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Valletta 2018 cultural programme preview launched

Photo: Therese Debono

Photo: Therese Debono

The preview of the Valletta 2018 cultural programme – a collection of artistic and cultural pro­jects and events being planned for next year, was launched with a publication containing information on 2018 projects and events, offering the public a taste of what is to come.

Valletta’s European Capital of Culture year opens on January 20, 2018, with an official ceremony. As part of the opening festivities, various dynamic shows will be using Valletta’s open spaces, namely the Triton Fountain, Castille Square, St John’s Square and St George’s Square, as the backdrop for their performance.

The Valletta 2018 Foundation has also implemented the concept of the festa in its programme’s narrative. Festi rely heavily on active participation of different people, and likewise, the success of Valletta 2018 requires the collaboration of people from all walks of life who contribute to the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme.

“The Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme is filled with innovative participatory cultural events, performances and projects, the likes of which have never been seen in Malta before. It is a great opportunity for people to come together and participate in arts and culture,” programme coordinator Margerita Pulè said.

Valletta’s tenure as the Capital for Culture during 2018 is being treated as a long term project to preserve the cultural heritage and create a legacy

Several public spaces in the city will be used to host spectacles for the opening weekend, with a number of attractions, including the participation of international acobatics company La Fura Dels Baus, performances by ŻfinMalta dancers and digital projections around the city, taking place. Valletta’s tenure as the Capital for Culture during 2018 is being treated as a long term project to preserve the cultural heritage and create a legacy that is enjoyed by locals and tourists to foster cultural heritage as a reflection of our identity as Maltese, Mediterranean and European.

Another highlight from the programme includes Valletta 2018’s multi-site visual arts exhibition, curated by internationally re­nowned curator Maren Richter.

This main event is set to take place over the opening weekend, with its multi-site work branching out into several artistic pieces taking place in multiple venues all over the archipelago.

The second edition of the Valletta Pageant of the Seas, the large-scale spectacle, which transforms Grand Harbour with nautical displays and fireworks, will also be taking place in 2018 on June 7.

An opera season is also being planned; this includes Aħna Refuġjati,  an operatic work by young Maltese composer Mario Sammut that recounts the struggles of a family attempting to escape their war-torn country, as well as the Orfeo & Majnun, opera which combines the Greek myth of Orfeo and Eurydice with the Middle Eastern legend of Leyla and Majnun.

Other programme highlights include Altofest Malta, a Maltese edition of the Naples arts festival hosting interdisciplinary projects in diverse spaces, ranging from private homes to community venues and public locations.

Malta Calls meanwhile offers an event comprising a set by international DJ Per QX, dances from ŻfinMalta and projections by London-based artists Shaun Prickemage and Dan Strutt.

An online version of the 2018 Cultural Programme Preview can be found at http://valletta2018.org .

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