Culture Matters – Valletta 2018 Findings

The second Culture Matters seminar showcases the results of the Valletta 2018 Foundation’s in-depth, analytical research into the impacts of the European Capital of Culture on various sectors of society.

Some of the main issues addressed throughout the seminar include participation in cultural activity, the impact of socio-urban changes in Valletta on local communities, the accessibility of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme, and the economic impacts of the European Capital of Culture.

Researchers forming part of the Valletta 2018 Evaluation & Monitoring team will be presenting their ongoing research and discussing their findings with the audience throughout the seminar.

Date: Thursday 23rd February 2017

Venue: University of Malta Valletta Campus

Registration for this event is now closed.

View the full list of speakers here.


0830 Registration and welcome coffee

0900 Welcome address by Valletta 2018 Executive Director, Dr Karsten Xuereb

0905 Address by Hon Dr Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government


Session 1 – Participation and inclusion

0915 Introduction by moderator

0925 Valletta Participation Survey, National Statistics Office

0945 Community Inclusion and Space in Valletta 2018, Michael Deguara

1005 Assessing the relationship between community inclusion and space, through the impact of Valletta 2018 cultural on various community groups, Dr Antoine Zammit

1025 A Comprehensive Analysis of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme, Daniela Vella


1045 Discussion

1105 Coffee Break


Session 2 – Valletta 2018 in numbers

1125 Introduction by moderator

1130 The effect of Valletta 2018 on Malta’s tourism industry, Tania Sultana, Malta Tourism Authority (MTA)

1150 Creating a Career in the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs), Adonia Dalli, Jobsplus

1210 Creative Economy Report: 2016 Update, Kevin Vella & Dr Robert Cachia, Economic Policy Department, Ministry for Finance

1230 Discussion

1250 Lunch


Session 3 – The European Capital of Culture, Valletta and beyond

1350 Introduction by Moderator

1355 Problematising ECoC branding and legacy strategies, Professor Franco Bianchini, Professor of Cultural Policy & Planning, University of Hull

1415 The Impact of Valletta 2018 on the European Identity of the Maltese Population, Dr Marie Briguglio

1435 Audiences’ experience of the Valletta 2018 brand, Dr Emanuel Said

1455 Discussion

1515 Conclusions

1530 End of seminar