The Malta Independent 16 November 2018, Friday

When politics takes over culture there is no culture left

Francis Zammit Dimech Friday, 7 September 2018, 08:35 Last update: about 3 months ago

In his vlog on the Malta Independent MEP Francis Zammit Dimech speaks about political interference in culture. Zammit Dimech said while he welcomes Malta’s participation in the Venice Biennale, one of the most prestigious contemporary arts exhibition in the world, claims that the choice of curators for the Malta Pavilion was manipulated is disappointing. He said that when politics takes over culture there is no culture left. He said that politics should seek to assist rather than interfere with culture.

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In this regard, he said that as a Member of the European Parliament, he is working for artists and creators to receive fair remuneration including when uploading content on YouTube. Zammit Dimech who has been appointed by the EPP group as rapporteur on a New European Agenda on Culture said that he is working for  more mobility schemes so that Maltese artists can have more opportunities to showcase their work and gain experience abroad, to increase training opportunities and mentoring schemes for artists including audio-visual professionals and to make available more learning modules for students who wish to study further in the field of culture.

 

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