The Malta Independent 25 May 2024, Saturday
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Victoria 2031 Foundation officially registered, to lead Gozo’s bid for European City of Culture 2031

Tuesday, 23 April 2024, 17:34 Last update: about 1 month ago

The Gozo Regional Council has announced the official registration of the Victoria 2031 Foundation, marking a significant milestone in Gozo's cultural development. 

Completed on April 3, 2024, this crucial step enables the foundation to commence its mission to spearhead Gozo's bid for the prestigious title of European City of Culture 2031, the regional council said in a statement. 

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“Formed with the vision of harnessing Gozo's rich cultural tapestry, the Victoria 2031 Foundation is committed to creating a bid that reflects the aspirations and values of the entire community. Recognizing the importance of inclusivity, the foundation will engage stakeholders, organizations, and the public through participatory processes and extensive research,” the regional council said. 

"We are thrilled to announce the registration of the Victoria 2031 Foundation, a pivotal moment in Gozo's cultural journey towards the European Capital of Culture 2031" said Dr. Samuel Azzopardi, President of the Gozo Region. "Our mission is to showcase the vibrant heritage of Gozo while fostering unity and creativity within our community." 

The foundation boasts a distinguished panel of members, including esteemed representatives from various sectors: 

Supervisory Council: John Borg, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Gozo and Planning; Rita Mifsud Attard, Executive Secretary to the Gozo Regional Council; Miriam Attard, Executive Secretary to the Victoria Local Council; and John Buttigieg, Accountant. 

Governors: Samuel Azzopardi (Chairman/Founder), President of the Gozo Regional Council; Josef Schembri (Vice-chairman Founder), Mayor of Rabat Citta’ Victoria Local Council; Maria Frendo; Daniel Borg, CEO of the Gozo Business Chamber; Alfred Camilleri; Stephen Cini; and Charlie Hili. 

The foundation's primary objective is to craft a compelling bid book, showcasing Gozo's cultural heritage, creativity, and potential. The first draft of the bid book is scheduled for submission in October 2024, marking the commencement of its evaluation process. Gozo will compete with Birgu, one of Malta's three cities, in this prestigious endeavour. 

The European Capitals of Culture initiative, established in 1985, aims to celebrate the richness and diversity of European cultures while fostering city development and international cooperation. Over 60 cities across the European Union and beyond have been awarded this esteemed title, leading to significant cultural, social, and economic benefits.

As Gozo embarks on this transformative journey, the Victoria 2031 Foundation invites all stakeholders and community members to participate actively and contribute to shaping a vibrant cultural future for the island.

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