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December has finally arrived, the month of Christmas trees, snow, thick jackets and warm scarves! Hmm no, maybe in the rest of Europe but not in Malta. Yes! Believe it or not, Malta can still be quite warm in this time of the year. One could even expect temperatures n the 20’s, and unfortunately for us, it has never snowed in Malta. So how does Christmas in the sun by the sea-side sound?
During this time of the year (similar to the month of November), the weather could be somewhat differ from day to day. We experience colder days that with rain, thunder and cold air, totally different from the previous sunny weeks, however this never seems to last long on these islands.
Despite our good weather, the month of December is all about Christmas. Streets and roundabouts are decorated with Christmas lights and different festive decorations, whilst some houses are decorated from top to bottom with lights around every window and every door.
Shopping booms as in other countries, with Valletta and Sliema being the most popular for Christmas shopping. The main street of Valletta, Republic Street, is beautifully decorated with lights and tinsel all along the street attracting thousands of people every day for Christmas shopping.
The Point shopping mall in Sliema is Malta’s largest shopping complex, where hundreds of people shop there every day. During the month of December this complex is transformed into a Christmas wonderland (picture left).
In December one can see different Christmas plays, some in English others in Maltese. A very popular event is the Christmas pantomime which is a very puular tradtion in Malta especialy for young families. It’s incredible how they take a classic children’s story and transform it into a Christmas fairy tale! This year is Merry Poppins and Pinocchio.
Traditional Christmas Food:
Christmas time is a time for spoiling oneself with food and drink. Here in Malta during the festive season you can very easily indulge yourself with different Christmas desserts such as minced pies, Christmas log, Treacle rings or ‘Qaghaq tal-Ghasel’, Maltese Christmas pudding and of course the traditional ‘Pannettone’. Any will do after a lavish meal 😉
Nevertheless during the month of December spirits are high, families come together and people exchange gifts in the time for giving. After all, it’s the season to be jolly… trah lah lah lah lah – lah lah lah lah! 🙂
June is now upon us and summer is nearly here. With temperatures soon reaching 30⁰C, it’s all about the sun and the sea. As the sea temperature starts to increase, one becomes aware of the plenty of beautiful beaches scattered around Malta. One is truly spoilt for choice.
We start off June with the Malta Arts Festival, being hosted from the 1st to the 15th.
The Malta Arts Festival takes place every year, displaying a wide range of different works of art, both Maltese and international. This festival is held in different venues such as theatres and conference centres in Valletta. The best part is, most of these presentations are free of charge.
Malta is well-known fas an island for top entertainment especially over the warm summer months. We start off the summer season with a bang, with the Malta Music Week, held from the 20th to the 25th. Big parties will take place every day, catering for different followers of different musical tastes. The last day is the biggest of them all, with the Isle of MTV Malta Special this year being held on the 25th. This is held every summer and is yet again totally free, attracting over 50,000 people. Three global artists perform a live show also including an amazing line up of DJs, it is definitely something that shouldn’t be missed.
Towards the end of June we have the L-Imnarja Summer Folk Festival taking place on June 29th.
L-Imnarja meaning “Festival of Light”, dates back to the 1530s when fires were used in festivities. Today, the festival is celebrated in Buskett Gardens, where family and friends gather for picnics, drink fruity Maltese wine and eat national dishes such as the traditional rabbit dish. In the evening, singing, guitar playing and local folk music provides entertainment.
April is the month of change, with spring in the air it’s the time to put away your jackets and get out your t-shirts. With temperatures starting to increase Malta transforms itself into a small paradise, with flowers blooming and the warming sun on your shoulders. Here we give you some info about what to do in April and which events are upcoming in Malta
Being a highly religious country, Easter is a big celebration here in Malta and is held from the 14th to the 20th of April. Churches are lavishly decorated and glow in the evenings. We have two famous parades taking place on Good Friday in Qormi and on Easter Sunday in Vittoriosa, which should not be missed. Many Maltese participate and re-enact Biblical scenes in traditional costumes. On Easter Sunday in particular, a happy and exuberant atmosphere covers the island.
The Malta International Fireworks Festival is hosted from April the 25th/26th and 30th 2014. This is the true sign of the beginning of summer as fireworks are celebrated with religious holidays held in the summer months. It is being attended by locals and tourists alike. This event is held in Valletta’s Grand Harbour which is the perfect setting for this event, as the light from the fireworks is reflected off the bastions.
With summer just around the corner, partying here in Malta starts to increase. One of our first parties here is sunglasses at night being hosted at Jeanpula fields. Although it is held during the night your sunglasses are still a must!
Apart from fireworks and music we also have an Open Championships in Bowling, which this year is held from April the 17th to the 19th of April. During these three days, male and female participants compete for the title of 2014 Open Champion.
With plenty of opportunities to use your English outside of the classroom and a range of activities to keep you occupied in your free-time, we guarantee that you’ll never be bored in Malta. Here are some of November’s highlights.
Learn about milestones throughout Malta’s past at the Mixta ta Poplu (until 5th November) which guides you through Malta’s history, explaining some of the island’s key dates and eras. Throughout November, an exhibition at Fort St. Angelo marks the history of the fortification including memorabilia showcasing the fort as one of Malta’s most iconic sights and celebrates it being the site of one of the first naval cinemas in Malta.
To celebrate being named as Capital of Culture for 2018, Valletta is hosting ‘A Tale of a City’ (until 21st November), an exhibition featuring work from eleven local artists highlighting the history and culture of Malta’s capital.
Kenneth Ross’s new play, ‘The Lockerbie Bomber’ is a real-life drama exploring events which followed the tragic bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 killing 270 people. The play, which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, runs from 1st to 10th November at the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity.
On 30th November the Orpheum Theatre is host to a live music concert with performances by the talented French artist Gaela Brown with her band from Paris and Tel Aviv. She will be joined by two of Malta’s best-known bands, Stalko and The New Victorians for a night of unforgettable live music.
Looking for something to keep you entertained and amused outside of your English course this August? Fear not! Malta has plenty to offer this month as always!
Some of Italian artist Alvalenti’s work is being shown in his first solo exhibition in Malta – The Emotion of an Instant runs until 8th September at the Capo Tavola Restaurant.
Opera lovers have the opportunity to see tenor Joseph Calleja in concert on 1st August at the Granaries in Floriana. The annual summer concert also features the well-known Italian singer Zucchero as well as Rebecca Ferguson, Malta’s very own Gianluca Bezzina and internationally popular DJ duo Tenishia. For those more interested in dancing the night away, Sunglasses at Night, Malta’s most famous clubbing brand, returns for the Summer Special 2013 on 2nd August in Malta’s largest open air venue, Numero Uno. If you grew up in the 90s then the open air 90s party on 3rd August at Għaxaq Sqaure will appeal to you!
Food and Drink
Valletta’s Delicata Classic Wine Festival (8th – 11th August) gives you the chance to sample Maltese wines and both Maltese and international cuisine. The event also features live entertainment to accompany the delicacies on offer throughout the evening. The Cornucopia is hosting a Summer Sizzler barbecue on 24th August around its swimming pool. The event is a great way to socialise with your fellow course-mates at the same time supporting the Gozo CCU Heart Monitors Foundation and enjoying good food and wine and Malta’s beautiful summer weather!
Whether visiting Malta to enjoy the island’s spectacular natural beauty, experience its ancient history explore its fascinating culture or all of the above, there’s always something to keep you busy outside of the classroom and help you practise your newly-acquired English skills, and June is no different. Here’s a summary of what’s going on in Malta this month…
Every Wednesday evening in June the beautiful courtyard of the Palazzo de Piro plays host to renowned Jazz musicians Adrian ‘ir-Russu Brincat’ and Dominic Galea. For something a little more diverse, the Earth Garden Festival runs from 31st May to 2nd June and features a variety of performers at the Ta’Qali National Park. The 26th June sees the annual MTV festival in Malta with acts such as Rita Ora and Rudimental already confirmed, this year’s even promises to be as big as previous years’.
Saturday the 1st June sees the town of Haz-Zabbar celebrate the Malta International Food Festival. This event is an opportunity to sample dishes from six different areas of the world including, of course, Maltese food. The professional chefs will ensure that you experience authentic flavours complemented by four guest bands as well as an open mic session.
For the art fans, English-born artist Chloe Jayne Waterfield is showcasing her work in the Art Instinct Exhibition in the Cavalieri Hotel. The exhibition runs from the 6th June to the 15th July and her work focuses on the influences of the natural world and Palaeolithic art in modern times.