The Maltese Islands Will Host the Under the Patronage of Unesco

For the first time under the patronage of UNESCO, the 2024 will be held to explore the Mediterranean, reflected in the theme for the biennale’s first edition: Baħar Abjad Imsaġar taż-Żebbuġ (White Sea Olive Groves) through contemporary art.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, is considered a high form of recognition for all things of artistic, historical, and cultural significance, while still in its infancy, this art festival has already garnered a strong and encouraging global response from artists and is set to become the focal cultural event of 2024 in Malta. With just one week remaining for artists to submit their proposals for participation in Malta’s largest cultural event in 2024, over 500 applications hailing from 80 states have already been received. 

Michelle Buttigieg, Malta Tourism Authority’s Representative in North America, noted that “the attraction of Malta for many visitors from the US & Canada, is still very much its 8000 years of history and its robust arts & culture scene. It is wonderful that Heritage Malta will be using its many historic sites to provide a showcase for these works of art, creating a unique and exciting platform to integrate history with culture.” is a Heritage Malta initiative through MUŻA, the Malta National Community Art Museum, in partnership with Arts Council Malta. The biennale is also presented in cooperation with the Ministries for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government, and Gozo, as well as with Visit Malta, Spazju Kreattiv, Malta Libraries, and the Valletta Cultural Agency. The biennale will unfold across Malta and Gozo, mainly within Heritage Malta’s historic sites, many of which have been declared by UNESCO as being World Heritage Sites, including Valletta, the capital, and Gozo’s Ġgantija. will be opening its doors from the 11th of March 2024 until May 2024 and will be officially inaugurated by the President of Malta, his Excellency Dr. George Vella.

In her letter, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay expressed how UNESCO’s aims are perfectly reflected in’s dialogue between Mediterranean art and cultures.

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