Valletta 2018 has invested strongly in a programme for the European City of Culture year that sees the involvement of around 1000 local and international artists, curators, artist collectives, performers, workshop leaders, writers, designers, choirs and film-makers.

While a number of international artists are collaborating with locals throughout the 2018 programme, Maltese artists are travelling to the twin European Capital of Culture Leeuwarden in the Netherlands as well as other cities in Cyprus, Japan, Poland and Greece.

The 2018 programme is based on a direct investment of €10 million in the cultural sector. At the centre of the 2018 programme are several infrastructure projects designed to evolve and expand well beyond 2018. Among these are MUŻA, the Valletta Design Cluster, Is-Suq tal-Belt and Strait Street.