The Valletta 2018 Foundation organises a series of annual conferences to address different issues related to Cultural Relations in Europe and the Mediterranean.

This year’s conference, titled Cultural Mapping: Debating Spaces and Places brings together the contributions of academics and practitioners on cultural mapping worldwide, with a specific focus on European and Mediterranean countries/regions. The conference also supports the development of a better understanding on how cultural mapping exercises can be utilised as a tool for policy makers and cultural practitioners, while also promoting cooperation between researchers and operators.

Cultural mapping is the process of collecting and analysing culturally-relevant information from different areas and localities for the purpose of understanding, sharing and further developing culture. The conference focuses on five distinct themes: Reviving culture through mapping; Mapping cultural policy; The social dimension of cultural mapping; Digital mapping as an application in different contexts; and cultural mapping as a tool for artistic practitioners.

The conference also featured an installation titled by Spatium Clausum by local practicing artist, lecturer and researcher, Trevor Borg.

More information on The Cultural Mapping: Debating Spaces and Places conference can be accessed here.

The first Valletta 2018 conference, titled Dialogue in the Med: Exploring Identity through Networks, addressed aspects of contemporary cultural relations across the Mediterranean in the framework of Valletta as European Capital of Culture 2018.

The conference, held at the University of Malta Valletta Campus in early September 2014, was attended by a broad range of international and local speakers ranging from people working within the fields of cultural policy, academia and research, to artists and political activists, as well as representatives of the European Commission.

Keynote speeches were delivered by Prof. Mostafa Hassani Idrissi (l’Université Mohammed V Souissi, Morocco) and Prof. Henry Frendo (University of Malta).

The 2014 conference thematic areas were: Capacity building through networks, overcoming challenges to mobility, (re)defining cultural identity in the Mediterranean, and diplomacy through dialogue.

The variety of international speakers were invited to reflect on how the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture project can contribute to a dialogue and exchange of experiences in terms of cultural experiences and expressions in the Euro-Med area, also in light of the chequered history of super-national initiatives such as the Union for the Mediterranean and the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Conference proceedings will be published in due course.