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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 Sn