#malteen – A New Arts Event Which Focuses on Teens
A new teen weekend will offer teenagers the opportunity to engage with art in a fun-filled programme, which puts their aspirations and passions at the centre.
The weekend, which is entitled #malteen, is being organised for the first time by St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, together with Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ. The weekend, which will be held between 12th and 14th December, is directed towards teenagers aged between 13 and 17 who form part of various local youth groups and organisations.
For three days, St James Cavalier in Valletta will swarm with young people who will be encouraged to put their creative aspirations first. From music concerts to dance installations, from theatre productions and script writing workshops to human board games and abseiling, as well as other challenges, the programme celebrates teenagers’ creativity and their need for expression.
Over the weekend, a group of teenagers will also be camping outside St. James Centre for Creativity. A number of these teenagers will plan a three minute film, then they will act it out. This will also be filmed, with the help of a group of filming professionals. This film will be premiered at the closing party for all #malteen attendees.
The weekend programme, which has been developed through consultation with a group of teenagers, puts young people’s aspirations, creativity and voices at the heart of this event.
“We want #malteen to be all about teenagers, their dreams, aspirations and how we can encourage and enhance creativity in all its forms,” says #malteen’s Project Manager, Maria Spiteri Zahra. “That is why we have focused on the things that they are passionate about and that best allow them to express their creativity.”
The arts can play an important role in discovering new experiences and breaking down boundaries, providing a freedom from the pressures of teenage life. “#malteen sets out to do just that,” says Maria. “At an age when young people’s attention tends to be overloaded and when they are beginning to develop their own adult identities, we provide a clear space for them to focus on finding their own creativity.”