include a collection of narratives through creative writing, as related by migrants and a project which will see people with disabilities create video clips.

The awards are a form of recognition by the Office of the President to organisations, especially those working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, to engage those groups in creativity and arts-driven projects and thereby increase their level of integration and engagement in society.

In a first, this year's edition saw an additional €45,000 tranche of money reserved for beneficiaries of pmoney during previous editions of the prize.

Funds from this new strand will allow disability NGO Opening Doors Association to set up a music group, Dar Kenn Għalik - a home which helps people overcome eating disorders - develop a dramatherapy programme and the Junior College to put on a multi-day theatre festival.

Il-Premju tal-President għall-Kreattività is coordinated by Arts Council Malta under the patronage of president Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.

For descriptions and videos of all winning projects, visit the Arts Council Malta website.

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