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21 - 30/06/2019

Dear Friends,

If values such as freedom, tolerance, creativity and responsibility for the world we live in are close to your heart, BECOME A MINISTER OF CULURE AND AWARD US YOUR GRANT.

the 27th Malta Festival Poznań is drawing close. This edition features 290 events, to which admission will be mostly free. We will give you the opportunity to experience the works of 580 artists and activists from 20 countries. We will be roaming around the "Balkans Platform" with artists whose roots trace back to the countries of former Yugoslavia and cast a critical look at modern Europe. Once again the usually sleepy Liberty Square will become the relentlessly bustling Malta Generator. [watch wideo THE BALKANS PLATFORM]

We want this year’s edition to continue the 27-year tradition of the festival: to be open to diversity and dialogue through art; to be a meeting place for 70 000 viewers and most important artists of global theatre (previously the festival was graced by: Romeo Castellucci, Tim Etchells, Pippo Delbono, Forced Entertainment, Rimini Protokoll, Michael Nyman, Elvis Costello, Portishead and others).

We need you to make it happen.

So far Malta Festival could count on the financial support of state and local authorities. Last year we signed a contract with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for a grant of 300 thousand zloty for the organisation of this year's edition. The Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Culture Professor Piotr Gliński himself signed under the program principles and the names of the curators: Oliver Frljic and Goran Injac. However, for several months now Professor Piotr Gliński has been informing the public that due to the figure of the Festival curator, Oliver Frljic, he will withhold the grant to which Malta is entitled. [Find out the facts]

A several hundred thousand zloty hole in the budget of a non-profit organisation such as Malta Foundation - the organiser of Malta Festival Poznań - at the stage of advanced preparations for the festival is quite a blow. That is why we invite you to take part in a crowdfunding action for Malta Festival Poznań 2017. We hope that with your help we will organise the festival as it was planned. Every gesture of solidarity will mobilise us to work harder. The funds received from you will go towards the production of events at Malta Generator on Liberty Square.

To take part in the action go to wspieramkulture.pl. It is one of a series of gestures of solidarity with the festival and it is a response to the unsettling statements of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage about withholding the subsidies for the festival. Prior to that there was an action initiated by a renowned Polish animator and drawer Mariusz Wilczyński, who had the idea of organising an auction for Malta. Over 50 artists and cultural figures responded to his appeal and donated works of art and valuable object to the auction.