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At first glance, they have little in common: Friesland and Malta. Still, Leeuwarden-Friesland and the Maltese capital Valletta, both European Capitals of Culture in 2018, have a lot in common. Reason enough to bridge the 2,018 kilometres between them and to start a series of beautiful collaborations.

Just like Friesland, Malta is bilingual –  Maltese and English are the official languages of the island. Valletta is also involving the entire region in Capital of Culture activities. And while ‘mienskip’ (community) is our overarching theme, Valletta2018 is using the motto of ‘Festa’ to involve the communities of all three Maltese islands of Malta, Comino and Gozo in the programme.

Projects in 2018
The connection with Valletta will be sought out in many Frisian projects in 2018. These include the Poetic Potatoes project – a multilingual poetry collection with poems by Maltese and Frisian poets, and students from D'Drive of the Friesland College and the Maltese MCast will help with the production of Opera Spanga’s Aida. In 2018, this opera will be performed in Friesland and in the Teatre Rjul in Valletta.

Maltese children and children from Leeuwarden will participate together in the film project Look@Me, and the Maltese director and choreographer Ruben Zahra will put together a real children’s opera with pupils from the Atrium in Sneek and schools from Leeuwarden. Explore the North will also get a touch of Malta, with the unique sound experience of Quintessence. Finally, we’re going for a record attempt: in the summer of 2018 both Capitals of Culture want to break the record for the world’s largest crochet blanket together.

More information
A comprehensive description of the collaborative projects is shown below. Do you want more information about other activities taking place in Valletta in 2018? Check out