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THE MALTESE ISLANDS CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2018

-A DESTINATION FOR ALL SEASONS-


Welcome from the Chief Executive, Malta Tourism Authority

Paul BuÄĄeja Chief Executive Malta Tourism Authority

There is little doubt that Malta is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, despite real competition. Season after season, the increase in the number of tourists who visit the islands is indicative of this success, together with indications on factors such as expenditure per capita, which make Malta not only a frequented destination, but also a quality destination. There is not one, solitary factor leading to this success. Rather, it as an interlinked set of optimal ingredients. Malta’s weather is a primary element. This extensive calendar of events would be rather different, had we not been able to boast of practically 365 days of sunshine. Many welcome visitors to our islands find that the most delightful of activities are rooted in Malta’s blissful simplicity; being able to soak in the sun by well-kept, Blue Flag beaches. However, such weather lends itself beautifully towards a number of activities planned out against magnificent backdrops. The Malta experience goes way beyond its spectacular beaches. Many visiting Malta during the summer period will forever carry with them memories of a Maltese village feast. Yet there are also countless moments when village spontaneity meets urban sophistication. Such are the evenings when the sound of music reverberates through the streets of the capital city, and bounces off street art in the baroque city, perhaps emanating from an open theatre,

perhaps as part of a jazz festival, or perhaps as part of an event that amalgamates science and the city life. Four thousand years of history come to life by means of reenactments in Mdina and the beautifully mysterious streets of Birgu are lit by candlelight during specifically organised events. There are occasions when fireworks become part of a large-scale, international festival, and other times when hundreds of choristers from around the world are brought to Malta in order to sing together in the heart of the Mediterranean. Food lovers often congregate to celebrate hearty recipes and genuine ingredients, during festivals that carry specific themes. There are bread festivals, for example, as well as events aimed at appreciating the Maltese olive, or strawberry delights for those with a sweet tooth. There i also that time of the year when the scorching heat starts to subside and the summer bustle gives way to heartwarming events. The island of Gozo becomes a destination for fun and folly during carnival week in February, just after the serenity brought about by the real-life nativity scenes in December. Whatever it is that you are looking for, you will probably find it in Malta. We hope this calendar serves as a point of reference and that your experience is unforgettable.


TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE

TITLE

PAGE

TITLE

03

Welcome from the Chief Executive, Malta Tourism Authority

60 - 63

October

06 - 11

December 2017

64 - 66

November

12 - 17

January

68 - 71

December

18 - 20

February

72 - 73

Public & National Holidays

22 - 25

March

74

Carnival

26 - 30

April

75

Good Friday & Easter

32 - 35

May

76

L-Imnarja / Santa Maria

36 - 41

June

77

Christmas

42 - 47

July

78 - 82

Index of Events

48 - 53

August

83 - 85

Index of Feasts

54 - 58

September


LIST OF ICONS ICON

DESCRIPTION

ICON

DESCRIPTION

Music

Food

Sports

Re-enactment & Pageantry

Drama

Exhibition / Fair

Outdoor Event

Children’s Entertainment

Religious

Grand Spectacle

National Holiday

Morning Event

Public Holiday

Evening Event

Folklore

Valletta 2018 Events

Local Council Event


DECEMBER 2017

6

December 2017 DATE

EVENT

VENUE

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

19.11 09.12

Malta International Organ Festival

Various localities

09.12 10.12

The First Gozo International Choir Festival

Various venues, Gozo

03.12

‘Sursum Corda’ - 150th Anniversary of the Sacred Heart Seminary Concert

Seminary, Victoria, Gozo

10.12 11.12

Gozitano Agricultural Village

Xewkija, Gozo

03.12

Independence The official opening of the Square, Christmas Festivities in Gozo Victoria, Gozo

10.12

A Childhood Christmas

Wied il-Lunzjata, Victoria, Gozo

03.12 17.12

Pre-Christmas Concert by School of Music

Il-Ħagar, St. George’s Square, Victoria, Gozo

10.12

Festival of Light

Pjazza S. Luċija, Santa Luċija, Gozo

‘Swejjaq’ (3 Edition)

Saint Lawrence Square, San Lawrenz, Gozo

11.12 08.01

Ta’ Dbieġi Crafts @ Christmas

Ta’ Dbieġi, Għarb, Gozo

11.12 08.01

Betleħem f’Għajnsielem

Għajnsielem, Gozo

11.12

“From Paris with Love”, Richard Clayderman & String Octet Ensemble - Live in Concert

Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

12.12 13.12

University of Malta’s Foundation Day Concert

Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

12.12 13.12

Notti Italiane a Malta

Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

04.12

rd

06.12 08.12

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Bormla (Cospicua)

07.12

BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation: Winter Concert

Teatru Manoel, Valletta

08.12

Gospel Music Concert

Manikata Church, limits of Mellieħa

09.12 10.12

Carols by Candlelight 2016

St. Augustine’s Priory, Victoria, Gozo


DECEMBER 2017

7

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

13.12

Republic Day Celebration (National Holiday)

Valletta

13.12 16.12

Musical Tidings, Choral Concert by the New Choral Singers

St Paul’s ProCathedral, Valletta, Floriana Parish Church

14.12

Joy to the World

Naxxar Parish Church

14.12 17.12

Artisan Fair

Pjazza Jean De Valette, Valletta

16.12

Christmas Concert to mark the 30th anniversary of Għaqda Ħbieb tal-Presepju

St Francis Church, Republic Street, Valletta

Children’s World

Sports Complex, Victoria, Gozo

17.12

Christmas Parade

Republic Street, Victoria, Gozo

18.12 23.12

Various choral concerts held in churches

Various localities, Gozo

18.12

Christmas Concert

Parish Church, Birżebbuġa

18.12

Christmas Mass Band

Ħal Qormi

17.12 18.12

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

18.12

Pauleen’s Dance Studio Christmas Show 2016

Salesian Theatre, Sliema

22.12 02.01

Cinderella

Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, Ta’ Qali

24.12

Procession with Baby Jesus

Various localities, Malta & Gozo

26.12 30.12

International Christmas Festival 2016

Birgu & Valletta

28.12

A Christmas Concert by Animae Gospel Choir

Bażilika Marija Bambina, Xagħra, Gozo

30.12

Christmas Concert

Parish Church, Lija

31.12

New Year’s Concert

Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

31.12 01.01

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

St. George`s Square, Valletta


8

DECEMBER 2017


DECEMBER 2017

9

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS 31st DECEMBER Following the success of the last few years, Malta now boasts of a New Year's Eve national celebration. The event aims to bring the magic and festive atmosphere throughout most of our capital city in this magical night. The celebrations are being organised by the Valletta 2018 Foundation, the Ministry for Tourism and the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government in collaboration with G7 Events and supported by the Valletta Local council. St.George's Square once again will host the main stage and will see the very best of Malta's top local artists and bands, as well as International Act and X Factor UK finalists Reggie and Bollie.

St George’s Square, Valletta https://www.facebook.com/Valletta.NYE +356 2559 5750/1


DECEMBER 2017

10

BETLEĦEM F’GĦAJNSIELEM

NOTTI ITALIANE A MALTA

MUSICAL TIDINGS

8th DECEMBER 2nd JANUARY

12th - 13th DECEMBER

13th - 16th DECEMBER

Experience the true spirit of Christmas by visiting a large-scale crib made of life-size structures and live actors in period costumes. Not to be missed by adults and children alike.

This is a fantastic musical entertainment spread over two nights, featuring 7 Italian artists on each night. These are: - Aleandro Baldi- Christian- Eduardo Vianello- Homo Sapiens- Iva Zanicchi - Marco Morandi (in Rino Geatano) - Donatella Rettore - Wilma Goich Ivana Spagna - Cugini di CampagnaRosanna Fratello - Fiordaliso - Fausto Leali - Tony Dallara. Presenter of the show: Pupo.

A concert to herald the advent of Christmas.

Għajnsielem, Gozo www.ghajnsielemlc.com +356 2156 1515

Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta www.mcc.com.mt +356 2124 3840 / 3

St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta, Floriana Parish Church www.thenewchoralsingers.com

Time: 7:30pm

Time: 7:30pm

Time: 7:30pm


DECEMBER 2017

11

JOY TO THE WORLD

UN-BELIEVE IT! THE PANTO

NEW YEAR’S CONCERT

14th DECEMBER

22nd DECEMBER 8th JANUARY

31st DECEMBER 1st JANUARY

Choral Concert by Jubliate Deo Choir.

Once again MADC will be presenting their Christmas Panto scripted by Nanette Brimmer. Main star of the show is the unique Alan Montanaro.

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michael Laus, celebrates the New Year with a concert of popular classics.

Parish Church, Naxxar www.jubilatedeo.com N/A

Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, Ta’ Qali www.madc.com.mt +356 2122 4011

Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta www.mcc.com.mt +356 2124 3840 / 3

Time: 7:30pm

Time: Various

Time: 8:30pm


JANUARY

12

January 2018 DATE

EVENT

VENUE

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

01.01

A New Years’s Toast

Kempinski Hotel, San Lawrenz

18.01

The Goldberg Varations

Ta’Sarria Church, Floriana

Alice in Wonderland - A traditional Pantomime

Teatru Manoel, Valletta

18.01

Chamber Music at Zwinger Palace

Teatru Manoel, Valletta

07.01

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

19.01

Boccherini Sonatas for Cello & Harpsichord

Ta’ Sarria Church, Floriana

13.01

Valletta Baroque Festival The Four Seasons - Vivaldi

Teatru Manoel, Valletta

19.01

Fasti Del Barocco Napoletano

Mdina Cathedral

14.01

Valletta Baroque Festival German Celebrity Composers

National Library, Valletta

20.01

La Mascarade

14.01

Bach and Italy

Teatru Manoel, Valletta

Sala Del Consiglio - Mdina Cathedral

20.01

Valletta

15.01

Fasti Del Barocco Romano

St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta

Valletta ‘18 Opening Ceremony

21.01

VIBE in Concert

Verdala Castle

16.01

Bach’s Musical Offering Revisited

Teatru Manoel, Valletta

21.01

Feast of Saint Anthony the Abbot

Xaghra

16.01

I Maestri di Sta Maria di Loreto

Ta’ Giezu Church

21.01

Attard 10K

Attard

17.01

Suites for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord

St. Augustine’s Church

22.01

17.01

Inspired by Baroque

Teatru Manoel, Valletta

The Dark Side of the Goldberg Variations

National Library, Valletta

22.01

Rameau Operatic Highlights

Teatru Manoel, Valletta

02.01 07.01


JANUARY

DATE

13

EVENT

VENUE

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

23.01

Telemann Fantasias

Our Ladies of Victories Church, Valletta

27.01

Baroque meets Jazz

Malta Maritime Musuem, Birgu

23.01

Messa a Due Cori - Benigno Zerafa

Mdina Cathedral

27.01

Francesca Caccini - La Liberazione di Ruggiero

Teatru Manoel, Valletta

24.01

Tomas Luis de Victoria - Lamentations & Responsories

St. Francis Church

28.01

Music for the Royal Fireworks

Teatru Manoel, Valletta

25.01

Conversazioni Musicali

Malta Maritime Musuem, Birgu

25.01

Monteverdi Vesoers

St. Anglican Cathedral, Valletta

25.01

Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck

Parish Church of St. Paul, Valletta

26.01

La Sette di Cristo

St. Lawrence’s Church

26.01

Scarlatti Sonatas

Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

26.01

Changing of the Guard

President’s Palace, Valletta


14

JANUARY


JANUARY

15

START OF VALLETTA '18 - OPENING CEREMONY 20th JANUARY Our European Capital of Culture year begins with a unique celebration that is worthy of the traditional Maltese Festa. Valletta 2018 is an exciting year-long celebration - a culture programme that starts in our capital city and reaches out to towns and villages all over Malta and Gozo. Our Opening Week draws crowds to the heart of Valletta with music and entertainment. Various exhibitions are set in diverse venues around the city, open days that re-discover Valletta's fascinating historc shapes, community storytelling events centered around the city's residents and the space they use and much more. The Valletta 2018 Opening Ceremony will take place on the 20th of January 2018, while the Opening Celebrations will take place between the 14th and the 21st of January 2018 around Valletta.

Valletta www.valletta2018.org info@valletta2018.org


JANUARY

16

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

VALLETTA BAROQUE FESTIVAL - THE FOUR SEASONS, VIVALDI

FASTI DEL BAROCCO ROMANO

2nd - 7th JANUARY

13th JANUARY

15th JANUARY

This year the audience will follow Alice’s crazy adventures in Wonderland as she embarks on yet another fun journey. The script is written by Malcolm Galea who will also take on the role of the Dame. Directed by Anthony Bezzina. Musical direction by Kris Spiteri.

The Valletta International Baroque Festival features over ten different musical programmes including operas, concerts, drama and a special fun event for children. These will be held in various prestigious venues such as the historical Teatru Manoel, St John's Co-Cathedral, and other venues in Valletta.

The chamber music group HET Collectief was founded in 1998 in Brussels. Working consistently from a solid mucleus of five musicians, the group has created an intriguing and idiosyncratic sound, achieved by an unfamiliar mis od strings, wind instruments and piano. In its repertoire, Het Collectief returns to the Second Vietnnese school, the roots of modernisim.

Teatru Manoel, Valletta www.teatrumanoel.com +356 2124 6389

Teatru Manoel, Valletta www.teatrumanoel.com +356 2124 6389

St. John's Co-Cathedral www.teatrumanoel.com +356 2124 6389

Time: 03:00pm, 07:30pm & 08:00pm

Time: 07:30pm

Time: 07:30pm


JANUARY

17

BACH'S MUSICAL OFFERING REVISTED

ATTARD 10 K

FEAST OF ST.PAUL'S SHIPWRECK

16th JANUARY

21st JANUARY

25th - 27th JANUARY

Founded by Giulio Prandi in 2003, Ghislieri Choir and Consort is one of the most appriciated Italian period instruments ensembles of its generation. It's ensemble in residency at the historical Colledio Ghislieri in Pavia and its participates in the most important Italian and European festivals, such as Internationale Haendel Festpiele Goettingen, BOZAR Bruzelles Festival d'Ambronay, Festival de La Chaise - Dieu, Saison Musicale de Royaumont and many more.

This is the largest 10K race in Malta held on a rather flat and fast course. Chip timing is used for results and each finisher is awarded with a medal.

The feast is held in commemoration of the Shipwreck of St Paul on Malta's shores in 60 AD. (Acts, Luke, 28). According to tradition, St. Paul established the first Christian community on the Island. Religious ceremonies and street festivities are held in and around St Paul's Shipwreck Parish, Valletta over three days. The street celebrations include a solemn procession as well as a joyous one (il-briju) accompanied by festa band marches.

Teatru Manoel, Valletta www.teatrumanoel.com +356 2124 6389

Attard www.maltamarathon.com info@maltamarathon.com

Parish Church of St. Paul, Valletta www.sanpawlmalra.com N/A

Time: 12:00am

Time: N/A

Time: Various


FEBRUARY

18

February 2018 DATE

EVENT

VENUE

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

09.02 13.02

Nadur Organised Carnival

Nadur, Gozo

25.02

Vodafone Malta Marathon & Half Marathon

Mdina to Sliema

09.02 13.02

Carnival (Malta)

Valletta

TBC

The Best of the Gozo Youth Wind Band

Mgarr, Gozo

09.02 13.02

Carnival (Gozo)

Nadur, Gozo

09.02 13.02

Nadur Spontaneous Carnival Nadur, Gozo

10.02

Carnival in Xagħra

Xagħra, Gozo

11.02

In Guardia Re-enactment

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

11.02

Carnival in Xagħra

Xagħra, Gozo

12.02

Carnival Monday

Ta’ Xbiex

18.02

In Guardia Re-enactment

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

23.02

Changing of the Guard

President’s Palace, Valletta

25.02

In Guardia Re-enactment

Fort St Elmo, Valletta


FEBRUARY

19

CARNIVAL ( MALTA) 9th - 13th FEB Carnival Celebrations start on Friday and finish on Tuesday. The programme varies daily to include street parades in which huge papier-mâchÊ figures are displayed on floats. These are accompanied by boisterous brass bands and noisy revellers dressed in colourful costumes. Apart from the main Valletta programme, many towns and villages create their own carnival activities.

Valletta www.maltaculture.com +356 2339 7000


FEBRUARY

20

NADUR SPONTANEOUS CARNIVAL

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

VODAFONE MALTA MARATHON & HALF MARATHON

9th - 13th FEBRUARY

23rd FEBRUARY

25th FEBRUARY

A unique experience for its spontaneity, grotesque costumes and creativity

During this ceremony the New Guard replaces the Old Guard by forming up facing each other and the Sergeant of the Old Guard hands over the Presidential Palace door key to the New Guard Sergeant. The key symbolises the handing over of the Presidential Palace Guard duties. The Armed Forces of Malta perform a musical display during the brief ceremony.

This is the largest race in Malta with over 4,500 participants including 2,400 foreigners. The runners will be entertained by 32 live bands along the route and each finisher receives a participation medal. The race winds itself through various towns and villages.

Nadur, Gozo www.nadur.gov.mt +356 2155 8080

President ' s Palace, St. George's Square, Valletta http://www.afm.gov.mt/ +356 2249 4019 / +356 2249 4007

Mdina to Sliema http://www.maltamarathon.com

Time: 5:00pm

Time: 10:30am

Time: 7:30am / 9:15am


FEBRUARY

21


MARCH

22

March 2018 DATE

EVENT

VENUE

03.03 31.03

OCA Dome Mandala Wisdom

Pjazza Kastilja, Valletta

04.03

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

09.03 11.03

California Suite

MADC Playhouse Theatre, Sta. Venera

11.03

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

11.03

St. Patrick’s Sunday

Floriana

15.03 18.03

MFCC AMITEX Holiday Show

MFCC

California Suite

MADC Playhouse Theatre, Sta. Venera

16.03 18.03 17.03 19.03

San Ġużepp (feast) Public Holiday

St. Joseph Church, (Fransican Minors) Community

18.03

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

18.03 30.03

“Il-Misteru tal-Mewt u l-Qawmien” - Good Friday Exhibition

Ċentru Parrokkjali San Ġużepp Ħaddiem, Birkirkara

Spring Equinox

Ħagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

23.03

Changing of the Guard

President's Palace, St. George's Square, Valletta

25.03

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

30.03

Good Friday Procession

Various Places

31.03

Guard of Honour

Valletta

31.03

JUM il-ĦELSIEN (Public Holiday) / Freedom Day

Birgu & Valletta

TBC

AFM Band Concert

Teatru Manoel, Valletta

20.03 21.03


MARCH

23

GOOD FRIDAY 30th MARCH On Good Friday, 17 localities hold a procession with a number of statues, each representing a scene from the Passion of the Christ. Two of the Good Friday processions in Għaxaq and Rabat are held on the Sunday prior to Good Friday.

Various Locations across Malta


MARCH

24

OCA DOME MANDALA WISDOM

IN GUARDIA RE-ENACTMENT

SPRING EQUINOX

3rd - 31st MARCH

18th MARCH

20th - 21st MARCH

Oca Dome Mandala Wisdom by Candomble Kollektif, is an art installation to be used as a sacred space to make the perfect encounter between ancient indigenous rituals, culture and the modern world as an updated dome, an ephemeral multicultural temple. Participants will be taken on a collective experience by the activities of mandala making (Ojos de Dios).

A cast of 50 re-enactors in full uniform perform a military drill to demonstrate their skills to the Grand Bailiff of the Order of St John. This re-enactment evokes a historic event that used to take place in the larger fortifications from time to time in 16th and 17th Malta.

Heritage Malta organises a special guided tour at sunrise on the 20th and 21st March to witness the sun’s rays as they project themselves through the South Temple's main doorway and light up its main axis. A limited number of tickets for this event can be purchased from Heritage Malta’s sites and museums.

Pjazza Kastilja, Valletta http://valletta2018.org/events/ocadome-mandala-wisdom/ +356 2124 2018

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta www.visitmalta.com +356 22915440/1/2

Ħagar Qim and Mnajdra, Qrendi www.heritagemalta.org +356 2295 4000

Time: 2:00pm (every Saturday and Sunday)

Time: 11:00am

Time: Not Specific


MARCH

25

GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION

AFM BAND CONCERT

JUM IL-ÄŚELSIEN (PUBLIC HOLIDAY)

30th MARCH

TBC

31st MARCH

Paola is one of 17 towns to hold the traditional Good Friday procession featuring a number of statues representing a scene from the Passion of the Christ.

The Armed Forces of Malta Band perform a varied musical programme of classical, semi-classical and pop hits starring renowned guest singers.

In March 1979, the last of the British troops left Malta after a presence on the island of 180 years. To commemorate this event a ceremony is held at the foot of Monument talÄŚelsien in Birgu on the eve of March 31. A hotly contested regatta takes place in the Grand Harbour in the afternoon of March 31.

Various Places http://www.paolakristure.com/ +356 21695022

Teatru Manoel www.teatrumanoel.com.mt +356 2124 6389

Birgu & Valletta (Vittoriosa) www.maltaculture.com +356 2203 6000

Time: 5:30pm

Time: 8:00pm

Time: N/A


APRIL

26

April 2018 DATE

EVENT

VENUE

OCA Dome Mandala Wisdom

Fond Għadir, Sliema

Gaulitania Festival

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

01.04

EASTER

Various Locations

21.04

08.04

In Guardia Re-enactment

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

21.04

08.04

Festa Frawli (Strawberry Festival)

Mġarr, Malta

the 46th ESTA International Conference

Catholic Institute, Valletta

San Publiju

Floriana

01.05

13.04

George Cross Commemoration

St. George's Square, Valletta

14.04

Malta International Ground Fireworks

The Granaries, Floriana

Mdina Medieval Festival

Mdina

XII Malta Mechanised Ground Fireworks Festival

The Granaries, Floriana

01.04 30.04 01.04 29.04

10.04 14.04 13.04 15.04

14.04 15.04 14.04

15.04

In Guardia Re-enactment

20.04

Design & Technology Expo @ The Malta Robotics Olympiad

22.04

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

"Lejla Maltija: - Traditional Maltese Night

Gori Mancini Street, Birkirkara

Malta International Fireworks Festival

The Grand Harbour, Valletta

In Guardia Re-enactment

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker

Saint Joseph the Worker Church and surrounding Streets

27.04

Changing of the Guard

President's Palace, Valletta

28.04

Jum ix-Xagħra

Xaghra

28.04

Vincenzo Bellini's Opera, Norma

Teatru talOpera, Aurora, Rabat Gozo

29.04

Ħad-Dingli: Ħidma Agrarja u Tradizzjonijiet

Dingli

29.04

In Guardia Re-enactment

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

30.04 22.04 25.04


APRIL

27

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

29.04

Gozo Half Marathon

Xagħra, Gozo

TBC

3rd Malta International Judo Open

Malta Judo Academy, Pembroke


28

APRIL

MALTA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 21st, 27th & 30th APRIL The Maltese are well known for their love and expertise of fireworks. The 17th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival is a showcase of the best of Maltese aerial pyrotechnic talent that vies with international firework companies. The festival is held first on April 21 (venue to be announced) and later on April 30, inside the Grand Harbour, Valletta.

The Grand Harbour, Valletta www.maltafireworks.com +356 2291 5000


APRIL

29

GAULITANIA FESTIVAL

FESTA FRAWLI

SAN PUBLIJU

1st - 29th APRIL

8th APRIL

13th - 15th APRIL

The 11th edition of the Gaulitana Festival will be highlighted by a fullscale production of Puccini’s immortal opera, Madama Butterfly, conducted by Colin Attard. Featuring the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the opera’s international cast will be led by worldrenowned Maltese soprano Miriam Gauci.

The agricultural village of Mġarr in Malta is renowned for the quality production of strawberries. Freshlypicked strawberries are presented on their own as well as beingthe main feature of recipes for sweets and drinks.

Liturgical celebrations in the Parish Church and celebrations in the streets of Floriana (see also: The Malta Mechanised Fireworks Competition).

Location: N/A gaulitanafestival@gmail.com Contact: N/A

Mġarr, Malta www.visitmalta.com +356 2152 0011

Time: N/A

(STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL)

Time: 10:00am

Time: N/A

Floriana www.florianalocalcouncil.com +356 21235523 / 21236951


APRIL

30

GEORGE CROSS COMMEMORATION

MALTA INTERNATIONAL GROUND FIREWORKS

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY EXPO

13th APRIL

14TH APRIL

20th - 22nd APRIL

On 15 April 1942, at the height of World War II, a heavily bombed Malta was awarded the George Cross Medal by King George VI, “to honour her brave people … to bear witness to a heroism and devotion that will long be famous in history”. This important episode is commemorated yearly by a son-et-lumiere in the very same square where the actual ceremony took place.

The Maltese are famous for their love and expertise of fireworks. The 12th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival is a showcase of the best ground fireworks (known as Catherine's wheel) that are particular to the Maltese style of fireworks. Some 10 different pyrotechnic factories are participating.

The Valletta 2018 Foundation is one of the main partners supporting the Malta Robotics Olympiad. Following two years of successful collaborations, the Valletta Design Cluster will be partnering with the Design and Technology Learning Centre to present the Design & Technology Expo in 2018. The event brings together educational institutions, innovation-driven enterprises and private exhibitors, while also hosting diverse national and international events, competitions, challenges and exhibitions.

THE GRANARIES, FLORIANA floriana.lc@gov.mt +356 2123 5523

MFCC Ta'Qali www.mfcc.com.mt +356 2141 0371 / 2

Time:7:30pm

St. George's Square, Valletta www/visitmalta.com +356 22915136

Time: All Day

@ THE MALTA ROBOTICS OLYMPIAD Time: To Be Confirmed


APRIL

31


MAY

32

MAY 2018 DATE

EVENT

VENUE

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

OCA Dome Mandala Wisdom

Santa MAria Bay, Comino

25.05

Changing of the Guard

President's Palace, Valletta

ManaTapu Album Launch Concert

Ta'Fra Ben , Qawra

27.05

Madonna Tal-Lunziata (Feast)

Tarxien

27.05

Potato & Agrarian Festival

Qrendi

Jum il-Ħaddiem ( International Workers Day)

Non - Specific

27.05

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

Annie Mac Presents "Lost & Found"

Various Localities

28.05

Malta Fashion Week

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

Valletta Green Festival

St. George's Square, Valletta

TBC

Garmin Ocean Lava Malta 113K Triathion

Baħar iċĊagħaq

06.05

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

TBC

Earth Garden

Ta' Qali National Park

11.05 10.06

The 220th Anniversary of the two-year French Blockade of Malta

Different Venues across Malta and Gozo

13.05

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

20.05

Irkotta Festival

Ħal - Kirkop

20.05

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

Feast of the Annunciation (Parish Feast)

Tarxien

01.05 27.05 01.05 31.05 01.05 03.05 06.05 04.05 06.05

24.05 03.06

25.05

02.06


MAY

33

ANNIE MAC PRESENTS... LOST & FOUND 3rd - 6th MAY Annie Mac Preseants: Lost & Found Festival has been turning the island of Malta into a sun-kissed electronic paradise for the past three years. Now one of Europe's best pre-summer parties, this music festival brings together the best of the UK dance scene, alongside sprinkles of grime and hip-hop, and has recently featured the likes of Disclosure, Seth Troxler, Andy C, Stormzy and DJ EZ. Showcasing its diverse line-up across castle rave, boat parties and unique spaces, it's no wonder "AMP Lost & Found" has grown into one of the continent's most popular electronic getaways.

Various Locations http://lostandfoundfestival.com/ N/A


MAY

34

MALTA FASHION WEEK 28th MAY - 2nd JUNE This year marks the 20th edition of the Malta Fashion Awards and the 8th Edition of Malta Fashion Week. During this week, the capital city becomes a platform for unveiling Malta’s top-shelf talent and all that the local fashion industry has to offer the international scene. Designers, catwalk models, stylists, makeup artists and many other creative professionals set a glamorous scene while photographers and bloggers capture the essence of each showcase. Malta Fashion Week also offers a unique opportunity for guests and influencers to network and exchange ideas over awards parties, fashion shows and exhibitions, design workshops, pop-up shops and much more.

Fort St Elmo , Valletta www.fashionweek.com.mt +356 2124 2018


MAY

35

THE VALLETTA GREEN FESTIVAL

GARMIN OCEAN LAVA MALTA 113K TRIATHLON

4th - 6th MAY

TBC MAY

The highlight of the festival is the Infiorata, itself a colourful floral display composed of thousands of flowering plants placed next to each other in St George’s Square, Valletta. The purpose of the festival is to inspire people to make good use of urban space by creating green oases.

Garmin Ocean Lava Malta 113k Triathlon starts with a 1.9km open water swim, followed by a 90km cycle along the scenic Salina Coast Road and finishing with a 21km run along the coast.

St George’s Square, Valletta www.valletta2018.org +356 2124 2018

Baħar ic -Ċaghaq http://www.oceanlavamalta.com/ +356 79300773 / 99812345

Time: All Day

Time: 7:00am


JUNE

36

JUNE 2018 DATE 01.06 03.06 01.06 16.06 01.06 12.06

EVENT

VENUE

Harley Meeting in Malta

Various Locations

Malta Arts Festival

Various locations in Valletta

Island of Enchantment

Citadella, Victoria, Gozo

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

Santa Katarina Ta’ Lixandra

Żejtun

16.06

Festa Rizzi

Ta’ Xbiex

17.06

In Guardia Re-enactment

Grand Master’s Palace, Valletta

18.06

Music Festival

Mellieħa

Mellieħa International Music Festival

Mellieħa

Corpus Domini ( Feast

Rabat

Qalb ta’ Maria

Burmarrad

San Ġorġ (feast)

Qormi

San Nikola (feast)

Siġġiewi

San Ġwann il-Battista

Xewkija, Gożo

Agricultural & Artisian Fair

Nadur, Gożo

15.06 17.06

San Ġużepp (Feast)

Ħal Għaxaq

18.06 19.06

03.06

In Guardia Re-enactment

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

23.06

07.06

10K Qormi Road Race, Fun Run/ Walk

Ħal Qormi

Pageant of the Seas

The Grand Harbour

01.06 03.09

07.06 08.06

22.06

22.06 24.06 22.06 24.06

Santissima Trinita (Feast)

Marsa

Valletta Film Festival

Various locations in Valletta

24.06

10.06

In Guardia Re-enactment

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

24.06

10.06

Victoria Local Council Concert

Independence Square, Victoria

10.06 08.06 17.06

22.06

22.06

23.06 24.06


JUNE

37

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

24.06

San Ġwann tal- Ħġejjeġ

St George Parish Church, Qormi

TBC

Triathion

Coast Road, Bahar ic Caghaq

24.06

In Guardia Re-enactment

Grand Master’s Palace, Vallett

TBC

Lejlet Lapsi

St. Julians

MFCC Trade Fair

MFCC, Ta’Qali

TBC

Victoria International Arts Festival

St. George’s Basilica, Gozo

TBC

San Filip (feast)

Zebbug, Malta

TBC

Madonna Tal - Ġilju (feast)

Mqabba

24.06

St. John’s Bonfire

Mellieħa

TBC

Ghanafest

tbc

TBC

Isle of MTV

The Granaries, Floriana

TBC

Napule

31.05 3.06

Earth Garden

27.06 09.07 27.06 29.06 28.06

San Pietru u San Pawl (Feast) Nadur

Malta Music week

Various Places

28.06

Changing of the Gurad

President’s Palace, Valletta

28.06

L - Imnarja (Feast and Public Holiday)

Buskett Gardens, Rabat

Malta International Arts Festival

Valletta

La Lupa

Wied ilLunzjata, Victoria, Gozo

The Grid Race

Pembroke Park and Ride

01.07

29.06 29.06 14.07 30.06 01.07 TBC

Ta' Qali


JUNE

38

PAGEANT OF THE SEAS 7TH JUNE Set against the majestic backdrop of Valletta’s Grand Harbour, the Pageant of the Seas hosts a programme teeming with exciting maritime activities and competitive races by day and a colourful celebration by night. Local communities take part in races on specially designed vessels constructed specifically for the day. Swimmers cover the route between Fort St Angelo and Fort St Elmo in an exciting and competitive race. After sunset, the atmosphere is transformed into a spectacular display of fireworks and light effects.

The Grand Harbour www.valletta2018.org +356 ???


JUNE

39

ISLE OF MTV To Be Confirmed The annual Isle of MTV Malta Special is an MTV Networks International (MTVNI) production. World-class, chart-topping artists perform live during a mega-concert in Floriana in front of a crowd of thousands enjoying the show. Admission is free.

The Granaries, Floriana www.isleofmtv.com +356 2291 5000


JUNE

40

FIRST MALTA HOG MEDITERRANEAN RUN 2018

GĦANAFEST

L-IMNAJRA / SAN PIETRU U SAN PAWL (PUBLIC HOLIDAY)

1st - 3rd JUNE

To be Confirmed

28th - 29th JUNE

Malta's best folk singers (għannejja) sing their heart out in this long established three-day festival of folk music. Guest folk groups from various Mediterranean countries will also perform.

L-Imnarja is held in honour of St.Peter and St.Paul inside Mdina Cathedral. The traditional folklore celebration takes place on the eve of the feast, when crowds of people converge at Buskett from 7pm to spend an evening eating and drinking while enjoying the għana folk music on stage. In conjunction, there will be an Agricultural Display of competing products and a horse and mule race along a peripheral country lane, close to Rabat in the late afternoon.

Il-Buskett www.maltaworldmusicfestival.org +356 2395 2000 / 7966 6149

Various Locations http://www.maltaculture.com/ +356 23397000

Time: All Day

Fullfilling dreams of personal freedom is more than a phase. It's our purpose and passion. Harley Owner Group will bring a commitment of exceptional customer experiences to everything they do.

Various Locations www.eventsolutionsmalta.com +356 22473450

Time: Evening

Time: All Day


JUNE

MALTA MUSIC WEEK

28th JUNE - 1st JULY Time: to be confirmed

In the days leading up to the Isle of MTV concert, G7 Events in Collaboration with the Malta Tourism Authority will be hosting the Malta Music Week, featuring various activities such as club nights and sunset beach parties headlining international guests.

Various Locations www.maltamusicweek.com www.G7events.com +356 22595750

41


JULY

42

JULY 2018 DATE

EVENT

VENUE

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

29.06

Il- Viżitazzjoni tal-Madonna

Għarb

29.06

Sant Andrija (Feast)

Luqa

13.07 22.07

As you like it

San Anton Gardens , Attard

30.06

Kuncizzjoni (Feast)

Ħamrun

30.06

Madonna Ta' Lourdes

Qrendi

13.07 22.07

Pope Joan

Valletta

30.06

Sacro Cuor (Feast)

Sliema

San Bastjan (Feast)

Qormi

30.06

San Pawl (Feast)

Rabat

13.07 15.07

30.06

San Ġużepp ( Feast)

Kirkop

San Ġużepp (feast)

Kalkara

01.07

In Guardia Re-Enactment

St.Elmo, Valletta

13.07 15.07

06.07

Arti fil-Misraħ

Mellieħa

San Ġużepp

Msida

06.07 08.07

13.07 15.07

Madonna Tal-Karmnu (Feast)

Fgura

Madonna Tad-Dutrina (feast)

Tarxien

06.07 07.07

Marsovin Summer Wine Festival

Hastings Garden, Valletta

13.07 15.07 14.07

Connecting through Culture

Ta’Xbiex

07.07 08.07

Festival of Figs and typical Maltese products

San Ġorġ

Victoria, Gozo

Xaghra

14.07 16.07 18.07

1st Day of Triduum

Sannat, Gozo

08.07

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Grand Master's Palace, Valletta

19.07

2nd Day of Triduum

Sannat, Gozo

09.07

Il- Lunzjata (Feast)

Balzan

20.07

3rd day of Triduum

Sannat, Gozo

13.07

Arti fil-Misraħ

Mellieħa

20.07

Arti fil-Misraħ

Mellieħa


JULY

43

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

20.07 22.07

Madonna tal-Karmnu

Żurrieq

27.07 29.07

San Lawrenz (Feast)

San Lawrenz, Gozo

20.07 22.07

Malta International Jazz Festival

Valletta

Madonna Ta’ Pompei (Feast)

Marsaxlokk

21.07

St. Margaret Feast’s Eve

Sannat, Gozo

27.07 29.07

22.07

Feast Day

Sannat, Gozo

Mellieħa Nights

23.07 29.07

27.07 29.07

Mellieħa Parish Square

Titular Feast

Paola

28.07

Unite Tomorrowland

Ta' Qali Park

27.07

lljieli Melleħin

Mellieħa

Madonna tad-Duluri (Feast)

St. Paul’s Bay

27.07 05.08

The Farsons Beer Festival

National Park, Ta’Qali

28.07 30.07

Changing of the Guard

The Malta International Arts Festival

TBC

27.07

President’s Palace, Valletta

29.06 14.07

27.07 29.07

Sant’Anna (Feast)

Marsascala

TBC

Triathlon

Xagħjra

27.07 29.07

Kristu Re (Feast)

Poala

TBC

Infiorata

Għarb, Gozo

27.07 29.07

TBC

Victoria, Gozo

Madonna Tal-Karmnu (Feast)

Opera VS Pop Under the Stars

San Ġiljan

TBC

L-Għanja tal - Poplu

TBC

27.07 31.07

The Malta International Music Competition

Valletta

30.07

San Ġużepp (Feast)

Ħaż - Żebbuġ


44

JULY


JULY

45

MALTA INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 29th JUNE - 14th JULY The annual festival presents an extensive programme of classic and contemporary arts, theatre, music, dance and poetry.

Valletta, Floriana www.maltaartsfestival.org +356 2339 7000


JULY

46

MALTA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

THE FARSONS GREAT BEER FESTIVAL

MALTA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION

20th - 22nd JULY

27th JULY - 5th AUGUST

27th - 31st JULY

This annual musical festival wows not only with its lineup of some of the most renowned international jazz stars but also with its setting at the water’s edge at Ta’ Liesse in Grand Harbour.

Organised by the local brewers Farsons, the annual festival is one of the many highlights of the Maltese summer. Thousands of families gather to enjoy the locally produced beer and eat from a variety of snacks and dishes on offer. There will also be live music, comedy acts, etc.

The Malta International Music Competition is organised by the Central Acedamy of Arts as part of the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture Programme.

Valletta www.maltajazzfestival.org +356 2339 7000

National Park, Ta’ Qali www.farsonsbeerfestival.com +356 2381 4114

Central Academy of Arts, Valletta http://valletta2018.org/events/ the-malta-international-musiccompetition/

Time:No Specific Time

Time: Evening

Time: 6:00pm


JULY

OPERA VS POP UNDER THE STARS

TBC JULY

Time: 8:30pm Pop hits and classical favourites, film soundtracks and operatic arias promise a crowd-pleasing evening of song for all tastes.

Victoria, Gozo

gozowindbandorchestra@yahoo.co.uk

47


AUGUST

48

AUGUST 2018 DATE 02.08 05.08

EVENT

VENUE

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

Delicata Wine Festival

Upper Barrakka Garden, Valletta

14.08 15.08

Cream Fields

Various Localities

17.08 19.08

The Delicata Classic Wine Festival

Nadur, Gozo

18.08

Serata Għana u Lejla Rap

Fi Ġnien San Girgor, Żejtun

18.08 20.08

Santa Liena (Feast)

Birkirkara

18.08 20.08

Stella Maris (Feast)

Sliema

TBC

The Malta Summer Carnival

Buġibba

TBC

Joseph Calleja in Concert

The Granaries, Floriana

23.08 25.08

Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

Madonna ta' Loretu (Feast)

Għajnsielem

Maria Regina ( Feast)

Marsa

03.08 05.08

San Pietru fil-Ktajjen (Feast)

03.08 05.08

San Duminku (Feast)

03.08 05.08

San Gużepp (Feast

03.08 05.08

It-Transfigurazzjoni (Feast)

Birżebbuġa

Valletta

Qala (Gozo)

Ħal Lija

03.08 05.08

San Gejtanu

Ħamrun

05.08

Lejla Mġarrija

Mġarr, Malta

09.08

Notte Di San Lorenzo (Fireworks Display)

Birgu (Kalkara Creek)

10.08

San Lawrenz (Feast)

Birgu

24.08 26.08

13.08 15.08

Santa Maria / L-Assunzjoni (Public Holiday/ Feast)

Various Localities

24.08 26.08


AUGUST

49

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

24.08 26.08

San Bert (Feast)

Ħal Għargħur

24.08 26.08

San Duminku (Feast)

Birgu

24.08 26.08

San Ġiljan ( Feast)

St. Julian's

24.08 26.08

Konverżjoni ta' San Pawl (Feast)

Ħal Safi

TBC

The Malta Summer Carnival

Marsaskala

TBC

The Marsovin Grape Harvest Marnisi Estate, Feast Marsaxlokk

31.08

Aħna Refugjati (Opera)

Valletta

31.08

Gozo Special Edition - Malta International Food Festival

TBC


AUGUST

50

SANTA MARIJA / L-ASSUNZJONI (FEAST & PUBLIC HOLIDAY) 13th - 15th AUGUST The feast of Santa Marija, or as it is known the feast of the Assumption, is the most popular titular feast in Malta and Gozo. It is celebrated in seven different localities on August 15 and in two other localities, Dingli and MÄ¡arr, on the Sunday prior to the 15th.

Various localities www.thechurchinmalta.org +356 2779 0060 / 2779 0077


AUGUST

51

JOSEPH CALLEJA IN CONCERT To Be Confirmed International Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja returns to his home country for his annual summer concert.

The Granaries, Floriana www.nngpromotions.com +356 2138 4055


AUGUST

52

DELICATA WINE FESTIVAL

SAN LAWRENZ (FEAST)

THE MALTA SUMMER CARNIVAL

2nd - 5th AUGUST

8th - 10th AUGUST

18th - 20th AUGUST

The festival showcases Emmanuel Delicata wines, alongside a delicious array of food stalls offering everything from local rabbit dishes to sushi. One may enjoy all this while listening to live music with an exquisite view of the Grand Harbour.

Liturgical church ceremonies and festive street celebrations culminating in spectacular fireworks displays

The Malta Summer Carnival aims to present a summer version of the traditional carnival that is normally held in February. Costumed and masked revellers parade in the main streets of the locality to the sound of musical recordings and a festa band.

Time: 9:00pm

Upper Barrakka Garden, Valletta www.delicata.com +356 2182 5199

Time: Various Times

Birgu http://www.quddies.com.mt/ churches/30/San-Lawrenz-Martri/ Birgu-Vittoriosa +356 2182 7057

Time: Evening

BuÄĄibba www.bugibba.lc.gov.mt +356 2158 5888


AUGUST

THE MALTA SUMMER CARNIVAL

25th - 27th AUGUST Time: Evening

Another carnival parade of the Malta Summer Carnival is held in August, this time on the promenade of the seaside town of Marsaskala (known also as Wied il-Għajn).

Marsaskala (Wied il-Għajn) www.marsaskala.lc.com.mt +356 2163 7171

53


SEPTEMBER

54

SEPTEMBER 2018 DATE

EVENT

VENUE

31.08 02.09

San Gigor (Feast)

Sliema

30.09 02.09

Santa Katarina

Żurrieq

02.09

Aħna Refuġjati (Opera)

Valletta

01.09 02.09

Qormi Wine Festival

Ħal Qormi

04.09

Aħna Refuġjati (Opera)

Valletta

06.09

Aħna Refuġjati (Opera)

Valletta

07.09 08.09

Glitch Festival

TBC

08.09

Guard of Honour

Birgu

08.09

Great Siege of 1565 ( Public Holiday)

Valletta

11.08

Stage and Proms on the Sea - 3rd Ed.

Mġarr Marina, Gozo

11.09 15.09

Opera Spanga - AIDA

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

14.09 16.09

It-Twelid tal-Madonna

Naxxar, Senglea, Mellieħa, Xaghra (Gozo), Regatta in Grand Harbour, Valletta

15.08 17.08

Madonna tal-Grazzja

Żabbar

16.09

Attard 5K

Attard

16.09

Jum Ħad-Dingli

Dingli

16.08 -22.09

European Mobility Week

Dingli

21.09

Guard of Honour

Valletta

21.09

Jum l-Indipendenza

Valletta

Pjazza Teatru Rjal


SEPTEMBER

55

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

22.09 23.09

Autumn Equinox

Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra, Qrendi

22.09 23.09

The Malta International Air Show

Ħal Farruġ, Luqa

TBC

Triathlon

Coast Road, Baħar iċĊagħaq

27.09

World Tourism Day

Malta/Gozo

28.09

Science in the City

Various Sites in Valletta

28.09

Changing of the Gaurd

President's Palace, Valletta

29.09 30.09

Żejt iż-Żejtun

Żejtun


56

SEPTEMBER

THE MALTA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW 22nd & 23rd SEPTEMBER Held annually each September since 1993, at the Malta International Airport (ex: RAF Luqa), the Malta International Air Show hosts many aircraft that come from all over the world. Some of the aircraft are military while others vary from one another according to purpose.

Ħal Farruġ Road, Ħal Luqa www.maltairshow.com +356 2124 5279


SEPTEMBER

57

QORMI WINE FESTIVAL

GLITCH FESTIVAL

GREAT SIEGE of 1565 (PUBLIC HOLIDAY)

1st - 2nd SEPTEMBER

7th - 8th SEPTEMBER

8th SEPTEMBER

The Qormi Wine Festival has established itself as a fun event for the whole family. It attracts thousands of visitors both local as well as foreign as it celebrates Maltese culture and the history of the ancient town of Ħal Qormi.

The enigmatic two-day Glitch Festival will provide plenty of sound in the ‘House-and-Techno Fortress’ with an incredible line-up and crazy décor presenting a mix of house and disco acts starting from late afternoon through the night up until the early hours. The music will shift from disjointed, rattling techno, to acid and electro.

Il-Vitorja (Victory Day) commemorates three historic events, primarily the victory of the Knights of St John ending the Great Siege against the Turks in 1565, the rebellion against the French troops occupying Malta in September 1800, and the surrender of Italy in 1943. The regatta held in the Grand Harbour in the afternoon is the second major one of the year after the Freedom Day regatta races held on 31 March. The hotlycontested races feature the same traditional boats that used to ply the Grand Harbour in yesteryear.

Ħal Qormi www.festiesterniqormi.org +356 7906 2455

To Be Announced www.glitchfestival.com

Valletta www.xagħraparish.org +356 21551042

Time: Evening

Time: 4:00pm

Time: Not Available


SEPTEMBER

58

WORLD TOURISM DAY

ŻEJT IŻ-ŻEJTUN

27th SEPTEMBER

29th - 30th SEPTEMBER

A series of events are held in Malta and Gozo to celebrate World Tourism Day highlighting the important relevance that tourism bears, not only in an economic way, but also in a cultural context.

Żejt iż-Żejtun is a festival that celebrates the traditional culture of the town of Żejtun. The town’s name means The ‘Grove of Olives’ and żejt is the oil produced from olive trees. The festival opens with a procession and the blessing of harvested olives. On Sunday morning, a short ceremony in front of the old church of San Girgor is held to bless horses and pets.

Malta / Gozo www.visitmalta.com.mt +356 22915000

Żejtun www.zejtunlocalcouncil.com +356 2166 3866

Time: 6:30pm

Time: Sat evening & Sun morning


SEPTEMBER

59


OCTOBER

60

OCTOBER 2018 DATE

EVENT

VENUE

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

06.10 07.10

Madonna Tar-Rużarju

Gudja

20.10 21.10

MFCC Home & Interiors

MFCC, Ta' Qali

TBC

Malta Classic

Mdina and Surroundings

21.10

The Rolex Middle Sea Race

The Grand Harbour

TBC

Malta Tattoo Expo

MFCC, Ta'Qali

21.10

In Guardia Re-Enactment

06.10

Notte Bianca

Valletta

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

07.10

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

26.10

Changing of the Guard

President's Palcae, Valletta

12.10 14.10

Malta Buskers Show

Various Locations in Valletta

26.10 28.10

Mediterranea

Victoria, Gozo

12.10 14.10

Birgu Fest

26.10 28.10

Madonna Taċ-Ċintura (Feast) Gudja

28.10

Ġieħ l-Imqabba Concert

Mqabba Primary School

28.10

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

TBC

Pumpkin Festival

Manikata

TBC

Ħamrun Chocolate Festival

Ħamrun

29.10

Thanksgiving Mass

Mqabba Parish Church

Birgu

13.10 14.10

Malta Military Tatoo

14.10

Ġenna Ġonna

Floriana

14.10

Ravioli Feast

Pjazza talKnisja, Mqabba

14.10

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

14.10

LRC 10K

TBC

Lejl F'Casa Fornaro

MFCC, Ta' Qali

Qormi


OCTOBER

61

THE ROLEX MIDDLE SEA RACE 21st OCTOBER The annual Rolex Middle Sea Race is a 606-nautical mile race that starts with a spectacular send-off from Valletta’s Grand Harbour. The yachts head toward Sicily to circumvent the whole island. The yacht race also takes in the Italian Aeolian and Egadi Islands, as well as Pantelleria and Lampedusa.

Starting point: The Grand Harbour, Valletta www.rolexmiddlesearace.com +356 2133 3109


OCTOBER

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MALTA CLASSIC

MALTA TATTOO EXPO

NOTTE BIANCA

7th - 10th OCTOBER

6th - 8th OCTOBER

6th OCTOBER

The normally car-free “Silent City” of Mdina is the setting for the annual Mdina Grand Prix, possibly the most elegant car rally in Europe. A rare collection of vintage automobiles is on display in Cathedral Square as part of the Mdina Glass Concours d’Elegance before hitting the 2.2km race track around the bastions of the medieval city.

The fifth edition of the Malta Tattoo expo will feature over 70 local and international tattoo artists and a full programme of live music over three days. The festival will feature exhibitions on skin medical care, designs, modelling and discussions.

The annual one-night spectacle of music, theatre and the arts lights up the streets of the capital city Valletta. Palaces and museums open their doors all night long to host an extensive programme of concerts, visual arts exhibitions, dance and theatre performances. The entertainment spills out onto the open spaces of Valletta.

Mdina and environs www.vallettagrandprix.com +356 2133 9165

Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre www.mfcc.com.mt +356 2141 0371 / 2

Valletta www.lejlimdawwal.org +356 2339 7000

Time: Various

Time: To be confirmed

Time: 6:30pm


OCTOBER

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BIRGUFEST

MALTA MILITARY TATTOO

THE ĦAMRUN CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

12th - 14th OCTOBER

13th - 14th OCTOBER

To Be Confirmed

Birgufest is the ideal opportunity to immerse into the city’s rich history with a weekend of historical reenactments, discounted museum entrances and a chance to step inside ancient churches and buildings which are normally not open to the public. At night, the medieval streets are illuminated by candle light and the festival continues with musical concerts, exhibitions and an array of local food.

The 11th edition of the Malta Military Tattoo will have military bands, both foreign and local, march to the merry tunes of military and other musical compositions. The Malta Police Band and the Armed Forces of Malta Band will present their special show.

The town of Ħamrun is known as one of the major commercial centres in Malta. Although normal on Saturday evenings, the town is dormant, for this occasion the main street and several side streets shall be lit up for thousands to attend this unique Festival. One may indulge in and buy various forms of chocolates, while also enjoying the entertainment.

Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre, Ta’ Qali www.maltamilitarytattoo.org +356 2141 0371

Ħamrun www.il-ħamrun.com +356 2122 2020 / 2122 2020

Time: 9:00am

Birgu (Vittoriosa) www.birgu.gov.mt +356 2166 2166

Time: 7:00pm

Time: Evening


NOVEMBER

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NOVEMBER 2018 DATE

EVENT

VENUE

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

04.11

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

18.11

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

04.11 12.11

The Three Palaces Concerts

Various TBC

25.11

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

07.11

Hienja dik li Emmnet

Tarxien

TBC

Malta International Organs Festival

Various Venues

European Meeting of Friends of the Crib in Malta

Various Localities around Malta

30.11

Changing of the Guard

President's Palace, Valletta

08.11 11.11

MFCC Weddings & Events

MFCC, Ta'Qali

The Saluting Battery

Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta

09.11 18.11

Żigużajg

Various Localities

10.11 11.11

GEX - Gadgets Expo

Hilton, Malta

11.11

Remembrance Day

Floriana

01.11 12.11

Żurrieq 10K - Half Marathon

Żurrieq

11.11

Guard of Honour

Valletta

11.11

In Guardia Re-Enactment

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

18.11 22.11

European Week for Waste Reduction

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

07.11 11.11

Daily


NOVEMBER

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THE THREE PALACES 4th - 12th NOVEMBER Three concerts held in three different historical buildings. The concerts vary according to the repertoire and performers.

Various localities www.3palacesfestival.com +356 2339 7000


NOVEMBER

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ZURRIEQ 10K - HALF MARATHON

THE SALUTING BATTERY

GEX - GADGETS EXPO

4th - 12th NOVEMBER

DAILY

10th - 11th NOVEMBER

Time: 12:00pm & 4:00pm

Time: Full Day

A flat and fast course for Malta’s 3rd largest 10K race. Chip timing is used for results.

Right from the beginning of the 19th century, up until well into the 20th, the British authorities used to fire the guns daily as a salute, at sunrise at noon and at sunset. Two Gun Salutes which are carried out by the Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna are held daily, the first at 12.00 pm, the second at 4.00pm. Tour of the saluting Battery are held at 11.00am, 12.05pm and 3.00pm (the tour lasts 25 minutes).

The Gadgets Expo is the tech and innovation attraction of the Mediterranean; the perfect platform where audiences will experience customisable lifestyles at the touch of a button.

Ĺťurrieq www.maltamarthon.com

Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta www.salutingbattery.com +356 2122 3200

Hilton, Malta www.gex.com.mt + 356 2149 6548

Time: 7:30am

GADGETS EXPO


NOVEMBER

67


DECEMBER

68

DECEMBER 2018 DATE

EVENT

VENUE

DATE

EVENT

VENUE

07.12 09.12

The Gozo International Choir Festival

Gozo

31.12

New Year's Eve Celebrations

Valletta, Malta and Victoria, Gozo

08.12

Il-Kuncizzjoni

Bormla

31.12

Malta National NYE Ball

TBC

08.12 02.01

Betleħem F'Għajnsielem

Għajnsielem, Gozo

TBC

Natalis Notabilis - Christmas Market

Rabat, Malta

13.12

Guard of Honour

Valletta

13.12

Republic Day

Valletta

15.12

Closing of Valletta 18 - A City of Culture

St.George's Square, Valletta

22.12

Winter Solstice

22.12 24.12

Milied Mellieħ

Mellieħa

23.12

Mdina 2 Spinola 10.8 Mile Xmas Road race

Mdina to Spinola

25.12

Christmas Day (Public Holiday)

26.12

The Malta International Christmas Festival

Various

28.12

Grand Christmas Concert

Xagħra, Basilica

30.12

Christmas Concert


DECEMBER

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CLOSING OF VALLETTA 18 - A CITY OF CULTURE 15th DECEMBER The year 2018 sets the stage for a more vibrant and welcoming capital city – and this special after party promises to keep spirits high! With plenty of surprises in store on the day, we look forward to hosting everyone in the heart of the capital city, for an amazing celebration that sees out our tenure as a European Capital of Culture. Expect a spectacular line-up of live shows, music and a few surprises too. The success of any European Capital of Culture is rooted in the passion, imagination, support, dedication, enthusiasm and generosity of its communities. Indeed, as with the traditional festa, Valletta 2018’s Closing Spectacle is all about celebrating community, life and culture while forging new friendships.

St. George's Square, Valletta www.valletta2018.org


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CHRISTMAS DAY 25th DECEMBER All Maltese and tourists alike will be enjoying Christmas by experiencing its spirit that may be felt not only in churches and homes but also in the streets. It is custom for families to eat together, either at home or in restaurants and Christmas gifts are exchanged. Many towns and villages are decorated for the occasion with Christmas lights.

www.thechurchinmalta.org +356 2779 0060 / 2779 0077


DECEMBER

71

IL-KUNĊIZZJONI (FEAST)

BETLEĦEM F’GĦAJNSIELEM

REPUBLIC DAY

6th - 8th DECEMBER

8th DECEMBER2nd JANUARY

13th DECEMBER

Liturgical and street celebrations are held in the harbour town of Bormla. Fireworks displays are also held.

Experience the true spirit of Christmas with a live nativity scene, featuring a cast of actors in full costume.

Malta commemorates the 13th December 1974, when the Maltese Constitution was amended and Malta became a Republic. Sir Anthony Mamo was chosen to be it's first President.

Bormla (Cospicua) www.cospicuaparish.org.mt +356 2182 8413

Għajnsielem, Gozo www.ghajnsielemlc.com +356 2156 1515

Valletta, www.maltaculture.com +356 2339 7333

Time: Evening

Time:Not Specific

Time: Evening


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PUBLIC AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS Malta enjoys 14 annual public holidays, the second most generous holiday provision in the EU, after Cyprus. These include five national holidays reflecting key dates in the island’s modern history, as well as seven Christian festivals plus New Year’s Day and Workers’ Day (1st May). All government offices, schools and most businesses are closed on these days. However, most bars and restaurants open as usual, while some convenience stores open for limited shopping hours.

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS FEAST OF ST PAUL’S SHIPWRECK (10th FEBRUARY) St Paul is the patron saint of the Maltese Islands and so the feast of this saint is marked as an ‘obligatory feast’ in the liturgical calendar and a bank holiday. The feast is celebrated with great pomp in the church dedicated to the Shipwreck of St Paul in Valletta. According to the Acts of the Apostles, Chapters 27 and 28, in 60 A.D., St Paul was travelling to Rome from Jerusalem, when the vessel he was on ran aground off the coast of Malta. St Paul remained on the island for three months and according to tradition he converted the Maltese to Christianity. There are other localities on the Maltese islands where this saint is greatly revered. The feast of this saint is celebrated on other days in Rabat and Ħal Safi in Malta and Marsalforn in Gozo.

FREEDOM DAY (31st MARCH) The last of the British troops stationed on the island departed from Malta on this day in 1979, following a final run-down of the British military services. This marked a turning point in modern Maltese history when, following hundreds of years of foreign military occupation, the Maltese islands were now to follow their own destiny without the military presence of a foreign power. Activities commemorating this day are held every year in Vittoriosa where a monument marking this event was erected. In the afternoon, a hotly contested regatta takes place in the Grand Harbour featuring traditional watercraft manned by teams from cities bordering the Grand Harbour as well as another team from Birżebbuġa, a locality situated on Malta’s southern coast.


73 SETTE GIUGNO (7th JUNE) The day commemorates the victims of the 1919 riots when four Maltese men died in the violent unrest against the establishment. Many sectors of society were in Valletta on that day protesting against various political issues, including the high prices of commodities that made their living conditions unbearable.

IL-VITORJA (8th SEPTEMBER) This commemorates the day when in 1565 the armies of the Ottoman Empire lifted their siege on the harbour towns of Malta and their military units embarked on their vessels to return back to Istanbul. The Order of St John and the Maltese rejoiced at this lucky escape. The day is also celebrated to honour the Nativity of Our Lady which happens to be celebrated on the same day. It was believed that it was due to the intervention of the Madonna that the siege was endured by the Maltese against such a gargantuan enemy.

INDEPENDENCE DAY (21st SEPTEMBER) In 1964 Malta obtained its independence from Great Britain. The first of the British administration in Malta had commenced in September of 1800 and in 1814 Malta became a British colony. Throughout this long occupation, the island served as a very important naval base as well as a forward station for troops that were needed in case of military intervention in the Mediterranean Sea and beyond. After 1964 the Maltese Islands were immediately recognized by the United Nations as an independent state.

REPUBLIC DAY (13th DECEMBER) Having become an independent state within the Commonwealth 10 years earlier, Malta became a republic on 13th December 1974. The first President of Malta, Sir Anthony Mamo replaced the last Governor General Sir Maurice Dorman. From now on Malta started to govern by its constitutional laws according to the norms of a republican state.


74

CARNIVAL The tradition of the Maltese carnival goes back hundreds of years, with records dating back to the 15th century. The Knights of St John and the Maltese always celebrated carnival together, as this was an important event that was tied to Ash Wednesday and therefore to the religious penitential days of Lent. Carnival festivities are enjoyed in various towns and villages in Malta and Gozo. During the carnival period one can experience a lively and jovial mood where many young and not-so-young revellers wear all sorts of fanciful costumes. Many individual carnival floats are driven along the streets of Valletta and Floriana amongst a rowdy crowd. Carnival also lends itself to spontaneous merriment, allowing individuals to let their hair down, as the saying goes. Arts Council Malta organises the official carnival festivities that generally take place in Valletta from Friday until Tuesday. In Gozo carnival is celebrated in various ways, both in Rabat (Victoria) as well as in the village of Nadur. Here a more bizarre carnival fĂŞte takes place on Saturday evening that lasts until the early hours of the following day.


75

GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER Easter is the most important feast in the Christian liturgical calendar. The series of religious and traditional manifestations of this commemoration are still very much alive in the Maltese islands. Holy Week officially begins with Palm Sunday, to commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. On the evening of Maundy Thursday, the Last Supper is commemorated during Mass when twelve persons from each locality take part in the symbolic washing of the feet. After mass, churches are stripped of their silver and damask in sign of mourning and thousands of people visit seven churches to pay their respects at the Altar of Repose. The incense infused altar is beautifully decorated with white flowers and vetch plants. That same evening many also visit the displays of miniature statues representing the Passion of Christ before His crucifixion. The next day, Good Friday, is a public holiday. Late in the afternoon, at around 5.30 pm, numerous churches in Malta and Gozo hold Good Friday processions, featuring numerous life size statues carried by pall bearers and dozens of actors who dress up as biblical characters and Roman soldiers. Some participants wear hooded cloaks and tow chains around their feet as they walk in the procession. Good Friday processions are held in these towns: Birgu (St Lawrence parish church) – Senglea – Cospicua – Naxxar – Mosta – Ħal Luqa – Rabat (Fransiscan Minors Church) – Paola – Valletta (Ta’ Ġieżu Church) – Żejtun – Ħal Qormi (St George’s Parish Church) – Żebbuġ. Three processions are held on Palm Sunday, one in Ħal Għargħur, one in Ħal Għaxaq and the third one from either one of the parish churches in Victoria, Gozo. In Gozo, on Good Friday, four processions are held: one in Victoria Rabat (either one from the two parishes, that is St George Basilica or The Assumption Cathedral); the others are held in Nadur, Xagħra and Żebbuġ. In contrast to the sombre mood of Good Friday, Easter Sunday’s jubilant celebrations are punctuated by the pealing of joyful bells and fireworks. The feast is known in Maltese as Kristu Rxoxt (the Risen Christ). Following exuberant processions in the streets with the statue of the Risen Christ, families gather to enjoy a rich Easter Sunday lunch, typically of lamb, followed by traditional figolli almond pastries.


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L-IMNARJA - FEAST OF ST PETER AND ST PAUL – (29th JUNE) Named after the Latin word luminare, meaning ‘to light up’, this is one of Malta’s oldest feasts dating back to the time of the Knights of St John, when bonfires were lit up on the city walls of Mdina during the night between 28th and 29th June. Commemorating St Peter and St Paul, the celebrations centre around the town of Rabat just outside Mdina. In the afternoon of 29th June horse races are held in the country lane, situated just below Rabat. An agricultural show takes place at Buskett Grove where traditional rabbit dishes are served amid much music and merriment. In Nadur, Gozo, the feast of St Peter and St Paul is celebrated over three days. Here the feast follows the more traditional village festa with band marches, fireworks and processions of the statue of the two saints carried at shoulder-height.

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION SANTA MARIJA (15th AUGUST) The Maltese have great reverence towards the Holy Mother. Many churches are dedicated to her under various titles, the most popular being the Assumption of Our Lady. This recalls the dogma stated by Pope Pius XII in 1950 that established the Holy Virgin as being received in Heaven as body and soul. Thus the feast became an ‘obligatory’ one in the Catholic world and is celebrated on 15th August. The feast is celebrated in nine localities in Malta and Gozo, namely: Mosta, Ħal Għaxaq, Gudja, Mqabba, Qrendi, Ħ’Attard and Rabat in Gozo. The villages of Mġarr (Malta) and ĦadDingli celebrate the same feast on the Sunday immediately following that date.


77

CHRISTMAS - THE MALTESE WAY The birth of Jesus is known in Maltese as il-Milied a celebration which the Maltese look forward to with great enthusiasm. The streets of many localities are decorated with festive lights while families get creative with their own decorations in and outside their homes. On Christmas Eve, members of the Society of Catholic Doctrine lead processions of children accompanying the small statue of Baby Jesus through the streets of the town. A small brass band accompanies the procession and children sing carols such as Ninni la Tibkix Izjed (1864), (Sleep, cry no longer) and Ninu Ninu tal-Milied. (Child, Child of Christmas). That night churches are packed for Midnight Mass where a child delivers the so called Christmas sermon. Following Mass, some opt for an early ‘breakfast’ in one of the cafeterias that remain open all night. Apart from the ubiquitous Christmas trees, many families set up their own Christmas Nativity Crib at home. Some of these Nativity Scenes are rather elaborate and are even open to the public to visit. Look out for signs saying Wirja tal-Presepju (Crib Display) or even Presepju Ħaj (Live Crib) featuring reenactors in full period costume.


INDEX OF EVENTS

78

INDEX OF EVENTS EVENTS

PAGE

EVENTS

PAGE

10K Qormi Road Race, Fun Run and Walk

36

Bach's Musical Offering Revisted

12, 17

1st Day of Triduum

42

Baroque meets Jazz

12

2nd Day of Triduum

42

Betleħem F'Għajnsielem

68, 71

3rd Day of Triduum

42

Birgufest

60, 63

3rd Malta international Judo Opening

27

Boccherini Sonatas for Cello & Harpsichord

12

A new Year's Toast

12

California Suite

22

AFM Band Concert

22, 25

Carnival (Gozo)

18

Agricultural & Artisian Fair

36

Carnival (Malta)

18, 19

Aħna Refuġjati ( Opera ) - Valletta 2018

49, 54

Carnival in Xaghra

18

ALICE IN WONDERLAND - Pantomime

12, 16

Carnival Monday - Carnival at the Marina

18

Annie Mac Present's "Lost & Found"

32, 33

Chamber Music at the Zwinger Palace

12

Arti fil-Misraħ

42

As you like it

42

Changing Of the Guard

Attard 10K

12

Attard 10 K Road Race

12

18, 22, 26, 32, 37, 43, 55, 58, 60

Cinderella

12

Attard 5K

54

Closing of Valletta18 - A city of culture

68, 69

Autumn Equinox

55

Connecting through culture

42

Bach and Italy

12

Conversazioni Musicali

12


INDEX OF EVENTS

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EVENTS

PAGE

EVENTS

PAGE

Cream Fields

48,

Good Friday Procession

Delicate Wine Festival

48, 52

22, 23, 25

Design & Technology Expo@The Malta Robotics Olympiad.

Gozo Half Marathon

27

26, 30

49

Earth Garden

32, 37

Gozo Special Edition - Malta International Food Festival Grand Christmas Concert

68

Easter Procession

26

European Meeting of Friends of the Crib in Malta

Great Siege of 1565

54, 57

64

European Mobility Week

54

European Week for Waste Reduction

(Public Holiday)

Guard of honour

22, 54,64. 68

64

Ħad-Dingli: Ħidma Agrarja u Tradizzjonijiet

26

Fasti Del Barocco Napoletano

12

Ħamrun Chocolate Festival

60, 63

Fasti Del Barocco Romano

12, 16

Harley Meeting Malta

36, 40

Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck

12, 17

Ħienja dik li emmnet / Blessed is she who believed

64

Feast of the Annunciation (Parish Feast)

32

I Maestri di Sta Maria di Loreto

12

Festa Frawli (Strawberry Festival)

26, 29

Il-Kunċizzjoni (Feast and Public Holiday)

68

Festa Rizzi

36

"Il-Misteru tal-Mewt u l-Qawmien' -

22

Festival of Figs and typical Maltese products

42

Iljieli Melleħin

43

Francesca Caccini - La Liberazione di Ruggiero

12

Garmin Ocean Lava Malta 113k Triathlon

32, 35

Gaulitania Festival

26

In Guardia Re-eactment

Ġenna Ġonna

60

12,18, 22, 24, 26, 32, 36, 37, 42, 60, 64

George Cross Commemoration

26, 30

Infriorata

43

GEX Gadgets Expo

64,66

Inspired by Baroque

12

Għanafest

37, 40

Irkotta Festival

32

Gieħ l-Imqabba Concert

60

Island of Enchantment

36

GLITCH Festival

54, 57

ISLE OF MTV

37, 39


INDEX OF EVENTS

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PAGE

EVENTS

PAGE

Joseph Callejja in Concert

48, 51

Malta International Music Festival

36

Jum Ħad-Dingli

54

Malta International Organs Festival

64

Jum il- Ħaddiem (International Workers day)

32

Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival

48

Jum il-Ħelsien(public holiday) (Freedom Day)

22, 25

Malta Military Tattoo

60, 63

Jum ix-Xaghra 2018

26

Malta Music Week

37, 40

Jum L'Indipendenza (Public Holiday)

54

Malta National NYE Ball

68

L-Ghanja tal-Poplu

43

Malta Tattoo Expo

60, 62

L-Imnarja - San Pietru u San Pawl (feast and public holiday)

37, 40

ManaTapu Album Launch Concert

32

La Lupa

37

Marsovin Summer Wine Festival

42

La Mascarade

12

Mdina 2 Spinola 10.8 mile Xmas Road Race

68

La Sette di Cristo

12

Mdina Medieval Festival

26

Lejl f'Casa il-Fornaro

60

Mediterranea

60

Lejla Maltija' - Traditional Maltese Night

26

Mellieħa International Music Festival

37

Lejla Mġarrija

48

Mellieħa Nights

43

Lejlet Lapsi

37

Messa a Due Cori - Benigno Zerafa

12

LRC 10K

60

MFCC AMITEX Holiday Show

22

Malta Arts Festival

36

MFCC Home & Interiors

60

Malta Buskers Show

60

MFCC Trade Fair

37

Malta Classic

60, 62

MFCC Weddings & Events

64

Malta Fashion Week

32, 34

Milied Mellieħi

68

Malta International Arts Festival

37

Monteverdi Vespers

12

Malta International Fireworks Festival

26, 28

Music Festival 2018

36

Malta International Ground Fireworks

26, 30

Music for the Royal Fireworks (VBF)

12

Malta International Jazz Festival

43, 46

Nadur Organised Carnival

18

Nadur Spontaneous Carnival

18, 20


INDEX OF EVENTS

81

NAPULE

37

Stage and Proms on the Sea – 3rd Edition

54

Natalis Notabilis - Christmas Market

68

Suites for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord

12

NEW YEAR'S EVE Celebrations

68

Telemann Fantasias

12

NOTTE BIANCA

60, 62

Thanksgiving mass

60

Notte di San Lorenzo Fireworks Displays

48

32

OCA DOME Mandala Wisdom

22, 24, 26, 32

The 220th anniversary of the two-year French Blockade of Malta

Opera Spanga - AIDA

54

Opera VS Pop Under the stars

43, 47

Pageant of the Seas

36, 38

Pope Joan

42

Potato & Agrarian Festival

32

Pumpkin Festival

60

Qormi Wine Festival

54, 57

Rameau Operatic Highlights

12

Ravioli Feast - Festa Ravjul

60

Rememberance Day

64

Republic Day

68, 71

Santa Maria / L-Assunzjoni (Feast & Public Holiday)

48, 50

Scarlatti Sonatas

12

Science in the City

55

Serata Ghana u Lejla Rap

48

Spring Equinox

22, 24

St. John's Bonfire

37

ST. Patrick's Sunday in Floriana

22

The 46th ESTA International Conference (Malta) 26 The Best of the Gozo Youth Wind Band - Don Bosco Grand Concert

18

The Dark Side of the Goldberg Varartions

12

The Delicata Classic Wine Festival(Gozo)

48

The Farsons Beer Festival

43, 46

The Goldberg Varations

12

The Gozo International Choir Festival

68

The Grid Race

37

The Malta International Air Show

54, 56

The Malta International Arts Festival

43, 45

The Malta International Christmas festival

68

The Malta International Music Competition

43, 47

The Malta Summer Carnival

48, 52, 49, 53

The Marsonvin Grape Harvest Fest- Marnisi Under the Stars

49

The Rolex Middle Sea Race

60, 61

The Saluting Battery

64

The Three Palaces Concert

64, 65


INDEX OF EVENTS

82

Tomas Luis de Victoria - Lamentations & Responsories

12

Triathlon

37, 43, 55

Unite with tomorrowland

43

Valletta '18 Opening Ceremony

12, 15

Valletta Baroque Festival - German Celebrity Composers

12

Valletta Baroque Festival - The Four Seasons Vivaldi

12, 16

Valletta Film Festival

36

Valletta Green Festival

32, 35

VIBE in Concert

12

Victoria International Arts Festival

37

Victoria Local Council Concert

36

Vincenzo Bellini's Opera, NORMA

26

Vodafone Malta Marathon & Half Marathon

18

Winter Solstice

68

World Tourism Day

55, 58

XII Malta Mechanised Ground Fireworks Festival

26

Żejt iż-Żejtun

55

Żigużajg

64

Żurrieq 10 K - Half Marathon

64, 66


INDEX OF FEASTS

83

INDEX OF FEASTS EVENTS

DATE

VENUE

EVENTS

DATE

VENUE

Corpus Domini

17.06

Rabat

Madonna taċ-Ċintura / tal-Konsolazzjoni. Il-

28.10

Gudja

Madonna tad-Duluri, Il-

29.07

San Pawl il-Baħar

Għid il-Kbir, L- (Easter) 01.04

Various

Ġimgħa l-Kbira, Il(Good Friday)

30.04

Various

Imnarja, L- (San Pietru u San Pawl)

28.06 - 29.06

Mdina

Kristu Re

29.06

Raħal Ġdid (Paola)

Kunċizzjoni, Il-

08.12

Bormla (Cospicua)

Kunċizzjoni, Il-

01.07

Ħamrun

Madonna tal-Lunzjata, 03.06 Il-

Tarxien

Madonna tal-Lunzjata, 08.07 Il-

Balzan

Madonna ta’ Lourdes, Il-

30.07

San Ġwann

Madonna ta’ Lourdes, Il-

19.08

Raħal Ġdid (Paola)

Madonna ta’ Lourdes, Il-

01.07

Qrendi

Madonna ta’ Lourdes, Il-

26.08

Għajnsielem, Gozo

Madonna ta’ Pompei, Il-

29.07

Marsaxlokk

Madonna tad-Dutrina, 15.07 Il-

Ħal Tarxien

Madonna tal-Ġilju, Il-

18.06

Mqabba

Madonna tal-Ġrazzja, Il-

09.09

Ħaż-Żabbar

Madonna tal-Karmnu, Il-

09.07

Fgura

Madonna tal-Karmnu, Il-

22.07

Żurrieq

Madonna tal-Karmnu, Il-

29.07

St Julian’s (Balluta)

Madonna tal-Karmnu, Il-

30.06

Valletta

Madonna tal-Karmnu, Il-

30.07

Gżira

Madonna tar-Rużarju, Il-

07.10

Gudja

Marija Bambina (itTwelid tal-Madonna)

08.09

Mellieħa

Marija Bambina (itTwelid tal-Madonna)

08.09

L-Isla (Senglea)


INDEX OF FEASTS

84 EVENTS

DATE

VENUE

EVENTS

DATE

VENUE

Marija Bambina (itTwelid tal-Madonna)

08.09

Naxxar

San Ġużepp

19.03

Rabat

Marija Bambina (itTwelid tal-Madonna)

08.09

Xagħra, Gozo

San Ġużepp

04.06

Ħal Għaxaq

Marija Reġina

26.08

Marsa

San Ġużepp

08.07

Ħal Kirkop

Qalb ta’ Marija

24.06

Burmarrad

San Ġużepp

16.07

Kalkara

Sacro Cuor

02.07

Sliema

San Ġużepp

16.07

Msida

Salvatur, is- (ItTrasfigurazzjoni),

06.08

Ħal Lija

San Ġużepp

30.07

Ħaż-Żebbuġ

San Anard

20.08

Ħal Kirkop

San Ġużepp

06.08

Qala, Gozo

Sant' Andrija

01.07

Ħal Luqa

San Ġwann il-Battista

24.06

Xewkija, Gozo

San Bastjan

15.07

Ħal Qormi

San Lawrenz

12.08

San Lawrenz, Gozo

San Bert

28.08

Ħal Għargħur

San Lawrenz

10.08

Birgu, (Vittoriosa)

San Duminku

05.08

Valletta (il-Belt)

San Nikola

24.06

Siġġiewi

San Duminku

26.08

Birgu (Vittoriosa)

San Pawl, IlKonverżjoni ta’

01.07

Rabat

San Filep

11.06

Ħaż-Żebbuġ

San Pawl, IlKonverżjoni ta’

20.08

Ħal Safi

San Gejtanu

12.08

Ħamrun

San Pawl, inNawfraġju ta’

28.01

Valletta

San Ġiljan

26.08

St Julian’s

San Pietru fil-Ktajjen

30.07

Birżebbuġa

San Girgor

03.09

Sliema

San Pietru u San Pawl

29.06

Nadur, Gozo

San Ġorġ

24.06

Ħal Qormi

Sant’Anna

23.07

Wied il- Għajn (Marsaskala)

San Ġorġ

16.07

Victoria, Gozo

Santa Katerina

17.06

Żejtun


INDEX OF FEASTS

85

EVENTS

DATE

VENUE

Santa Katerina

02.09

Żurrieq

Santa Liena

19.08

Birkirkara

Santa Margerita

22.07

Sannat, Gozo

Santa Marija (L-Assunzjoni)

15.08

Gudja

Santa Marija (L-Assunzjoni)

15.08

Mosta

Santa Marija (L-Assunzjoni)

15.08

Mqabba

Santa Marija (L-Assunzjoni)

15.08

Qrendi

Santa Marija (L-Assunzjoni)

15.08

Ħ’Attard

Santa Marija (L-Assunzjoni)

15.08

Rabat, Gozo

Santa Marija (L-Assunzjoni)

19.08

Mġarr, Malta

Santa Marija (L-Assunzjoni)

19.08

Ħad-Dingli

Santa Marija (L-Assunzjoni)

19.08

Żebbuġ, Gozo

Santissima Trinità

11.06

Marsa

Stella Maris

20.08

Sliema


The Maltese Islands Calendar of Events 2018  
The Maltese Islands Calendar of Events 2018  

Malta boasts of an events calendar featuring an eclectic blend of local and international entertainment, exhibitions, festivals and feasts.W...