Special Advisor, European Projects – IGCAT – International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism
Davinia has worked in the cultural sector for more than thirty years in various roles including musician, cultural event producer, policy maker and CEO. She is the Director of Programmes and Fundraising for IGCAT and the European Region of Gastronomy Platform. She is Managing Director of the recently set up company, ARC Research and Consultancy, which provides has been appointed as the Malta Hub, the local contact point for the European Festivals Association (EFA) project Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE). She was one of the leading authors and drivers behind the cultural policy for Malta and major contributor to the bid for Malta hosting the World Summit on Arts and Culture and Valletta’s successful bid to be European Capital of Culture 2018. She is also the former Executive Director of the Malta Council for Arts and Culture.
Davinia joined the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (MCCA) initially as Arts Executive in 2006. Between 2007 and 2013 she was Executive Director of the MCCA. She chaired and co-authored Malta’s Cultural Policy in 2011 and was responsible for the setting up of the Malta’s Arts Fund in 2009. The national festivals, including the Malta Arts Festival, the Malta Jazz Festival, Notte Bianca and Ghanafest (the Mediterranean Folk Music Festival) all grew to professional international standards under her direction at MCCA.
As Executive Director of MCCA, she formed part of the European Chapter of IFACCA and led the successful bid to co-host the IFACCA World Summit on Arts and Culture, which will take place in Valletta in 2016. Davinia formed part of the interministerial commission, setting the foundation for the successful application for Valletta, European Capital of Culture, 2018, she was also a member of the presenting panel of the Bid. She is a member of the Expert Committee of the Roberto Cimetta Fund that provides mobility and cultural development grants in the Euro-Med zone. She is a visiting lecturer at the School of Performing Arts, University of Malta.
Davinia has a BA in Music and History of Art from the University of Malta and an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from Sussex University.