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The Maltese Islands Calendar of Events Highlights 2011

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The Maltese Islands Events Calendar Highlights 2011

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Introduction

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So much to do in Malta & Gozo!
Malta boasts of an events calendar replete with 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! For more information please visit our website: www.visitmalta.com/events (TBC) To be confirmed, precise details of dates, venues or artists etc, still to be confirmed at the time of going to print.

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January 2011

New Year Concert 09/01/2011 - MCC Valletta (Malta)
The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts organises this high-profile concert on a Sunday of January. The event is held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta and features the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra performing a varied programme. A limited number of tickets are available for the general public on a first come, first served basis, against payment. www.maltaculture.com

From Birth to Childhood 19/11/2010 - 14/01/2011 - Area Exhibition Hall, Victoria (Gozo)
Heritage Malta is organising an exhibition in Gozo entitled ‘From Birth to Childhood’ that will feature a number of important artworks from the Fine Arts National Collection. www.heritagemalta.org

Citrus and Harvest Festival 15/01/2011 - All over Lija
Lija is well known for the cultivation of citrus fruits and this event celebrates the tradition with the sale of oranges, lemons, limes and their related by products. Performances by local artistes and the village band club will add to the festive atmosphere. www.visitmalta.com/events

Christmas Pantomimes 22 - 09/01/2011 MFCC (Ta’ Qali), Manoel Theatre (Valletta)
One of the must-see events during the Christmas and New Year period in Malta is the traditional Christmas pantomime. Different productions are presented each year, with amazing costumes, fantastic sets and laughter guaranteed. www.visitmalta.com/events

Anne Frank – A History For Today 28/01 - 18/02/2011 - Auberge De Castille (Valletta)
The travelling exhibition “Anne Frank - A History for Today” tells the story of Anne Frank set against the backdrop of the Holocaust. The exhibition makes use of images from the Frank family photo albums and quotations from the Diary of Anne Frank. Each panel displays information about the most important developments of that time: the rise of National Socialism, the Second World War and the persecution of the Jews, leading to the systematic extermination of six million Jewish people in the Nazi death camps. www.visitmalta.com

February 2011
National Triathlon Race 10/02/2011 - Salina Bay

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Fore more information please visit website www.maltatriathlon.org

Feast of Saint Paul’s Shipwreck 10/02/2011 - St. Paul’s Parish (Valletta) and Munxar (Gozo)
The first of the year‘s major feasts is celebrated in the parish church of St. Paul’s Shipwrecked in Valletta and throughout the streets of Malta‘s capital city. The feast commemorates the shipwreck of St Paul on the Maltese Islands, an event which took place in 60 AD and which is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. The feast is also a national public holiday. www.visitmalta.com/events

Franz Liszt 200th Anniversary 12/02/2011 - Manoel Theatre (Valletta)
In order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, Teatru Manoel will be holding a piano recital by Dmytro Sukhovienko. Dmytro Sukhovienko has featured at several prestigious music festivals such as, Fête de la Musique de Genève, Festival International de Musique Universitaire de Belfort, Musique en été de Genève and Les Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, in Geneva.v www.teatrumanoel.com.mt

The Land Rover Malta Marathon 27/02/2011 - Various localities
The first major sport event of the year in Malta sees the participation of over 800 local and international athletes. This 42.2 km run, also includes a 21km half-marathon. www.maltamarathon.com

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March 2011

Carnival Celebrations in Malta and Gozo 04/03/2011 to 08/03/2011 - Various localities, Major events in Valletta, Floriana and Nadur (Gozo)
March brings with it carnival week, which takes on a traditional flavour, including extravagantly-coloured floats perched on lorries, children in fancy costumes as well as Malta’s main nightlife centre, Paceville, welcoming late night carnival revellers to its clubs and bars. The heart of the action over the five days are Valletta & Floriana, though various towns and villages across the Island have their own festivities. Carnival in Nadur, Gozo, takes on a particularly comic and macabre tone with its spontaneous night-time carnival. Traditional carnival sweets are a firm favourite, and the love of good food prevails. Carnival week is a time to let your hair down and go with the flow – ideal for those who enjoy a good party. www.maltaculture.com

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Ta’ Kerċem All year Traditions Alive - FolkFestival 12/03/2011 - Kercem (Gozo)
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Feast of St. Joseph 19/03/2011 - Rabat Malta
The feast of St. Joseph is celebrated in Rabat Malta and is also a public holiday across the Maltese Islands. www.visitmalta.com/events

Milk Festival 20/03/2011 - Għarghur (Malta)
The rural village of Gharghur celebrates the universality of milk and how this staple product developed through the ages into forms and by-products we are accustomed to nowadays. The festival also offers the possibility to learn about milk production and how various dairy products are manufactured. www.visitmalta.com/events

The Wignacourt Tower Festival 27/03/2011 - St.Pauls Bay (Malta)
A cerimonial re-enactment that recounts the eraction of the Wignacourt Tower in 1610. www.stpaulsbay-online.com

Seħer il-Punent 31/03 - 03/04/2011 - Għarb (Gozo)
Various activities are held during the Seher il-Punent Festival, promoting the locality of Gharb, its culture, history, traditions and also sport. During the festival, arts and crafts exhibitions are held with some of the works created by local artists in situ, further highlighting the artistic skills required. Typical Gozitan produce also features prominently in this event and one may take the opportunity to taste Gozitan cheese, local wine and other delicacies. Tal-Qiegha folk group, the locality’s folk group participates and also organises a traditional meal. www.visitmalta.com/events

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March 2011

Jum il-Ħelsien – Freedom Day 31/03/2011 - The Grand Harbour Valletta & Birgu
Freedom Day (Jum il-Ħelsien) is one of Malta’s public holidays and commemorates the closure of the last military base in Malta in 1979. Apart from the state ceremonies held in Valletta and Birgu wharf, Freedom Day is also renowned for the afternoon regatta held in the waters of the majestic Grand Harbour. Food and drink stalls line the harbour adding to the celebratory feel created by locals and tourists alike. www.maltaculture.com

April 2011

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Festa Natura u Jiem il-Ġonna 02/04/2011 - Ħal Balzan, Ħat Attard (Malta)
All activities will be held around the village core. There will be stalls selling locally made cakes, fruit and vegetables and delicacies made from fruit and vegetables. There will be an exhibition of landscapes, still life paintings and crafts made from recycled material, information stands on recycling, how to save water and energy and the love towards animals. www.visitmalta.com/events

James Blunt Live in Concert 07/04/2011 (TBC) - Valletta Waterfront
“I’ve been on a bit of a roller coaster,” says James Blunt, in his typically dry, British understatement. Two albums, two world tours and 18 million records sold later, Blunt has taken a journey that few ever experience. Now, with his compelling new Custard/Atlantic album “Some Kind of Trouble”, he promises to further entertain fans. Finally, thanks to NNG promotions, James will be delighting the Maltese Islands with his much anticipated live concert. www.nngpromotions.com

Strawberry Fair second or third Sunday of April 2011 (TBC)- Mġarr Malta
Throughout this event, a breathtaking amount of fresh strawberries are sold. A constant supply of freshly picked strawberries are ferried constantly to the main square of Mgarr throughout the day. Countless other products made with strawberries, ranging from delicious gateaux and cakes, to smoothies, milkshakes, ice-cream waffles, pancakes, strawberry jams and also strawberry wine, are available at this popular event. www.mgarr.gov.mt

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April 2011

Commemoration of the Award of the George Cross 14/04/2011 - St George’s Square (Valletta)
In 1942 the Island Fortress of Malta was awarded the George Cross medal for the bravery and tenacity of its people. This event commemorates the awarding of the medal, with a military re-enactment and a vivid narration of the events leading to this honour being bestowed upon the whole nation. www.visitmalta.com/events

Ilwien ir-Rebbiegħa (Colours of Spring) 16/04/2011 to 17/04/2011 - Żebbuġ (Gozo)
An event for all the family, including fireworks, the traditional blessing of various animals and a horse display amongst other things. www.zebbuggozo.com

Knockout Easter special 23/04/2011 - La Grotta, Xlendi (Gozo)
Knockout events presents the much anticipated Knockout Easter Special at the mythical La Grotta club in Gozo, theatre of the Maltese clubbing scene for the last twenty years. In 2010 Knockout events brought to our shores legends like the Prodigy, Faithless, Sander Van Doorn and Stereo love, this year their main act will be a surprise but it’s promises to be the just as good. www.knockoutevents.info

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Good Friday and Easter 22 - 24/04/2011 - Various localities
On Good Friday an air of solemnity can be felt all over the Islands as churchinteriors are draped in black or purple and their bells are kept silent. In the evening of Good Friday some 18 parishes organise a procession with human statues depicting the Passion of the Christ. On Easter Sunday than mood change to a happier festive mood as people attend the various Easter processions. By Sunday the churches undergo a radical transformation, with the sombre drapes removed and bells ringing joyously. Malta and Gozo also marks Lent, Good Friday and Easter by seasonal food specialities only available in this period of the year as well as through the abstinence of certain food. In fact the Maltese traditionally abstain from eating sweets and sometimes meat during Lent, especially on Good Friday. No visit to Malta at Easter would be complete without attending one or more of these celebrations. www.visitmalta.com/events

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April 2011

The Malta International Fireworks Festival 29/04/2011 to 30/04/2011 - The Grand Harbour Area (Valletta)
The Malta Fireworks Festival will be organised once again in and around the majestic Grand Harbour, the perfect setting for this event. Both local and foreign pyrotechnic companies will be participating and a competition will also be held for the best fireworks display of both evenings. The MIFF is now recognised as one of the main events in Europe’s pyrotechnic calendar. www.visitmalta.com/events

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Rabat Tul iż-Żminijiet 30/04/2011 - Rabat (Malta)
One of Malta’s most picturesque villages possessing a wonderfully rich history celebrates its heritage by commemorating important historical events. www.rabatlocalcouncil.com

Fatboy Slim Live in Concert 30/04/2011 (eve of a public holiday) - MFCC Ta’ Qali Top dance music DJ Fatboy slim will be performing in Malta for the first time and can be expected to provide one of the best parties of the year. Artiste info: www.fatboyslim.net Event info: www.knockoutevents.info

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Labour Day 01/05/2011 - Various localities
National public holiday www.visitmalta.com/events

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May 2011

Medieval Mdina – Flower and Pageantry 06 - 08/05/2011 - Mdina
The Medieval Mdina Pageantry and Flower Festival transports the city and its visitors back in time, whilst enhancing its beauty by means of flowers and music. Mdina’s various museums, historic palaces and churches are open throughout the festival for everyone to explore. The presence of flowers everywhere brings a tangible feeling of a vibrant spring. www.visitmalta.com/events

May 2011
Qormi Spring Fest 07 & 08 /05/2011 - Qormi

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The Springfest is an event which brings together a large number of farmers, street hawkers and national associations connected with animal husbandry. The outcome is a veritable milieu of stalls displaying and selling agricultural produce. www.visitmalta.com/events

5th Mechanical Grounds Fireworks Festival 07/05/2011 - Granaries Floriana
Around ten different fireworks companies compete at the Floriana Granaries for the best mechanised Catherine wheel fireworks. Thousands of pyrotechnic enthusiasts flock to watch this event each year. www.visitmalta.com/events

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Ħal-Luqa, Niesha u Ġrajjietha 13-15/05/2011 - Ħal Luqa

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May 2011

A commemoration of the important events in the village of Luqa from Medieval times to post World War II. In addition, the prominent people of Luqa who emerged over the years will be celebrated, and as is typical of such events, entertainment, exhibitions and food stalls will be available. www.visitmalta.com/events

NightFest at Ħaż-Żebbug 14/05/2011 - Żebbug (Malta)
Zebbug is one of Malta’s most historic towns, with a beautiful old village core. The medieval market will offer various re-enactments related to the town’s heritage, and stalls offering traditional food and crafts. www.visitmalta.com/events

Ħad-Dingli - Ħidma Agrarja u Tradizzjonijiet, wirja ta’ xogħol agrarju flimkien ma’ tradizzjonijiet lokali u nazzjonali 15/05/2011 - Dingli
An open air festival focusing on the agricultural and cultural heritage of this unspoilt typical Maltese village. www.visitmalta.com/events

Valletta Grand Prix Historic & Classic Car Event 16 - 22/05/2011 - Around Valletta
The Grand Prix Sprint Event is to be held in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Valletta. This annual historic and classic car event will run along the Valletta ring-road surrounding Malta’s capital city. This event is considered a must for all automobile enthusiasts. Both foreign as well as local owners of classic cars participate in this prestigious event. www.vallettagrandprix.com

May 2011

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Military Mtarfa 20 & 22/05/2011 - Mtarfa
Mtarfa has a very strong military history and was home to a military hospital, cemetery and soldiers’ quarters, due to its strategic location close to the Ta’ Qali airstrip in WW II. Exhibitions in the former military hospital and barracks, wartime vehicle exhibitions and displays of various military related artefacts commemorate this bygone era. www.visitmalta.com/events

Spring Irkottafest 21 & 22/05/2011 - Ħal Kirkop
Maltese cottage cheese is a strong favourite in culinary traditions. This rural event offers the opportunity to learn about the manufacturing of cottage cheese (rikotta), and savour a variety of pies and sweets using this soft cheese. www.visitmalta.com/events

Lejla Fil-Belt Hompesch: A Festival of Arts, History and Culture 21/05/2011 - Żabbar
A family-oriented event centred on the love of food and entertainment whilst commemorating Żabbar’s long history. www.visitmalta.com/events

Senglea Maritime Festival (Senglea Marittima) 27 - 29/05/2011 - Senglea (Isla)
A maritime-themed event held along the seaside promenade of Senglea (Isla), the historic maritime town, one of the historic ‘Three Cities’ on the South side of the Grand Harbour. www.visitmalta.com/events

Traditional Maltese Wedding 29/05/2011 - Bubaqra limits of Żurrieq
Weddings in the Maltese Islands have always been much celebrated affairs. This re-enactment of a traditional Maltese wedding as it used to be organised in the time of the Knights of Saint John focuses on the nuptial costumes of the period and the traditions involved in winning a bride and taking her to the altar. www.visitmalta.com/events

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June 2011

Lejlet Lapsi 3 & 5/06/2011 - Victoria (Rabat, Gozo)
The capital city of Gozo, comes alive with a wide variety of performances also entertainment and exhibitions. Re-enactments and street performances feature prominently in the narrow winding streets of the city, with concerts and recitals taking place in churches, chapels and other venues around the town centre. www.visitmalta.com/events www.gozoculture.com

South Central live in concert 04/06/2011 - Gianpula Limits of Rabat
Knockout events will once again give you another sensational night thanks to the fast moving Maltese duo South Central. After pumping our hearts during the unforgettable Prodigy concert last year, 2011 will see the Maltese dance duo headlining the Knockout April special at Gianpula, definitely a must event for all clubbers. www.knockoutevents.info

June 2011
Notte Scarlatta 04 & 05/06/2011 - Sannat (Gozo)

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The picturesque village of Sannat will once again be the venue for “Notte Scarlatta” boasting war like re-enactments, culinary displays and an interesting WW II vehicle exhibition. This year’s grand-finale will feature a 34ft ground firework (Armatura) and 5 Ground fireworks (Tapit), surely a must see for all pyro-enthusiasts. www.visitmalta.com/events

Mir-Raħal tas-Sajjieda 04 & 05/06/2011 - Marsaxlokk
Marsaxlokk is Malta’s foremost fishing village. Being an Island in the middle of the Mediterranean the culture surrounding fishing is understandably very strong in both Malta and Gozo. One can enjoy a day out by the sea, savour the fresh fish and enjoy the scenic village of Marsaxlokk. This Event celebrates one of Malta’s oldest trades, the culture and the lore that goes with it. www.visitmalta.com/events Festa ta’ Lapsi 06/06/2011- St Julians This family event focuses strongly on Maltese traditions and folklore, with folk music and dance performances and the local band’s participation. In addition children can experience traditional games that used to be played in the street before traffic put a stop to this tradition. Falconary displays will take visitors back to the times of the Knights when this was common practice. As with every event, food stalls selling typical Maltese food and produce will be available and various other traditional elements may be experienced such as a ride in a karozzin. www.visitmalta.com/events

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June 2011

Victoria International Arts Festival 08 - 30/06/2011 - Victoria (Rabat, Gozo)
The Victoria International Arts Festival held in Gozo’s capital, features artistes from the Maltese Islands as well as from all over Europe. Venues include St George’s Basilica and its annexes as well as St. George’s Square and Independence Square. All performances are free of charge. www.stgeorge.org.mt

Fiori d’Argento 10 - 12/06/2011 - Xewkija (Gozo)
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Għanafest – Folk Music Festival 10 - 12/06/2011 - Argotti Gardens (Floriana)
The Għanafest is a three-day event focusing on Malta’s traditional singing called Ghana (pronounced “ana”). The programme also features Mediterranean folk groups. The Għanafest will host a series of workshops on traditional instruments and a special programme for children. A wonderful event for the whole family, complemented by traditional Maltese food and the marvellous panoramic view and surroundings of the Argotti Botanical Gardens in Floriana, situated within walking distance from Valletta. www.maltaculture.com

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Maltese Traditional Religious Feasts June – September 2011 - Various localities
Malta’s main religious denomination is Roman Catholic, and hence religious celebrations are a core part of the Maltese events calendar. The months of June, July, August and September are ‘full to bursting’ with parishes celebrating their respective patron saints. This is the time of year we fondly call the ‘festa’ season. Every town and village celebrates in a similar manner, with both indoor religious functions and outdoor festivities. The latter are the more secular aspect of the feasts, with ground and air firework displays, band marches and revelry. Churches are decked out in the parishes’ finest: drapes, silver and all sorts of ornamentation dazzle the eye during the village ‘festa’. Processions with the patron saint statue meander through village streets decorated with lights and beautiful banners – ‘pavaljuni’, accompanied by bands and devotees. Locals make sure that their homes are in best possible shape for this special occasion, as oftentimes the village ‘festa’ brings guests and extended family to their doors. No summer in Malta is complete without a visit to one of these colourful, exuberant and yet holy celebrations. www.visitmalta.com/events

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June 2011

Siġġiewi Annual Agrarian Show where the past meets the present 11 & 12/06/2011 - Siġġiewi
Surrounded by some of Malta’s lushest countryside and valleys, Siggiewi has a long agrarian tradition and the event celebrates this with food, exhibitions and displays of agrarian fare, amongst others. www.visitmalta.com/events

L-Imnarja: Summer Folk Festival 28 & 29/06/2011 - Rabat/Mdina/Buskett Gardens
The origins of this festival date back to before the arrival of the Knights of St John in 1530. It acquired its name from the bonfires that used to light up the festivities in Mdina and Rabat. Today, the feast is marked by various events. On the eve, families and friends gather at Buskett Gardens, Malta’s largest woodland area, for a picnic which normally carries on into the night. The traditional rabbit dish and wine are at the top of the day’s menu, accompanied by the singing and music of local folk bands. The morning after, the day of the feast proper, the celebrations continue with an agricultural show, followed by bareback horse and donkey races at Saqqajja Hill, just below Mdina. www.maltaculture.com

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Isle of MTV Malta Special 30/06/2011 - Floriana and other venues
The Isle of MTV Concert is the apex of a week-long festival of live music. The annual Isle of MTV music event in Malta is an MTV Networks International (MTVNI) production. A world class line up of artistes will play in a free live concert on the Granaries in Floriana in front of a crowd which annually tops the 50,000 mark. Once again this promises to be one of the summer’s must-see musical events. The Isle of MTV Malta is unique in offering young people across Europe an exclusive opportunity to experience some of the world’s best new and established artistes here in Malta. This event has become an important annual destination for music lovers. Previous attractions included Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, N*E*R*D, One Republic, Maroon 5, Akon, Enrique Iglesias, Kid Rock, David Guetta and Metro Station amongst others. www.isleofmtv.com

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June / July 2011

Joseph Calleja live in concert End June / 1st week July 2011 (TBC) - Granaries Floriana
The International and acclaimed Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja last year delighted thousands of people on the granaries in a concert that featured the best of classical music together with the more modern songs of Riccado Cocciante and Dionne Warwick. This year, NNG promotions will once again present the tenor’s magical voice by confirming yet another unforgettable concert at the Granaries in Floriana. More information about the accompanying international guest will be out very soon. www.nngpromotions.com

Malta Arts Festival 01 - 22/07/2011 - Valletta & Floriana
The Malta Arts Festival comprises of a wide variety of art forms, including theatre, dance, music and painting. Performances are staged in various venues in Valletta and Floriana. Other venues in the capital include the Mediterranean Conference Centre, the MITP Theatre and the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity. www.maltaartsfestival.com

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Marsovin Wine Festival 8 - 10/07/2011TBC - Hastings Garden (Valletta)
Local wine producers Marsovin will be holding their annual wine festival as part of the Malta Arts Festival in Valletta. The event is usually held over a weekend in July. The aim of the event is not only to give visitors the opportunity to sample some of the best local wines but also to present a cultural event tied to a Mediterranean theme. www.marsovin.com

The Malta International Jazz Festival 14 - 16/07/2011 - Ta’ Liesse (Valletta)
The Malta International Jazz Festival takes place annually in July over three nights at Ta‘ Liesse down by the Valletta quay inside the Grand Harbour. A line-up of top international and Maltese artistes present an eclectic mix of jazz styles from the contemporary musical scene. In the past, world famous artistes such as John Scofield, Al Di Meola, Chick Corea, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cubanismo, Michel Petrucciani, Betty Carter, and Joe Zawinul, Richard Bona and Esperanza Spalding amongst others, have performed to large crowds under a summer star-lit sky during this festival. The beauty of Valletta’s Grand Harbour by night is truly magical and tremendously evocative. www.maltajazzfestival.org

Farsons Great Beer Festival 22 - 31/07/2011 - National Park (Ta’ Qali)
Comprising of ten days of fun and open-air entertainment, this festival has become a much sought-after annual event that attracts locals and visitors alike. The festival naturally celebrates Malta’s famous brews, whilst allowing the crowds to appreciate a wide array of immensely talented local musicians. www.farsons.com/beerfestival

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July 2011

Feast of St. George 17/07/2011 - Victoria (Rabat, Gozo)
The feast of St.George in Gozo, is renowned for more than its sacred celebration. Amongst various attractions, traditional horse races take place in Republic Street on Sunday afternoon (feast day). St. George’s Parish boasts a popular brass band known as the Banda La Stella which performs throughout the week in Rabat. www.vistmalta.com/events

Santana live in concert 24/07/2011 - Granaries Floriana
The legendry Carlos Augusto Santana Alves is a Latin, Jazz-Rock and Blues guitar virtuoso born in México on the 20 july 1947. Santana, who won several Grammys and is named by the Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best guitar players of all time ranking him at 15 in their list of 100 released in 2003, will be performing for the very first time in the Maltese Islands on 24th July 2011 at the Granaries Floriana. Surely, an event not to be missed, for more information visit the organizer’s website. www.nngpromotions.com

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Delicata Wine Festival and Nadur Wine Festival 04 - 07/08/2011 (TBC) - Upper Barrakka Garden (Valletta) First or Second Week of September 2011 – Nadur (Gozo)
Delicata, considered one of Malta’s top wine producers, organises these two festivals of wine tasting and musical entertainment, one held at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta and the other in Nadur, Gozo. www.delicata.com/winefestivals.aspx

Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ the Saviour (Is-Salvatur) 06/08/2011 - Lija
This is one of the more popular feasts in Malta, especially due to the spectacular fireworks displays associated with this celebration, most notably the air- and ground fireworks displays on the eve of the feast (5th August). www.visitmalta.com/events

Feast of St. Gaetan 07/08/2011 - Ħamrun
The St. Gaetan feast in Ħamrun is widely regarded as the signature event for the much acclaimed ‘Marċ tal-brijju’ (or festive march) which is held on the day of the feast, starting in mid-morning and ending in the afternoon. The rivalry that exists between Ħamrun’s two main band clubs makes this celebration one of the most exciting feasts in Malta and Gozo. www.visitmalta.com/events

G7 Summer Live 14/08/2011, Ta’ Qali Fields l/o Rabat, Malta
Following last year’s huge event at Ta’ Qali Fields, this year G7 events present another outdoor festival on the eve of a public holiday. As usual, G7 are planning a surprise international DJ line-up which guarantees a night to remember. For more details as they are announced consult www.g7events.com

Gozo Music Festival 21/08/2011 - Gozo
The festival headlines different contemporary international artistes as well as performers from other eras which remain favourites amongst all audiences. ‘Sole’ will also be supported by the cream of Malta’s musical crop. www.dynamicpromotions.com.mt

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September 2011

Festa tal-Bdiewa f’Burmarrad 03 & 04/09/2011 - Burmarrad limits of St Paul’s Bay
Burmarrad square will be transformed into a traditional market place with various stands offering local produce such as fruit and vegetables, plants, Maltese cheeselets, honey, olives and tomatoes. An agrarian exhibition of agricultural machinery and exhibits related to agricultural products and trade will be set up. www.visitmalta.com/events

Notte a’ Casal Paola - Storja - Arti - Mużika 03/09/2011 - Paola
An evening activity focusing on the various historic landmarks in Casal Paola, including the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, together with musical performances, art, displays, food and drink. www.visitmalta.com/events

Maria Bambina / Il-Vitorja 08/09/2011 - Senglea (Isla)
A religious and at the same time a national feast commemorating the victory of the Great Siege of 1565. The main event is the National rowing Regatta held in the Grand Harbour, Valletta. The rowing teams stem from the Harbour area towns and villages and the competition is fierce, making it a colourful fun event to follow. www.visitmalta.com/events

Xogħol, Ikel u xorb matul il-medda taż-żminijiet 10/09/2011 - Marsa
An event highlighting the connection between traditional maritime trades and the traditional culinary fare that used to be consumed by workers in the port town of Marsa. www.visitmalta.com/events

The Mediterranean 3D Festival 10/09/2011 - Dwejra Bay (Gozo)
The project’s aim is to blend the Maltese Culture with Dwejra Bay’s environment. This Festival is to include environmental guided tours, practice of typical trades like fishing and typical cooking. The Festival will conclude in the evening with the Mediterrenean Jazz Festival. www.sanlawrenz.gov.mt

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The 6th Edition of the Qala International Folk Festival 15 - 19/09/2011 - Qala (Gozo)
The four day festival focuses on folk music, song and dance. The event is hosted by the Menhir Qala Folk Group, and together with local and foreign folk groups they present numerous performances. The commemoration of local traditions related to children’s games and a traditional mock wedding add to the entertainment value of this event, which also stretches over to Malta for a day. www.visitmalta.com/events

Iljieli Mellieħin 15 - 18/09/2011 - Around Mellieħa
A three-day event of culture, history, music, entertainment, good food and fun for all the family in the touristic town of Mellieha www.visitmalta.com/events

Epoka – Festival tal-Festi Tradizzjonali Malti u Għawdxin 16 - 18/09/2011 - Ħal Tarxien
This event will showcase the traditional Maltese festa: an annual event held in every town and village celebrating their parish patron saints. However village festas are not just religious celebrations but also social gatherings. EPOKA, held at the end of the festa season in September, will be gathering the most renowned festas competing together with their best street decorations along with band marches and a mechanical ground fireworks competition. Children and families will be able to join in & sense what a festa feels like, while participating in an interactive street theatre with their favourite saints... a real taste of Maltese popular culture! www.visitmalta.com/events

‘Xalar ix-Xlendi’ 18/09/2011 - Xlendi (Gozo)
A fun event offering a varied selection of water-based competitive games in one of Gozo’s favourite seaside villages. www.visitmalta.com/events

Independence Day 21/09/2011 - Valletta & Floriana
An official programme of commemorative events is organised to mark this national holiday which celebrates the anniversary of Malta’s Independence in 1964. This commemoration include high mass, a military parade and a salute to the President of the Republic as well as a concert by the National Philharmonic orchestra. www.maltaculture.com

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September 2011

Malta International Airshow 24 & 25/09/2011 - Old Malta International Airport (Luqa)
Spend an enjoyable day with family and friends visiting the static display of aircraft and helicopters at the old runway in Luqa. Around lunch-time a spectacular aerial display is held over the airfield. At the show one should expect to find a variety of aircraft from the ultra-light to sleek fighter jets and giant transport planes. www.maltairshow.com

Żejt iż-Żejtun 24 & 25/09/2011 - Żejtun
Undisputedly one of the most sought after events by locals and tourists alike, Żejt iz- Żejtun welcomes the olive picking season by organising olive pressing demonstrations, pageantry, crafts demonstrations and other family oriented activities, all set in one of the oldest villages in Malta’s South. Olives and their various by-products are also on sale. www.visitmalta.com/events

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Iljieli Skalin 23 - 25/09/2011 - Marsaskala
Exhibitions of various foodstuffs in which salt is used. There will be also re-enactments of a Turkish attack on St Thomas Tower, the counter attack of the Knights from Cottonera and the building of the Tower by Grand Master Wignacourt in 1614. Participation of Ghana folk singers, folk groups and groups playing typical Maltese folk instruments. www.marsaskala-malta.com

Notte Bianca 24/09/2011 - Valletta
Notte Bianca is an all-night event held in Malta’s capital city. The event embodies the spirit of an ‘open city’ where, for one whole night, Valletta’s monuments and important buildings are open and accessible to all until the early hours. Many different and original events are organised throughout the night in Valletta, shops open till late and restaurants serve food all night long. Literally tens of thousands of locals and visitors alike flock to the capital for this much awaited event. www.nottebiancamalta.com

Bormla at its Best (TBC) 30/09 - 02/10/2011 - Bormla (Cospicua)
The main attractions of this event centre around the dedicated area and with other activities taking place in other locations and at sea. Stalls with Maltese traditional food, projections of local short films, drama, literature, church concerts, exhibitions and “Ghana la Bormliza”, traditional Maltese folksinging in the Bormla style. www.visitmalta.com/events

‘L-Imqabba mal-medda taż-Żmien’ 07/10/2011 - Mqabba
This event centres around the village of Mqabba- a village renowned for its stone quarries and fireworks manufacturing, amongst others. Mqabba is also one of the Islands’ older villages having a rich and varied historical past, still evident in and around the village core. www.mqabba.gov.mt

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October 2011

BirguFest 07 - 09/10/2011 - Vittoriosa (Birgu)
Birgu is one of Malta’s oldest and most historically-important cities. During the Birgu by Candlelight event the streets are lit up by the gentle glow of thousands of candles. However, Birgufest has developed further, offering a varied programme of entertainment and events held in both indoor and outdoor locations. The historic re-enactments, museums with extended opening hours, cheaper entrance fees and the opening to the public of other venues including churches, emphasize the immense historic value of this city. In addition, food stalls offering Maltese and other food, various musical concerts and various exhibitions, make this event truly outstanding and a must-visit. www.birgu.gov.mt

Festubru 08 - 10/10/2011 - Kerċem (Gozo)
The quiet and picturesque village of Kercem celebrates through this initiative the rich fabric of Maltese traditions and uniforms, especially those pertaining to the sister Island of Gozo. www.kercem.gozo.com

Malta Military Tattoo 08 & 09/10/2011 - MFCC (Ta´ Qali)
The 8th Malta Military Tattoo provides a highly entertaining atmosphere with precision marching and formations displays and above all good music. The 2011 Tattoo will once again include foreign military bands and local massed pipes and drums band, the Malta Police Precision Drill team, the Malta Police Band and the Armed Forces of Malta Band. www.maltamilitarytattoo.org

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Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca 15/10/2011 - Aurora Theatre Victoria (Gozo)
Tosca (1900) was arguably Puccini’s first foray into verismo, the realistic depiction of many facets of real life including violence. The opera is generally considered of major importance in the history of opera because of its many significant features. This magnificent act will be held in one of the major operatic venues on the Islands, the Aurora Theatre in Victoria Gozo. www.teatruaurora.com

Symphony of Light 15 & 16/10/2011 - Santa Luċija (Għasri, Gozo)
This event aims to bring together people from all walks of life from around the world to enjoy the picturesque square and silent streets of this quaint hamlet. During the event one will be offered the opportunity to enjoy the culture and traditions of this old Gozitan location, whilst promoting its wealth of intangible cultural heritage by taking a walk through history. www.ghasri.com www.visitmalta.com/events

Lejl f’Casal Fornaro 14 &15/10/2011 - Ħal Qormi
Casal Fornaro, translated literally as ‘the village of the baker’, was the name by which Hal Qormi was commonly referred to in bygone days. This festival celebrates Maltese traditions, customs, music and food, especially breadmaking. Thousands of people gather in Qormi for this event which has now become a mainstay of the annual cultural calendar. www.casalfornaro.com

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October 2011

The Rolex Middle Sea Race 22/10/2011 - Malta–Sicily–Malta
The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a highly-rated and internationally renowned offshore classic. The Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club co-founded the race in 1968. In recent years, the number of entries has risen to around 70 boats. The race is a true challenge to skippers and crews who have to be at their very best to cope with the often variable and demanding conditions. On the other hand, the race is blessed with unsurpassed scenery with its course taking competitors close to a number of islands. www.rolexmiddlesearace.com

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Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma 27 & 29/10/2011 - Astra Theatre Victoria (Gozo)
Vincenzo Bellini’s NORMA is Teatru Astra’s opera production for 2011. This demanding and highly popular opera will be staged twice. This production will be undoubtedly the highlight of the tenth edition of Festival Mediterranea, which is organised by the La Stella Philharmonic Society. www.teatruastra.com

Fesitval taċ-Ċikkulata 30/10/2011 - Ħamrun
A chocoholic’s delight, the chocolate festival turns the use of chocolate into an art form. New recipes are prepared, a wide variety of chocolate products can be bought and an interesting array of chocolate sculptures can be viewed during this tantalising event. Various forms of entertainment are also presented during the evening. www.visitmalta.com/events

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November 2011

Festival Mediterranea Last week of October/last week of November 2011 (TBC) - Victoria (Rabat, Gozo)
Festival Mediterranea unveils Gozo as a mosaic of Mediterranean civilisation, heritage and art. It is indeed a showpiece of a hundred things, an opportunity for a break from the routine of conventional life; a chance to immerse oneself in the mellow world of Gozo’s autumn, and explore and live the cultural tradition of its 7000 years of history. www.mediterranea.com.mt

The Malta International Choir Festival 03 - 06/11/2011 - Valletta, Floriana and various localities
The festival is open to various categories of choirs which hail from all over the world. The 2009 edition saw some 550 choristers participating amongst twenty international choirs. It is expected that for 2011 the number of participants will be greater. The festival takes place in various locations, ranging from theatres to churches and other public places in Malta and Gozo. www.visitmalta.com/events

21st International Marathon Challenge 25 - 27/11/2011 - Various localities in Malta
Better known as the ‘Challenge’, this annual Maltese marathon features a unique three-stage formula, where every phase has a different distance but the overall length is still that of a regular marathon. Visitors can watch the start of the first stage at Mdina, the second at Birżebbuġa and the final one at St Paul’s Bay. More info on the website. www.marathonchallengemalta.com

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MALTA MUSIC AWARDS (MMAs) 26/11/2011 - MFCC Ta’ Qali
The Malta Music Awards have become a much sought-after annual event, attented by thousands. The MMAs include various categories of awards for Maltese performers during the year, as well as international guests of repute performing on the night. A must for all those who appriciate music provided by local artistes. www.musicawards.com.mt

Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem First weekend of December 2011 to the First weekend of January 2012 - Għajnsielem (Gozo)
The organisation of a large animated crib in Gozo spanning 20,000 sqm of fields and buildings promises to bring the timeless Christmas story to life as never before. The atmosphere is simply unique. The stretch of land known locally as Ta’ Passi is slowly changed into a large living crib, where horses turn mills, villagers go about their jobs, shepherds inhabit caves, animals roam in enclosed spaces and a poor unknown couple tend their newly-born in a stable. www.visitmalta.com/events

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December 2011

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, ‘IlKunċizzjoni’ 08/12/2011 - Cospicua (Bormla)
The feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady is regarded as an important feast in Malta’s liturgical calendar, held in the historic town of Bormla, one of the famous ‘Three Cities’. The feast is also one of the few major feasts celebrated outside the summer months and is also a public holiday. www.visitmalta.com/events

BAY MUSIC AWARDS 12/12/2011 - Bay Arena St Julian
This will be the 8th edition of the Awards with an incredible line-up of Malta’s highest ranked talent. The BMA’s focus on rewarding local artists for their contribution on the airwaves over the past 12 months and is the most anticipated music event on the island. The Awards will be given out by some of Malta’s top personalities for the following categories: Best Newcomer; Best Dance Tune/Remix; Best Song; Best Solo Artist; and Best Band. The BMAs will be giving out the Bay Bands Trophy and another new award – The Bay Presenters’ choice award, were the 89.7 Bay’s presenters will be choosing and awarding the best featured track. www.bay.com.mt

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Christmas in Malta & Gozo December 2011 Various localities
Malta is a country with very strong religious traditions, and at Christmas-time this becomes even more evident in the numerous events and celebrations which take place across the country. The main focus is religious, though the secular aspect increases year on year. Many villages have street decorations as well as large, life-size cribs. Churches are brightly lit and decorated to highlight the joy of the season. Many villages host crib exhibitions, with cribs of all sizes and materials on display, with the ever- increasing popularity of mechanical cribs making these exhibitions a unique experience. The high point of the Christmas season is definitely midnight mass with the traditional sermon recited by a young child. Christmas fairs are increasing in popularity and here one can enjoy festive music, food and entertainment for all the family. These events bring together the religious and secular dimensions of Christmas. Like many countries Malta also has seasonal food especially sweets; ‘Il-qagħaq ta’ l-għasel’ are an old favourite: honey rings filled with mouth-watering fruit-based honey, ‘l imbuljuta’: deliciously stewed chestnuts to warm you up. Watch out for a more detailed program on the website. www.visitmalta.com/events

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Cribs Exhibitions 16/12/2011 – 12/01/2012 Auberge d’Italie (Valletta)
The long-standing tradition of cribmaking is highlighted in a unique exhibition of cribs made from various materials and utilising a wide range of techniques. Also included in the exhibition are other Christmas related artworks. www.visitmalta.com/events

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Milied Imdawwal a week before Christmas 2011 - Fgura
This Christmas everyone is invited to celebrate with us in the streets of Fgura, one of Malta’s Southern villages. Like in Children’s dreams, the bustling Fgura commercial area will be magically turned into an outdoor Christmas village by means of traditional decorations, seasonal musical performances and various stalls selling authentic festive delicacies. www.visitmalta.com

December 2011
New Year’s Eve in Malta & Gozo 31/12/2011 – Various localities

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On New Year’s Eve, Malta and Gozo offer a very diverse entertainment programme which should suit all kinds of tastes. Activities range from lavish gala nights with the very best Maltese and continental cuisine to top musical acts in and around various venues in the Islands. Certainly, when it comes to welcoming the New Year, Malta pulls out all the stops especially thanks to our vibrant and exciting Mediterranean character. www.visitmalta.com/events

Open Air New Year’s Eve Celebrations 31/12/2011 - Valletta and Floriana
The New Year’s Eve celebrations in St Anne’s Street, Floriana and St. George’s square, Valletta which are two of Malta’s main thoroughfares, are expected to cater for thousands of people who will surely animate this special night. On the main stage one should expect a variety of musical performances from Malta’s top singing artistes together with spectacular dance shows. During the night, various pubs, wine bars and restaurants will be open till late to celebrate this special occasion. www.visitmalta.com/events

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Recurring Events 2011

In Guardia Parades January to July/September to December – Fort St. Elmo (Valletta)
The In Guardia Parade is a re-enactment that portrays an authentic event that took place regularly inside Fort St. Elmo. The event recreates the inspection of the fort and its garrison by the Grand Bailiff of the Order of the Knights of St. John in charge of military affairs. During the re-enactment, the soldiers and knights of the fort’s garrison – some 70 re-enactors – are kitted-out in their finest uniforms and perform a military drill demonstrating to the Grand Bailiff the garrison’s state of readiness in the event of a military threat. The show begins at 11.00 am and lasts 40 minutes. www.visitmalta.com/events

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Victorian Military Re-Enactments Tuesday to Sunday, all year round - Fort Rinella (Kalkara)
From Tuesday to Sunday throughout the year, from 11.00hrs till 17.00hrs, at the historic Fort Rinella (1884), re-enactors representing late 19th century Victorian soldiers present different interactive displays which include: a Victorian Military Signaling Display, a Musketry Display, a Sword and Bayonet Display, a Display in British military foot drill and skill at arms, using the standard equipment of the British Victorian infantry man in the field, and Live-firing of an original late-19th century British rifled muzzle loading siege gun amongst others.These displays combine expert commentary with lively interpretation using original weapons and equipment from this time. www.wirtartna.org

Alarme Re-Enactments

February/March/April/May/November - Fort St. Elmo (Valletta) Alarme is a military re-enactment that portrays the historic and turbulent tenure of Malta by French troops, following Napoleon’s landing and conquest of the islands in 1798. The re-enactment gives an account of the French troops’ arrival in Malta, the subsequent attempt to administer the Maltese Islands by the new Republican government, the rebellion of the Maltese that led to the blockade of the French troops inside the harbour towns, as well as the French troops’ surrender to the British in 1800. The re-enactment lasts 50 minutes. www.visitmalta.com/events

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Recurring Events 2011

The Saluting Battery Daily, all year round - Upper Barrakka Gardens (Valletta)
One of the main defensive batteries to protect Valletta and the Grand Harbour, the Saluting Battery also doubled as the principal ceremonial gun platform. From here gun salutes were fired to honour the arrival or departure of a dignitary or naval vessel, as well as to mark sunrise, sunset and the passage of mid-day. This open-air live-museum is open to the public daily between 11.00hrs and 13.00hrs, offering the unique opportunity of viewing, a rare collection of historic cannon and assisting in the live-firing of the daily noonday gun. www.wirtartna.org

Dates and event details are subject to change. For accurate information and the latest updates please consult www.visitmalta.com/events.

Malta Tourism Authority Auberge d’Italie Merchants Street, Valetta Tel.: (356) 22915000 Fax: (356) 22915893 info@visitmalta.com

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