Other European Capitals of Culture

V.18 has a clear message for its counterpart candidate and designated European Capitals of Culture: we are an ‘Environment of Exchange’, open to collaboration with you right from the start of our own ECoC journey.

On account of our geography, Malta has for centuries been an important place for exchange and a playground for European ideas.  Valletta itself is a city that is a symbol of Europe meeting its Mediterranean dimension.  Malta’s marked history of close ties with Europe is inspirational for today’s artistic collaborations. We are encouraged to open up our horizons and develop current and new partnerships. 

V.18 gives us all opportunities to do more 

Valletta’s European Capital of Culture year aims to be a flagship initiative to reflect on Europe’s identity and its cultural links. To fulfill this ambition, we’re seeking to involve cultural operators, communities and organisations from Europe as well as the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean. 

Re-discovering Valletta as a place for exchange and a laboratory for the fusion of diverse European ideas is an exciting prospect for V.18. To achieve this, we intend to strengthen direct links with external actors and will identify specific organisations in relation to each of our eight Themes.

Collaborative workshops, residencies, debate and joint cultural platforms are all areas for us to explore together.  Here are just some initiatives to think about: 

  • We can share stages within, for example, the programme of the annual Malta Arts Festival or Malta International Jazz Festival; 
  • We can identify shared traditions and historic narratives, such as in carnival celebrations or in tracing the paths of the Knights of St John; 
  • We can work on contemporary themes drawing on virtual and social networks; and 
  • We can think too about common issues that face many ECoCs such as those of diversity,  inclusion and migration. 


ECoC Netherlands 2018

Valletta may be sharing the 2018 ECoC title with a city from the Netherlands. An essential part of our ECoC experience is to forge links with our European counterparts in a bid to achieve the best possible level of exchange and achievement.  We are collaborating actively with various Netherlands’ ECoC candidate cities, having established contact with Utrecht back in 2006.

As there are few apparent common aspects between Malta and the Netherlands, V18 wishes to understand and appreciate better our differences and make use of them in a bid to show how two distinct cities and countries can work together harmoniously, breaking new ground by exchanging cultural practices and experiences. Diversity should not be an obstacle for V18, but should serve as an opportunity to create a more vibrant cultural programme.  

Find out more about ECoC candidates in the Netherlands.