What is Valletta 2018?
On 12 October 2012 it was announced that Valletta, the capital city of Malta, will be hosting the title of European Capital of Culture in 2018 with a partner Dutch city, Leeuwarden. In line with EU regulations the Valletta 2018 Foundation has been made responsible for the implementation of the Cultural Programme to promote a European dimension and encourage citizen participation. The Cultural Programme is built around four themes: Generations, Routes, Cities and Islands.
The Valletta 2018 Foundation have launched a Cultural Programme to make Valletta 2018 an island-wide “festa” (feast):
“WHEN YOU LIVE ON AN ISLAND, THE HORIZON ALWAYS HOLDS THE PROMISE OF NEW AND EXCITING CONNECTIONS TO BE MADE, WHILE THE SHORE DRAWS YOU BACK HOME TO A WEALTH OF DETAIL THAT’S JUST WAITING TO BE EXPLORED.
Malta and Gozo can be likened to tiny but vibrant stages packed with drama, excess and exuberance constantly playing out in close quarters, amid tight-knit communities; all the while, these small island scenarios have co-existed with the comings and goings afforded by our harbours, and today they walk alongside ever-growing international connections.
The strategic geography of the Maltese Islands – which places them right between Europe and Africa – thus puts our communities in a unique position to host such a diverse cultural celebration as the European Capital of Culture. And our Mediterranean style is another valuable feature of the islands’ identity, capable of reaching out to the varied and valuable perspectives that surround it.”
Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme
The Valletta 2018 Foundation has launched its Cultural Programme for 2018 – a collection of over 140 projects and 400 events taking place throughout the European Capital of Culture year.
The programme will open on the 20th January with a series of spectacular events in and around Valletta inviting audiences to take part in an island-wide festa. The Cultural Programme is inclusive and varied, engaging various communities and consisting of projects from different disciplines, including music, visual arts, dance and performance, to mention a few.
Valletta 2018 has invested strongly in a programme that sees the involvement of around 1000 local and international artists, curators, artist collectives, performers, workshop leaders, writers, designers, choirs and film-makers. While a number of international artists are collaborating with locals throughout the 2018 programme, Maltese artists are travelling to our twin European Capital of Culture Leeuwarden in the Netherlands as well as other cities in Cyprus, Japan, Poland and Greece.
The Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme can be downloaded from here.
2018 promises to be a busy year for Valletta and the Maltese islands. To book accommodation, guided tours and transfers please feel free to contact us.