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Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture

Valletta was declared European Capital of Culture on the 12th October 2012.  This includes, taking care of project together with a partner Dutch city, Leeuwarden, promoting activity around the Maltese Islands and collaboration between these two cities.

This prestigious title reflects the rich cultural heritage of this city.  The cultural programme for Valletta 2018 is inspired by the traditional Maltese festa and encourages 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 will be 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.  

The Valletta 2018 Foundation is responsible for this project which will promote all the cultural programmes with a hope to boost the people of Malta and Europe closer together.

The official opening ceremony was held on the 21st January 2018. Click on the photo below to see the full set of photos of the festivities.

click here​ to see a selection of photos of Valletta
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