Photographic exhibition by Daniel Cilia at Rome cultural centre
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A photographic exhibition – Malta: Heritage and Cultural Diversity by Daniel Cilia, was just one of the events in – Beyond the Obvious: Cultural Agora – which took place this week at Palazzo delle Esposizioni – a neoclassical exhibition hall, cultural centre and museum on Via Nazionale in Rome.
The European Capitals of Culture for 2018, 2019 and 2020 are Valletta, Matera and Rijeka. The prestigious title of the European Capital of Culture “celebrates the richness and diversity of European heritage with its attendant year-long cultural extravaganza in the host city.”
The nomination of such cities gathers the attention of the cultural practitioners and performers from the European and the global perspectives who will focus on the selected city’s events.
Being recognised as a European Capital of Culture gives a city a new impetus to development in many areas; social, economic, intellectual, but also within the tourism sector. However, the economic effects cannot be the only factor of success for the chosen city.
Two round tables were held at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, which gathered experts from the cities that have already been awarded the title and those that are preparing to hold their term as European Capitals of Culture with the leading European thinkers in the field.
Some of the topics that were discussed were: What are all the positive effects that the title can bring to the city, its citizens and the whole country? And what, on the other hand, the city holding the title can offer to Europe and its citizens?
The event was organised by: Austrian Cultural Forum Rome, British Council, Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Culture Action Europe, Embassy of Croatia, Embassy of Malta, Embassy of Slovenia together with the European Commission Representation in Italy Promoted by: Assessorato alla Crescita culturale, Roma Capitale In collaboration with: Azienda Speciale Palaexpo.
Photo: From left to right – Giovanni Vassallo., Mons Alfred Xuereb, Ambassador Vanessa Frazier, Daniel Cilia, Joanne Attard Mallia, Mauro Sammut, and H E Cardinal Prospiro Grech.