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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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    01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

    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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    01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

    26 FEBRUARY 2016Time: 08:30pm

    26 - 28 FEBRUARY 2016Time: 08:00pm

    CHRIS de BURGH IN CONCERT With sales of over 50 million albums worldwide, Chris de Burghs songs are staples on the radio. The Lady In Red to this day remains one of the most played songs ever. De Burghs other classic songs include High on emotion, Borderline, Missing you, Dont Pay the Ferryman, Spanish Train, Sailor, Natasha Dance and A Spaceman Came Travelling.

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Vallettawww.cmcpromotionsmalta.com+356 9982 1250

    Manoel Theatre, Vallettawww.teatrumanoel.com.mt+356 2122 2618

    THE ODD COUPLEWhen fussy Felix (Chris Dingli) becomes suicidal over his impending divorce, he accepts an offer to move in with his best friend, messy Oscar (Malcolm Galea). Felix drives Oscar crazy with his obsession over his soon-to-be ex. Oscar tries to get him out of his funk by arranging a double date with two wacky British neighbours, Cecily and Gwendolyn. When the plan backfires and Felix grows even more despondent, his friendship with Oscar is put to the test.

    FEBRUARY 2016

    28 FEBRUARY 2016Time: 07:30am

    Mdina to Sliemawww.maltamarathon.com

    VODAFONE MALTA MARATHONThe ever popular Vodafone Malta Marathon is expected to see over 4,000 participants this year in either the full- or half-marathon. The event is held in aid of Inspire Foundation for Inclusion which works towards equal opportunities and inclusion in society for persons with disability. The marathon starts from the old town of Mdina and winds its way through the Maltese countryside and towns to reach Sliema. Those who are not up to running the whole way can opt to participate in the Endo walkathon (21.097km) during which they may walk, jog or run at any time. Registration closes on 15th January.

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    MARCH 2016THE LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH

    02.03 - 04.03

    America: Dreams & Nightmares - The Life of Martin Luther King - Drama

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Mikielang Grima Hall, Valletta

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

    06.03 Passions and Mysteries - A Nani Concert

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Republic Hall, Valletta

    06.03 Toi Toi Moves: Life with George Frideric Handel

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    11.03 FMVA Vintage Motors Festival Starting point, Marr at 02:00pm

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

    13.03 Organ Recital Series 2 Robert Samut Hall, Floriana

    15.03 Piano Recital: Immortal Beloved by Michael Laus

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Temi Zammit Hall, Valletta

    16.03 Gluck's 'Orphe et Eurydice' Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    17.03-20.03

    Tour ta' Malta / Cycling 17.03 - Coast Road18.03 - San Martin Circuit19.03 - Nadur, Gozo20.03 - Mqabba

    18.03 Malta International Karate Event Cottonera Sports Complex

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

    20.03 The Dance Workshops Performance - Pippi Longstocking and other inspirational stories

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

    20.03 Toi Toi 325 - concert for 3 to 5 year olds

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    21.03 Spring Equinox Mnajdra

    21.03 Toi Toi 022 - concert for babies to 2 year olds

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    25.03 Good Friday Procession Various churches in Malta and Gozo

    26.03 Duathlon Dingli Clis

    27.03 Gaulitana Festival of Music Aurora Opera House, Gozo

    27.03 Easter Sunday Procession Various churches in Malta and Gozo

    27.03 Toi Toi: Big Band Concert Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    28.03 World ISF Badminton Championships for Schools

    University Sports Complex, Msida

    31.03 Freedom Day Commemoration & Regatta Race

    Vittoriosa and Grand Harbour

    31.03 Annie Mac PresentsLost & Found

    Various venues

    DATE EVENT VENUE DATE EVENT VENUE

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    MARCH 2016

    27 MARCH 2016EASTER SUNDAYIn contrast to the sombre mood on Good Friday, Easter Sunday is a joyous

    occasion. The churches are once again festooned with all their gold, silver and

    damask decorations and the statue of the Risen Christ is paraded triumphantly

    through the streets of many towns and villages. In some towns, pall-bearers

    run with the statue of the Risen Christ. Pious Christians break their Lenten fast

    as they celebrate Easter with a rich lunch. Children are presented with Easter

    eggs and figolli, almond-filled pastries cut in various shapes.

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    MARCH 2016

    21 MARCH 2016Time: 06:00am

    25 MARCH 2016Time: 05:00pm

    06 MARCH 2016Time: 11:00am

    SPRING EQUINOXThe megalithic temple complex of Mnajdra situated on Maltas southern coast dates back to 3600BC and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to experts, the South Temple of the three temple complex is aligned with the suns trajectory in the sky that occurs specifically in the Spring and Autumn equinoxes and the Summer and Winter solstices. Heritage Malta, the agency in charge of administering this prehistoric stone structure, organises a special guided tour at sunrise on 21st March to witness the suns rays as these project themselves through the South Temples main doorway and light up its main axis.

    GOOD FRIDAYIn the morning hours of Good Friday many visit churches to pray and admire the statues that are prepared for the evening procession. These statues are carried shoulder high by pall-bearers in some seventeen parishes. The procession which exits the church takes some three hours to complete. Each contains an average of 8 to 12 statues that represent the various stages of the Passion of the Christ. In between one statue and another a multitude of re-enactors accompany the procession, dressed in period costumes that relate to Biblical or New Testament characters.(For further details please refer to Pg 59).

    Fort St. Elmo , Vallettawww.visitmalta.com+356 2291 5440/1/2

    IN GUARDIAA cast of 55 re-enactors in full period uniforms re-enact a military drill that evokes a historic episode that took place regularly inside Fort St Elmo during the time of the Knights of St John. The re-enactment portrays the inspection of the fort and its garrison by the Grand Baili in charge of military aairs. In case of inclement weather the re-enactment may be cancelled.(For further details please refer to Pg 67).

    Booking from all Heritage Malta Museumswww.heritagemalta.org

    Various localities

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    MARCH 2016

    31 MARCH - 04 APRIL 2016Time: 06:00pm - 02:00am

    27 MARCH - 24 APRIL 2016Time: Various

    31 MARCH 2016Time: Various

    ANNIE MAC PRESENTSLOST & FOUNDBuilding on the incredible success of its first year, the festival returns for a bigger second round in Malta. The UKs legendary dance DJ Annie Mac heads up a huge line up of DJs and producers at poolside stages, boat parties and all-night raves in what is already being touted as the hottest ticket around. This years international lineup will include Disclosure, Eats Everything, DJ EZ, Jackmaster and many more.

    St Pauls Baywww.lostandfoundfestival.cominfo@freshevents.com

    Aurora Opera House, Gozowww.gaulitanus.com+356 2156 0200

    Vittoriosa and Grand Harbourwww.sportmalta.org.mt+356 2203 000

    GAULITANA FESTIVAL OF MUSICThe Festival Gaulitana features a multifarious programme of events in various genres and styles, culminating with the Opera+ Weekend, the highlight of which will be Rossinis Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Colin Attard.

    FREEDOM DAY COMMEMORATION & REGATTA RACEActivities commemorating the withdrawal of British troops from Malta in 1979 are held every year in Vittoriosa where a monument marking this historic event was erected. A traditional and hotly contested regatta takes place in Grand Harbour in the afternoon. Rowing teams hail from the cities bordering Grand Harbour namely Cospicua, Kalkara, Marsa, Marsamxett (Valletta), Senglea, Vittoriosa as well as Birebbua in the south. Participants race in typical traditional watercraft that ply the waters of Grand Harbour such as frejgatini, kajjikki, dgajjes tal-pass and tal-midalji.

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    APRIL 2016THE LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH

    01.04 Stripping Man .... Dancing the Man Away by YADA

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

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

    03.04 Toi Toi Moves to Flamenco Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    03.04 Malta Philharmonic OrchestraChamber Music SeriesConcert 3

    Robert Samut Hall, Floriana

    04.04 Xterra Triathlon Golden Bay

    08.04 The Price of One (stage comedy) Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    01.04-09.04

    International Spring Orchestra Festival

    Teatru Manoel

    09.04 10th Mechanised Ground Fireworks Festival

    Floriana

    09.04 Malta Philharmonic Orchestral Concert 3 International Spring Orchestra Festival

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

    10.04 Feast of St Publius Floriana

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

    10.04 Toi Toi 325: Concert for children aged 3 to 5 years

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    10.04 Strawberry Festival Marr

    11.04 Toi Toi 022: Concert for babies and toddlers up to 2 years

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    13.04 Nicholas McCarthy - The One-Handed Pianist

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    15.04 George Cross Commemoration. A Son-et-Lumiere

    St George's Square, Valletta

    15.04 Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Series 3

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    16.04 Malta International Fireworks Festival Marsaxlokk

    16.04 Decomposed - A Play Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    17.04 Feast of St Joseph Rabat

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

    22.04 Gaulitana Opera+ Weekend - Il Barbiere di Siviglia

    Aurora Theatre and various other venues, Gozo

    22.04 VIBE (Valletta International Baroque Esemble)

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    23.04 Malta International Fireworks Festival Xagra, Gozo

    23.04 Il Barbiere Di Siviglia(Gaulitana Festival)

    Aurora Theatre, Victoria, Gozo

    23.04-24.04

    Mdina Medieval Festival Mdina

    24.04 Gozo Half-Marathon Xagra, Gozo

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

    25.04 Charlie Siem with Julian Dyson Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    27.04 Malta International Music Festival & Competition

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

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

    29.04 The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra - Family Fanfare

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

    29 -30.04&02.05

    Groove Fest Caf del Mar, QawraGianpula, L/O Rabat

    30.04 Malta International Fireworks Festival Grand Harbour, Valletta

    30.04 The Gozo Ultra Trail Gajnsielem to Gasri, Gozo

    DATE EVENT VENUE DATE EVENT VENUE

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    APRIL 2016

    16, 23, 30 APRIL 2016MALTA INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVALThe Maltese are well known for their love of fireworks and their expertise

    in manufacturing spectacular displays has won them several international

    accolades. The 15th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival

    is a showcase of the best of Maltese aerial pyrotechnic talent alongside

    international firework companies, set against the panoramic backdrops of

    various localities. The first night of the festival shall take place on April 16 at

    Marsaxlokk. The second night shall take place in Xagra, Gozo on April 23.

    On April 30 the climax of the festival takes place in the Valletta Grand Harbour.

    Many of the firework displays are synchronised to music.

    www.maltafireworksfestival.com

    +356 2291 5440/1/2

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    APRIL 2016

    09 APRIL 2016Time: 10:30am

    10 APRIL 2016Time: All Day

    15 APRIL 2016Time: 07:30pm

    10TH MECHANISED GROUND FIREWORKS FESTIVALGround fireworks are a unique Maltese pyrotechnic tradition and form part of the feast celebrations of most localities. Maltas best pyrotechnic companies show o their creativity and expertise in a spectacular competition of mechanised fireworks which shall take place at the Granaries of Floriana.

    Florianawww.florianalocalcouncil.com+356 2123 5523

    Floriana+356 2123 5523

    St Georges Square, Vallettainfo@visitmalta.com+356 2291 5440/1/2

    FEAST OF ST PUBLIUSThe parish church at Floriana is decorated with illumination on the outside, and damask on the inside to celebrate the feast dedicated to St Publius credited to be Maltas first appointed bishop.

    GEORGE CROSS COMMEMORATIONOn 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. 74 years later, in the very same square where the ceremony was held, this historic event shall once again be commemorated with a Son-et-Lumiere, where the harrowing episodes of Malta during the Second World War are recounted.

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    APRIL 2016

    23 - 24 APRIL 2016Time: All Day

    29 APRIL - 02 MAY 2016Time: All Day

    23 APRIL 2016Time: 07:30pm

    Mdinawww.mdinacouncil.com+356 2145 0707

    Caf del Mar, QawraGianpula L/O Rabatwww.G7events.comwww.groovefestevents.com

    Aurora Theatre, Victoria, Gozowww.teatruaurora.com+356 7904 5779

    MDINA MEDIEVAL FESTIVALThe Festival breathes into Maltas medieval capital of Mdina a life of its own as one might conjure happened in the 13th - 15th centuries.

    GROOVEFEST2016 sees the Groovefest family make its way to a new and exquisite location of sun and house music. With a huge line-up that includes MK, Kerri Chandler (Official), Detroit Swindle, Jamie Jones, Route 94, Matthias Tanzmann, Kolsch (DJ Set), Hot Since 82 and many more, it will be a fiesta of incredible artistes set against the dazzling landscapes of the Mediterranean party island!

    IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIANow establishing itself as a distinctive opera company the Gaulitanus Choir (Gozo) brings another full-scale production of one of the most loved comic operas ever. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by festival artistic director Colin Attard. The opera will feature an international cast.

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    MAY 2016THE LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH

    01.05 International Workers' Day (Public Holiday)

    Valletta

    01.05 In Guardia re-enactment Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

    04.05 Pascal & Ami Roge, 4 Hands2 Pianos

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    06.05 The Valletta Green Festival St Georges Square, Valletta

    06.05 Malta Philharmonic Orchestral Concert Series 4

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

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

    08.05 Toi Toi 325 - Concert for Children aged 3 to 5 years

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    09.05 Toi Toi 022 - Concert for babies and toddlers up to 2 years

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    13.05 The Malta Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Series Concert 3

    Robert Samut Hall, Floriana

    14.05-21.05

    Malta Fashion Week Valletta

    15.05 Feast of St Augustine Valletta

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

    18.05 Teatru Manoel Youth Opera Concert

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    22.05 Feast of the Holy Trinity Marsa

    22.05 In Guardia re-enactment Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

    22.05 Toi Toi Moves: Mara Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    22.05 Irkotta Festival al Kirkop

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

    27.05 Malta Philharmonic Orchestral Concert Series 5

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    28.05 The Grid - Country run Pembroke

    29.05 Feast of Corpus Domini Rabat

    29.05 Feast of The Assumption Tarxien

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    MAY 2016

    06 MAY 2016MALTA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRAL CONCERT SERIES 4Two works by Mozart, composed only two years apart, both written in the

    dark, chilling key of D-minor and depicting the composer at his most dramatic.

    Two blasting chords announce the beginning of the masterful Don Giovanni

    Overture, which provides the perfect canvas for the great piano concerto. The

    second half of the evening transports the audience through five movements of

    music, in Robert Schuman`s last and arguably most beautiful symphony.

    Manoel Theatre, Valletta

    www.teatrumanoel.com.mt

    +356 2122 2618

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    MAY 2016

    14 -21 MAY 2016Time: Evening

    06 MAY 2016Time: All day

    Vallettainfo@fashionawards.com.mtwww.fashionweek.com.mt+356 2167 6333

    Vallettawww.valletta2018.org+356 2124 2018

    MALTA FASHION WEEKMalta Fashion Week and Awards is the most anticipated fashion event on the island. The whole week events programme serves to provide a unique showcase of the talented designs of both up and coming designers as well as those of established names in the local fashion industry. The shows are held inside and against imposing historic settings.

    THE VALLETTA GREEN FESTIVALThe Valletta Green Festival includes informative workshops that raise awareness about the environment. One of the highlights of the festival is the Infiorata, a colourful floral display composed of thousands of flowering plants that together form an attractive design. The floral display is aimed to inspire people to turn urban spaces into green oases.

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    Pembrokeinfo@thegridmalta.comwww.facebook,com/thegridevent+356 9988 5554

    Valletta+356 2291 5440/1/2

    MAY 2016

    30 MAY 2016Time: 08:00am - 06:00pm

    28 MAY 2016Time: 08:00am

    27 MAY 2016Time: 10:30am

    THE GOZO ULTRA TRAILTheres nothing like a cycling race in the Mediterranean spring taking in some of Gozos most picturesque sights. The race cut-o times are relaxed to encourage beginners to take part, and those wishing to enjoy the trail, rather than race. There is also a 21km trail run over the last part of the course finishing in Ghajnsielem. Avid cyclists are encouraged to participate in the Mountain Bike Challenge. The event is fast becoming an international attraction for the island of Gozo, with over 10 countries participating in 2015.

    Gozowww.maltaxterra.com

    THE GRIDThe Grid Road Race involves a 15 km run over varied terrain with some very steep hills to climb on the way. To make the race more demanding there are also thirty obstacles along the race course, some of which are natural, others, such as hurdles, monkey bars and high walls are placed to make the race more challenging. Starting and finishing points of the race; the Park and Ride Ground in Pembroke.

    CHANGING OF THE GUARDThe Changing of the Guard Ceremony is held every last Friday of the month at St Georges Square, Valletta. The parade starts with the Armed Forces of Malta Band marching down Republic Street onto St Georges Square Valletta. Here, the new guard marches out from the Main Guard in order to replace the old guard which marches out from The Palace Valletta. Following the exchange of duties the AFM Band conducts a marching display in the same square.

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    JUNE 2016THE LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH

    03.06 Earth Garden Ta Qali National Park

    04.06 RockAstra Teatru Astra, Victoria, Gozo

    04.06 Bis-Saa Wine Festival Santa Lucija, Gozo

    04.06 Leone Goes Pop Concert Victoria, Gozo

    05.06 Organ Recital Series 3 Robert Samut Hall, Floriana

    05.06 Triathlon Coast Road, Baari-agaq

    05.06 Potato & Agrarian Festival Il-Qrendi

    05.06 Feast of St Anthony Gajnsielem, Gozo

    05.06 Festa ut (Fish Festival) I-urrieq

    07.06 Valletta Pageant of the Seas Spectacular

    Grand Harbour (Bormla to Valletta)

    07.06 Sette Giugno Commemoration Valletta

    08.06-11.07

    Victoria International Arts Festival

    Victoria, Gozo

    08.06 Victoria International Arts Festival - Inaugural Concert

    St George`s Basilica, Victoria, Gozo

    10.06-12.06

    GanaFest Argotti Botanical Gardens, Floriana

    11.06 Fiori d'Argenta Festival Xewkija, Gozo

    12.06 Triathlon Gar Lapsi - Dingli

    12.06 Feast of St Philip a-ebbu, Malta

    12.06 Lejliet Lapsi St Julians

    18.06 Agricultural Fair Nadur, Gozo

    18.06 Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists Gala Concert

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

    19.06 Feast of Our Lady of the Lilly Mqabba

    19.06 Feast of the Sacred Heart Fontana, Gozo

    19.06 Feast of St Catherine ejtun

    23.06 Musical event - Choral Sacred music by Goldeberg Ensemble and MPO

    St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta

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

    25.06 Farm to Fork Festival (Gozitan Agriculture)

    Gozitan Complex Xewkija, Gozo

    26.06 Feast of the Sacred Heart of Mary

    Burmarrad

    26.06 Feast of St George Qormi

    26.06 Feast of St John the Baptist Xewkija, Gozo

    26.06 Feast of St Nicholas Siiewi

    28.06 Isle of MTV The Granaries, Floriana

    29.06 The Annalise Ellul Dance Studio Annual Show

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

    29.06 Feast of L-Imnarja Mdina and Rabat

    29.06 Triathlon Marsaxlokk

    29.06 Feast of St Peter and St Paul Nadur, Gozo

    29.06 St. John`s Feast Concert St. Johns Co-Cathedral, Valletta

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    JUNE 2016

    28 JUNE 2016ISLE OF MTVThe annual Isle of MTV free live music event will return to il-Fosos Square in

    Floriana on the 28th June, 2016 for the 10th year running.

    The Isle of MTV Malta is unique in oering young people across Europe an

    exclusive opportunity to experience a world class line-up of artistes for free.

    Vocal powerhouse and Grammy award winner Jess Glynne has been

    confirmed as the first act to take to the stage for the long awaited summer

    music festival of the year, Isle of MTV Malta.

    The Granaries, Floriana

    www.isleofmtv.com

    +356 2291 5440

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    JUNE 2016

    07 JUNE 2016Time: 06:00pm

    08 JUNE - 11 JULY 2016Time: N/A

    04 JUNE 2016Time: 09:00pm

    VALLETTA PAGEANT OF THE SEASValletta Pageant of the Seas commemorates the 450th anniversary of the founding of Maltas capital city. The six-hour festival highlights a number of activities and sees the transformation of lively carnival floats to create a stunning spectacle in the Grand Harbour.

    Grand Harbour (Bormla to Valletta)www.valletta2018.org+356 2124 2018

    Victoria, Gozowww.viaf.org.mtinfo@viaf.org.mt

    It-Tokk, Victoria, Gozowww.teatruaurora.com+356 7904 5779

    VICTORIA INTERNATIONALARTS FESTIVALThe 19th edition of the Victoria International Arts Festival features a programme of 35 concerts as well as exhibitions and master classes in various venues in the Gozitan capital Victoria (Rabat). Over 600 performers from 20 countries shall be participating in the festival. The opening and closing concerts will feature the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Prof. Joseph Vella, Artistic Director of the Festival. Admission is free to all concerts and cultural events.

    LEONE GOES POPThe Leone Band presents a night of pop, rock and swing music guaranteed to keep the audience entertained.

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    JUNE 2016

    24 - 29 JUNE 2016Time: 11:00pm

    29 JUNE 2016Time: Full Day Event

    www.G7events.comwww.maltamusicweek.com

    www.maltaculture.com+356 2339 7000

    MALTA MUSIC WEEKIn 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.Starting from the 24th June to the 29th June, there are a number of fun-filled parties planned. These include a spectacular event at La Grotta in Xlendi, Gozo and a dazzling sunset party at the unique seaside venue of Caf del Mar in Qawra.

    FEAST OF L-IMNARJA (ST PETER AND ST PAUL)Named after the Latin word luminare meaning to light up, this is one of Maltas oldest feasts dating back to the time of the Knights of St John when the bastions of Mdina were lit up in the night between 28 and 29 June. It is also one of the most important feasts in the islands festa calendar. Commemorating St Peter and St Paul, the celebration centres around the town of Rabat just outside Mdina. Donkey and horse races are held in the afternoon of 29 June while an agricultural show takes place at Buskett Gardens where traditional dishes are served amid much merriment. In Nadur, Gozo, the festa is celebrated over three days and follows the more traditional village feast with band marches, fireworks and processions with the statue of St Peter and St Paul carried shoulder high through the village streets. This feast day is a public holiday.

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    JULY 2016THE LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH

    01.07 Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    Gzira / Fgura

    03.07 - 05.07

    Sunscape Arts Festival - Escape to the Mystical Island

    Ramla Bay, Gozo

    03.07 Infiorata - Floral Display Gharb, Gozo

    03.07 Triathlon Xagjra

    03.07 Feast of Sant Andrija Luqa

    04.07-07.07

    Delicata Wine Festival Upper Barrakka Garden, Valletta

    09.07-10.07

    Festival of Figs and Local Traditional Food

    Xagra, Gozo

    10.07 Feast of the Madonna tas-Sokkors

    Kerem, Gozo

    10.07 Feast of The Annunciation Balzan

    10.07 Feast of St Joseph Kirkop

    10.07-03.08

    Malta Arts Festival Valletta, Floriana

    10.07 Triathlon Coast Road, Baari-agaq

    11.07 Victoria International Arts Festival Closing Choral and Orchestral Concert

    St George`s Basilica, Victoria, Gozo

    15.07-17.07

    Marsovin Summer Wine Festival Hastings Garden, Valletta

    15.07 Sliema Arts Festival Tower Road, Sliema promenade

    17.07 Feast of Our Lady of Holy Doctrine

    Tarxien

    17.07 Feast of St Joseph Kalkara & Msida

    21.07-23.07

    Malta International Jazz Festival Valletta

    24.07 Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    urrieq

    25.07-05.08

    The Farsons Great Beer Festival Ta' Qali National Park

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

    31.07 Feast of Christ the King Paola

    31.07 Feast of St Joseph a-ebbu, Malta

    31.07 Feast of St Anne Marsascala

    31.07 Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    Marsaxlokk

    31.07 Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows St Paul's Bay

    31.07 Feast of St Lawrence San Lawrenz, Gozo

    31.07 Feast of St Venera St Venera

    TBC Joseph Calleja in Concert TBC

    DATE EVENT VENUE DATE EVENT VENUE

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    JULY 2016

    10 JULY - 03 AUGUST 2016MALTA ARTS FESTIVALThe annual festival presents an extensive daily programme of international

    classic and contemporary arts, theatre, music, dance, poetry and great

    atmosphere in Valletta, Floriana and other locations.

    Valletta, Floriana

    www.maltaartsfestival.org

    +356 2339 7000

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    JULY 2016

    JULY 2016Time: Evening

    03 JULY 2016Time: All day

    JOSEPH CALLEJA IN CONCERTInternational tenor Joseph Calleja returns to his home country for his annual summer concert.

    www.nngpromotions.com+356 2138 4055

    Garb, Gozowww.gharbnet.com+356 2156 0556

    INFIORATAAn intricate carpet of fresh flowers arranged in thematicdesigns, the Infiorata is an old Italian tradition, which is integrated with the village feast of the patron saint.

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    JULY 2016

    15 - 17 JULY 2016Time: 07:00pm

    21 - 23 JULY 2016Time: 09:00pm

    25 JULY - 05 AUGUST 2016Time: Evening

    Hastings Garden, Vallettawww.marsovinwinefestival.com

    Barriera Wharf, Vallettawww.maltaculture.com+356 2339 7000

    Ta Qali National Parkwww.farsonsbeerfestival.com

    MARSOVIN SUMMER WINE FESTIVALThe 8th edition of the Summer Wine Festival offers an extensive range of wines alongside a full programme of music performances. The entrance fee is exchanged for tokens enabling you to taste some of the vast array of locally produced wines. Food is also available.

    MALTA INTERNATIONALJAZZ FESTIVALThe 26th edition of this popular festival is held in a fabulous setting by the waters edge at the Grand Harbour with a line-up featuring some of the most renowned names from the international jazz scene.

    THE FARSONS GREAT BEER FESTIVALOrganised by local brewers Farsons, the annual festival is one of the many highlights of the Maltese summer, dishing up live music, comedy acts, food stalls and of course an abundance of beers, not just those produced in Malta but also from around the world.

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    AUGUST 2016THE LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH

    06.08 Gozo Ceramics Festival Xlendi, Gozo

    06.08 Riflessi Sajfin Festival - An open-air festival organised by Oasi Foundation

    Marsalforn, Gozo

    07.08 Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes San Gwann

    07.08 Feast of St Dominic Valletta

    07.08 Feast of St Gaetan amrun

    07.08 Feast of St Joseph Qala, Gozo

    07.08 Feast of St Peter in Chains Birebbua

    07.08 Opera vs Pop Under the Stars Ministry for Gozo, Rabat, Gozo

    10.08 Feast of St Lawrence Birgu

    15.08 Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady (Santa Marija)

    Gaxaq, Gudja, Attard, Mosta, Mqabba and Qrendi, Dingli and Marr in Malta and Victoria in Gozo

    19.08-21.08

    The Delicata Classic Wine Festival

    Nadur, Gozo

    21.08 Feast of St Helen Birkirkara

    21.08 Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Paola

    21.08 Feast of St Leonard al Kirkop

    21.08 Feast of Stella Maris Sliema

    21.08 Feast of St Paul al Safi

    22.08 Feast of Maria Regina Marsa

    22.08 Feast of St Bartholomew Gargur

    22.08 Feast of St Dominic Birgu

    22.08 Feast of St Julian St Julians

    22.08 Feast of St Joseph Manikata, Melliea

    26.08-29.08

    The Sound you Need - Music festival

    TBC

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

    27.08 Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival

    Msida Bastion Historic Garden, Floriana

    28.08 Feast of Our Lady of Loreto Gajnsielem, Gozo

    DATE EVENT VENUE DATE EVENT VENUE

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    AUGUST 2016

    15 AUGUST 2016FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY (SANTA MARIJA)The Feast of Santa Marija is a national feast that marks the peak of the summer festive

    season in Malta. It marks also the commemoration of the Santa Marija Convoy of

    15th August 1942 when the Maltese people were saved from starvation at the height

    of World War II by the arrival in the Grand Harbour of several ships laden with much

    needed provisions. The feast is celebrated in six localities in Malta and one on Gozo on

    the 15th of August with spectacular fireworks and boisterous band marches through

    the streets of the towns. The village of ad-Dingli and Marr celebrate the feast on the

    Sunday following August 15th.

    This feast is celebrated in:

    Gaxaq, Gudja, Attard, Mosta, Mqabba, Dingli and Qrendi in Malta

    and Victoria in Gozo

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    AUGUST 2016

    04 - 07 AUGUST 2016Time: 07:00pm - 00:00am

    06 AUGUST 2016Time: Evening

    01 AUGUST 2016Time: Evening

    DELICATA WINE FESTIVALDelicata have been family winemakers in Malta since 1907. The festival showcases Delicatas wines alongside a delicious array of food stalls oering everything from suckling pigs and local rabbit dishes to sushi. This together with live music may be enjoyed at the Upper Barrakka Garden that dominates a panoramic view of the Grand Harbour.

    GOZO CERAMICS FESTIVALThe Gozo Cultural Oce (Ministry for Gozo) shall be presenting the 4th edition of the Ceramics Festival in the seaside resort of Xlendi.All ceramic artisans shall be working on their own artistic creations for the public to better understand the techniques involved to produce such works. Also to be enjoyed, there shall be culinary products for one to consume while listening to live musical entertainment on oer.

    Upper Barrakka Garden, Vallettawww.delicata.com+356 2182 5199

    Xlendi, Gozowww.munxar.gov.mtmunxarlc@gov.mt+356 2155 8755

    Rabat, Gozowww.islandofgozo.org+356 2156 5171/7

    OPERA VS POP UNDER THE STARSThe Gozo Youth Orchestra in collaboration with The Ministry for Gozo and the Embassy of the United States of America present the 9th edition of Opera vs Pop Under the Stars. The programme features classical and operatic songs and arias followed by an array of lighter pop arrangements from soundtracks and musicals.

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    AUGUST 2016

    10 AUGUST 2016Time: 07:00pm

    10 AUGUST 2016Time: 07:00pm

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

    www.freshevents.cominfo@freshevents.com

    FEAST OF ST LAWRENCEThe feast takes place over three days in the harbour town of Birgu. On August 9th a spectacular fireworks display takes place over Kalkara creek.

    THE SOUND YOU NEEDThe Sound You Need has over 3 million YouTube subscribers over the past 3 years, it has become a sonic sanctuary for electronic dance music. The Sound You Need oers a chance to be part of a community united by the thrill of uncovering new music, sharing and connecting with other like-minded music fans.

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    SEPTEMBER 2016THE LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH

    02.09 Stage and Proms on the Sea - Concert

    Marr, Marina Gozo

    02.09-03.09

    Qormi Wine Festival Qormi

    04.09 Triathlon Majjistral Park, Golden Bay

    04.09 Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    Xlendi Gozo

    04.09 Feast of St Gregory Sliema

    04.09 Feast of St Catherine urrieq

    08.09 Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady Naxxar, Senglea, Melliea, Xagra (Gozo).

    11.09 Triathlon - National Sprint Triathlon Championships

    Coast Road, Baari-agaq

    11.09 Feast of Our Lady of Grace abbar

    16.09 Qala International Folk Festival Qala, Gozo

    21.09 Independence Day Valletta / Floriana

    24.09 The Malta International Air Show al Farru Road, Luqa

    24.09-25.09

    ejt i-ejtun Festival ejtun

    24.09-25.09

    World Tourism Day Malta & Gozo

    25.09 Triathlon Coast Road, Baari-agaq

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

    DATE EVENT VENUE DATE EVENT VENUE

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    SEPTEMBER 2016

    24 -25 SEPTEMBER 2016THE MALTA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOWThe Malta International Airshow hosts numerous aircraft of all types,

    both military as well as civilian. Many of these provide spectacular

    airborne displays.

    al Farru Road, Luqa

    www.maltairshow.com

    +356 2124 5279

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    QORMI WINE FESTIVALThe 12th edition of the Qormi Wine Festival offers a great opportunity to taste an extensive range of wines. Alongside a full program of music performances and there shall also be lots of food to enjoy. One may purchase a specially designed souvenir wine glass and in so doing will be able to taste a large variety of wines on offer.

    SEPTEMBER 2016

    08 SEPTEMBER 2016Time: All day

    07 - 08 SEPTEMBER 2016Time: N/A

    02-03 SEPTEMBER 2016Time: Evening

    FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OFOUR LADYIl-Vitorja commemorates primarily the victory of the Knights of St John ending the Great Siege against the Turks in 1565. This day is also the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady (Il-Bambina) which is celebrated in Naxxar, Senglea, Mellieha and also in Xagra, Gozo.

    Naxxar, Senglea, Melliea and Xagra ,(Gozo)www.visitmalta.com+356 2191 5440/1/2

    Photograph by Norbert Vella

    Buskett Road House, Buskett L/O Dingliwww.glitchfestival.com

    Qormifestiesterniqormi@gmail.com+356 7906 2455

    GLITCH FESTIVALThe Glitch Festival is for house and techno enthusiasts. For the first edition, the festival organisers promise a huge line-up of the finest international acts. The House-and-Techno Fortress where the festival is set to take place will feature mythical dcor and will host a mixture of house and disco acts followed by darker cracked, disjointed, rattling techno, acid and electro at night.

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    EJT I-EJTUN THE OLIVE OIL EVENTejt i-ejtun is a festival that celebrates the olive picking season and olive pressing for oil. The festival is spread over two days, starting on Saturday at 7:30pm with a grand procession in which village folk and farmers on carts carry the olive harvest for pressing. Throughout the festival one may enjoy watching the displays of folkloristic and agricultural tools, while tasting fresh olive oil and other food. Artisans of various crafts shall also be presenting their products.

    SEPTEMBER 2016

    08 SEPTEMBER 2016Time: 01:00pm

    24 -25 SEPTEMBER 2016Time: 06:30pm

    24 -25 SEPTEMBER 2016Time: Evening

    Grand Harbour, Vallettawww.maltaculture.com+356 2124 5168

    Malta / Gozowww.visitmalta.com.mt+356 2291 5440/1/2

    ejtunwww.zejtunlocalcouncil.com+356 2166 3866

    BOATS REGATTATraditional boat races are held inside the Grand Harbour between oarsmen from five dierent harbour towns. The hotly-contested races feature traditional boats such as il-kajjik, id-dgajsa,il-fregatina, tal-pass and tal-midalji.

    WORLD TOURISM DAYA series of events are held in Malta and Gozo to mark and celebrate World Tourism Day. This international event is meant to point out the important relevance that tourism bears, not only in an economic way but also in a cultural context. The series of events will culminate with two concerts, one in Xlendi, Gozo and the other in Marsaskala, Malta.

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    OCTOBER 2016THE LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH

    01.10 Notte Bianca Festival Valletta

    02.10 Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary Gudja

    02.10 National Triathlon Championships / Sprint Triathlon

    Coast Road, Baari-agaq

    08.10 Festubru - A festival of folklore Lunzjata Valley, Ta Kerem. Gozo

    08.10 Triathlon - In aid of Malta Community Chest Fund

    Golden Bay

    08.10-09.10

    Birgufest Birgu (Vittoriosa)

    08.10-09.10

    Mdina Grand Prix Mdina

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

    09.10 Fjakkolata - A Festival of Lights Santa Luija, Gozo

    09.10 The Malta Body Tattoo Artists Convention

    MFCC, Ta Qali

    15.10-16.10

    Malta Military Tattoo - A Festival of Military Displays

    Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre,Ta Qali

    15.10 Georges Bizets Opera Carmen The Aurora Opera House, Victoria, Gozo

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

    20.10 Lejl f`Casal Fornaro al Qormi

    22.10 The amrun Chocolate Festival amrun

    22.10 The Rolex Middle Sea Race - Starts off at 10:00am

    Grand Harbour, Valletta

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

    24.10 Feast of Our Lady of the Girdle Gudja

    27.10 Giuseppe Verdi in Opera Aida Teatru Astra, Victoria, Gozo

    27.10-19.11

    Festival Mediterranea Teatru Astra, Victoria, Gozo

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

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    OCTOBER 2016

    22 OCTOBER 2016THE ROLEX MIDDLE SEA RACEThe annual Rolex Middle Sea Race attracts high profile entrants

    in different categories. The 606-nautical mile race kicks off with a

    spectacular start inside Vallettas Grand Harbour. The scores of sailing

    yachts participating in the race head towards Sicily, 90 kilometres away

    to circumvent the whole island. The course of the race also takes in the

    Aeolian and Egadi Islands, as well as Pantelleria and Lampedusa to return

    to Maltas Grand Harbout after some fifty hours or so at sea.

    Grand Harbour, Valletta

    www.rolexmiddlesearace.com

    +356 2133 3109

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    OCTOBER 2016

    08 - 09 OCTOBER 2016Time: 06:30pm

    08 - 09 OCTOBER 2016Time: All day

    01 OCTOBER 2016Time: Evening

    Birguwww.birgu.gov.mt+356 2166 2166

    Mdinawww.vallettagrandprix.com+356 2133 9165

    Vallettawww.nottebianca.org.mtwww.artscouncilmalta.org+356 2339 7000

    BIRGU FESTIVALBordering the southern flank of Grand Harbour, Birgu has a long chequered history. It served as the base of the Order of St John and, for a while, the de facto capital of Malta until Valletta was built. Birgufest is the ideal opportunity to immerse into the citys rich history with a weekend of historical re-enactments, discounted museum admission fees and a chance to step inside old churches and buildings which are normally not open to the public. At night, the streets are illuminated by candle light and the festival continues with musical concerts, exhibitions and an array of local food.

    MDINA GRAND PRIXThe 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 dElegance before hitting the 2.2km race track below the bastions of the medieval city.

    NOTTE BIANCAThe annual one-night spectacle of music, theatre and the arts lights up the streets of the capital city Valletta. Palaces and museums throw open their doors all night long to host an extensive programme of concerts, visual arts exhibitions, dance and theatre performances. The entertainment is especially evident in the open spaces of Valletta. All events are free. Cafs and restaurants will be open until the early hours after midnight.

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    OCTOBER 2016

    15 - 16 OCTOBER 2016Time: 07:00pm

    22 OCTOBER 2016Time: 07:00pm

    27 OCTOBER 2016 -19 NOVEMBER 2016Time: Various

    MALTA MILITARY TATTOOForeign military bands perform alongside local drums bands, the Malta Police Band and the Armed Forces of Malta Band in an entertaining evening of precision drill and dance performances.

    Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, Ta Qaliwww.maltamilitarytattoo.org+356 2141 0371

    amrunwww.hamrun.comhamrun.lc@gov.mt

    Victoria, Gozowww.mediterranea.com.mtinfo@mediterranea.com.mt+356 2155 0985

    FESTIVAL MEDITERRANEAThe 15th edition of the Mediterranea Festival features an exciting programme of concerts, exhibitions, theatre and opera starring a cast of local and international artistes.

    CHOCOLATE FESTIVALAs the name implies, the main objective of the festival is that of presenting a vast array of chocolate products most of which have been prepared by chefs from amrun. Throughout the evening one will be able not only to admire a variety of products, but also chocolate sculptures of various shapes and sizes. There shall also be numerous other stands with a variety of artisan work. The festival provides also musical entertainment of various kinds.

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    NOVEMBER 2016THE LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH

    05.11 Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem

    Mediterranean Conference Centre, Republic Hall, Valletta

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

    07-13.11

    The Three Palaces Concerts Various venues

    08.11 Malta Darts Open Topaz Hotel, Bugibba

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

    13.11 Remembrance Day Floriana

    14.11-20.11

    iguajg Children Festival Spazju Kreattiv St James Cavalier, Valletta

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

    TBC Organ Festival Various venues

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

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

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    NOVEMBER 2016

    07 - 13 NOVEMBER 2016THE THREE PALACESMusic of quality of various genres, from classical to modern, is the best way

    to describe The Three Palaces Festival. This event now in its third edition,

    has created a following despite its recent inception. It presents another fine

    programme featuring local and international musicians who shall perform in

    three very distinguished historic buildings.

    www.maltaculture.com

    +356 2339 7000

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    NOVEMBER 2016

    05 NOVEMBER 2016Time: Evening

    NOVEMBER 2016Time: Daily throughout the year

    13 NOVEMBER 2016

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

    Upper Barrakka Gardens, Vallettawww.salutingbattery.com

    Arts Council Maltawww.artscouncilmalta.org+356 2339 7000

    GIUSEPPE VERDI: MESSADA REQUIEMThe Messa da Requiem is a musical setting of the Roman Catholic funeral mass, for four soloists, two choirs and orchestra by Giuseppe Verdi. It was composed in memory of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi admired. It is rarely performed in liturgy, but rather in concert form of around 85-90 minutes in length. Musicologist David Rosen calls it, probably the most frequently performed major choral work composed since the compilation of Mozarts Requiem.

    THE SALUTING BATTERYRight 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 12:00pm, the second at 04:00pm. Tours of the Saluting Battery are held at 11:00am, 12:05pm and 03:00pm (the tour lasts 25 minutes).

    REMEMBRANCE DAYA ceremony is held in front of the War Memorial in Floriana to commemorate the fallen of World War I and those of World War II.

    Time:09:15am (Mass at St. Johns Cathedral)Time:10:40am (Commemoration Ceremonyat the War Memorial, Floriana)

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    NOVEMBER 2016

    14 - 20 NOVEMBER 2016Time: All day

    TBCTime: N/A

    IGUAJGThis is a festival that invites all children to come along and enjoy themselves while being participants in the fun events that are organised for them. This 6th edition is held between the 14th and 20th November 2016.

    ORGAN FESTIVALThe Malta International Organ Festival promises to deliver some of the finest musical pieces written specifically for the king of instruments. Local and international virtuosi will be performing in Maltas most beautiful Baroque churches. This years progamme is set to impress with international performers who hail from numerous countries. The concept of this festival and its organization is the brainchild of Joseph Lia, Maltas leading baritone. All concerts are designed to please not only the ears of the discerning audience but also provide a visual appreciation of Maltas sacred patrimony.

    Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier, Vallettawww.ziguzajg.org+356 2122 0616

    www.maltainternationalorganfestival.com+356 2915 4401/2

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    DECEMBER 2016THE LIST OF EVENTS FOR THE MONTH

    08.12 Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Public Holiday)

    Bormla (Cospicua)

    09.12-03.01

    Betlehem f'Gajnsielem Gajnsielem

    10.12 Festival of Light Santa Lucija, Gozo

    11.12 Feast of Santa Lucija Santa Lucija, Gozo

    13.12 Republic Day (Public Holiday) Valletta

    25.12 Christmas Day (Public Holiday)

    26.12 International Christmas Festival 2016 - Street entertainment

    Valletta and other localities

    31.12 New Year`s Eve Celebrations Valletta, and Victoria, Gozo

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    DECEMBER 2016

    03 - 07 DECEMBER 2016CHRISTMASThe birth of Christ is known in Maltese as il-Milied and the Maltese look forward to this celebration with great enthusiasm. The streets

    of many localities are decorated with festive lights while families get busy with their own decorations in and outside their homes.

    On Christmas Eve, members of the Society of Doctrine lead processions of children accompanying a small statue of Baby Jesus in a

    Manger through the streets of the town. A small brass band accompanies the procession and children sing Maltese carols such as

    Ninni la Tibkix Ijed (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 is chosen to deliver the sermon. Following Mass, some opt for a Christmas breakfast in one of the

    cafeterias that remain open during the night.

    Apart from the ubiquitous Christmas trees, many families set up their own Christmas Nativity cribs at home. Some of these Nativity

    Scenes are rather elaborate and are open to the public. Look out for signs saying Wirja tal-Presepju (Crib Display) or even Presepju

    aj (Live Crib) featuring re-enactors in full period costume.

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    DECEMBER 2016

    02 - 08 DECEMBER 2016Time: Evening

    13 DECEMBER 2016Time: Morning

    09 DECEMBER 2016 -03 JANUARY 2017Time: N/A

    FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTIONThe feast is held in Bormla (also known as Cospicua), one of the towns bordering the Grand Harbour. The highlight of the feast is the procession of the statue of the Lady of the Immaculate Conception which emanates from the Parish church of Bormla.

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

    Vallettawww.maltaculture.com+356 2339 7333

    Gajnsielem, Gozogajnsielem.lc@gov.mtwww.gajnsielemlc.com+356 2156 1515

    REPUBLIC DAYOn the 13th December 1974 the Constitution was amended for Malta to become a Republic, having its own President as the constitutional guardian. The Armed Forces of Malta hold a parade in Republic Street, Valletta.

    BETLEHEM FGAJNSIELEMAs from early December up until early January, a Nativity Village representing the environs of Bethlehem in the time of Christs birth is set up. In this period setting, some 150 re-enactors take part as if they are living in a rural community in Palestine of two millenia ago. Visitors will walk alongside shepherds tending their sheep, artisans working their trade, others who are enjoying themselves in a tavern and farm animals that are either in a pen or roaming about. In this period film set, the Nativity Scene is the most prominent as it recalls the birth of Jesus Christ.

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    DECEMBER 2016

    18 - 25 DECEMBER 2016Time: Various

    DECEMBER 2016Time: Various

    31 DECEMBER 2016Time: Evening

    Various Localities+356 2291 5440/1

    Various Localities+356 2291 5440/1/2

    Valletta, Malta and Victoria, Gozowww.visitgozo.com+356 2215 6172

    CHORAL SINGINGMany locally well established choirs perform their Christmas songs in churches and other venues.

    CHRISTMAS CRIB EXHIBITIONSThe tradition of crib making in Malta dates back to the early 17th century when Maltese merchants and nobles used to buy Nativity scenes made out of papier-mch, known as presepji in Maltese, from Naples or Sicily. The Maltese in general love to exhibit cribs in their own home, whether to be admired seen from behind windows or else from outside glass doors. Others opt to go for something bigger and even convert their garage or sitting room into an enormous crib that fills the room for the admiration of invited guests.

    NEW YEAR`S EVE CELEBRATIONSJoin the crowds in Maltas capital Valletta and in Independence Square (It-Tokk) in Victoria, Gozo to celebrate the start of the New Year with music and joy.

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    FEAST OFST. PAULS SHIPWRECK

    St Paul is the patron saint of the Maltese Islands and so the feast of this saint is marked as an obligatory feast 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 ship 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 various other localities on the Maltese islands where this saint is greatly revered. These include Rabat and al Safi in Malta and Marsalforn in Gozo.

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    CARNIVAL ON THE MALTESE ISLANDS

    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 alike always celebrated carnival, as this was an important calendar event that was tied to Ash Wednesday that led to the religious peninential days of Lent.

    Nowadays, 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 the young and not-so-young wear all sorts of fanciful costumes. Many individual carnival floats are driven along the streets of Valletta and Floriana amongst great revelry. Carnival also lends itself to spontaneous merriment, allowing individuals to let their hair down and immerse themselves amongst the masked and costumed revellers thronging the streets.

    The Arts Council Malta organises the ocial carnival festivities that take place in Valletta from the Friday until the Tuesday. In Gozo too carnival is celebrated in various ways, especially in Rabat (Victoria) as well as in the village of Nadur.

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    GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER IN MALTA

    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. The Friday before Holy Week, the sombre feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is commemorated with hundreds of pious devotees following the procession of the statue through the streets, some barefoot. Holy Week ocially begins with Palm Sunday, celebrating Jesus triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. On the evening of Maundy Thursday, the Last Supper is commemorated during Mass when twelve persons from the 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 traditionally visit seven churches to pay their respects at the Altar of Repose. The incense infused altar is beautifully decorated with white flowers and vetch. That 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, 19 churches in Malta and Gozo hold Good Friday processions, featuring numerous life

    size statues carried by pall bearers. There are also re-enactors who dress up as biblical characters and Roman soldiers. Some participants wear hooded cloaks and drag chains around their feet. Good Friday processions are held inthese towns:Birgu (St Lawrence parish church) Senglea Cospicua Naxxar Mosta al Luqa Rabat (Fransiscan Minors church) Paola Valletta (Ta ieu church) ejtun al-Qormi (St Georges parish church) and a-ebbu. In Gargur and al Gaxaq the procession is held on Palm Sunday instead of on Good Friday. In Gozo four processions are held: Rabat (Victoria) (St George Basilica and The Assumption Cathedral) Nadur Xagra ebbu.

    In contrast to the sombre mood of Good Friday, Easter Sundays 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 of lamb followed by traditional figolli almond pastries.

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    L-IMNARJA(FEAST OF ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL)

    Named after the Latin word luminare meaning to light up, this is one of Maltas oldest feasts dating back to the time of the Knights of St John when the bastions of Mdina used to be lit up in the night between 28 and 29 June. Commemorating St Peter and St Paul, the celebrations centre around the town of Rabat just outside Mdina. Horse races are held in the country lane situated just below the town in the afternoon of 29th June. An agricultural show takes place at Buskett Garden where traditional dishes are served amid much music and merriment. In Nadur, Gozo, the festa is celebrated over three days. Here the feast follows the more traditional pattern with band marches, fireworks and a procession wherein the statue of St Peter and St Pauls carried shoulder-high.

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    FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION(SANTA MARIA)

    Malta has great reverence towards the Holy Mother. Many churches are dedicated to her under various titles, the most popular being the Assumption of Our Lady which recalls the dogma proclaimed by Pope Pius XII in 1950. This established that the Holy Virgin was received into Heaven, body and soul. This feast which is celebrated on 15th August became an obligatory one in the Catholic world where devotees refrain from any work and dutifully attend Mass. The feast is celebrated with great fervour in seven localities in Malta and Gozo: Mosta, al Gaxaq, Gudja, Mqabba, Qrendi, al-Attard and Rabat in Gozo. The villages of Marr (Malta) and ad-Dingli celebrate the same feast on the Sunday immediately following that date.

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    VILLAGE FESTA

    Malta boasts of more than 80 religious feasts that are celebrated throughout the year. The feasts are held to celebrate once a year the patron saint of the town or village. The celebrations are held both inside the church as well as outside in the streets. All church and street decorations are provided for and set up voluntarily by the parishioners themselves. Besides, many hang from their balconies, light festoons and carpets of damask cloth.

    The feast usually lasts three days and nights and is the occasion of merriment for all the village inhabitants as well as those who were born and bred in the same locality but now living elsewhere. Thus it is also a great occasion when relatives get together for a reunion. This is the occasion where one enjoys the noisy petards that are fired in the sky and the colourful fireworks displays that are frequently held in most towns and villages.

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    MALTASNATIONAL DAYS

    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 (Birgu) where a monument marking this event was erected. In the afternoon, a hotly contested regatta takes place in Grand Harbour, featuring traditional watercraft manned by teams of oarsmen from cities bordering the harbour as well as another team from Birebbua, a locality situated on Maltas southern coast.

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

    THE OTTO SETTEMBRE (8th SEPTEMBER)This day commemorates the end of the Great Siege of 1565. This siege laid on by the armies of the Ottoman Empire was lifted and the military units embarked on their vessels to return

    back to Istanbul. The Order of St John and the Maltese rejoiced at this lucky escape which saw the defeat of the Turkish military might on Maltas shores. The day is also celebrated for its feast dedicated to the Nativity of Our Lady. It was believed that it was due to the intervention of the Madonna that the siege was endured to a final victory of the Maltese against the gargantuan enemy.

    INDEPENDENCE DAY (21st SEPTEMBER)In 1964 Malta obtained its independence from Great Britain. The first of the British administration 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. After 1964 the Maltese Islands joined the United Nations as an independent state within the Commonwealth.

    REPUBLIC DAY (13th DECEMBER)Having become an independent state within the Commonwealth 10 years earlier, Malta became a republic on 13th December 1974, when the supreme judge of the Maltese courts, Sir Anthony Mamo, was appointed Maltas first President. From now on Malta started to practise its constitutional laws according to the norms of a republican state.

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    IN GUARDIA PARADEThe In Guardia Parade takes place at Fort St. Elmo, Valletta. It is a re-enactment that portrays a historical event that took place regularly inside Maltas major fortifications of the Order of St. John. The re-enactment portrays the inspection the fort and its garrison by the Grand Baili of the Order of the Knights of St. John in charge of military aairs. During the re-enactment, of the forts garrison - some 55 re-enactors in all -kitted-out in their early 16th century uniforms - perform their military drill to demonstrate to the Grand Baili their state of readiness. The show begins at 11.00 a.m. and lasts 40 minutes.

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    INDEX OF EVENTS

    10th Mechanised Ground Fireworks Festival 09.04 20, 22

    Agricultural Fair 18.06 28

    "America: Dreams & Nightmares & Death of Martin Luther King (drama)

    03 & 04.03 16

    Annie Mac PresentsLost & Found 31.03 16, 18

    Baroque Festival (see: The Valletta International Baroque Festival below)

    16 - 30.01 6, 11

    Betlehem f'Gajnsielem 09.12 .2016 - 10.01.2017

    52

    Birgufest 07 & 08.10 44, 45

    Bis-Saa Wine Festival 04.06 28

    Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema - The Lady of the Camellias

    09.01 6

    Carnival 05 - 09.02 12, 13

    Carol Singing by Maltese Choirs Various dates in December

    52, 55

    Changing of The Guard 29.01, 26.02, 29.04, 27.05, 24.06, 29.07, 26.08, 30.09, 28.10

    27

    Charlie Siem with Julian Dyson 25.04 20

    Christmas Cribs Exhibitions Various dates 55

    Christmas Day (public holiday) 25 December 2016

    55

    Commemoration of the Great Siege 07.09 40

    Dance Workshop's Performance - "Pippi Longstocking and other inspirational stories"

    20.03 16

    Decomposed (play) 16.04 20

    Delicata Wine Festival 04 - 07.08 36, 38

    Disney Live in concert - Fantasia 20.02 12, 14

    Duathlon 14.02, 26.03 12

    Earth Garden Festival 03.06 28

    Easter Sunday Procession 27.03 16, 17

    Farm to Fork Festival (Gozitan Agriculture) 25,06 28

    Festa ut 05.06 28

    Festival Mediterranea 27.10 - 19.11 44, 47

    Festival of Figs and Local Traditional Food 09 - 10.07 32

    Festival of Light 10.12 52

    Festubru 08.10 44

    Fiori d'Argenta Festival 11.06 28

    Freedom Day Commemoration & Regatta Race 31.03 16, 19

    Gaulitana Festival of Music 27.03 - 24.04 16, 19

    George Cross Commemoration: A son-et-lumiere

    15.04 20, 23

    GanaFest 10 - 12.06 28

    Gigi D'Alessio & Band Live in Concert 17.04 20

    Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem 05.11 48, 49

    Gluck's 'Orphe et Eurydice' 16 .03 16

    Good Friday Processions 25.03 16, 17

    Gozitano Christmas Village December TBC 54

    Gozo Ceramics Festival 06.08 36

    Gozo Youth Wind Band Concert 31.01 16

    In Guardia Re-enactments 03.0107.02, 28.0206, 13,20.0303, 10, 17, 24.04 01, 08, 15, 22.05 09, 16, 23.1006, 13, 20, 27.11

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    Independence Day 21.09 40

    Infiorata - Floral Display 03.07 32, 34

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    International Christmas Festival 2016 26.12 52

    International Spring Orchestra Festival 01 - 09.04 20

    Irkotta Festival 22.05 24

    Isle of MTV 28.06 28, 29

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

    03.02 12

    Joseph Calleja in Concert July, date to be confirmed

    32, 34

    Jum il-Vitorja (Public Holiday) 08.09 40, 42

    Kenneth Branagh Company in Cinema - The Winter`s Tale

    02.01 6

    Lejl f`Casal Fornaro 20.10 44

    Lejliet Lapsi 06.06 28

    Leone Goes Pop 04.06 28, 31

    Malta Darts Open 08.11 48

    Malta Fashion Week 14.05 24

    Malta International Arts Festival 10.07 - 03.08 32, 33

    Malta International Fireworks Festival - Gozo 23.04 20, 21

    Malta International Fireworks Festival - Marsaxlokk

    16.04 20, 21

    Malta International Fireworks Festival - Valletta 30.04 20, 21

    Malta International Jazz Festival 21 - 23.07 32, 35

    Malta International Karate Event 18.03 16

    Malta International Music Festival & Competition 27.04 20

    Malta Karate Federation Competitions 02.04 20

    Malta Marathon, Vodafone 28.02 12, 15

    Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival 27.08 36

    Malta Military Tattoo 15 - 16.10 44, 46

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra - Chamber Music Series Concert 3

    03.04 20

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra - Soloists Gala Concert

    18.06 28

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Music Series Concert 2

    10.01 6

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Series 2 12 & 13.02 12

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Series 3 15.04 20

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestral Concert Series 5 27.05 24, 25

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestral Concert - Tchaikovsky

    30.01 7

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestral Concert Series 3 (International Spring Orchestra Festival)

    09.04 20

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestral Concert Series 2 05.02 12

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestral Concert Series 4 06.05 24, 25

    The Malta International Grand Prix - Olympic Shotgun Events, Skeet, Double Trap and Trap

    08.05 24

    The Malta Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Series Concert 3

    13.05 24

    Malta Photographic Societys 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    12.12.2015 - 10.01

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    Marathon, Half, Gozo 24.04 20

    Marathon, Ultra-Trail, Gozo 30.04 20

    Marsovin Summer Wine Festival 15 - 17.07 32, 35

    Mdina Grand Prix (classic cars) 07 - 08.10 44, 46

    Mdina Medieval Festival 23 - 24.04 20

    Met Opera in Cinema - Il Trovatore 17.01 6

    Met Opera in Cinema - Lulu 21.02 12

    Met Opera in Cinema - Othello 31.01 7

    Met Opera in Cinema - Tannhuser 14.02 12

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    Midday Gun Salute at Upper Barrakka Garden Daily 50

    Mnarja - Agricultural show and horse racing 28 - 29.06 28, 31

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

    09.01 6

    Music between Friends : A Schubert Evening 15.01 6

    National Theatre Live in Cinema - Jane Eyre 27.02 12

    National Triathlon Championships / Sprint Triathlon

    09.10 44

    New Year`s Eve Celebrations 31.12 52

    New Year's Concert by the Malta Philarmonic Orchestra

    03.01 6

    Nicholas McCarthy - The One-Handed Pianist 13.04 20

    Notte Bianca 01.10 44, 45

    Opera - Aida 27.10 44

    Opera - Carmen 15.10 44

    Opera Concert at Teatru Manoel 27.02, 18.05 12

    Organ Recital Series 2 13.03 16

    Organ Recital Series 3 05.06 28

    Pageant of the Seas Spectacular 07.06 28, 30

    Pascal & Ami Roge 4 Hands 2 Pianos 04.05 24

    Passions and Mysteries - A Nani Concert 06.03 16

    Piano Recital: Immortal Beloved by Michael Laus 15.03 16

    Potato & Agrarian Festival 05.06 28

    Qormi WIne Festival 02 & 03.09 40

    Quintessence 29.01 7

    Remembrance Day 13.11 48, 50

    Republic Day 13.12 48

    Riflessi Sajfin 06.09 36

    Robin Hood - A Pantomime 02.01 6

    RockAstra 04.06 28

    Schubert on Valentine's Day - A Trio Concert (instrumental and vocal)

    14.02 12

    Sette Giugno Commemoration (public holiday) 07.06 28

    Sliema Arts Festival 15.07 32

    Spring Equinox Observation at Mnajdra Temple 21.03 16, 18

    St. John`s Day Concert - Choral & Sacred Music 23.06 28

    Stage and Proms on the Sea (music) 02.09 40

    Strawberry Festival 10.04 20

    Stripping Man .... Dancing the Man Away by YADA

    01.04 20

    Symphony of Lights 21.10 44

    The Annalise Ellul Dance Studio Annual Show 29.06 28

    The Delicata Classic Wine Festival - Nadur 19 - 21.08 36

    The Farsons Great Beer Festival 25.07 - 05.08 32

    The Gozo Ultra Trail 30.05 24, 27

    The Great Russian Nutcracker Ballet 10.01 6

    The Grid Event - Mud & Trail Races 28.05

    The amrun Chocolate Festival 22.10 44, 47

    The Malta International Air Show 24.09 40, 41

    The Malta Summer Carnival - Bugibba August, to be confirmed

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    The Malta Tattoo Expo 2016 (body tattoos) 15.10 44

    The Odd Couple (play) 26.02 12, 15

    The Price of One (stage comedy) 08.04 20

    The Rolex Middle Sea Race (start of race) 22.10 44, 47

    The Valletta Green Festival 06.05 24, 26

    The Valletta International Baroque Festival 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30.01

    6, 7, 9, 11

    Three Palaces Concerts 07 - 13.11 48, 50

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    Toi Toi 022 - Concert for babies and toddlers up to 2 years

    07,15.0206, 20, 21, 27.0303, 10, 11.0403, 08, 22.05

    12

    Tour ta' Malta / Cycling Race 17.03 16

    Treasure Island - A Pantomime 03.01 6

    Triathlons 05, 12, 29.0603, 10.0704, 25.09

    28, 32, 40, 44

    Triathlon Fest - In aid of Malta CommunityChest Fund

    07.08 36

    Valletta Festival of Transport 24.04 20

    VIBE (Valletta International Baroque Esemble) 22.04 20

    Victoria International Arts Festival 08.06 - 11.07 28, 30

    Vienna in Valletta - performed by Vienna Philarmonic

    17.02 12

    Vintage Motors Festival 12.03 16

    Vivanda - gastromical event 18.02 12, 14

    Workers' Day, (Public Holiday) 01.05 24

    World ISF Badminton Championships for Schools

    28.03 16

    World Tourism Day 24 - 25.09 40, 43

    Xterra Triathlon 04.04 20

    ejt i ejtun 24 - 25.09 40, 42

    iguajg - festival for children 14.11 48, 50

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    INDEX OF FEASTS

    Corpus Domini 29.05 Rabat

    Konverjoni ta' San Pawl 28.08 al-Safi

    Kristu Re 31.07 Paola

    Il-Kunizzjoni 03.07 amrun

    Il-Kunizzjoni 08.12 Cospicua, il-Qala

    Il-Lunzjata 29.05 al-Tarxien

    Il-Lunzjata 10.07 al-Balzan

    Madonna ta' Fatima 05.06 Gwardamangia

    Madonna ta' Lordes 21.08 Paola

    Madonna ta' Lordes 07.08 San wann

    Madonna ta' Lordes 03.07 Qrendi

    Madonna ta' Loretu 28.08 Gajnsielem

    Madonna ta' Pompei 31.07 Marsaxlokk

    Madonna ta-intura 30.10 Gudja

    Madonna tad-Duluri 31.07 St. Paul's Bay

    Madonna tad-Dutrina 17.07 al-Tarxien

    Madonna tal-ilju 19.06 Mqabba

    Madonna tal-Grazzja 11.09 a-abbar

    Madonna tal-Karmnu 01.07 Fleur-de-Lys

    Madonna tal-Karmnu 24.07 urrieq

    Madonna tal-Karmnu 24.07 Fgura

    Madonna tal-Karmnu 10.07 Gira

    Madonna tar-Ruarju 02.10 Gudja

    Madonna tas-Sokkors 30.09 Valletta

    Maria Bambina (it-Twelid tal-Madonna) 08.09 Melliea, Naxxar, Senglea & Xagra

    Maria Reina 28.08 Marsa

    In-Nawfraju ta' San Pawl 30.01 St Paul's Shipwreck Church Valletta

    In-Nawfraju ta' San Pawl(liturgical feast - public holiday)

    10.02 St Paul's Shipwreck Church Valletta

    Qalb ta' Maria 26.06 Burmarrad

    Sacro Cuor 03.07 Sliema

    Salvatur, is-Salvatur (it-Trasfigurazzjoni) 06.08 Lija

    San Anard 21.08 Kirkop

    San Bastjan 17.07 Hal Qormi

    San Bert 28.08 Gargur

    San Duminku 07.08 Valletta

    San Duminku 28.08 Vittoriosa

    San Filippu 12.06 a-ebbu

    San Gejtanu 07.08 amrun

    San iljan 28.08 St. Julian's

    San Girgor 04.09 Sliema

    San or 26.06 al-Qormi

    San or 17.07 Rabat,Gozo

    San uepp 17.04 Rabat

    San uepp 17.07 Kalkara

    San uepp 17.07 Msida

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    San uepp 07.08 Qala, Gozo

    San uepp 10.07 al-Kirkop

    San uepp 05.06 al-Gaxaq

    San wann il-Battista 26.06 Xewkija, Gozo

    San Lawrenz 31.07 San Lawrenz, Gozo

    San Lawrenz 10.08 Vittoriosa

    San Nikola 26.06 Siiewi

    San Pawl 03.07 Rabat

    San Pietru fil-Ktajjen 07.08 Birebbua

    San Pietru u San Pawl (L-Imnarja) 29.06 Mdina & Nadur

    San Publiju 10.04 Floriana

    Santa Katerina 19.06 ejtun

    Santa Katerina 04.09 urrieq

    Santa Liena 21.08 Birkirkara

    Santa Luija 11.12 Mtarfa & Santa Luija,Gozo

    Santa Margarita 24.07 Sannat, Gozo

    Santa Marija (l-Assunzjoni) 21.08 Marr, Malta & ad-Dingli

    Santa Marija (l-Assunzjoni) 15.08 Mosta, Qrendi, Mqabba, Gudja, al-Gaxaq, Birkirkara,Attard and Victoria,Gozo

    Santa Venera 31.07 Santa Venera

    Sant'Andrija 03.07 al-Luqa

    Sant'Anna 31.07 Marsaskala

    Santissima Trinit 22.05 Marsa

    Stella Maris 21.08 Sliema

    Il-Viitazzjoni tal-Madonna 03.07 Garb,Gozo

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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2017

    EVENT DATE

    The Valletta International Baroque Festival 18 - 28 January

    Feast of St Paul 10 February

    Carnival 24 - 28 February

    Malta Running Marathon 26 February

    Good Fiday and Easter 14 - 16 April

    George Cross Commemoration 15 April

    Malta International Fireworks Festival 30 April

    Feast of Mnarja 29 June

    Victoria Arts Festival June - July

    Isle of MTV June

    Malta Arts Festival July

    Malta International Jazz Festival 20 -22 July

    Feast of Santa Maria 15 August

    Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady 08 September

    Malta International Airshow 23 & 24 September

    ejt i-ejtun 23 & 24 September

    Notte Bianca 07 October

    Malta Military Tatoo October

    Mdina Grand Prix October

    Birgufest 13 & 14 October

    Middle Sea Race October

    Malta International Choir Festival 02 - 05 November

    Betlehem fGajnsielem 08 December -02 January 2018

    All information as published herein was provided by each of the events organisers to the Malta Tourism Authority, (MTA), the publisher of this booklet. The MTA has diligently reproduced this information to the best of its knowledge prior to going to print. The MTA shall not be held responsible for any discrepancies variations, postponments or cancellation of the actual events.