Towards the end of 2012, Valletta, the capital of Malta, was nominated as the 2018 European Capital of Culture by the European Union. In light of this, the Valletta 2018 foundation was set up to manage cultural events in Malta for the year.

Since 1985, 40 cities have been involved in this program. The European Capital of Culture has handled all these cities properly, and this year, we can expect the appointed committee to run the events in Malta just as well. This program is meant to unite the people of Malta and Europe. In addition, the activities will economically benefit the country. At the end of the year, the popularity of Malta will be significantly boosted internationally.

Co-operation with the Province of Friesland

Valletta will work with Leeuwarden to plan the Valletta 2018 events. Leeuwarden is the capital of Friesland (one of the provinces of The Netherlands). The two cities will plan the activities together as they engage in cultural exchange. At the end of the day, the events will have a more diverse cultural theme, and this will enrich all parties involved.

Venues of the Events

Many cultural centres will be used for the Valetta 2018 Festival. Some of these are:

  • The National Art Museum
  • The Merchant Street Indoor Market
  • Strait Street

One of the most significant events in the entire festival will be held at the Freedom Square and the Old Opera House. This event has been dubbed the Malta Arts Festival, and it will run for three weeks. Like other events in the Valetta 2018 Festival, this one will involve music, dancing, art, literature, and theatre. Some short plays have also been scheduled. 30 excellent pieces of art will be displayed at the venue of the event.

It is worth noting that these places will be redone to make them appealing and artistic in appearance. For example, the Old Opera House will be designed to capture its original look. Many artists have been invited to the festival, meaning people who will attend will get the chance to interact in person with their favourite artists. Other activities included in the program include:

  • Sessions for modelling with clay
  • Magic tree activities for kids
  • Exhibitions
  • Jamming sessions
  • Presentations
  • Symposia
  • Modelling and fashion shows
  • Poetry

The Valletta 2018 Program

Book Club Gozo (1 Jan 2018- 31 Dec 2018)

This book club will allow you to meet people from different cultural backgrounds, and you will get to exchange views on various subjects. Meetings are held every last Wednesday of the month in Victoria at the Central Public Library. Those in attendance are allowed to share their views on the book as well as any useful topics that might have emerged from the book. Here are the books that will be read this year:

• January/ Jannar- The Kappillan of Malta (Nicholas Monsarrat)
• February/ Frar- A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
• March/ Marzu- A Wild Sheep Chase
• April/ April- The End of Your Life Book Club
• May/ Mejju- Little Lord Fauntleroy
• June/ Gunju- American Gods
• July/ Lulju- The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
• August/ Awissu- Three Weeks with My Brother (Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks)
• September/ Settembru- Alamut (Vladimir Bartol)
• October/ Ottubru- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
• November/ Novembru- Love and War in the Apennines
• December/ Disembru- Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff

Inspired in China- Fine Art Exhibitions

This event will be held at various locations around Malta from January to the end of August. It is meant to promote co-operation between artists and cultural organisations in Malta and China. More than 40 pieces of artwork will be displayed.

Art Exhibition by Raymond Darmanin (21 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2018)

This exhibition will involve the Commission on Domestic Violence and artist Raymond Darmanin. The purpose of this event is to tackle the problem of domestic violence, and this is the theme which Raymond will take up. The exhibitions will be open from noon to 3 pm on Mondays and Thursdays. Members of the public will get the chance to meet Raymond Darmanin on 21st January 2018.

The Beer Cave (1st Feb 2018 to 31st Dec 2018)

The Beer Cave is a live event that includes performances by new and established artists from Malta and surrounding countries. Activities lined up for 2018 include acoustic performances, live bands, song writer slam, and open mic by local artists and those who have integrated into the local scene. The Beer Cave will be held every week from the start of February until the end of 2018.

Other Events by Month

January 
• V18 Opening
• The V18 Main Exhibition
• The Baroque Festival

February
• Art Exhibition by Raymond Darmanin

March
• Dal-Bahar Madwarha visual arts at the Valetta Old Examination Centre
• The City of Humanity Opera
• Dal-Baħar Madwarha: Fleeting Territories: Mapping Malta
• A Straight Line Through Carcass of History
• Who by Fire at Underground Cistern, Valletta

April
• Dal-Bahar Madwarha: Times of Dilemma
• Giraffa at Marsa and Grand Harbour Docks
• PAX The Puzzle that is Peace at Gozo
• Sejjah Lil Malta at Grand Harbour, Valetta
• Call out for sustainable drinks and eateries outlet

May 
• Soul of Malta visual arts at various locations around the country
• Cathedral archives at Cathedral Museum, Mdina
• Solar Cinema community cinema around Malta and Gozo
• Call for Music Teachers: Orfeo and Majnun at Malta

June
• Found á Mentalism II at Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta
• Roberto Cimetta Mobility Fund
• Oca Dome Mandala dance, visual arts, music and theatre
• Map of the Mediterranean music at Maori, Valletta
• Exiled Homes Community at the Mill, Birkirkara
• Berlioz Le Fantastique at the Mediterranean Cultural Centre, Valletta
• Ghanafest 2018 music festival at Argotti Gardens, Floriana
• Modern Music Days Ritual at Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi
• Modernism for the Future educational conferences at Kaunas, Lithuania
• Playful Learning in STEM Education
• Cendrillon music at Teatru Manoel, Valletta
• The Malta International Art Festival 2018 at Valletta
• Mediterranean Soul at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta

July
• Latitude 36: Exhibition at Blitz, Valletta
• Square visual arts at various places in Malta and Gozo
• MESH workshop with Vanessa Grasse
• La Lupa theatre at Victoria, Gozo
• Sonic Structures music at Valletta
• A Box, a Cock, and a Feather at Valletta Campus Theatre

August
• The Malta Short Film Festival 2018
• Look Out for Love visual arts at Malta and Gozo
• Giselle at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta
• Blue Void
• Modern Music Days- Trios at Castello Lanzun

September 
• Cabinet of Futures at Malta
• The Malta Film Expo at Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta
• Nightshade: Aubergine at St Aloysius’ College, Birkirkara
• Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta

October 
• La Traviata at Teatru Astra, Gozo
• Rima: Final Exhibition at St. James Cavalier, Valletta
• Notte Bianca 2018 at Valletta
• Tosca at Aurora Theatre, Gozo
• La Triviata opera at Teatru Astra, Gozo
• V18 Annual Conference: Sharing the Legacy
• Orfeo and Majnun at Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

November 
• The Three Palaces Festival 2018
• Allura- The Trail at St. Julian’s and Sliema
• Modern Music Days- String Quartet
• European Meeting of Friends of the Crib in Malta
• Bodies in Urban Spaces

December 
• The Secret at Valletta Campus Theatre
• Of Peace and Unrest at Valletta Campus Theatre
• V18 Conclusion