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The Maltese people love to party and so do the thousands of people who come to visit the islands each year. It seems like every week there is a great event to go to. If you want to know about the best ones then continue reading our list of the top 10 Malta events 2016.
The feast of St.Patrick’s has turned into an awaited national event here in Malta. The Maltese respect theirfellow Irish and their beliefs. Celebrated for hundreds of years, St.Particks is a worldwide event, which brings all nationalities together to celebrate this feast. Nevertheless in Malta, this is highly celebrated in Spinola Bay in St.Julians, where the streets come to life with music, food and of course a lot of drinks. All in all, it’s just a fantastic time.
Another event which is increasing in popularity every year is the Malta International Fireworks Festival. It is an incredible spectacle, not only for the female romantics but for anyone who appreciates the talent of such art. The fireworks are synchronized with music, creating a powerful hair-standing sense of awe. This is held in none other than the beautiful Maltese Grand Harbour, where thousands of on-lookers stand together looking up at the sky at this beautiful spectacle.
Malta Music Week – 24th to the 29th of June; Isle of MTV – 28th of June
The Malta Music Week marks the end of another scholastic year and the start to another fabulous summer ahead in Malta. The M.M.W is a week filled with parties in different locations and vibes for all. This is a truly magical week full of freedom and enjoyment. The biggest party of them all is by far the Isle of MTV, which has been running in Malta for the last 10 years. This is held in a large open-air square, attracting over 50,000 people from across the globe. A free live concert by top performers, creates the BIGGEST FREE FESTIVAL IN EUROPE!
The Sliema arts festival is another event full of summer vibes, sun and music. Situated right on the Sliema promenade, this little stretch of land is filled with artistic events for three days. The works of art include freestyle art work, reggae music, live bands, and the super electro swing set which always gets everyone dancing. With the summer moon and music in the air, this truly is magical Malta.
The Marsovin Wine Festival – 15th till the 17th of July
If you have never tried Maltese wine before, you should! The Marsovin Wine Festival takes place at Hastings Gardens in Valletta and is a great opportunity to try a different variety of grapes and speciality food all in one evening. This 3-night event will give wine enthusiasts a taste of Maltese wine, whilst listening to live bands and trying our special Maltese food.
The Malta International Jazz Festival takes place every year in July. A line-up of top international and Maltese artists present an eclectic mix of jazz styles from the current music scene. In recent years, world famous artists have performed under star-lit skies during this festival which is held over two nights in Valletta.
After a week of scorching summer heat, what better way to unwind and relax than with a cold refreshing beer? The Farsons Great Beer Festival is Malta’s largest summer event where families and youngsters come together for a great night out. It’s all about good music, good food and, of course, good beer. Thousands of visitors come to this free 10-day festival every year. The programme is filled with live entertainment and activities, together with a large selection of bars offering a mix of international food and drink. Definitely something to look forward to!
Art is music, art is dancing and singing and art is creativity – it is not only a drawing in an art gallery. At the Malta International Arts Festival, local and foreign artists perform side by side. The diversity in performances attracts a mix of ages and cultures – all entwined in one night of entertainment and fun. Enjoy food and drink as music fills the air and the summer moon fills the sky above.
This feast is widely celebrated in many Catholic countries. On the eve of this holiday in Malta many people organise parties. Pool parties, boat parties and even international DJs fly down to create a night to remember. On the feast itself, family and friends spend the day together, feasting and enjoying each other’s company – on the beach, or on a boat or by the pool while enjoying a tasty barbecue and a cold beer.
The Maltese international air show has been taking place for over 10 years. Fighter jets, helicopters and specialised planes from around the world fly to Malta, some just for display whilst others (such as the Red Arrows) perform a spectacular display of aerobatic manoeuvres. Every year, this event attracts a large audience of all ages. Many families come with their children, to see these big, expensive machines up close.
Which of our top 10 Malta events 2016 will be the best? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.
Following on from the success of our Malteser and Pool competition, Maltalingua is again offering you the chance to win a language trip to our school in Malta.
In another chocolate-based competition, we have filled a large jar full of Smarties (19 Liters). We naturally counted every single Smartie (!) and the total number in the jar is a top secret and only known by one person.
To enter the competition simply guess how many Smarties are in the jar and you could be in with a chance of winning a two-week course at Maltalingua including accommodation, airport transfers, participation in three activities per week and course materials. On top of all this, Maltalingua provides its students with a course certificate on completion, free internet access to keep in touch with friends and family and keep on top of your homework(!), student discount card and welcome pack and an invitation to the world-famous (well, maybe not world-famous) welcome party.
When entering, please let us know either why you think Malta would be a great place to learn English and/or tell us about something you find particularly strange, interesting or funny about the English language – and try to be creative and original!
And don’t forget to include your guess on the number of Smarties in the jar. The competition will end when the correct number has been guessed!
We finally have a winner of our pool competition : )
Lourdes, from Spain, is the lucky girl who guessed closest to the right amount of tiles. There are 71482 tiles in the Maltalingua pool.
When Lourdes saw the Maltalingua pool competition she thought it was a good opportunity for her to improve her English in another country. She wants to learn English to communicate with others and was convinced that Malta is an enjoyable and sunny spot to combine a holiday with studying English. Lourdes loves to get to know people from different cultures. Therefore, she thinks that Malta is an optimal destination as you can find so many language students from different places all over the world.
The rules were simple – How many tiles are in Maltalingua’s private swimming pool? Almost impossible to count but out of over 700 other applicants Lourdes’ guess was the closest and she is now the winner of a two-week language journey to Malta.
Entries came in from all over the world, from as far afield as Mexico and Russia as well as Germany, the UK as well as Spain. Lourdes says she is more than looking forward to her time in Malta where she’ll attend a general English course, be accommodated in a school apartment and enjoy all Malta has to offer. No doubt she also plans to take a dip in the pool which helped her to win!
Don’t be too disappointed if you missed out though, keep your eyes peeled for our next competition and, who knows, the next winner of a language holiday to Malta could be you!
The Maltalingua Team is looking forward to welcoming you to our school.
Thanks to our student Malte for writing this nice post 🙂
Today, Wolfgang and I went to the national football stadium of Malta. We saw the game Malta against Bulgaria. When we went by bus to the stadium we didn’t see that many people. First when we were standing in front of the stadium we saw a big group of people. The stadium was very modern and I was very surprised by this. After a little bit of trouble with the tickets (the scanner didn’t accept my ticket) we got into the stadium.
At first, as good german guys, we bought ourselves beer and pizza. Then looking for our seats, was a little adventure, because the seats had no number. After we sad down, we looked around and we didn’t see many people. We were surprised because we thought Malta was a football loving country. When the game started, we thought there was about 3.500 people in the stadium, which was crazy because there were seats for 17.797 people.
We had a good mix of Maltese and Bulgarian fans. 9 minutes later the Bulgarian scored the first goal. The Maltese gave it their all, but they were not better than the Bulgarians. I enjoyed watching the Maltese team so much, that I bought an official Maltese jersey during halftime. In minute 59 of the game, the Maltese defence made a lot of mistakes and the Bulgarians scored their second goal very easily.
The last 20 minutes of the game only Malta was in the offence and in the 78th minute they scored the equalising goal. The game ended and Bulgaria win 2:1, Malta played better than Bulgaria, but with 2 shots that hit the post and 2 very close headers over the goal, but they had bad luck.
I’am glad that I saw this game and want to see another game soon.
Malta has much to offer visitors all year round and September is no exception with loads of events going on to keep you busy between classes.
Learn more about the history of this splendid island by taking part in the Bormla 2013 Heritage Trail (1st September) – a three hour walking tour giving an insight into Bormla, and surroundings. Football fans can discover 75 years of the sport in Malta with a journey from the first known football team in Mdina to the town’s current team – Mdina Knights FC. The audiovisual and interactive exhibition is being held at the Corte Capitanale from 2nd to 9th September and entry is free.
If September is the month to detox after an over-indulgent summer then Malta is the place to be! A hypnotherapy session with Alan Bates DHP Acc. Hyp (3rd September) can help to ease any stress or anxiety and his hypnosis can also help you stop smoking (1st September).
Fans of contemporary photography can enjoy en exhibition by Richard Powers (5th September – 20th October) who specialises in images printed onto Brushed Aluminium. Malta is also host to US singer/songwriter and comic-book artist Jeffrey Lewis who is performing his humorous brand of music on the 11th at Hamrun Band Club. For something a little more ‘cultured’, the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season begins at Eden Cinemas with Puccini’s Turandot (17th September).
Football enthusiasts can take in Malta’s World Cup qualifiers against Denmark (6th September) and Bulgaria (10th September) at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium and cheer on your host nation!
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!
Just a stone’s throw away from Maltalingua is the vibrant and lively St. Julian’s Bay. This is an ideal location whether you wish to enjoy some of the island’s most beautiful views or you’d rather spend your evenings experiencing some of Malta’s best nightlife. It also offers plenty of chances to mix with the locals and practise your newly-acquired English skills!
For the night owls, Paceville is a short distance from the heart of St Julian’s Bay and boasts some of the biggest and best nightclubs in Malta or, if you’d prefer the comfort of a traditional English pub (and the opportunity to speak to native speakers), head to the Sun in Splendour. The picturesque Spinola Bay is perfect for a casual stroll after enjoying one of its many popular restaurants. For some quiet time, away from the busy bars and restaurants, Balluta Square has some very cosy little cafés and restaurants with a slightly more chilled-out atmosphere than the night spots of Paceville. If, however, excitement is what you’re looking for, then look no further than the casino at Dragonara Palace where you’ll have the chance to practise some slightly specialist English vocabulary and, hopefully, win enough to pay for a beer or two in Paceville!
Whether you’re on a budget or simply looking for a good value way to spend an afternoon, here are some of Malta’s highlights which can be explored for under €10.
Village Festa (Free admission)
Every village celebrate their patron saint day with a party and this provides a unique opportunity for you to mingle with the locals, practise your English and experience first-hand some local Maltese culture and tradition. And no Maltese party would be complete without local music, food and, of course, fireworks!
Azure Window (Free admission)
The Azure Window is one of Malta’s natural beauty spots and is a spectacular example of nature’s power and splendour, the sea having eroded the rock into a stunning arch shape.
National Museum of Fine Arts (€5 admission)
In an area of Valletta known for its wine bars and café culture, the Museum of Fine Arts is situated in a building dating back to the 16th century and showcases some of the most diverse paintings spanning eras from medieval to contemporary.
Museum of Archaeology (€8 admission)
Situated in another of the island’s many historical buildings, the Museum of Archaeology showcases finds from Gozo’s history and provides a fascinating insight into the island’s archaeological past.
Ggantija Temples (€8 admission)
Dating back to 3,500 BC, the spectacular Ggantija Temples (‘place of giants’) is the oldest, and best preserved, free-standing structure in the world.
Open Air Markets (Free admission)
Almost every town in Malta has a market; an opportunity for locals to catch up with each other and for visitors to buy some of the island’s local produce and souvenirs to take home. Why not strike up a conversation with some of the locals – an ideal way to practise your English skills!
A report from your lovely group leader Nina:
What did I know about Malta before I got there? Not much! Nevertheless, after departing Munich Airport and while sitting in the plane several thoughts crossed my mind: what will the time over there be like, what about the kids?! What does working under the sun actually mean? Now I can say even though working as a group leader for a language school can be stressful at times, it is a lot of fun! So, here is a summary of the exciting and memorable two weeks which we had with the juniors.
On our first day in Malta we explored the north of this beautiful island. Although the weather was a bit rough and we were nearly blown away, we still got off the bus at Golden Bay and spent some time on the sandy beach – we even had a free skin exfoliation. After dinner we had our welcome party in the indoor pool area. Relaxing by the pool and playing water basketball helped us to get to know each other very quickly as we enjoyed our first evening away from home.
The next day we were taken to the capital city – Valletta. We had a great experience watching the Malta 5D show in the modern theatre. Afterwards, we enjoyed a thrilling treasure hunt in Valletta – with some stops at different shops where everyone could find their very own treasures.
On Wednesday evening we had the chance to go kart racing in Ta Qali in the heart of Malta. After the qualifying rounds we contested a thrilling competitive race. Surprisingly – and much to his brother’s annoyance – one of our youngest students won!
The next day we visited Popeye Village. After a brief introduction we changed into costume and made our own Popeye movie. The highlight of this day however, was our evening activity – the boat party. From the most popular harbour of Sliema we departed for Saint Pauls Bay and had soft drinks and Maltese ftira in the middle of the sea. We danced and had a lot of fun until it was time to head back.
Our destination on Saturday was Mdina. After visiting the Mdina Dungeons we took a walk through the narrow streets of the ‘silent city’. Finally we were rewarded with a stunning view over Malta and cake at Fontanella.
On our full day trip we took a boat to the small island of Comino. We marvelled at the famous blue lagoon which has the most crystal clear water you can find.
On sunny Sunday we packed our swimming trunks once again and did an excursion to Golden Bay – a whole day full of sunbathing, beach volleyball, beach soccer and for those who dared (and were forced) also swimming. In the evening we sat back, got comfy and ended the evening on a cozy note with a good English movie.
During our bowling session on Monday afternoon we tried to bowl strikes and spares and plenty of pins were knocked down. After our sporting achievements we deserved the pizza party at Pizza Hut and thoroughly enjoyed our well-earned pizzas, soft drinks and ice cream.
We headed to Bugibba to take part in Malta’s first underwater safari of 2013. We were able to see what lies beneath the sea and this was truly amazing. From the observation keel we caught breath-taking underwater sights like fish darting in and out of crevices and floating jellyfish.
The very next day we continued with another sporting activity in a stunning setting – the always funny and traditional game of mini golf. In teams of 4 we tried to conquer the 18 holes in as few strokes as possible. We spent the entire Thursday afternoon at Tigne Point, a big shopping mall in Sliema where we were able to get rid of all our pocket money.
In the evening we could choose to either visit Bugibba by night, or enjoy a relaxable and social evening by playing computer games, table tennis and pool.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end and the final day had arrived. We had to pack our suitcases all too soon. After relaxing in Kennedy Grove Park we were ready for our farewell party. Thunderous applause completed the picture show of the holiday and Rosi’s piano performance. We danced to the beats of DJ Malte and friends far into the night and our bar staff Navid and Bernd provided us with tasty cocktails. Our great evening had come to an end far too soon and we had to say goodbye to our new friends and to Malta.
These were without doubt two amazing weeks! Thanks to all the kids and staff of the school! You made this time so special and memorable.
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An English course at Maltalingua wouldn’t be complete without taking some time to explore the culture and nightlife of the island further. There is always something going on in Malta and May is no different! So here’s a summary of some of the island’s highlights to keep you occupied outside of your course.
The third edition of the much anticipated Beland Music Festival takes place between the 10th and 17th May this year. This is a free event showcasing some of Malta’s finest musicians so a perfect opportunity to experience Maltese culture firsthand. If you prefer British music, the Maria Mater Gratiae concert band are performing a wide range of genres in their ‘Rule, Britannia’ event on 12th May at Ħaż-Żabbar.
Jewellery Exhibition open until 26th May
The beautiful, historic in the island’s capital Valletta plays host to a collection of spectacular – and seldom seen in public – pieces of jewellery loaned from Maltese private and church collections. The exhibition started in March but you still have until the 26th May to enjoy these pieces.
If you’re looking for something a little more light-hearted, the Malta Amateur Dramatic Club is performing ‘Secret Bridesmaids Business’ at the St James Cavalier in Valletta. The play is a comedy and centres around a bride the night before her wedding day and the escapades of her bridesmaids who must decide whether to tell her about her less-than-perfect husband. More comedy can be found at Eden Comedy’s 6th Stand Up Comedy Night on the 24th May at Eden Cinemas featuring top comedians from around the globe.