Valletta, built during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem was not only a powerful fort, but also a strong point of culture, economy and politics. Embellished at the height of the baroque period, Valletta rose to become a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen.
The Valletta International Baroque Festival has been conceived purposely as a celebration of this baroque identity of Valletta. More importantly, an international festival like this forthcoming third edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival will continue to not only confirm and enhance Valletta’s prestige, but will also show Europe that this small historic outpost in the Mediterranean has over the centuries played a vital role in European history.
Centering around the Manoel Theatre one of the oldest theatres in Europe the Festival will also extend to the magnificence of St John’s Co-Cathedral, the atmospheric Valletta churches, the splendid Grandmasters’ Palace and other baroque edifices. With two very important events on the horizon namely the EU Presidency in 2017 and the European Capital of Culture the following year, plans for the Valletta International Baroque Festival are not only long-term but also ambitious. No stone has been left unturned in securing some of the best contemporary Baroque exponents of the moment, both from the international sphere as well as locally.
Finally, the high caliber program that has been put together for the Valletta International Baroque Festival 2015 should not only give this festival the international status that it deserves but also extend the Baroque map of Europe to Malta.
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