What are the immediate and long-term impacts of Valletta’s title of European Capital of Culture 2018 on Malta’s cultural sector? In what way is this title affecting areas such as cultural participation, the creative economy, cultural tourism, and infrastructural regeneration, amongst others?

The Valletta 2018 Foundation will be exploring the legacy of the European Capital of Culture title through a seminar discussing research findings from 2017.

The seminar aims to:

  • inform and open discussion with the public about the progress of Valletta 2018;
  • allow for better access to the outcomes of its research process;
  • encourage further collaboration with emerging researchers;
  • provide a pan-European outlook with practical examples from other host cities.

The seminar will be addressed by a number of individual researchers and public entities carrying out qualitative and quantitative research across a number of sectors.  Also addressing the conference will be Szilvia Nagy, who forms part of Local Operators Platform (LOCOP), a research network dedicated to critically assessing cultural policies and supra-regional funding strategies such as the European Capital of Culture programme.

Date: Thursday 1st March 2018

Venue: Chamber of Commerce, Valletta

Register here by Monday 26th February 2018. Registration is free. 

For more information email [email protected]

View the full list of speakers here.


0900 Opening Session

Welcome Address, Catherine Tabone, Executive Director, Valletta 2018 Foundation

Address by Hon. Dr Deo Debattista, Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Valletta 2018

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

0915 Session 1: Participation & Inclusion

Assessing the relationship between community inclusion and space through Valletta 2018 cultural infrastructural projects, Dr Antoine Zammit

Community inclusion and accessibility in Valletta 2018, Michael Deguara

A comprehensive analysis of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme, Daniela Vella

Cultural Participation Survey & Perspectives, Adrian Debattista, Arts Council Malta

1035 Q&A

1100 Coffee break

1120 Session 2 – Valletta 2018 in Numbers

Valletta Participation Survey 2017, Josianne Galea, National Statistics Office 

The impact of Valletta 2018 on the Tourism Industry, Tania Sultana, Malta Tourism Authority

Creative Economy Report, Kevin Vella, Economic Policy Department

Creating a Career in the Cultural and Creative Industries, Adonia Dalli, Jobsplus

1240 Q&A

1300 Lunch

1400 Session 3 – The European Capital of Culture: Valletta and Beyond

Audiences’ experience of the Valletta 2018 Brand, Dr Emanuel Said

Market Data & Audience Profiling, Steve Mangion, Valletta 2018

The Assessment of Cultural Policies & Supra Regional Funding, Szilvia Nagy, LOCOP Network

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

1520 Q&A

1540 Conclusions

Following the seminar, the Valletta 2018 Foundation is collaborating with Pecha Kucha Valletta for an informal event on Friday 2nd of March, at 7,30pm (Venue: Societa La Vallette, Republic Str. Valletta, Malta).