More than 140 projects and 400 events for Valletta 2018
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A collection of over 140 projects and 400 events will be taking place in Valletta throughout the European Capital of Culture year.
This morning, the Valletta 2018 Foundation launched its Cultural Programme for 2018, which opens on the 20th of January with a series of spectacular events in and around Valletta inviting audiences to take part in an island-wide festa.
The Foundation said that the 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.
It will see the involvement of around 1000 local and international artists, curators, artist collectives, performers, workshop leaders, writers, designers, choirs and film-makers.
A number of international artists are also collaborating with locals throughout the 2018 programme, Maltese artists are travelling to the twin European Capital of Culture Leeuwarden in the Netherlands as well as other cities in Cyprus, Japan, Poland and Greece.
The Foundation remarked that the 2018 programme is based on a direct investment of €10 million in the cultural sector.
At the centre of the 2018 programme are several infrastructure projects designed to evolve and expand well beyond 2018. Among these are MUZA, the Valletta Design Cluster, Is-Suq tal-Belt and Strait Street.
The Valletta 2018 team has grown over the past months from a group of five people to a solid team of 45 individuals working on a full-time, part-time or freelance basis, the Foundation said.
Speaking at the launch, Valletta 2018 Chairman Jason Micallef said, “we have worked tirelessly to design a programme providing equal opportunities for everyone; ensuring that culture is not elitist and that inclusivity becomes not only a priority, but a necessity. The year 2018 promises to be a time which sees the most cultural activity and related celebrations since Malta’s Independence”.
The Programme Coordinator Joanne Attard Mallia said, “2018 will be a unique year. We are looking at a 12-month strong programme focused on exploring and pushing our understanding of culture and art: combining traditions, art forms and concepts in innovative, even unusual, ways.”
“Whether it is as a performer, as a participant in a workshop, as a Tal-Kultura volunteer, or as an audience member, this is a programme that invites everyone to participate, to experiment, to contribute and to be part of it,” Ms Attard Mallia added.
Artistic Director for Special Events, Mario Philip Azzopardi said, “After years of planning, preparation and hard work involving hundreds of artists, craftsmen, organisers, technicians, volunteers and a good dose of unabated good will and determination, it’s time for our own Valletta to assume the title of ‘European Capital of Culture.”
Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government, explained that over the past years, the Government, together with the Valletta 2018 Foundation and other entities, strived towards strengthening culture and bringing it closer to everyone.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Valletta 2018 Deo Debattista said “Valletta 2018 is the most significant international event which has ever been organised in Malta.”
“It’s a unique event which promises wide audienceship – both local and international, so much so that an estimated one million people will share this experience with us,” he said.