The Valletta Design Cluster within the Valletta Cultural Agency is a community space for cultural and creative practice situated in the renovated Old Abattoir (Il-Biċċerija l-Antika) in Valletta. The project supports design and entrepreneurship having a positive social impact, taking collaborative creative approaches as the key to achieve benefits for individuals, communities and society at large.
The project aims at bridging gaps which may feature in the current cultural and creative ecosystem by actively engaging with practitioners working on initiatives targeting cultural and social wellbeing. We encourage the application of design-thinking, multi-disciplinarity and cooperation as tools for community development. Our community members consist of Valletta residents, students, designers, artists, freelancers and SMEs, public bodies, academics, techies, food lovers, civil society activists and NGOs, and more. The Valletta Design Cluster provides facilities, expertise and opportunities to its communities.
Besides the official cultural program, the practitioners who make use of the various facilities have the chance to regularly showcase what they have been working on, as a way to introduce personal and group practice and to connect with others. We encourage constant exchange among practitioners in order to support the development of new collaborations and growth for each and every community member.
The project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund, which is providing a financial support of up to 80% of eligible costs for the regeneration of the physical space of the Valletta Design Cluster and of the urban public spaces around it.