The Valletta 2018 Foundation is the body responsible for Valletta’s journey towards the title of European Capital of Culture in 2018.  The Foundation was responsible for the bidding process starting with the pre-selection phase in January 2012, final selection in October 2012 and the official declaration by the Council of Ministers in May 2013.  Looking ahead, the Foundation is responsible for the implementation of Valletta’s bid for the title. 


Critically, The Valletta 2018 Foundation provides a firm backbone to the evolution of Valletta 2018. It has strong buy-in from a range of important stakeholders and a sound, transparent governance structure; both aspects essential to seeing Valletta 2018 become a successful, sustainable reality.  

Who is The Valletta 2018 Foundation?

The V18 Foundation is currently led by a Board of Governors consisting of ten members.  

These are: 

  • Mr Jason Micallef : The Chair of the Inter-Ministerial Commission (IMC ECoC), who also serves as the Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Governors;
  • Prof. Alexiei Dingli : The Mayor of the City of Valletta, who is also a co-founder of the Foundation;
  • Dr Marc Sant : The President of the Association of Local Councils, who is also a co-founder of the Foundation;
  • Mr Albert Marshall : The Chair of the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts;
  • Mr David Curmi : The President of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry;
  • Prof. Juanito Camilleri : The Rector of the University of Malta;
  • Mr Stephen Cachia : MCAST Principle;
  • Mr Douglas Salt : in own personal capacity;
  • Mr Stephen Xuereb : in own personal capacity;
  • Dr Carmen Sammut : in own personal capacity;
Each has been appointed with a specific role to play as well as for its ability to act as a focal point for various sectors and groups, and to ensure strong coordination among fellow board members and with the public. 

What roles are we talking about?

As the Valletta 2018 bid includes all local councils in Malta and Gozo, the board sees, for example, representation from the Association of Local Councils as essential to ensuring smooth coordination of V.18 among some 67 localities.  

The University of Malta is to act as a strong research arm to monitor the bid and year against its vision and objectives over the next six years and more.  While a key role of the Malta Chamber of Commerce is to involve the business community in V.18 not just as a partner or sponsor but also as an active participant in developing an innovative programme for the year.   

All members have similarly vital roles to play on the Board, distinct but collaborative. 

The Foundation is to:  

Enable social, economic, cultural and environmental changes that will make Valletta a great city.  In doing so, the Foundation outlines four key objectives: 

  • To transform Valletta into a creative city
  • To improve the quality of life in Valletta through culture
  • To stimulate awareness of Malta’s cultural identities and
  • To drive collaboration and excellence in culture and the arts in Malta.