Valletta has passed the first selection phase, as a prospective European Capital of Culture for 2018. The chairman of the evaluation panel, Manfred Gaulhofer, announced that the jury was “pleased with Valletta’s bid and was confident the city would live up to its obligations.”
If Valletta makes it through the final phase in nine months’ time, it will share the year with a Dutch city to be chosen next year. ARTidea is currently working on an exciting ICT project to be developed with Malta in the second phase of the bid.
The independent jury has issued a number of recommendations and in nine months’ time, a delegation of four people, made up of two Maltese and two international experts, will pay a one-day visit to Valletta to see how things are progressing. The final selection will be made after that.