Valletta, Host City
Valletta is the capital city of Malta. The history of Malta is intrinsically link to Valletta. Today Valletta houses more than 320 monuments in an area of 55 hectares, making it one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.
These monuments encapsulate every aspect of the civil, religious, artistic and military functions of its founders. Commissioned by Fra' Jean Parisot de Valette a French nobleman and the 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta Valletta was built by the Knights of St John. It is a fortified city located on a peninsula overlooking two of the finest natural harbours in the Mediterranean.
The meeting of the General Assembly of the International Federation of Arts Councils & Culture Agencies (IFACCA) in Malta in 2016 will coincide with the 450thanniversary of the foundation of Valletta, presenting an opportunity to celebrate the past with a vision of the future.
Valletta has Unesco World Heritage status but is also a living and vibrant city. Today it is the centre of all business and administrative work. It attracts more than two million tourists every year.
Places of interest in Valletta include the Cathedral of St John, the Palace of the Grand Master, the Auberge de Castille, the Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens, Lascaris War Rooms, The National War Museum, the Manoel Theatre, the National War Musuem, Fort St Elmo, the National Library and Strait Street renowned for bars, restaurants and cafes.