The MCAST ICA Festival, which is now in its 5th edition, will be held for three weeks starting 2 July and will be hosted at Spazju Kreattiv as it was two years ago. It will primarily feature work by final-year BA students from MCAST’s Institute for the Creative Arts and will be an opportunity for them to showcase their work while also interacting with industry stakeholders.
This edition of the MCAST ICA Festival is called ‘Diversify’, and it is aimed to have a positive feel to it, giving people hope for a better future. Its main goal is to highlight the students’ diversity found within the institute through various projects. The diverse areas featuring in this edition are creative media production, fashion, fine arts, game art and visual design, graphic design, interactive media, journalism, performing arts, photography, product design and spatial design. There will be various departmental events with stakeholders almost every day for the first week during the festival.
The main sponsors of this event are Arts Council Malta and Spazju Kreattiv. To complement such sponsorship, recently, a crowdfunding campaign was launched with merchandise designed by the creative arts students to support their stands. This campaign is also aimed to create interest in the actual July event and the complementary preceding events, which will be taking place in MCAST Paola and Mosta starting from 12 June.
MCAST’s Institute for the Creative Arts, which operates from Mosta, offers full-time and part-time vocational education and training in a broad range of areas of study, which, apart from cultural heritage skills, feature in the MCAST ICA Festival. The levels at which this formation is provided ranges from Levels 1 to Level 7, thus attracting school-leavers, those who have completed post-secondary education, and graduates, together with mature students. The MCAST ICA Festival will also serve as an opportunity to provide career guidance to prospective students of ICA and MCAST at large.