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‘Joke Of The Year’: Marsa’s Adrian Zammit Calls Out Hometown Being Named Capital Of Culture

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Marsa’s most outspoken social media influencer has reacted to the news that his hometown has been named Malta’s capital of culture.

“This is the joke of the year,” Adrian Zammit told Lovin Malta shortly after the announcement. 

Marsa was named Malta’s first ever town of culture, an initiative that was promised in the Labour Party’s electoral manifesto.

This means the local council will be given a €200,000 fund to implement a cultural programme throughout 2022, including music and fireworks shows, carnival activities and a Christmas village.

Culture Minister Jose Herrera, who contests on the first district which includes Marsa, praised the town’s local council for winning the inaugural competition.

However, Zammit said this news was out of touch with Marsa residents.

“For years, Marsa was considered a ‘red zone’, sometimes it wouldn’t be included in maps,” Zammit said. “And now it’s set to become a toxic zone with the relocation of an oil tank cleaning facility.”

According to Zammit, he said Marsa’s residents were concerned over the facility as well as a lack of access in certain parts of the locality.

“Marsa residents are leaving now – and it’s not because foreigners are moving in,” Zammit emphasised. “Even I’m thinking about it… but I’ll miss the town and my neighbours.”

Culture Minister Jose Herrera, who contests on the first district which includes Marsa, praised the town’s local council for winning the inaugural competition.

“The town is a hidden gem with a number of historical areas that can be be regenerated,” he said. “The time has come to regenerate Marsa as other areas like Cottonera have been.”

Marsa mayor Josef Azzopardi said the prize will help upgrade Marsa and provide a platform for the general public to experience what the town has to offer.

What are your thoughts in Marsa being named the first capital of culture in Malta?

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Johnathan is interested in the weird, wonderful, and sometimes dark realities late capitalist society forces upon us all. He also likes food and music. Follow him at @supreofficialmt on Instagram, and send him news, food and music stories at [email protected]

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