East Region named Cultural Region for 2024: Celebrating Heritage and Diversity
On the 28th of August 2024, the Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government has officially declared the Eastern Region the designated Cultural Region for 2024. With an allocation of a quarter of a million euros, the Eastern Region and its local councils are poised to host various cultural activities throughout the upcoming year. The announcement was made jointly by Minister Owen Bonnici and Parliamentary Secretary Alison Zerafa Civelli.
Minister Owen Bonnici lauded this initiative as an investment in cultural activities and the talented artists and creatives within the Eastern Region. “The Eastern Region will be the second to embark on the cultural calendar journey, following the Southern Region’s successful implementation this year,” said Minister Bonnici.
Parliamentary Secretary Alison Zerafa Civelli acknowledged the triumph of this program in the Southern Region and emphasised its role in fostering a deeper appreciation for Maltese culture. “The Cultural Regions scheme continues to bolster the promotion of cultural heritage in localities nationwide. We eagerly anticipate the Eastern Region’s cultural calendar for the upcoming year,” added Parliamentary Secretary Civelli.
Joyce Dimech, Permanent Secretary, outlined how the Cultural Regions Scheme is a tangible manifestation of the cultural strategies launched last December in the six regions. She expressed gratitude to all stakeholders and collaborators involved in this transformative project.
Anthony Chircop, President of the Eastern Regional Council, spoke about the significance of the Cultural Region title in showcasing the unique identity of the Eastern Region. “We are dedicated to enacting enduring initiatives with active community participation. Our cultural program will honour our historical roots and traditions while celebrating the diverse heritage that forms our foundation. We will champion diversity and underline the unity that binds generations and cultures,” elucidated Mr. Chircop.
The localities encompassed by the Eastern Region that will participate in the Cultural Region include Birkirkara, Pembroke, Swieqi, Pietà, Għargħur, Ħal Lija, Msida, Ta’ Xbiex, San Ġiljan, Sliema, Iklin, and the Island.
The year 2024 promises to be a vibrant celebration of heritage, creativity, and unity as the Eastern Region embraces its role as the Cultural Region, contributing to the legacy of Maltese culture for generations to come.