“Valletta continues to work in building a formidable artistic team to from part of its bid for European Capital of Culture in 2018, as the city gets closer to finally knowing whether it will be granted the title, a final decision being expected in mid-October” said David Felice, Chairman of the Valletta 2018 Foundation, while addressing a press conference today, during which the composition of Wayne Marshall’s team of newly appointed Artistic Programme Directors was announced.
The team consists of Coryse Borg, Marc Cabourdin, Mario Frendo, Jean Pierre Magro, Paul Portelli, Raphael Vella and Ruben Zahra. David Felice explained how they were selected following an open call which attracted extensive interest from individuals from various areas.
Recently appointed Artistic Director for Valletta 2018, Mro Wayne Marshall said, Valletta’s bid to the
ECoC will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for Malta to shine through artistic excellence.
“Valletta 2018 will be an opportunity to bring the arts to the people, through a commitment to working with local
communities, to collaborate, develop and enhance key aspects in the arts scene,” he said.
The final bid for Valletta to host the European Capital of Culture in 2018, will be presented to the Ministry for Tourism, Culture and the Environment in the beginning of September. It will include a Cultural Programme for all of 2018 and the years leading to it. This programme is the result of a process of public engagement which V.18 has led over the past year. This included 4 workshops which it organised in collaboration with TEDxValletta and Imagine 18 - a 2 day conference. These helped to generate interest and a sense of ownership within the community of artists and other operators on the cultural scene and to gather ideas and feedback as a direct contribution to the Cultural Programme. An online facility was also set up to receive proposals from a wider audience.
Once Valletta will hopefully be awarded the title of European Capital of Culture, a second process of
engagement with the cultural and artistic communities as well as the general public shall take place. Events and projects within the Cultural Programme will be developed further according to criteria to be established.