Unique citytrips to Valletta

Find on this website unique citytrips to Valletta, cultural capital of Europe in 2018. The perfect moment to discover that unknown gem of the Mediterranean Sea.

Introduction

The honorary consul general of Malta welcomes you

Press conference

The Antwerp Consulate-General held a press conference on Tuesday 21 November about Valletta 2018.

H.E. Ray Azzopardi, the Maltese Ambassador, started with a speech about the importance of culture in Europe:
“I do believe that we have to focus harder on our shared cultural history. Because this reminds Europeans of a great past where world-leading artists lived and worked. Whose music, sculptures, paintings and buildings still inspire people everyday. But it also reminds us of the difficulties we conquered. To treasure our culture is to treasure the European peace that now lasts for more than 70 years.”

Dr. Ann Laenen, visiting professor of the University of Malta introduced the official program.

Unknown gem in the Mediterranean Sea.

Malta is a small island full of history with a pleasant and warm climate. Every great civilisation left its traces, what the Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs did. There are even megalithic structures of more than three thousand years of age. But it were the knights of the Order of Malta who brought the country a blossoming economical and cultural life in the seventeenth and eighteenth century.

This makes Malta an interesting destination for a citytrip, just a 2.5 hour flight away from Brussels.

Valletta

Valletta is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and has numerous of pittoresk streets and squares. The history of the city starts in the sixteenth century when the hospital knights wanted to build an enforced settlement as a defence against the Ottoman army.

The city’s grid plan still defines its current experience. Valletta’s houses and buildings often have a baroque or neoclassical architecture. The yellow sandstone give a warm glow and make sure you are feeling on a holiday. But there is also some contemporary architecture: the new parliament was designed by Renzo Piano, who also is the architect of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

The skyline of Valletta is dominated by the big dome of the Basilica of Our Lady. But the most beautiful church is the Saint-James-co-cathedral. Inside there are extraordinary pieces of art like the Beheading of John the Baptist by Caravaggio.

Order of Malta

You think knights are for fairytales, but in Malta they really existed! The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta are they called, and they still exist today.

In 1530 they were granted the island by Emperor Charles V and they kept power until the French occupation in 1798. Now the Order is an international sovereign power but without any territory.

Did you know that the Order of Malta can issue its own passports, coins and postage stamps?

In the picture:
Orfeo & Majnun

Orfeo & Majnun is a music-theatre project during Valletta 2018 in which east and west meet. The performance tells the Greek myth of Orfeo and Euridyce and the Middle-Eastern legend of Leyla & Majnun.

The local community participates in the choir, on stage or during the creative process.

Orfeo & Majnun is a collaboration between the Brussels opera house La Monnaie, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Wiener Konzerthaus, Operadagen Rotterdam, Santa Maria de Feira in Portugal and the Krakaw Festival Office.

Stay informed

On this website you will soon discover the various possibilities to travel to Malta during Valletta 2018.
Various programs will be offered for group trips or custom trips. Each program will include a mix of local culture and events during Valletta 2018.

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