Notte Bianca is an annual event that takes place in October and lights up the cityscape of Valletta with a spectacular nocturnal celebration of people, culture and arts. State palaces and museums open their doors to delight patrons with visual art exhibitions and theater performances, while the open-air streets and piazzas showcase some of the finest local and international musicians and dancers. Cafes and restaurants remain open until late. All of Valletta, from City Gate to Fort St. Elmo, comes alive on Notte Bianca.
Christmas is a highly celebrated festivity in Malta and Gozo, both for its religious significance a well as in its more social aspect. The season is celebrated to its fullest on the Maltese Islands, with the active participation of many; Nativity scenes, displays of cribs, carol services and other events are organised in each locality. All churches have a calendar of events, ranging from the procession of Mary and Joseph, to streets with groups of children carol singing. Cribs are positively everywhere, from private houses to small chapels. Visiting cribs is a popular activity at Christmastime. Some are very artistic and elaborate, with figures moving around mechanically and a degree of detail that comes from hours of meticulous work by dedicated craftsmen.

February brings along the carnival week, which takes on a traditional pattern; extravagantly coloured floats are perched on lorries ready for the processionThe heart of the action takes place in Valletta, though various towns and villages across the Island have their own version of festivities. For a particular interpretation, visit Nadur, Gozo, where carnival takes on a more macabre and funny mood. The carnival week is a time to let your hair down and go with the flow – perfect for those who enjoy a good party!

Easter-Procession-6 The celebrations of Holy Week and Easter are primarily of a religious character, taking place in churches where the faithful gather in large numbers to commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.Holy Week commences on the Friday preceding Good Friday. Mid-morning on Easter Sunday, a procession with the statue of the Risen Christ moves along the streets accompanied by band playing festive tunes. Easter day is traditionally celebrated with a special family lunch. It’s also tradition to give children chocolate-coated Easter eggs and a ‘figolla’, almond-filled pastry in the shape of a rabbit, lamb, fish or heart, covered in icing sugar.

malta arts festival The Malta Arts Festival is a festival comprising of a wide variety of art forms, such as theatre, dance, music and art. Venues include theMediterranean Conference Centre, theMITP Theatre the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta and others.

Fireworks Festival The Malta International Fireworks Festival is an annual event organised by the Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority. This spectacular event, which takes place at the end of April to commemorate Malta’s accession into the European Union on 1st May 2004, is held in Grand Harbour and other locations.The festival includes fireworks displays designed by foreign pyrotechnic companies as well as some of the best local fireworks factories.

Jazzfest The Malta International Jazz Festival takes place in July of every year. A line-up of top international and Maltese artists present an eclectic mix of jazz styles from the current musical scene. In the past, world famous artistes have performed to numerous crowd s under a summer star-lit sky during this festival. Such names as John Scofield, Al Di Meola, Chick Corea, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cubanismo, Petrucciani, Betty Carter, Joe Zawinul etc have performed here. The beauty of the Grand Harbour by night is truly magical and tremendously evocative. The festival takes place over three nights at Ta’ Liesse in Valletta.

Notte Bianca is an annual event that takes place in October and lights up the cityscape of Valletta with a spectacular nocturnal celebration of people, culture and arts. State palaces and museums open their doors to delight patrons with visual art exhibitions and theater performances, while the open-air streets and piazzas showcase some of the finest local and international musicians and dancers. Cafes and restaurants remain open until late. All of Valletta, from City Gate to Fort St. Elmo, comes alive on Notte Bianca.

The festa season in Malta is made up of a long series of extended weekends, starting from the end of May right through the entire summer and well into September. Banners, papier maché statues raised on wooden columns and festoons decorate the main streets of the locality where the feast is taking place. The inhabitants of the town or village then add to this festive mood by decorating their own balconies and rooftops with lit up coloured festoons. A typical Maltese ‘festa’ lasts three days or longer. The evenings often end with spectacular ground and aerial fireworks displays in an explosion of colour, firecrackers and loud petards.

Christmas street decorations Christmas is a highly celebrated festivity in Malta and Gozo, both for its religious significance a well as in its more social aspect. The season is celebrated to its fullest on the Maltese Islands, with the active participation of many; Nativity scenes, displays of cribs, carol services and other events are organised in each locality. All churches have a calendar of events, ranging from the procession of Mary and Joseph, to streets with groups of children carol singing. Cribs are positively everywhere, from private houses to small chapels. Visiting cribs is a popular activity at Christmastime. Some are very artistic and elaborate, with figures moving around mechanically and a degree of detail that comes from hours of meticulous work by dedicated craftsmen.