Project period

2009-05-01 to 2012-04-30


  1. Portugal- CIMAC
  2. Greece- BIC if Attika
  3. Italy- Lazio Region
  4. Spain- Promalaga
  5. Malta- Temi Zammit Foundation
  6. Italy- Basilicata Region


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Project description

ICE Project focused on SMEs involved in the art-related sector; therefore according to the framework of the project, the regions involved completed the following actions:

  1. Creation and promotion of a stable network between UNESCO sites’ territories in the Med space.
  2. Promotion of economic initiatives and a realization of an innovative system of management of cultural enterprises;
  3. Strengthening entrepreneurial skills of enterprises;
  4. Creation/support of cultural attractors, different but integrated within traditional ones.

Key objectives

I.C.E. aimed at the creation of an integrated network of cultural enterprises, within which the enterprises can exchange experience and receive skilled support, in the spirit of an innovative management system. All the involved territories have a strong identity, both in terms of history and heritage, with sites classified by UNESCO, thus the promotion of cultural enterprises is deeply associated with the valuing of such territorial identity.

Main activities and local pilot action

On a local level, FTZ launched a cultural incubator in the area of Valletta, particularly on Strait Street or Strada Stretta. The Incubator was launched on 16th April 2011. More specifically, FTZ identified two derelict Government-owned properties identified through the property mapping exercise carried out with the Lands Department. These buildings will serve as venues for cultural activities, as well as an operational base for the regeneration of the whole area and as an incubator for artists and cultural enterprises. Both properties used to be Lodging Houses, one of which known as ‘’The Splendid’’ – where the cultural incubator was launched. This function will be revived after the restoration of the buildings, converting a few rooms in each property into guest rooms to encourage artistic and cultural tourists to stay in Valletta.


Besides, the premises will also incorporate cultural spaces, such as a blackbox theatre, arthouse cinema, museum/heritage centre and galleries – uses which are in line with the Master Plan being drawn up for Valletta.The creation of an incubator for cultural enterprises, aims to act as the hub of a network of artists, craftsmen, cultural enterprises and voluntary organizations, and serve as a centre for the regeneration of the surrounding area. Local residents would naturally also benefit from the project, which would provide recreation and leisure activities for all.

Main results

During its implementation process, ICE has been designing several results and outputs. These results and outputs are organized in several groups, according to the nature of activities to which they are connected: results and outputs related to the study and knowledge of ICE territories, that share common elements and which are the foundation of the partnership foundation; results and outputs related to the promotion supports that have been used to promote the activities/results, events and ICE network; results and outputs related to the Network creation and tools designed to support this network; finally results and outputs that are focused on increasing sustainability to ICE achievements.


– ICE Project leaflet

– ICE Posters


– Web-series ‘’A day in the City’’ in 5 episode:

  1. St. John’s Co-Cathedral
  2. The National Museum of Fine Arts
  3. The Manoel Theatre
  4. The National Library
  5. St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity

Main local event

Launch of ‘’ Strada Stretta Cultural Incubator’’ took place on 16th April. Sixteen artists representing some of Malta’s best and young upcoming talent participated in an exhibition organised in Strait Street, Valletta.



The participating artists included Anna Grima, Paul Mizzi, Romina Delia, Julian Mallia, Pierre Portelli, Bertrand Fava, Francesca Schembri, Dorian Black, Laura Vasile-Peischl, Danjeli Schembri, Seana Willis-Yuste, Stephen Micallef, Martina Eminyan Vassallo and James Micallef Grimaud.  Musical interludes were performed by George Curmi (il-Pusé), Keltika Ensemble and Choir and the Jazz Duo, while Consiglia Azzopardi showed the public her lacemaking skills.  Ms Giovanna Schembri also recounted her childhood memories of the Strada Stretta neighbourhood.