The Maltese Feast has achieved formal recognition as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO during its 18th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Botswana.
Acknowledged for its community values, promotion of the arts, and inclusivity, this recognition marks the third element registered for Malta, following the Ftira and Għana.
Minister for National Heritage, the Arts, and Local Government Owen Bonnici expressed gratitude to the Malta Band Clubs Association, Culture Directorate, Professor Baldacchino, the Archdiocese of Malta, and all contributors.
The government is committed to preserving and promoting the Maltese Feast as a community celebration fostering artistic values, inclusion, and community spirit.
The application, submitted by the Malta Band Clubs Association with strong support from the Maltese Curia and local feast communities, underwent a meticulous process overseen by the Office for Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The Technical Committee praised the application’s exemplary presentation and audio-visual production, highlighting it as a best practice. The government’s support for the local community in this endeavour was also commended.