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FCN launches programme of events commemorating anniversaries of national importance in 2019

Founded in 2013, Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali (FĊN) was once again re-appointed to commemorate a number of anniversaries of national importance that are happening this year, including Freedom Day, Malta as an EU Member State, Sette Giugno and the end of the Cold War.

“Apart from the historical significance which these anniversaries carry, their celebrations garner national importance especially since they commemorate meaningful occasions which have shaped our country and our identity,” stated Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici during the launch.

“In our culture strategy, we always promote an inclusive sector, and thanks to our huge investment, we are bringing about more cultural growth by reaching out to more audiences, through engagement and accessibility. Thanks to such initiatives brought by the likes of entities such as Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali, we keep on providing outlets to promote creativity and engagement within culture and the arts, whilst keeping in mind future generations and their cultural legacy,” Bonnici said.

Chaired by Professor Oliver Friggieri, the FĊN board was appointed to develop a vision for the commemoration of each anniversary. The board is assisted by a technical team of various professionals which is tasked with interpreting the vision for each anniversary, propose a programme of events and identify initiatives which best capture the spirit of these historical events and, finally, to execute them. While speaking on behalf of FĊN, Arts Council Chairman Albert Marshall said that “within its remit, FĊN is responsible for the production of cultural activities that celebrate the importance of historic events that evolved us into nationhood.”

The Foundation is going to collaborate with various other entities, including Heritage Malta, Teatru Malta, and PBS.

Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali have a series of events and initiatives in store for the commemoration of Freedom Day’s 40th anniversary, including a new edition of Ġensa and a documentary, presenting intellectual analysis of the events tied to Freedom Day.

The programme designed for the Sette Giugno centenary is vast and includes, among others, several events and initiatives, including the publication of a book that looks at the cause and effect of these historical riots and their impact throughout the years, an exhibition and various productions including a musical featuring original work and a documentary.

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