A city is both a vessel and a home for its people and their stories; its map is alive, everchanging, collective narrative, told by generations of architects, artists, merchants, craftspeople and residents each with their own ordinary and extraordinary tales. Each with traditions, cares and hopes for the future; their own and that of their city. Since its inception over four centuries ago, Valletta has been this and more; a point of convergence for governance, commerce, culture and the arts.
Through its work and its annual programme, the Valletta Cultural Agency strives to maintain an open dialogue with all of these elements. Designing a cultural programme for a city, rather than a theatre or museum, challenges us every day to engage with the city, its people, users, visitors and admirers.
A multisensory experience in its own right, Valletta is a natural platform for artistic and cultural exchanges that could teach us more about past, present and future societies, their needs and wants, their relationship to art in its different forms, and how those artistic experiences ultimately contribute to their life stories. Each yearly programme is built on the desire to create transformative experiences, to encourage innovation and celebrate traditions with a sensitivity towards its heritage.
Open to both locals and internationals, our cultural programme is created in collaboration with artists, creatives, experts and enthusiasts, collectives and organisations, and works across all genres to transform our experiences through active participation and co-creation.
Valletta was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2018.