European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC)

Incubator 2024

Valletta, Malta
Incubator 2024
Spazju Kreattiv Castile Square
The 2024 edition of our mentoring programme on EU project writing will take place in Valletta, Malta, hosted by our member Spazju Kreattiv

This coming autumn, our flagship training programme on European project writing will land in Malta. The retreat will be hosted by our local member Spazju Kreattiv at their stunning premises in the St James Cavalier fortress, at the heart of Valletta.

If you aspire to take your project to the European level, this is your chance. Incubator 2024 will offer expert mentoring tailored to your project idea, networking opportunities with other socio-culture professionals from all over Europe, and a rich study visits programme that will take you through Valletta's vibrant cultural life. This edition's main focus will be culture in non-urban and peripheral areas, but projects related to any other domain of socio-culture are welcome.

NB: thanks to the funding of Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo, professionals from cultural and socio-cultural centres based in the Italian regions of Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta and Liguria can still apply until July 15th, 2024. Other applications are now closed. Read the call in full and apply here.

Discover more about the Incubator programme here

Watch the video from the last edition of the programme

Our trainers are experts with diverse backgrounds and sound professional experience in EU cooperation projects in the field of culture. Discover the five trainers we invited this year:

  • Having previously worked for IDEA Consult, Martina Fraioli has expertise in research on the cultural and creative sectors, as well as in project writing and management. She has extensively worked on large European projects, including Creative FLIP, Perform Europe, and IN SITU. At the ENCC office, she leads various cooperation projects and the CUBE research on the role of socio-cultural centers in systemic societal change. She is also responsible for finding new collaboration and advocacy opportunities for the network.

  • Toni Attard is the founder and director of Culture Venture, Malta’s leading firm in consultancy and training for the cultural and creative sectors. He was previously the director of strategy at Malta's Arts Council, and served as a creative economy advisor within the Ministry of Finance, with a view to developing a national strategy for the cultural and creative industries. Among other tasks, he has also lead numerous cultural projects and established ten public arts funding programmes.

  • Marija Popović (Zmaja) has worked as a project manager, trainer, external evaluator and consultant since 2000. She is currently a producer and international cooperation manager at the Institution Student Cultural Centre in Novi Sad, and an EU projects coordinator at the EXIT Foundation. She has managed EU projects in the fields of human rights, social inclusion, youth and culture, and has extensive experience with Erasmus+. Zmaja is also a member of the Team Europe of the DEU in Serbia.

  • Giles Agis is a cultural manager based in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Since 2022, he is the executive director of Brouhaha International. In the past, he has worked as a European development manager and a youth theatre professional. He has been a board member of the Roots & Routes International Association since 2016.

  • Vittorio Bianco is the co-coordinator of Cecchi Point – Casa del Quartiere Aurora multicultural hub in Turin, and ENCC's newly-elected Chairperson. After starting his career in environmental organisations with a focus on urban ecology and sustainable development, he then moved to other aspects of sustainability in the urban context, such as social inclusion, culture and health.