Chichester Friends of Valletta group to celebrate measures to safeguard cultural heritage of Malta

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A Chichester-based group will discuss plans to celebrate the fact that Malta will become the 173rd country to sign a UNESCO Convention that aims at safeguarding cultural heritage.

Chichester Council has a friendship link with Valletta, the capital of Malta, stretching back to 2010, with the idea being to promote good relations and visits between the two cities.

Maltese culture minister Owen Bonnici has hailed the move as one that will allow Malta to “join a club of countries who have the right to propose aspects of their culture for global recognition”.

Now the Chichester group, The Friends of Valetta, will meet next month to discuss plans to mark the convention, which will allow aspects of Maltese culture, such as the language and village feasts, to benefit from UNESCO recognition as part of the global cultural heritage.

Secretary Rachael Osborne said: “The Friends of Valletta committee will meet in May to finalise details of how we will celebrate the safeguarding of cultural heritage in Malta.”

Friends of Valletta offers members the opportunity to find out more about Malta and its rich culture and visit the country with like-minded people. New members of all ages are always welcome. For further information or to join, contact:

Rachael Osborne
6 Homestead Road
Chichester PO19 6DA
Tel: 01243 527834
Email: [email protected]

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