FOPSIM is happy to invite you at our half-day training event we are organising as part of Risk Change project. 

Risk Change is a Creative Europe project aiming at supporting the mobilisation of people across countries ad highlighting the importance of arts in Integration in the society. The project partners are 

ACE KIBLA (Slovenia – Coordinator), ACAX/League of Independent Art Spaces (Hungary), RIXC (Latvia), MMSU (Croatia), MSU Vojvodina (Serbia), ZINC (France), FOPSIM (Malta), and the Department of Philosophy and History of Science, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). 

During this short training, four (4) artists from different backgrounds are going to share their experience and explain how arts helped them in the process, therefore providing examples and advice on how other people can learn from their experience. 

Artwork of our guest speakers will also be presented. 

Training: Integration & Arts, 25-May-2018 


  • 13:30 – Registrations 
  • 13:50 – 14:00 Welcome address 
  • 14:00 – 14:35 1st speaker – SPARK15 
  • 14:35 – 15:10 2nd speaker – Badereddin Elsaafi a.k.a BeLights from Rootz Island 
  • 15:10 – 15:30 coffee break 
  • 15:30 – 16:05 3rd speaker – Heba Alshibani 
  • 16:05 – 16:40 4th speaker – Jeni Caruana 
  • 16:40 – 17:00 Open discussion 

Location: 295 B, Constitution str., Mosta, Malta
Date: May 25th 2018
Time: 13.30 – 17.00
Participation Fee: NO
Registration: Required ( or +356 2339 0137)
Coffee break provided 

RISK CHANGE: Integration & Arts – Introducing our Speakers 

25-May-2018: training event

On the 25th of May 2018, from 13.30 until 17.00, FOPSIM is organising an event about Integration & Arts. The event is part of the Risk Change project, a Creative Europe project aiming at supporting the mobilisation of people across countries ad highlighting the importance of arts in Integration in the society. 

The event will take the form of a training, where four (4) artists are joining us to share their experience of migration and how arts helped them. Our speakers team consists of a representative of SPARK15, an organisation that organises educational and cultural activities to motivate migrants involve in the society, education, and work. 

Mr. Badereddin Elsaafi, co-founder of Rootz Island & member of the Reggae Rajahs, who is himself a musician with the stage name BeLights. Mr. Elsaafi was born in Tripoli, Libya, however he was brought up in New Delhi, India. His path brought him in Malta in 2013 and he has been living here since then, under the UNHCR Subsidiary Protection Status. 

Ms. Heba AL-Shibani, a Libyan Television Producer, Photographer, and documentary filmmaker, is an experienced journalist who has work for several local and international news channels and agencies, while currently working in Malta as a Media & Communication Consultant. Ms. Heba moved to Malta, along with her family in 2014, due to Libyan civil war. She became a member of the Malta Photographic society and Malta Sound Women Network. Her photographic work aims at “telling stories through the lens and sharing her experience via social media to encourage more people to join Maltese civil society in an attempt to influence a change of perspective, and to bring the different point of views within the Libyan and Maltese communities closer to each-other, especially since they have a lot in common”. 

Last but not least, Ms. Jeni Caruana, how came in Malta in the late 1970’s and as she described, she “fell in love with the country, the sunshine – and a young man who later became my husband”. When she came in Malta, already an artist as she has studied art in the UK for six (6) years, found herself in a “friendly country, and most people speak English well, but still felt like a foreigner”. Art helped her integrate in Malta and now she teaches adults and exhibits her work, representing Malta both locally and internationally. In her words, thanks to her art she “still (feel like a foreigner), but now I see it as a positive feeling”. As she explains, “as the earliest form of communication that we know, The Arts transcend language and location, giving strangers a bridge to meet on and a window into lives we may otherwise find difficult to understand”.