Valletta happens within us, perhaps just as much as we seek ourselves within her. Along her streets, we sense other times, and remember other places. At the ends of her stairways we expect the sea, and in it those cities that — as Italo Calvino would have it — we are as yet to invent. Through its platforms, events and initiatives, the newly-set-up Valletta Cultural Agency is now tasked with ensuring Valletta achieves the best of what it is: a capital of innovation, a space that inspires, and a city where heritage and desire meet at the cusp of creative force. Opportunity is key. At a time of rapid growth in resources for culture and the arts, the VCA is well-placed to ensure artists and creatives have the means to bring their ideas — and their very own Vallettas — to fruition.