International artistes will be taking to the stage at St George’s Square in Valletta to ring in the New Year as well as the start of the Valletta 2018 – The European Capital of Culture.

The event, set to kick off at around 8.30pm on New Year’s Eve is being organised by the Valletta 2018 Foundation, in collaboration with G7 Events, the Valletta Local Council, the Ministry for Tourism and the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government.

Details were announced today by Justice and Culture Minister Owen Bonnici, Parliamentary Secretary Deo Debattista and Jason Micallef, chairman of the V18 Foundation.

This year, performers will include three international artistes - the Ember Trio - a new-age string trio who combine a unique blend of classical and contemporary production elements which have elevated them to become Europe’s most successful classical crossover string trio.

The line-up will also include Brass House Unit who will also feature Gianluca Bezzina, Ozzy Lino and Gloriana as well as Kim & the band. There will also be a spectacular dance performance by a ballerina suspended under a balloon.

The event will be hosted by singer Corazon Mizzi and entertainer Owen Bonnici.

A 3D architectural countdown will welcome the New Year with the DJ Mykill and Trumpet Live to close off the night.

Valletta Mayor Alexiei Dingli urged those attending the event to also keep in mind that the capital is also home to many residents, insisting that anyone attending should be respectful even during celebrations.

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