UNESCO Grants Patronage to Malta Biennale Art

UNESCO has granted its patronage to Malta Biennale Art, which will be held in Malta for the first time in 2024. UNESCO’s patronage is considered as a high form of recognition for this art festival, which has already garnered a strong and encouraging global response from artists.

Through contemporary art, the event will be investigating the Mediterranean, reflected in the theme for the biennale’s first edition: Baħar Abjad Imsaġar taż-Żebbuġ (White Sea Olive Groves). The biennale will unfold across Malta and Gozo, mainly within Heritage Malta’s historic sites, many of which have been declared by UNESCO as being World Heritage Sites, including Valletta, the capital, and Gozo’s Ġgantija.

Malta Biennale Art will be held from March 11 to May 31, 2024. With just one week remaining for artists to submit their proposals for participation in Malta’s largest cultural event in 2024, over 500 applications hailing from 80 states have already been received.

Malta Biennale Art will be officially inaugurated by Dr. George Vella, the president of Malta. The event is a Heritage Malta initiative through MUŻA, the Malta National Community Art Museum, in partnership with Arts Council Malta. The biennale is also presented in cooperation with the Ministries for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government, and Gozo, as well as with Visit Malta, Spazju Kreattiv, Malta Libraries and the Valletta Cultural Agency.

Michelle Buttigieg, Malta Tourism Authority’s representative North America, noted that “the attraction of Malta for many visitors from the U.S. & Canada, is still very much its 8,000 years of history and its robust arts & culture scene. It is wonderful that Heritage Malta will be using its many historic sites to provide a showcase for these works of art, creating a unique and exciting platform to integrate history with culture.”

For more information, visit www.maltabiennale.art.

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