Malta to host 2016 World Summit on Arts and Culture

Friday, 17 Jan 2014, 11:41


The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts has been announced as the host of the 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture, to be held in Valletta in October 2016.

Co-hosted with the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), the World Summit will welcome around 500 delegates from 80 countries to discuss the major issues impacting the arts.

Coming in the run-up to the Maltese EU Presidency in 2017 and Valletta as a Capital of Culture in 2018, the World Summit will usher in an exciting period for anyone involved in the Maltese and international cultural and artistic landscape.

The announcement was made at the conclusion of the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture in Santiago, de Chile, by the Chair of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), Alan Davey.

The MCCA will be co-producing this mega cultural event with the cooperation of the Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture.

“At a moment like this, when my country is being entrusted with hosting such a prestigious event as an IFACCA Summit for culture and the arts, I must declare my full commitment,” said parliamentary secretary for culture Jose’ Herrera, who was present at the announcement. “I will ensure that my country - my city - fully exploits the benefits of playing host for this encounter. Only good can come from exposing Maltese artists to global influences, networking and the sharing of ideas. Winning the right to hold the 2016 Summit is the equivalent, for Maltese artists, to hosting the Olympics,” he said.

“Bringing the world back home in 2016 and engaging with so many different peoples from so many different countries will surely be a special celebration - a fiesta of the arts, understanding, culture and collaboration.”

Commenting on the MCCA’s winning bid, MCCA Chair Albert Marshall said that: "The MCCA senses an urgent need to workshop with the international community innovative and progressive ideas about how to manage the cultivation of concepts related to the cultural and creative industries as part of our national cultural policy - a relatively new discourse for Malta's artistic community and cultural administrators."

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Comments (2)

Censu W. Muscat

- Fri 17-Jan-2014, 13:00

Well done Hon. Herrera. Keep the good work going on.


- Fri 17-Jan-2014, 11:52

Prosit doppju Dr Herrera ghax hsibt li wara il vot delettant tal bierah fil parlament europe hsibt li hadd iktar ma jrid jafda hu jersaq lejn Malta

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