Bank of Valletta has won the honour for cultural promoters during the third edition of Il-Premju għall-Arti, the national arts awards that celebrates the achievements of the cultural and creative sectors.
The award was virtually presented to BOV Chairman Deo Scerri during a live-streaming event that was held in line with current health authority directives with the intervention of all the winners, Minister for Local Heritage, Arts and Local Government Jose Herrera and hosted by Ray Calleja, Artistic Director of Premju għall-Arti.
During his intervention, the BOV Chairman stressed that Bank of Valletta has always aspired to go beyond being the financial services provider of choice of the Maltese community but has strived to be a very active citizen within the community in which it operates.
“Bank of Valletta gives significant support to the development of the Maltese community and we are very proud of our extensive Corporate Social Responsibility programme that encompasses a wide range of areas that receive the Bank’s support,” said Mr Scerri, “With a presence in almost every town and village in Malta, we work hand-in-hand with the Maltese and Gozitan community for the present and future generations.”
“We were part of many prestigious projects throughout the years, with the operas at the Manoel Theatre and the Astra and Aurora Theatres at the forefront and the BOV series of Retrospective Art Exhibitions which celebrate Malta’s most prominent artists which has now reached 27 editions,’ continued Mr Scerri, “These complement the restoration projects such as the Christ the Redeemer statue in Floriana and Grandmaster Wignacourt’s coat of arms as part of BOV’s Millennium Project.”
“More recent projects include the restorations of Mattia Preti’s painting of St Lawrence in Birgu, the Giuseppe Cali’ works at St Dominic’s Church in Valletta and Emvin Cremona’s works at Ta’ Pinu in Gozo. A recent project we are really proud of is the restoration of the miraculous crucifix of Ta’ Giezu in Valletta which was completed very recently,” concluded the BOV Chairman.
The BOV Chairman concluded by expressing his thanks to the Arts Council Malta and reiterated that this success stems from the bank’s active involvement in Malta and Gozo’s community.