Watch: Keeping the Christmas spirit alive in Valletta

Although this Christmas is going to be different than usual, the Valletta Cultural Agency has found a way to still make Valletta have a festive atmosphere… in a safe way.

Newsbook.com.mt spoke to VCA Head of Programming and Production Joanne Attard Mallia who said that Christmas in the City is made up of a programme of events for the coming weeks which are planned to liven up the city.

The Valletta Cultural Agency’s Christmas programme includes small and medium events in several places including Pjazza de Valette, Freedom Square, Republic Street, Great Siege Square, St George’s Square, is-Suq and Strada Stretta, and of course, the Christmas lights and tree. Attard Mallia explained that the VCA is making sure that all restrictions imposed by the Public Health Department are being followed.

“We have had to create a programme that brings art back into the city in the safest way possible. That is our first priority,” Attard Mallia says, “At the same time, we don’t want to lose the feeling that this is a period we all love and enjoy. Christmas has always had a special place in the heart of the Maltese and the Valletta residents, and we wanted to make sure that a little bit of normality remains in this very abnormal situation that we are all facing.”

The VCA’s Christmas Programme will take place from the 8th till the 24th December in the main squares, strategic locations and the quaint streets of Valletta while Christmas lights and decorations can continue to be enjoyed throughout the first weerk of January.

The events programme, which may be accessed here, includes live music, puppet shows and films.

Furthermore, also from the 8th till the 24th December, ‘Blind Date with a Book’ will provide wrapped books in telephone booths as gifts for passers-by. This is part of a global initiative promoting literature. This initiative will continue to raise awareness and appreciation of Maltese literature and writers.

More information on Christmas in the City may be obtained from the VCA website and Facebook page. To book for the events, you may email: info@vca.gov.mt. Limited places are available. Tickets are free of charge.

This episode was made possible through a grant by the Valletta Cultural Agency