Every year, since 1985, the European Commission nominates two EU countries to host the European Capital of Culture (ECOC). This revered title represents one of the most prestigious and prominent cultural events in Europe; an event that breathes fresh life into and boosts the social and economic development of the chosen city. In 2012, the decision to award Malta’s historic capital city, Valletta, the coveted status of ‘European Capital of Culture 2018’ was unanimous!
Valletta is a living city with a vibrancy all of its own. A brimming café culture, art installations and exhibits, open squares, and a thriving market, all contribute to making this grand city much more than a living museum.
An ideal destination for your MICE
Malta may be diminutive in size but it really punches above its weight on so many levels, making it the ideal destination for your next meeting, incentive, conference or event (MICE). Voted the second-best airport in Europe and boasting the most scenic airport approaches in the world, Malta International Airport is one of the most well-connected destinations with a whole host of low-cost flights, as well as its own great airline, Air Malta and international airlines like Lufthansa, British Airways, Alitalia, Emirates and Air France. If ever a city was more suited to being a European Capital of Culture then we have yet to see it. The build-up and event itself will be spectacular!
A city-wide art exhibition
The Valletta 2018 cultural programme will comprise of many activities, including exhibitions, theatre productions, seminars, street theatre, jamming sessions, outdoor concerts, and fashion shows, along with networking meetings with local artists from the island.
As well as certain festivals being new to the 2018 programme, a number of un-used locations within Valletta are being renovated and developed, among which will be the regeneration of Strait Street, and Malta’s new national community art museum, MUZA. The first of its kind and a UNESCO world heritage site built as a city fortress, this baroque building dates back to the late 16th century and was used as the seat and residence of the Italian Knights of the Order of St. John.
Photo: Valletta 2018 official archives
Come join the year-long celebration
Malta is already abundantly rich in sites to see and explore with historical buildings around every corner and a festival in almost every town. And with Valletta being crowned the cultural capital of Europe, 2018 will be a momentous year delivering a colourful celebration of creativity and international recognition that will appeal to locals, tourists and visitors alike.
If you are keen to put Malta on your 2018 calendar of corporate events and need some ‘insider’ guidance, 20Twenty destination experts will organize a professionally tailored program selecting one of several newly opened boutique hotels in Valletta, some unusual venues and cool restaurants, that will suit your needs and budget. 20Twenty is a close-knit group of event specialists who have been quality assured by the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) since 2009, so rest assured, you and your company will be in the best hands!