Study visit for experiences in one of the cultural capitals of Europe this year

The delegation from Győr visited Malta to see the programs

Those who contributed to the application for the Cultural Capital of Europe in Győr visited Valletta in Malta for an exchange of experiences. The delegation had talks with the local organizers and the mayor of Malta’s capital as well.

Members of the Győr delegation included deputy mayor Dr Dávid Fekete, deputy mayor Ákos Radnóti, authors of the artistic concept of the application Kata Borsa and Kálmán Pál, Győr 2023 coordinator Annamária Rácz and Bettina Vazsinka, municipality official responsible for tourism.

The delegation explored the city of Valletta, and researched the programs, impressions and impact of the title Cultural Capital of Europe on the everyday life of the city. They also assessed the condition of infrastructural projects. The delegation also visited the island of Gozo, as the application of Malta comprised both Valletta and the island of Gozo in the Cultural Capital of Europe Project (CCEP).

Members of the Győr delegation had talks with the local organizational committee, the research coordinator of the Valletta 2018 Foundation, Graziella Vella. They discussed questions related to the organizational committee. The coordinator of the Foundation presented the members of the organizational committee, and she emphasized the significance of the four infrastructural project in the framework of the CCEP.

The delegation from Győr also met the mayor of Valletta, who presented the preparations, programs, expected outcomes and challenges of the large-scale project from another perspective. The mayor answered the questions of the Hungarian delegations sincerely, talking about the challenges of the CCEP and what negative impact winning the title may have, while he also pointed out the positive aspects. He proposed that when the second application is compiled, Győr must concentrate on current affairs in 2023, in the year of the CCEP, and they should also include programs in the application which are not only in place during the year of the CCEP, but may continue later.

The cooperation of the Győr delegation with the organizational committee in Malta will continue in the future as well. They could provide lots of useful information concerning the preparation phase, and they also promised to find the person in charge in the organizational committee of Valletta who can help in specific questions during the project.