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Valletta chosen as 2018 European Capital of Culture

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Valletta, the capital city of Malta, was selected as the 2018 European Capital of Culture.

This was officially announced by Minister for Culture and Tourism Mario De Marco this afternoon at a press conference at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta.

The city, which is chosen by the European Commission, will, for the duration of a year, hold various events related to culture with a European dimension.

40 European cities have previously earned the same title.

Representative of the Director General of Culture within the EU Ann Branch said that even though there was no competition as Valletta was submitted as a candidate on its own, it was taken very seriously. She commended the efforts made and the work done to promote the Maltese culture.

Manfred Gaulhofer, who was on the panel of experts that assisted the European Commission in selecting a city, said that the selection panel arrived in Malta yesterday and was very impressed with the presentation given to them.

Minister Demarco said that it is an honour for Valletta to have received this title, especially at a time where the government is investing in culture.

“It is time to give back to the cultural society what it gave to Malta,” he said, adding that this is a time of cultural awakening in Malta.

Valletta will be sharing its reign with a Dutch city which has yet to be chosen.

This award has been granted for the last 27 years.

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