Valletta is THE place to be in 2018 for culture vultures

There’s no doubt about it – Valletta will be THE place to visit in 2018 for culture vultures.

The Maltese capital’s preparations to host the European Capital of Culture next year have received a massive boost.

Organisers of Valletta 2018 have won a top award for their efforts, earning the city an extra €1.5 million in EU funding for its programme of activities.

Judges of the Melina Mercouri Prize praised Valletta 2018’s events for their ‘strong European dimension and impressive citizen involvement.’

Valletta 2018 chairman Jason Micallef said: ‘The award of the Melina Mercouri prize shows that the European Commission recognises our efforts in developing a strong programme while transforming previously forgotten spaces into creative hubs.

‘The participation of Maltese and Gozitans in Valletta 2018, along with the infrastructure projects taking place in Valletta, will ensure a lasting legacy beyond 2018.

Culture minister Owen Bonnici congratulated Valletta 2018 for winning the award from the European Commission.

He said: ‘The title of European Capital of Culture has an economic and social impact.

‘This is happening not only in Valletta but all across Malta and Gozo.’

Shadow culture minister Karl Gouder added: ‘It is important that we do not only have a strong year in 2018 but that the legacy created following this year is felt well into the future to benefit all’.

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Main photo: Gregory Iron Photography