Valletta Green Festival raises awareness about dangers of single-use plastic

DOI / Jeremy Wonnacott

The Valletta Green Festival has transformed one of the largest urban open spaces in Valletta, St George’s Square with a colourful floral installation constructed from 190,000 potted plants containing a message that raises awareness about the dangers of single-use plastic to our planet.

The infiorata this year uses flowers to depict the beauty of our land and sea, and waste collected from around the island to depict the harsh reality of the pollution we create and live with day by day.

A more environmentally-conscious method

DOI / Jeremy Wonnacott

The sixth edition of the festival was opened this morning in Valletta by Minister for Culture  Owen Bonnici, Minister for the Environment, José Herrera, Valletta Cultural Agency Chairman Jason Micallef, and ELC Chairman Peter Calamatta.

Bonnici stated, “this is one of the events which form part of the Valletta 2018 legacy. This festival is well received and loved by the members of the public, especially since it creates awareness on the fact that art and culture can truly be found in many different aspects and elements around us.”

Valletta Cultural Agency Chairman Jason Micallef said, “the Valletta Cultural Agency is carrying on the legacy of the Valletta 2018 Foundation, starting with our first project which is always met with much excitement, the Valletta Green Festival. This year, we adopted a more environmentally-conscious method by using flowers in the infiorata, but also plastic which has been collected from our seas to show the impact it has on our environment.”

Various stands disseminating information by NGOs, WasteServ Malta Ltd, the Environmental Landscaping Consortium (ELC), the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) and Ambjent Malta will be present throughout the duration of the festival.

“ERA will be raising awareness on air quality; on the illegal trade of endangered species; marine life; marine litter; invasive alien species and biodiversity, amongst other things. Wasteserv’s stand will be focusing mainly on the Sort It Out campaign including the organic waste collection and the Blue Islands Project. Ambjent Malta will raise awareness on trees and shrubs; the various ongoing projects of valley management and afforestation projects”, said Minister Herrera.

On Saturday 11th May, local band SterjoTipi will be performing; starting in Freedom Square at 10.00 am and travelling down Republic Street to finish in style at St George’s Square with a lively performance.

The festival, a project of the newly launched Valletta Cultural Agency (VCA), and a Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme legacy project, runs until Sunday 12th May at 8.30pm.

After the end of the festival, the potted plants will be donated to local communities and the remaining plastic pots will be returned to ELC for reuse to cut down on plastic waste.