A hidden gem located in the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta’s allure extends far beyond its sun-soaked shores. In just the first six months of 2024, the archipelago is poised to become a cultural hub, offering an array of concerts and festivals that celebrate the richness of its history through music, arts, culture, and sports. Highlighting the spring is the inaugural edition of Maltabiennale.art, under the patronage of UNESCO. Malta’s overflowing event schedule has something for everyone and will also provide an opportunity for visitors to explore the three sister islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino.
Through contemporary art, maltabiennale.art will be investigating the Mediterranean, reflected in the theme for the biennale’s first edition: Baħar Abjad Imsaġar taż-Żebbuġ (White Sea Olive Groves). Drawing over 2500 proposals by artists from 75 countries, the art biennale will unfold on locations mainly within Heritage Malta’s historic sites across Malta and its sister island, Gozo. Two of these locations will include UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Valletta, the capital, and Gozo’s Ġgantija. The maltabiennale.art is a Heritage Malta initiative through MUŻA, the Malta National Community Art Museum, in partnership with the Arts Council Malta.
Festival Kanzunetta Maltija is a prestigious festival produced by Festivals Malta, that brings together different genres of Maltese music in an annual competition. During the Semifinals, there are 2o contestants competing against each other.
The highly-anticipated third edition of the La Valette Marathon by Corsa, a full or half marathon event, is not just a race; it’s an immersive experience that combines the thrill of running with a captivating journey through Malta’s rich cultural heritage. Runners will have the idyllic Mediterranean Sea on their left as they follow an entirely coastal route certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).
The Easter Week in Malta spans from solemn Good Friday to joyous Easter celebrations across the islands. It features key events such as Our Lady of Sorrows feast (Id-Duluri), Palm Sunday, and Maundy Thursday. Throughout the week, locals and tourists can witness various religious displays, observe Good Friday in churches, and culminate the week with vibrant Easter Sunday celebrations across Malta and Gozo.
Held at the Oratory inside St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta Resounds elegantly strings together the Caravaggio masterpiece, The Beheading of St John, with theatrical storytelling and timeless classical music. Visitors may also opt to go on an exclusive guided tour right before the performance. This VIP Package offers the rare chance to explore Malta’s most visited historic church without the hustle and bustle of crowds. The tour is conducted in English by a professional Tourist Guide.
The Malta International Arts Festival in Valletta spans 15 days, showcasing a diverse arts program encompassing music, visual arts, theater, dance, opera, installations, films, community projects, and interactive events. Held in the height of the Maltese summer, the festival attracts both local and international audiences, celebrating Malta’s cultural heritage through site-specific performances in unique locations like Neolithic temple sites, Baroque architectural spaces, and the picturesque views of Valletta’s Grand Harbour.
The Malta International Fireworks Festival is an important event in Malta’s cultural calendar. Fireworks in Malta have a long tradition which is centuries old. The craft of pyrotechnics in Malta goes back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St John. The Order celebrated the most important feasts by special pyrotechnic displays. Later fireworks were used for special occasions, such as the election of a Grand Master or a Pope. Today, this tradition is still very popular, attracting many people.
Global superstar Ed Sheeran will be performing in the Maltese Islands in what promises to be an iconic concert on June 26, 2024. This event is organized by AEG Presents, Greatt, and NNG Promotions in partnership with One Fiinix Live and supported by VisitMalta and the Ministry for Tourism.
The Il-Karnival ta’ Malta is an annual festival celebrated on Malta’s three sister islands. The five-day event highlights the culture and religious events that date back over five centuries, and is jam packed with activities from morning to night. The festivities include parades on the streets, night parties, magical costumes and live concerts throughout the islands. Il-Karnival spirit in Malta is a memorable experience for visitors, one not to be missed.
La Bohème is the opera of young people, of inspired youths, full of life at the heart of the city of lights. This is the raw emotion which Gaulitana: Festival of Music promises to bring as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of the death of the famed opera composer Giacomo Puccini. The Gaulitana production of La Bohème stage directed by Enrico Castiglione, will feature the Gaulitanus Choir and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of conductor Colin Attard, artistic director of the same chorus and festival.
The Ġirja t’Għawdex organized by Run Gozo, is a leading running event in Malta, and it has been taking place since 1977, making it the oldest organized running event in the Maltese Islands.
Joseph Vella’s demise in 2018 not only left a void in the local cultural scene but also cut short his work on what was meant to be his magnum opus, the opera Valeriana. Based on an award-winning libretto by Vincent Vella, this opera was completed by Christopher Muscat, himself a former composition student of Vella, who will be leading the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for this world premiere.