Movies beneath the stars, world-famous classical musicians and Malta’s biggest alternative await your visit. Here are nine of the best events to attend if you’re in this spring. Whether you want to see traditional Malta or party to electronic beats, you’ll find something to add to your calendar. Scroll down and stop at your favourite.
1. Get Cultured At Malta’s
As you walk through the city of Valletta, it’s not unusual to pass a cellist or violinist busking on the street. The baroque architecture seems the perfect backdrop to Mozart or Bach. And during the Malta International Music Festival, you can take in the sights during the day and catch live music in the form of solo recitals, chamber concerts and grand orchestral shows in the evening. The festival 29 April to 10 May in two venues worth visiting for their architectural merit alone: the Mediterranean Conference Centre – one of the oldest European buildings – and the neo-gothic Robert Samut Hall. The closing Gala on 10 May stars famous Russian singer Anna Aglatova, a leading soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre, and Maltese tenor Cliff Zammit Stevens.
2. Prepare to Be Dazzled at the International
But classical music isn’t for everyone’s ears. Perhaps you prefer your evenings to, well, start with a bang. If you’ve ever been to Malta in Spring or Summer, you’ll know the Maltese never knowingly mark a fireworks. The most important of these is the International when the skies turn into a spectacle of colour and co-ordination. This is one of the most spectacular and something all will enjoy. So take your pick from four towns and cities in Malta and Gozo over four days from 24 April – 4 May. without
3. Give Off Good Vibes at Earth
Malta’s biggest alternative is called Earth Garden. It’s been going, and growing, since 2007 and returns from 30 May to 2 June at Ta’ Qali National Park. There are 120 acts due to play across 5 stages. But it’s much more than that. Earth Garden is also an , with workshops and healing areas, an international court, an ethnic market and park. It’s a truly international with acts from Portugal, Africa, France, Mexico, Israel, Austria, Hungary, the UK, and, of course, Malta.
4. Popcorn At The Ready At The Valletta Film
Malta’s capital city will be transformed into a 14- 23 June. Film buffs will be spoilt for choice with over 40 feature films and 24 short films in this year’s Valletta Film . Venues include Pjaza Teatru Rjal, the city’s open air theatre set in the ruins of the Royal Opera House destroyed during World War Two, and Spazju Kreatitiv, an arthouse cinema set in a 16th century fort.
5. Tune Into A Traditional Malta At Ghanafest
This celebrates Maltese Ghana, or folk song, and many other traditional musical styles. Set in Floriana’s beautiful, and recently revamped, Argotti Gardens, Ghanafest this is a true of Mediterranean identity. It takes place from 21-22 June, and is a unique chance to hear ghana, which is usually performed in the intimacy of Maltese villages and clubs. You’ll also find stalls selling traditional Maltese and drink to enjoy or bring home as gifts.
6. Visit One of The Most Unusual Festas in
Another way to tap into traditional Malta is by visiting one of the oldest feasts celebrated in 29 June at Buskett Gardens (one of Malta’s few areas of woodland) celebrates two important saints on the islands, St Peter and St Paul. The horse and donkey takes place in a country road just below Mdina, a tradition which dates back to the time of the Knights of St John. traditional harvest celebrated with horse races, folk singing and local , especially Maltese rabbit stew. The feast, which takes place all day on
7. See Valletta Transformed at The Malta International Art
This jam-packed performances, visual installations, plays, and dance by local and international acts at various venues in and around Valletta. Expect the unexpected as you walk through Valletta, transformed into a living arts festival from 29 June to 13 July. In previous years, imaginative performances have included a series of huge swings in St George’s Square that trigger through movement and a wooden puppet animal circus roaming the streets. your camera.
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8. Dance Your Heart Out At Drumfest
If you’re into rock, techno or to hit is right up your . Over 20 acts will perform at Drumfest at the National Park, Ta’ Qali on 14-15 June. They include world class DJs like Dave Clarke, Luke Slater and DJ Rush. Check out Drumfest’s website for of all the acts.
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9. Take Your Pick From Malta’s Firework-Heavy Village Festas
Finally, you shouldn’t visit Malta without visiting a traditional Maltese festa. These celebrate village patron saints with extravagantly decorated churches, marching bands, colourful festooned streets and, of course, masterful firework displays. This season officially gathers steam towards June, with weekly feasts happening all around . It’s also a great opportunity to try local Maltese such as freshly made Imqaret. Yum.
Here’s the full for Maltese festas in June:
2 June – The Annunciation, Tarxien; St Joseph, Hal Ghaxaq
9 June – Our Lady of Fatima, Gwadamangia; Christ the Saviour in the Eucharist, Ghasri Gozo; St. Philip of Agira, Haz-Zebbug
16 June – Holy Trinity, Marsa; Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fontana Gozo; Our Lady of Lily, Mqabba; St Catherine, Zejtun
23 June – Christ the Saviour in the Eucharist, Rabat; St John the Baptist, Xewkija
29 June – L-Imnarja, Mdina; St Peter and St Paul, Nadur Gozo
30 June – St George, Hal Qormi; St Nicholas, Siggiewi; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Burmarrad; Our Lady of Lourdes, Qrendi