PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

This year of celebrations will be a unique opportunity to bring to the fore and explore Europe’s rich cultural diversity and a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how to preserve this for future generations � Minister Owen Bonnici

Throughout 2018, Europe is celebrating its diverse cultural heritage across Europe. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage.

For Malta, this coincides with the year in which Valletta holds the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture, a year during which culture is being given a higher priority both on an EU and local level.

To mark this important year in the cultural sphere, several activities and events will be organised.

The Maltese islands definitely have a myriad of treasures when it comes to cultural heritage. Our obligation and objective is for the public to have access to them as we firmly believe in this sector and its very positive outcomes, said Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici during the launch of a number of events pertaining to the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

During the past number of years, we strived to restore several iconic buildings and cultural sites in order to safeguard them and be enjoyed by everyone. Over the past five years, the Government has increased the budget in all cultural sectors from Euros 27 million in 2013 to Euros 70 million this year. These figures exclude EU-funded projects from which we benefitted a total of Euros 41 million over the five-year period between 2013-2017, Minister Bonnici continued.

A primary initiative which is being undertaken throughout Europe is to ensure that we encourage young people to explore Europe’s traditions and treasures.

In fact, one of the activities is aimed at students in secondary schools. Students are encouraged to discover more and explore Malta and Gozo’s cultural heritage by doing a project on any aspect of cultural heritage. Therefore, we are encouraging all local schools to participate through projects on cultural heritage prepared by its students.

All projects will be displayed in an exhibition to be organised in November. What the students will discover about our cultural heritage will be published in a book.

Another activity which is being announced is a national photographic competition. The theme of the competition is: ‘Our Heritage: Where the past meets the future’.

For both competitions, there are several prizes to be won. Other activities are planned throughout the year.

Individuals and societies are also encouraged to be part of this celebration. Any event which is organised with the aim to reinforce our sense of belonging to our and Europe’s cultural heritage may carry the logo of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, as endorsed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

Several local cultural heritage events (including passion plays, exhibitions, traditional feasts, theatrical plays, Maltese songs, etc.) which are organised throughout the year can be part of this celebration and earn this prestigious logo.

Source: Government of Malta

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

This year of celebrations will be a unique opportunity to bring to the fore and explore Europe’s rich cultural diversity and a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how to preserve this for future generations � Minister Owen Bonnici

Throughout 2018, Europe is celebrating its diverse cultural heritage across Europe. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage.

For Malta, this coincides with the year in which Valletta holds the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture, a year during which culture is being given a higher priority both on an EU and local level.

To mark this important year in the cultural sphere, several activities and events will be organised.

The Maltese islands definitely have a myriad of treasures when it comes to cultural heritage. Our obligation and objective is for the public to have access to them as we firmly believe in this sector and its very positive outcomes, said Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici during the launch of a number of events pertaining to the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

During the past number of years, we strived to restore several iconic buildings and cultural sites in order to safeguard them and be enjoyed by everyone. Over the past five years, the Government has increased the budget in all cultural sectors from Euros 27 million in 2013 to Euros 70 million this year. These figures exclude EU-funded projects from which we benefitted a total of Euros 41 million over the five-year period between 2013-2017, Minister Bonnici continued.

A primary initiative which is being undertaken throughout Europe is to ensure that we encourage young people to explore Europe’s traditions and treasures.

In fact, one of the activities is aimed at students in secondary schools. Students are encouraged to discover more and explore Malta and Gozo’s cultural heritage by doing a project on any aspect of cultural heritage. Therefore, we are encouraging all local schools to participate through projects on cultural heritage prepared by its students.

All projects will be displayed in an exhibition to be organised in November. What the students will discover about our cultural heritage will be published in a book.

Another activity which is being announced is a national photographic competition. The theme of the competition is: ‘Our Heritage: Where the past meets the future’.

For both competitions, there are several prizes to be won. Other activities are planned throughout the year.

Individuals and societies are also encouraged to be part of this celebration. Any event which is organised with the aim to reinforce our sense of belonging to our and Europe’s cultural heritage may carry the logo of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, as endorsed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

Several local cultural heritage events (including passion plays, exhibitions, traditional feasts, theatrical plays, Maltese songs, etc.) which are organised throughout the year can be part of this celebration and earn this prestigious logo.

Source: Government of Malta

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

This year of celebrations will be a unique opportunity to bring to the fore and explore Europe’s rich cultural diversity and a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how to preserve this for future generations � Minister Owen Bonnici

Throughout 2018, Europe is celebrating its diverse cultural heritage across Europe. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage.

For Malta, this coincides with the year in which Valletta holds the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture, a year during which culture is being given a higher priority both on an EU and local level.

To mark this important year in the cultural sphere, several activities and events will be organised.

The Maltese islands definitely have a myriad of treasures when it comes to cultural heritage. Our obligation and objective is for the public to have access to them as we firmly believe in this sector and its very positive outcomes, said Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici during the launch of a number of events pertaining to the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

During the past number of years, we strived to restore several iconic buildings and cultural sites in order to safeguard them and be enjoyed by everyone. Over the past five years, the Government has increased the budget in all cultural sectors from Euros 27 million in 2013 to Euros 70 million this year. These figures exclude EU-funded projects from which we benefitted a total of Euros 41 million over the five-year period between 2013-2017, Minister Bonnici continued.

A primary initiative which is being undertaken throughout Europe is to ensure that we encourage young people to explore Europe’s traditions and treasures.

In fact, one of the activities is aimed at students in secondary schools. Students are encouraged to discover more and explore Malta and Gozo’s cultural heritage by doing a project on any aspect of cultural heritage. Therefore, we are encouraging all local schools to participate through projects on cultural heritage prepared by its students.

All projects will be displayed in an exhibition to be organised in November. What the students will discover about our cultural heritage will be published in a book.

Another activity which is being announced is a national photographic competition. The theme of the competition is: ‘Our Heritage: Where the past meets the future’.

For both competitions, there are several prizes to be won. Other activities are planned throughout the year.

Individuals and societies are also encouraged to be part of this celebration. Any event which is organised with the aim to reinforce our sense of belonging to our and Europe’s cultural heritage may carry the logo of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, as endorsed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

Several local cultural heritage events (including passion plays, exhibitions, traditional feasts, theatrical plays, Maltese songs, etc.) which are organised throughout the year can be part of this celebration and earn this prestigious logo.

Source: Government of Malta