Europe needs to invest more in its cultural and creative sectors because they significantly contribute to economic growth, employment, innovation and social cohesion.
Creative Europe will safeguard and promote cultural and linguistic diversity and strengthen the competitiveness of the cultural and creative sectors.
Head of Culture of the Creative Europe Desk Malta
Joseph Lia is the Head of Culture of the Creative Europe Desk Malta. He graduated from the University of Malta in Music, and later obtained a Masters and a Doctorate Degree in Performing Arts (Voice) and Pedagogy from the St Petersburg State Conservatoire.
Joseph has been active in the Culture and Creative Industry for more than 25 years both as a performer and also as an arts manager. He won several vocal international competitions abroad, and also served as a jury member for international choral and singing competitions. Joseph performs regularly in several international festivals as a soloist, organises several cultural events, and is invited abroad to give vocal master classes to solo singers and choirs.
Joseph Lia is also a part time lecturer at the University of Malta within the Centre for Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the founder and artistic director of the Malta International Organ Festival, and is a committee member of KorMalta – Malta National Choir, which project was his initiative with Arts Council Malta.
Media Desk Representative
Joyce Grech studied at the University of Malta and holds a Masters degree in Communications, with a specialisation in Journalism. Joyce Grech served as Acting Head of Education 22 (Educational television channel), Head of the Malta Drama Centre and Executive Director of the National Book Council.
Joyce is a Founding member of the Malta Film Foundation which was established in 2009 and is the Executive Producer and a member of the jury of The Malta Short Film Festival which has been broadcast on TVM for the past eleven years. Joyce has over 25 years experience in broadcast media (radio and television) as presenter and producer and contributed as journalist and critic for the print medium in newspapers and magazines. She has been awarded the Broadcasting Authority Best Children’s Programme and also the Malta Television Awards award for Best Cultural Programme with Tony Parnis. The Malta Short Film Festival has also been a recipient of the EFFE quality label twice. She has also been chosen as an international journalist to report various international press conferences in Brussels, London and France.
Joyce was also a National Expert for various EU projects related to Media and Communications. Joyce taught media techniques as Assistant Lecturer at the University of Malta and also lectured in countries such as Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Palestine for international projects. Joyce has represented Malta at the European Commission in the areas of human rights, media and justice on behalf of the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government. Last year, Joyce was selected by the Broadcasting Authority as Board Member for to assess the quality of broadcast television in Malta.