Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture – With events also in Gozo
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Valletta is now holding the title of 2018 European Capital of Culture for one year, also sharing the title for this year is Leeuwarden in the Netherlands.
Opening celebrations for Valletta will take place from the 14th to the 20th of January, across the city, and will be inspired by the traditional Maltese festa.
Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Valletta 2018, Dr Deo Debattista, speaking recently about the role that Gozo will play during Valletta 18 celebrations, said that ‘Gozo will have an important role to play during 2018. We absolutely did not want the title of European Capital for Culture to be only associated with Valletta.”
He explained that, “during this unique year, 200 out of the 400 events will take places outside Valletta, 28 of which will be held in Gozo during Valletta 2018.”
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, will attend the official opening ceremony on the 20th of January.
The programme for Valletta’s festa aims to encourage artists and audiences to rethink the traditional view of culture.
Due to Malta’s specific location as an island-state between Europe and North Africa, the programme also aspires to bring together different points of view from the various shores of the Mediterranean.
More than 140 projects and 400 events are included in the programme, organised around three main themes: “Island Stories,” “Future Baroque” and “Voyages.”
About 1,000 local and international artists, curators, performers, workshop leaders, writers, designers, choirs and film-makers will be involved, and celebrations will continue throughout the year across the islands of Malta and Gozo.