The European Capital of Culture festivities have begun!

Malta’s capital city, Valletta, has been named the European Capital of Culture for 2018; city breakers couldn’t choose a more exciting time to spend a weekend in English-speaking Valletta.

The cultural programme started with Opening Week on the 14th of January in Valletta and reached out to towns and villages all over Malta and Gozo. The first event drew spectacular crowds to the heart of Valletta with music, entertainment, street artists and performers. Visitors enjoyed exhibitions set in diverse venues across the city, events that re-discovered Valletta’s fascinating historical spaces and community storytelling centred around the city’s residents and the spaces they use. The Maltese people and a vast number of tourists enjoyed music, dance and revelry at the grand festa held in Valletta’s four main squares – St George’s Square, St John’s Square, Castille Square, and the area around the Triton Fountain.

Over the past five-years, Valletta 2018 has been instrumental in the social, economic and cultural regeneration of Valletta; making it a flourishing cultural and social hub for all to discover. Valletta 2018 has invested strongly in a diverse Cultural Programme that sees the involvement of over 1,000 local and international artists, curators, performers, writers, designers, choirs and film-makers in over 400 spectacular events.

The vast programme of events will be held throughout the Maltese Islands; Malta, Gozo and Comino. If you’re unsure when to visit the Mediterranean gem this year, you can coincide your trip with an event. Curator Maren Richter will bring her major visual arts exhibition to Valletta from March to July; European Eyes on Japan, a visual arts project that has toured over thirty European Capitals of Culture since 1999, graces the city in April and Rock the South is celebrating Valletta 2018 by hosting a special edition, Rock the City, from the 20th to 22nd of April. Download a copy of the Cultural Programme to have the exciting events calendar at your fingertips.