Valletta 2018 legacy will come from infrastructural projects - Jason Micallef
The legacy of Valletta 2018 as the EU’s Capital of Culture would come from infrastructural projects – many of which had languished for years, Valletta 2018 Foundation chairman Jason Micallef told Times of Malta.
During a recent Times Talk interview, Mr Micallef said that although some of the projects had been planned for years, the looming deadline of 2018 provided impetus to finally get them done and dusted.
The foundation has commissioned the National Statistics Office to survey the actual impact of the year-long activities, which end on Saturday. The survey is expected to look at the amount of money spent as well as the attendance figures for the events.
When Malta submitted its Capital of Culture bid in 2012, it pledged to spend €48 million on the event, of which 50% would go towards programming, 33% on administration and 10-15% on communications. The programme covers the period 2012-2020 and was agreed with the European Commission and its team of experts.
The programme included 400 events in Valletta and Gozo featuring over 1,000 people, from artists to workshop leaders. Some events which were already on the cultural calendar, such as Notte Bianca and the Jazz Festival,...