Opening of Valletta: European Capital of Culture 2018

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Sunday, 14 January, 2018 to Saturday, 20 January, 2018
Opening of Valletta: European Capital of Culture 2018

Valletta 2018’s Cultural Programme initiatives will bring culture closer to the people, celebrating island life through the best way we know – that of the traditional Maltese festa. The festa is an event where people and families meet to celebrate and talk, which serves to infuse our localities with warmth, life and colour, while bringing the community together. People will be able to discover European cultural heritage, and the participatory nature of our projects will strengthen their sense of belonging as part of a European community and safeguard culture for our future generations.

During Malta’s opening celebrations, Valletta’s four main squares will be filled with joy, music and reverie with the Catalan group La Fura dels Baus blurring the line between audience and performer with their outdoor acrobatics, ZfinMalta with contemporary dance performances, with digital projections, video art, choral symphony and much more.  All over Valletta, performers and traveling bands will take the festivities to the streets, drawing residents and visitors all over the Maltese Islands to participate. Our ECoC celebrations will kick off on the 14th of January 2018, and will culminate in the opening ceremony on the 20th of January 2018, where Malta officially receives this prestigious title.


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Photo: La Fura dels Baus