Malta, an archipelago in the middle of the Mediterranean, invites you to start your summer in May! This is when Malta’s festivities heat up with music, culture, and art all surrounding the celebration of Valletta, the 2018 European Capital of Culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the beginning of May, visitors can explore the historic past and vibrant present through various events and activities happening in Malta and Gozo.
Valletta 2018 Events:
Valletta Green Festival – May 3rd – 6th
Visit St George’s Square in Valletta for the “Valletta Green Festival,” where one of the largest urban spaces in Valletta will be transformed into an enormous floral carpet composed of 80,000 potted plants.
Performances – Altofest Malta – Now – May 13th
Come experience performances from diverse backgrounds at “Altofest Malta.” Malta’s citizens will be hosting international artists in their homes, which will then become venues that welcome audiences for diverse performances. This event will span across four different regions in Malta.
Solar Cinema – May 3rd
Film lovers attending the Valletta Green Festival can watch screenings for short films, animations, and more, focusing on the theme of sustainability and the environment which will be happening in public spaces all across Malta and Gozo.
Dinner Theater – Cantina – May 11th – 13th
For those who enjoy a dinner and a show come experience it at “Cantina” based on Brecht’s Saint Joan of the Stockyards in Ta’ Qali.
Earth Garden Festival – May 31st – June 3rd
Close off the month with the “Earth Garden Festival”, starting on the 31st and running up to the 3rd of June in Ta’ Qali. The Festival brings an array of alternative music to the already legendary summers, with 5 music areas, over 30 international acts, 150 artists, camping, food stalls and an ethnic market.
Malta and Gozo Events:
Gozo Alive – May 18th – 20th
A culture filled day and evening, that will alight Gozo and delight visitors. Bands, musical performances, re-enactments, fireworks, art exhibitions, dance, short-film screenings, and guided tours. Gozo Alive will offer a program of events that will surly entertain and present Gozo, and exciting way for everyone to enjoy.
Music – Amalgama – May 26th
Explore a collaboration between pianist Gabi Sultana and visual artist Mark Dingli who will bring us “Amalgama”, an exploration of minimalistic works by contemporary composers such as John Cage and Philip Glass, amongst others. Amalgama will be held on the 26th of May at Lascaris Wharf in Valletta.
Classic & Vintage Cars – Valletta Concours d’Elegance – May 12th – 20th
Classic and vintage car enthusiasts should embark on a journey to St. George Square in Valletta, from May 12th to the 20th to experience the cars of their dreams.
Malta Fashion Week – May 26th
Starting May 26th in Fort St Elmo, Valletta Malta’s top-shelf talent and international fashion industries will be unveiling their newest line. This is one event you don’t want to miss.
For more information about Valletta 2018 events visit www.valletta2018.org
The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state anywhere. Valletta built by the proud Knights of St. John is one of the UNESCO sights and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta’s patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire’s most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do. www.visitmalta.com
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