Art Camp Malta – Gozo event hailed as a great success

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Art Camp Malta - Gozo event hailed as a great successThe Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo, this week paid a visit to the various artists from around the Mediterranean who have been taking part in the Gozo event of Art Camp Malta.

This event has been organised by the Office of the Permanent Delegation of Malta to UNESCO through the Centre of Education, Science and Culture.

Art Camp Malta started last week at the Verdala Palace in Malta, then on Saturday it moved to Gozo, where it was based at the Villa Rundle Gardens in Victoria, where it has been a great success. The Art Camp came to a close today (Tuesday).

One of the most important challenges for UNESCO is reinforcing the role of culture as an essential tool in sustainable development and promotion of peace. These goals are also embedded in the Millenium Development Goals post-2015. UNESCO is engaged in mobilising agents from different fields and regions in order in order to promote dialogue and understanding between artists.

Through the Art Camp project, Malta, a geographically small state located at the crossroads of many cultures, has given its support to the promotion of peaceful dialogue between artists from all over the world.

The Minister for Gozo praised this initiative. He said that, "this project shows that the arts are able to be an important tool to break down barriers between different cultures and thus derive peace."

"Such projects are very important to the arts – of any type and form – which continues to grow in our country and shows its potential to improve human life. This is something very important, which complements other projects already made, and are being made by the Ministry for Gozo," Dr Refalo said.

At the end of the project, the artists are expected to hold an artistic exhibition with the theme "No World Peace without Peace in the Mediterranean."

Also present for the occasion was Malta's Ambassador to UNESCO, Mgr Dr Joe Vella Gauci.

Photograph: MGOZ/George Scerri

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