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Malta boasts of an events calendar featuring an eclectic blend of local and international entertainment, exhibitions, festivals and feasts.Whatever your particular area of interest may be, you are sure to find activities which will appeal to you. Choose from performances by international contemporary music stars, classical music concerts and jazz festivals, amongst many others. Malta's vibrant performing arts scene also offers a surprisingly diverse repertoire of theatre, opera, and dance. Moreover, the Maltese islands play host to an exciting array of international sporting events. If you are looking for an authentic Maltese experience, then look out for traditional events such as our village festas, Carnival and Holy Week celebrations. The Maltese are amongst the warmest people you will find in the Mediterranean. With our desire to enjoy life, we will be more than happy to have you share in our fun and joy!

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  • THE MALTESE ISLANDSA DESTINATION FOR ALL SEASONS

    - EVENTS CALENDAR 2016 -

  • 3WELCOME TO MALTA FROM THE CEO

    Dear Guest,

    The Mediterranean is a destination in itself that lures millions of

    visitors to its shores. One would think that choosing a destination in a

    Mediterranean country where to spend some time, whether for business

    or leisure, would be simply based on how much sun, sea and sand one

    will find. In the case of Malta, this is simply not so.

    Whether one wants to enjoy a break from the usual hectic lifestyle at

    home, or whether preparing an incentive trip for business associates,

    the discerning traveller will be willing to choose a destination where

    his mind can be at ease and at the same time be stimulated by pleasant

    experiences. It is indeed for this reason that many choose Malta as their

    next destination, whether for business or pleasure. Perusing through this

    booklet you shall get to know of a multitude of events that take place in

    Malta throughout the year. Malta is a destination where you will want to

    join in the fun that goes on, on any given day of the year.

    Most of the events are held because the Maltese have a passion for life.

    From local and parochial feasts that celebrate their patron saints, or national

    festivals, such as carnival, to festivals and sporting events of international

    repute, the choice is vast. At any given time, one may be assured of high

    quality entertainment for all tastes and dierent age groups. The variety and

    diversity of so many events is dicult to explain in this introduction, but this

    is exactly why we have prepared this directory for you, listing 250 events that

    will take place throughout the year.

    For whichever reason you may want to visit Malta, I augur that you shall

    enjoy your stay and return to your home country with happy memories

    of a great experience, having spent a good time amongst friendly and

    hospitable people.

    Wish you a pleasant stay.

    Paul Bugeja

    Chief Executive

    Malta Tourism Authority

    In order to obtain more up to date information on the events listed you may wish to check the events pages of the Malta Tourism Authoritys website: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/events

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  • 5TABLE OF CONTENTS

    03 Welcome from the CEO

    06 - 11 January

    12 - 15 February

    16 - 19 March

    20 - 23 April

    24 - 27 May

    28 - 31 June

    32 - 35 July

    36 - 39 August

    40 - 43 September

    44 - 47 October

    48 - 51 November

    52 - 55 December

    57 Feast of St Pauls Shipwreck

    58 Carnival

    59 Good Friday and Easter

    60 L-Imnarja

    61 Santa Maria

    62 - 63 Village Festas

    64 - 65 National holidays

    66 - 67 In Guardia

    68 - 71 Index of events

    72 - 73 Index of feasts

    74 Calendar of events 2017

  • 6JANUARY 2016THE LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH

    DATE EVENT VENUE DATE EVENT VENUE

    04.12-10.01

    Malta Photographic Societys 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    Spazju Kreattiv St James Cavalier, Valletta

    02.01 Robin Hood - A Pantomime Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    02.01 Kenneth Branagh Company in Cinema - The Winter`s Tale

    Spazju Kreattiv St James Cavalier, Valletta

    03.01 Treasure Island - A Pantomime Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre, Ta Qali

    03.01 New Year's Concert by the Malta Philarmonic Orchestra

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

    03.01 In Guardia Re-enactment Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

    09.01 Modern Music Days - Ballet de l'Opra-Thtre de Metz Mtropole

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    09.01 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema - The Lady of the Camellias

    Spazju Kreattiv St James Cavalier, Valletta

    10.01 The Great Russian Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

    10.01 Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Music Series Concert 2

    Robert Samut Hall, Floriana

    15.01 Music between Friends : A Schubert Evening

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Temi Zammit Hall, Valletta

    16.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Bach's Musical Oering performed by Le Concert des Nations withJordi Savall

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    17.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Bachs Sonatas for violin & piano

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    17.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - 'Baroque Treasure Hunt for the Family'

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    17.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Unitate Melos

    Ta' iezu Church, St Johns Street, Valletta

    17.01 Metropolitan Opera in Cinema - Il Trovatore

    Spazju Kreattiv St James Cavalier, Valletta

    18.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Bonaventura Rubino Messa de Morti a` 5 Concertata

    Jesuits Church, Merchants Street, Valletta

    19.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Goldberg Variations

    Bibliotheca (National Library), Valletta

    19.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Il Spiritillo Brando

    Ta' iezu Church, St Johns Street, Valletta

    20.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Inspired by Baroque : Respighi, Poulenc, Gorecki, Stravinsky, Bach

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    21.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - L'Arte del Madrigale performed by La Compagnia del Madrigale

    St. Nicholas Church (All Souls Church), Merchants Street, Valletta

    22.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Venetian Graces by Canzona

    President's Palace, Attard

    23.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Roberto Cominati (Piano Concert)

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    23.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Vibe in Concert: A Musical Banquet

    St.Paul's Anglican Cathedral

  • 7DATE EVENT VENUE DATE EVENT VENUE

    23.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - La Serenissima: The Italian Job

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    24.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Great Baroque Composers

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    24.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - BaroqueKid Power

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    24.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - The Four Seasons - Vivaldi, performed by La Serenissima

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    25.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival -'Du Treuer Gott'

    St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta

    26.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Vibe Concert : Unity in Diversity

    St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral, Valletta

    27.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - The Legend of Orlando : Battles, Love & Madness

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    28.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Elements of Dance

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    29.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - The Music of Silence - The Magic of the Lute

    St. Nicholas Church (All Souls Church), Merchants Street, Valletta

    29.01 Changing of The Guard The Palace, St. George's Square, Valletta

    29.01 Quintessence Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier, Valletta

    29.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Niccol Jommelli Requiem performed by Choir and Consort

    Jesuits Church, Merchants Street, Valletta

    30.01 Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul St. Paul's Shipwreck Church, Valletta

    30.01 The Valletta International Baroque Festival - Beatles Go Baroque

    Casino Maltese, Republic Street, Valletta

    30.01 Malta Philharmonic Orchestral Concert - Tchaikovsky

    Mediterranean Conference Centre

    31.01 The Best of the Gozo Wind Band - Don Bosco Grand Concert

    Rabat, Gozo

    31.01 Met Opera in Cinema - Othello Spazju Kreattiv St James Cavalier, Valletta

  • 9JANUARY 2016

    16 - 30 JANUARY 2016THE VALLETTA INTERNATIONAL BAROQUE FESTIVALA celebration of the capital citys Baroque identity, the festival features

    a programme of music from the era of The Order of St John. Centred

    around the Manoel Theatre, one of Europes oldest theatres, the festival

    extends to St Johns Co-Cathedral, the Grandmasters Palace, the

    auberges, churches and other Baroque edifices that make up this city

    built by gentlemen for gentlemen.

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    www.vallettabaroquefestival.com.mt

    +356 2124 6389

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    JANUARY 2016

    03 JANUARY 2016Time: 07:30pm

    02 - 04 JANUARY 2016Time: 02 & 03 January 03:00pm & 08:00pm 04 January 08:00pm

    03 JANUARY 2016Time: 08:00pm

    NEW YEARS CONCERTThe Malta Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Laus celebrates the New Year with a concert of popular classics.

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Vallettawww.mcc.com.mt+356 2559 5750/1

    Manoel Theatre, Vallettawww.teatrumanoel.com.mt+356 2124 6389

    Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre, Ta Qaliwww.mfcc.com.mt+356 2141 0371/2

    ROBIN HOOD - A PANTOMIMEJoin Robin Hood and his Merry Men on their adventure to defeat the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, fight the evil witch, battle the ghouls of the enchanted forest, and save the babes from certain death. Those attending will surely fall in love with Maid Marian. The Dame is played by Edward Mercieca. This years traditional Christmas Panto is packed with adventure and comedy that will leave you breathless.

    TREASURE ISLAND - A PANTOMIMEThe show will feature a cast of some of Maltas theatre greats including Alan Montanaro as Long John Swagger, Jean-Pierre Busuttil as Mama Sufia, Joseph Zammit as Squire uta, Katherine Brown as Dr Shipshape, Alexander Gatesy Lewis as Jim Hawkins, Ste Thake as Salty Sue, Michael Mangion as Captain Snit and Tina Rizzo as the cursed Miss uta. The pantomime is written and directed by Malcolm Galea who included generous doses of humour, magic, music, songs, dance and adventure. Expect stunning sets, amazing costumes, special eects and an odd surprise or two. Treasure Island promises to be yet another memorable MADC panto.

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    JANUARY 2016

    30 JANUARY 2016Time: N/A

    30 JANUARY 2016Time: 12:00pm - 01:30pm

    St. Pauls Shipwreck Church, Vallettawww.sanpawlmalta.com+356 2122 3348

    Casino Maltese, Republic Street, Vallettawww.vallettabaroquefestival.com.mt+356 2124 6389

    FEAST OF ST PAULS SHIPWRECKAccording to the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 27 and 28, in 60AD,St Paul was taken as a prisoner from Jerusalem to Rome. During the journey a storm broke out and the vessel he was travelling on was shipwrecked on the Maltese Islands. St Paul stayed in Malta for three months and it is said that because of this, the earliest Christian community on the islands was established. This event is marked by a feast which is celebrated on February 10 in the Parish Church dedicated to the Shipwreck of St Paul, in Valletta. This feast is also commemorated throughout the Maltese Islands as St Paul is venerated as Maltas patron saint. This day is still acknowledged, by a public holiday. However, this year the feast day celebrations have been shifted to January 30, due to the carnival celebrations and Ash Wednesday.

    THE VALLETTA INTERNATIONAL BAROQUE FESTIVAL - BEATLESGO BAROQUE The chamber group Gli Archi Ensemble has collaborated with great soloists and conductors including Boris Belkin, Gunter Neuhold, George Pehlivanian and Hubert Soudant amongst others. The 11-member ensemble has extensive experience on national and international musical stages and has amassed a very broad high quality repertoire. In 2005 Gli Archi Ensemble recorded Antonio Vivaldis Concerto for four violins, strings and harpsichord, within the project Il Legno Magico conceived by the violin maker Roberto Regazzi at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

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    FEBRUARY 2016THE LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH

    03.02 Jazz with Sandro Zerafa, Yanathan Avishai, Yonia Zelnik & Lukmil Perez

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    05.02-09.02

    Malta Carnival Valletta, Malta

    05.02-09.02

    Gozo Carnival Nadur, Gozo and Xagra, Gozo

    05.02 Malta Philharmonic Orchestral Concert Series 2

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    07.02 In Guardia(16th century re-enactment)

    Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

    07.02 Toi Toi Moves: Clich Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    10.02 Feast of St Pauls Shipwreck (liturgical feast)

    Valletta

    12.02 MPO Chamber Orchestra Series Concert 2

    Robert Samut Hall, Floriana

    14.02 Trio Concert: Loves Joys and Sorrows

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

    14.02 Toi Toi 325 - Concert for 3 to 5 year olds

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    14.02 Met Opera in Cinema - Tannhuser

    Spazju Kreattiv St James Cavalier, Valletta

    14.02 Duathlon Safi

    15.02 Toi Toi 022 - concert for babies to two-year olds

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    17.02 Vienna in Valletta performed by Vienna Philarmoic

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    18.02 Vivanda Malta Fairs and Convention Centre, Ta Qali

    20.02 Disney Live in concert - Fantasia Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

    21.02 Met Opera in Cinema - Lulu Spazju Kreattiv St James Cavalier, Valletta

    26.02 Chris de Burgh in Concert Republic Hall, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

    26.02 Changing of The Guard The Palace, St. Georges Square, Valletta

    26.02 The Odd Couple Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    27.02 Teatru Manoel Youth Opera Concert

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    27.02 National Theatre Live in Cinema - Jane Eyre

    St James Cavalier, Valletta

    28.02 Vodafone Malta Marathon Mdina to Sliema

    28.02 In Guardia(16th century re-enactment)

    Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

    DATE EVENT VENUE DATE EVENT VENUE

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    FEBRUARY 2016

    05 - 09 FEBRUARY 2016CARNIVALCarnival in Malta is a colourful extravaganza of huge artistic papier-mch

    floats paraded through the streets of Valletta, accompanied by boisterous

    brass bands and a cacophony of dancers and revellers in outrageous

    costumes. By night the party continues in the clubs and bars of Paceville. In

    Nadur, Gozo, carnival takes on a zany and yet macabre mood, with grotesque

    masks and satirical floats parading through the streets of the town at night.

    Valletta, Malta

    www.maltaculture.com

    +356 2339 7000

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    FEBRUARY 2016

    18 - 21 FEBRUARY 2016Time: 10:00am - 09:00pm

    20 FEBRUARY 2016Time: 03:00pm and 07:30pm

    05 - 09 FEBRUARY 2016Time: 07:00pm

    Malta Fairs and Convention Centre, Ta Qaliwww.mfcc.com.mt+356 2141 0371

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Vallettawww.mcc.com.mt+356 2559 5750

    Nadurwww.nadur.gov.mt+356 2155 8080

    VIVANDAVivanda is an international culinary event focused onEuro-Mediterranean gastronomical traditions, cultures and innovations in the world of food and drink.Various culinary challenges take place as local and foreign chefs compete to win prestigious awards under the patronage of the World Association of Chefs Societies.

    DISNEY IN CONCERTEnchanted by the emotional storytelling power of Disneys classical music from Fantasia, this is a spectacular concert not to be missed. The concert is performed by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout the evening visual clips from Walt Disneys original films Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000 will be screened to accompany the musical scores.

    GOZO CARNIVALThe Nadur carnival is essentially a celebration that owes its great success mainly to the spontaneity of the thousands of costumed participants who turn up on the Saturday evening of carnival. There is practically very little going on in the way of events conducted by an organising committee. Instead, masked revellers dress up in all types of costumes to frolic around with one another as they tease passers-by and at the same time be stared and laughed at. In Nadur one will encounter an incredible variety of funny role-characters wearing bizarre masks and costumes.

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