The world renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli, in collaboration with the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation and the Malta Tourism Foundation, participated in a musical project which was televised on New Year’s Eve 2020. In the 50-minute production aired on TV stations worldwide and on his YouTube Channel, Bocelli sang eight songs – each song signifying a point of the cross of the Knights of St. John. Four of the songs were filmed at St John’s Co-Cathedral and the others at Fort St Elmo, in Valletta, while various beautiful sites and places in the Maltese Islands were featured at the beginning of the production. Bocelli described Malta as a truly special place which can be considered a little like the heart of the Mediterranean because of its geographic location at the centre of the Mediterranean.
Earlier in 2020, Malta’s Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Julia Farrugia Portelli presented Bocelli with an award ‘Distinguished Friend of Malta’. This award was given to the world-renowned tenor for his excellent contributions towards promotion of the Maltese islands as an ideal holiday destination, while also serving as an inspiration for others to discover the Maltese islands.