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Today’s post might seem like somewhat different from my norm, however, I do not feel that way as it is a celebration of talent, culture entwined in fashion and beauty. So I really could not, let it go by without sharing the #proudmoment I felt and still feel, for this little gem of an island I call home together with it’s people. I mean, to have been nominated as the European Capital of Culture for 2018 is just #epic in my humble opinion.
The vast Cultural Programme that was held last Saturday 20th January was intended to bring our rich culture closer to the people, celebrating island life through the best way we know hoe – that of the traditional Maltese festa (feast). This feast was simple a breathtaking show of events, was witnessed live by almost 110K people and families who flocked to the capital city that be part of this historical moment.
During the opening celebrations, Valletta’s four main squares Erba’ Pjazez, were filled with joy, music and fantasy. First off was the spectacular show (Il-Qawma tat-Tritoni – The resurrection of the Tritons) at the regenerated Tritons Fountain Square, featuring a 100 Maltese acrobats and a large humanoid puppet, co-ordinated by internationally renowned Spanish theatrical company La Fura Dels Baus. ZfinMalta performed a beautiful contemporary dance performances, with digital projections, video art, choral symphony. However, I have to say that the show (Elfejn u tmintax – Two Thousand Eighteen) performed at St. John’s Co-Cathederal square was the most heartfelt of all, a 20-minute song that swept the audiences through years of Malta’s and Valletta’s glorious history! On the other hand Castille Sqaure showed a projection show (Minn Qiegħ l-Imgħoddi għall-Quċċata tal-Ġejjieni – From the Past to the highest future) took us through our Nations achievements of the past that will surely not stop us from continuing on the same track for the future.
If you guys (my foreign followers) have never been to Malta and haven’t visited Valletta yet, then you’re most certainly missing out on the true Malta experience. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this city exudes volumes of history and evokes intrigue and mystery that is entwined in every site with its incredible history dating back to the Knights of St John who came to Malta in 1530.
So what does the title European Capital Of Culture mean? Owning a title like this will most certainly assist in raising further, Valletta and Malta’s international profile, attracting visitors from all across Europe.
The Valletta 2018 foundation that was set up before the initial bid for the title, did a great job in hearing the island’s ideas on its revered capital. This was clearly showcased in last Saturday’s shows.
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Until next time,
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