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Malta Carnival photo

Malta Carnival

25 February to 1 March 2022


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Spring is carnival time in Malta. Carnival week, with its traditional boisterous revelry, centres on the capital Valletta, but cities, towns, and villages across Malta host their o…

Malta Carnival

25 February to 1 March 2022


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Spring is carnival time in Malta. Carnival week, with its traditional boisterous revelry, centres on the capital Valletta, but cities, towns, and villages across Malta host their own carnival celebrations and sometimes the smaller local festivities are the most authentic and charming.

Carnival includes extravagant, gaudy floats, fancy dress, lots of live music and marching bands, and some wild nightlife in the Paceville club area. The tradition is said to have started in 1560, when a massed Christian armada became harbour-bound in Malta and some jollification ashore ensued.

Carnival is a wonderfully festive time to visit Malta and foreigners are welcomed into the revelry, especially if they embrace the spirit of the event and arrive in outrageous costumes. Children will also enjoy carnival and the parades and floats particularly delight the local kids, who dress up even more enthusiastically than the adult party animals.

Weather-wise, February and March happen to be a good time to visit Malta as it is sunny but not yet swelteringly hot. If you are planning a springtime holiday in Malta, design your itinerary around the carnival. Valletta can get crowded during the festival but not unpleasantly so.

Website www.visitmalta.com/carnival

Malta International Fireworks Festival photo

Malta International Fireworks Festival

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Lascaris Wharf, Grand Harbour

The Malta Fireworks Festival is an exciting event held annually at the Grand Harbour in Valletta. The event is organised by the Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority…

Malta International Fireworks Festival

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Lascaris Wharf, Grand Harbour

The Malta Fireworks Festival is an exciting event held annually at the Grand Harbour in Valletta. The event is organised by the Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority, commemorating Malta's inclusion into the European Union which took place on 1 May 2004.

The best of local talent from Malta's fireworks factories compete with foreign pyrotechnic companies to thrill audiences with a visual feast. The highlight of the festival is the 'History of Malta' laser show, featuring exceptional fireworks displays accompanied by invigorating music.

The fireworks light up the night sky to reveal stunning views of the nearby St Angelo, Ricasoli, and St Elmo forts, and illuminate the city in a sparkling and magical way. The fireworks are visible from many vantage points but perhaps the best place to watch the display is from the Barriera Wharf in Valletta.

The Malta Fireworks Festival is open to the public and completely free of charge. April is a good time of year to visit Malta as the autumn weather is pleasant and sunny and tourists holidaying in Malta over this period would be mad not to attend this wonderful festival.

Website http://www.maltafireworksfestival.com/

Malta Jazz Festival photo

Malta Jazz Festival

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Grand Harbour, Valletta

Every year, a number of world-renowned jazz musicians gather in Valletta to entertain enthusiasts with a classy selection of live performances. The Malta Jazz Festival has been run…

Malta Jazz Festival

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Grand Harbour, Valletta

Every year, a number of world-renowned jazz musicians gather in Valletta to entertain enthusiasts with a classy selection of live performances. The Malta Jazz Festival has been running for about 25 years, enjoying much critical acclaim and great support from locals and foreigners alike.

The event occurs annually during the third weekend of July and the main venue is the open-air Ta'Liesse in Valletta. The programme includes an array of the best contemporary jazz artists and the festival is fun for both the uninitiated and aficionados. In fact, it is a wonderful way to learn a bit about the genre.

In the past, performances have included some famous jazz musicians such as John Scofield, Al Di Meola, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. The days preceding and following the festival show off a number of fringe events, including open-air concerts, and are held in venues all over the city. For more information, check the official website.

Website www.maltajazzfestival.org

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