About 15 municipalities and organisations from around Europe are participating in an EU programme in which they exchange their cultural experiences. Together with the Safi locality, these are from Germany, Italy, Estonia and Bulgaria and these are currently in Malta to enable projects that will benefit their localities.
The Futura Project supported by EU Funds is seeing the participation of scores of people from various localities including Sicily, Spain, Germany and Hungary related to their diverse cultures.
Safi, as Malta’s representative, is participating in the project and organised the fifth conference in the series. The Mayor of Villafranca Tirrena, Matteo de Marco, said that a lot of beneficial outcome for their localities has resulted from the conference.
“La cultura puo essere un buon lano interessantissimo di creare sviluppo e riccezza u potenzialità che abbiamo culturale, siti e generosita’ e accolienza”.
Culture is an interesting manner for the development of culture and its potential riches for localities and for generosity and understanding.
Safi Mayor, Johan Mula, said that through this project Malta has promoted itself as an ideal tourist destination to the attendant countries because of the wealth of its cultural heritage.
He said ideas have been exchanged between the different cultures to help strengthen relationships and cooperation and yield Erasmus projects for the benefit of residents in all the localities.
The Minister for Culture, Owen Bonnici, said the Government is investing a lot of resources in the country’s heritage to strengthen the country’s national identity as well as to reinforce its attraction to tourists by offering a distinct product even in areas that are removed from normally popular tourist zones. He explained the investment includes restoration works on monuments, niches and chapels. He mentioned the Heritage Passport Scheme which has resulted in enabling over 100,000 persons to visit historical sites free of charge. This, he said, is a scheme of commitment to enable children and adults to appreciate the country’s cultural heritage.