PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Valletta’s title as European Capital of Culture celebrated in Florence, Italy through the exhibition ‘Valletta Capitale d’Europa’

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici and Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Valletta 2018 Deo Debattista visited the exhibition Valletta Capitale d’Europa, at the Palazzo Vecchio’s Sala dei Gigli in Florence. This exhibition, celebrating Valletta’s 2018 European Capital of Culture title in Italy, is showcasing Malta maps from the national cartographic collection and includes two of the Camocio Siege Maps that have just made it to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

It is clear that our cultural heritage attracts a wide international audience and our strategy builds on this, we always strive to engage in fruitful international collaborations to showcase what our country has to offer. Exhibitions like this serve as an opportunity to encourage and strengthen exchanges with other countries in Europe and beyond whilst promoting our country’s rich, diverse history, Minister Bonnici said.

The aim of this exhibition is to present Malta’s capital as an essentially Mediterranean city with a strong European character. We want to underline the strategic importance of Valletta and its fortifications, designed and executed in compliance with the architectural principles devised and elaborated by famous Italian military engineers at the time of the Renaissance and the artistic movements that emerged, such as Mannerism and Baroque, Deo Debattista added.

Heritage Malta CEO Noel Zammit said, The Valletta Capitale d’Europa exhibition is another excellent opportunity for the agency to increase its international profile. This is all part of our strategy to further promote Heritage Malta’s sites and museums with a wider international market.

This is a joint initiative between Heritage Malta and the Maltese Embassy in Rome in collaboration with the Comune di Firenze under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister. A return exhibition sealing this twinning project between Valletta and Florence will be hosted later this year in Malta as part of Heritage Malta’s cultural, artistic, and events programme for the second half of 2018.

Source: Government of Malta