Valletta: The 2018 European Capital of Culture
Valletta, together with Leeuwarden (Netherlands), will be the European Capital of Culture in 2018. Valletta's year officially opens on the 20th January 2018 with an official ceremony.
Valletta's title is an award which will be shared amongst all localities in Malta & Gozo. This decision, supported by all of the 68 localities in Malta, was taken in order to ensure that the positive effects of the title would be spread as widely as possible.
With around 400 events across 365 days, Jason Micallef, Chairman of the Valletta 2018 Foundation, promises that next year will include"the most cultural activity and related celebrations since Malta's independence."
Since local traditions are known for their passion, exuberance and flair, the organising committee decided to celebrate our European Capital of Culture year through the best festive language we know - that of the traditional Maltese Festa.
The chosen themes are island stories, future baroque and voyages, and they give a colourful and vivid insight into island life.
The Valletta 2018 Foundation's cultural programme has just been officially launched, and with a strong emphasis on international collaboration, the activities will include over 1000 local and international artists, curators, artist collectives, performers, workshop leaders, writers, designers, choirs and filmmakers.
What is a European Capital of Culture?
The European Capitals of Culture is a European Commission initiative which was started in 1985. The initiative aims to highlight the richness and diversity of different cultures in Europe and to celebrate the cultural features Europeans share.
To this day, there have been 56 European Capitals of Culture from Athens in 1985, to Aarhus and Pafos which are the current holders of this title.
If you would like to know more information about this initiative you can check out this infographic from the European Commission.