Watch: “I just couldn’t be party to anything connected to V18”

Lizzie Eldridge has been vociferous in calling for the murderers of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia to be brought to justice. The playwright, novelist and actress, who has made Malta her home for several years, is also a member of activist group Occupy Justice.

Ms Eldridge told Newsbook.com.mt that she was selected to write a play for Valletta 2018 a few months before Caruana Galizia was killed.

“Since then, we’ve had the hijacking of the City of Culture by the politicians and, most particularly, the Chairman of V18, Jason Micallef, who mocked the final words of the assassinated journalist in a terrible and cruel way… so I’ve now come to a position where having been pleased to be contributing to the City of Culture, I now want nothing whatsoever to do with it,” she said.

In a social media post on Facebook in March, Mr Micallef had echoed Caruana Galizia’s final words – “There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate” – saying: “St Patrick’s Day in Malta. The situation is desperate. There are happy people everywhere you look.”

A number of MEPs, international writers and local artistes have called for Mr Micallef’s resignation as Chairman of V18. In addition, officials from Leeuwarden, which also holds the title of European Capital of Culture this year, decided not to send any representatives to Valletta until V18 distances itself from Mr Micallef’s comments.

Ironically, Ms Eldridge’s play, ‘Friefet Bojod’ (‘White Butterflies’) is about corruption. It will take place at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta and various other locations as part of the Valletta 2018 events. Ms Eldridge will not be attending any of the performances in protest.