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The month of August is one of the hottest months that Malta has to offer, but despite the immense heat, there is still a lot of buzz that goes on here. Thousands of tourists visit the islands of Malta every day, so we must do our very best to keep our fellow visitors entertained and happy. Sun, sea and sand are not always enough, so this is a brief sample of upcoming events this month. 😀
Village feasts in Malta are a very traditional and meaning full experience. Being a catholic island Malta is a highly religious society. Although they run all year round, most are celebrated during the summer months with the most popular falling during the month of August. These feasts are the celebration towards the patron saint of that village. In these feasts one will find immensely decorated churches with streets and light decorations. Food and drink stalls at every corner and of course the spectacular firework display. Fireworks in Malta are very important as each village always tries to compete with its neighbouring village. Basically the louder and brighter, the better. The three most popular feats during the month of August are on the
- 6th Thursday – Transfiguration of Our Lord, celebrated in Lija
- 15th Saturday – The Assumption of Our Lady, celebrated in Mqabba, Qrendi, Mosta, Gudja, H’Attard, Ghaxaq, Birkirkara, Victoria (Gozo)
- 30th Sunday – The feast of St Julian, celebrated in St. Julians’
The Delicata Classic Wine Festival, Malta’s greatest wine event is back for its 14th year, at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta on 6, 7, 8 and 9th August 2015, from 7.00pm until midnight. With free entrance one must simply purchase a wristband which will allow you to taste up to 20 different wines, including a wide range of award winning D.O.K. Malta and Gozo quality wine brands, all produced from a number of locally grown grapes varieties. There will also be a variety of different tasty food, all for your choosing and live entertainment for the whole family.
That’s right, none other than Bob Sinclar. The man who put the groove back onto the dance floor, from the deep and soulful beats, or the near-obsession with reggae and dance hall that has filled his production work of late.
This fantastic party will be held at the outstanding and finest open-air seaside venue, Café del mar. With its stunning sunset views and its vibrant music scene this will make your stay to this Mediterranean gem one to remember.
Yes ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. The crazy and all out creamfields is here with an outstanding line up including some of the best world renowned DJs. This year’s creamfields will be held at the MFCC, towards the centre of Malta. This arena can host up to 10, 000 people with previous guest DJ, David Guetta performing a super live show.
This summer will certainly be one to remember as these outstanding DJs will certainly bring the house down. Definitely something to look forward to this summer!
Summer carnival (Bugibba) 22/23.08
Carnival floats push their way through the main streets of Bugibba and Qawra once again this summer as the Malta Summer Carnival returns to one of the island’s main tourism hotspots.
The summer carnival is a down scale version of the gigantic February Carnival. The Malta Summer Carnival aims to give tourists a taste of the Carnival tradition and culture in Malta, affording a glimpse of the burst of life and colour that is Carnival in Malta.
This will be held in the main square in Bugibba with a grand spectacle of floats, decorated maskaruni, dance companies, crafts exhibitions and it will also include the traditional ġostra.
Malta is well-known as 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 3rd to the 7th of July. 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 7th of July. 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.
This years lineup is better than ever with the likes of one of the world’s biggest Deejays – MARTIN GARRIX. Joining DJ Garrix is renowned singer, dancer, and songwriter – JASON DERULO!! You will also be entertained by acts such as Echosmith, Tori Kelly and local Maltese DJ’s.
This is surely a night not to be missed!
June, the beginning of summer time here in Malta : ). Malta is very well re-known for its scorching summer sun with temperatures reaching in the mid 30s and above and it also hardly ever rains during the summer months.
For these reasons Malta turns into a Mediterranean paradise, attracting visitors from all four corners, with its main attractions being the sun, sea, sand and naturally learning English : )
Malta is littered with various blue flag beaches and bays all having different characteristics and landscapes. Popular beaches such as Mellieha Bay and Golden Bay can be found in the north of Malta, whilst rock pools and bays can be found in the south and all over the islands. Most beaches in Malta offer the opportunity to partake in a wide variety of watersports, such as jet skiing, diving, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, paddle boating, and much more. Beach BBQ’s are also organized on various beaches for private events or even beach parties.
Speaking of parties, Malta is not far off when it comes to offering some of the best summer parties. Boat parties that take you out into the open water until the sun sets over the red sky and some of the best pool parties in some of the best venues Malta has to offer. Pool parties are increasing in popularity over recent years with private events and parties taking place in such venues.
The night life here in Malta is something not to miss, with St.Julians (Paceville) being the star attraction and Valletta increasing in popularity over the past few years, bringing back the life it (Valletta) once had many years ago.
This three day event takes place in central Malta, in a remote village called Ta’ Qali, where hundreds of people visit to see what its all about.
Earth Garden is all about up-and-coming artists, some of the best local productions and a good vibe. A variety of activities are also organised such as exhibited art installations, sculptures, and photographic works and also street drama performances. Various genres of music are played, including tribal music, bands, reggae and also electro swing. This is start to the summer life here in Malta : )
Another key event taking place that same weekend is Rockastra, being held in Victoria, Gozo. This will be the third edition of Rockastra, a spectacular concert of rock music featuring some of the leading local singers and bands. The location of this event attracts many locals and foreigners to visit the little island of Gozo.
Finally October is upon us and now that summer is officially over the temperature has started to decrease slowly and we also witness the beginning of the rainy period in Malta, making it ideal for country side walks. The sea however is still warm in this time of the year, at around 25ºC, this makes it suitable for sea lovers to still enjoy a day by the sea side.
Birgu is one of the three historical cities located just opposite Valletta. During the 2nd weekend of October, Birgu is transformed into a candle light wonderland. As night falls, all of the street lights are turned off and the whole town is completely light up by candles. This really gives stunning effects as if you are travelling back in time as the narrow streets and old houses create the perfect ambiance. The whole community comes alive as Churches and museums are open for the public including food stalls and live bands. Truely a night not to be missed if given the opportunity to visit.
Mdina Grand Prix, 9th to the 12th October 2014
Mdina, the old capital of Malta is situated in one of the highest central points in Malta. This not only creates breath taking views but also exceptional conditions for hill climb racing. Every year in October the Mdina Grand Prix is organized. Here you will find your selection of classic sports cars and more modern ones all lined up for a tire smoking, petrol fuelled weekend. You will also find your older classic cars all polished up ready for their photo shoots.
Click on the link below to find out what’s going on.
This year, the Rolex Middle Sea Race has its 32nd anniversary. From Valletta’s harbour, about 70 cruisers embark on a 606-sea-mile journey to pass the Strait of Messina along the eastern coast of Sicily. The trip continues around Stromboli, Favignana and Pantelleria on Sicily, and then back to Malta through Lampedusa. The different landscapes and textures of the sea make this race a particular challenge and attraction!
We all know that October is the month of Halloween, a tradition celebrated throughout most of the world. We have larger celebrations in Malta, however over the years Halloween theme parties are picking up, so if you’re into dressing up and a spooky night out, you’re most certainly covered for.
September is a time of change here in Malta. The weather is generally cooler than in July/August and Malta becomes and much quieter and relaxed place to be. Here are some of the things that you can do in the month of September in Malta.
The 8th of September is a very special holiday in Malta, as on this day we celebrate the birth of the holy Virgin Mary and the day that the great siege against the Turks was won in 1565. The festivals are celebrated in different villages around Malta and Gozo, where food stalls and fireworks are part of the entertainment. There is also a traditional race that takes place in the Grand Harbour between six teams of rowing regattas, (each team representing a different village), a huge spectacle!
This is one of the most important days in the Maltese history. In 1964 Malta celebrated its independence as a country from the rule of Great Britain. This year it is said that the Duchess Kate Middleton is scheduled to fly to Malta for her first official solo trip to represent Queen Elizabeth. She will be meeting the Maltese president at the San Anton Garden located in Attard. This will be the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence from Britain. Since then, many festivities and activities take place on every 21 September, to properly celebrate this day.
Don’t worry September is not just about historical events. This September Malta will be hosting parties such as that of Heaven on Earth from the 4th till the 8th, Boys Noize on the 7th and Rockestra on the 27th. These are just some of the upcoming events.
We also host our yearly attractions such as the Qormi Wine Festival on the 5th and 6th which takes place in the traditional town of Qormi for the tenth year running and the well-known Malta International Airshow, which attracts thousands of people every year.
On Friday the 28th of July, one of our newest teachers (Jonathan, from Glasgow in Scotland), accompanied a thirty five strong group of students to the annual “Beerfest” held in Malta. Here is what he had to say, about what was certainly a fun and entertaining evening…
We met at Giuseppe’s Bar in St Julians, on a bright, balmy Friday evening, and caught the coach over to the “Beerfest”, a mere 20 minutes away. The atmosphere on the bus was a very expectant one – thirty five students, fresh from a week of learning English, ready to party and let off some serious steam. We arrived around nine thirty, and slowly but surely, staff and students alike were sampling some of the alcoholic delights the “Beerfest” had to offer!
On sale were a variety of Maltese lagers and beers, and also some from the wider international market – an event catering to everyone’s beer taste! The students were thriving off the festival atmosphere which they were met with – live music, dancing, carnival games, and a whole host of nationalities all united by one common passion – beer!
During the course of the evening, I treated the students to some interpretive Scottish dancing (which the students heartily tried to replicate), and the laughter and good vibes were flowing straight through until we left at midnight, back to St Julians. This truly was an event which satisfied everyone – from 18 years old to 60 years old, everyone could loosen up and have a giggle over a pint of good old Maltese “Cisk”!
For some of the party animals among the group, the fun and games continued on to Paceville for a few hours more of dancing, beer and laughter. I’m happy to report that after a few pints of “Cisk”, the overall quality of the students Scottish dancing improved dramatically! (See photographic evidence!)
“Beerfest” – a cheap night out, with great company, amazing surroundings and divine refreshments – what more could you want? Well, another pint of “Cisk” since you asked… 🙂
Jonathan Dunn (Maltalingua Teacher)
August is really a time of true relaxation here in Malta. In this month we have celebrations both in modern style with famous DJs performing live concerts, as well as religious beliefs still being celebrated in traditional ways.
Being a Christian community, the Maltese people highly believe in the patron saint of their village. One of the largest feasts celebrated here in Malta is the feast of the assumption of Our Lady, (Santa Maria). This feast falls on the 15th of August which this year will fall on a Friday. This is also a public holiday which gives the opportunity for locals and foreigners alike to have a long weekend break, many of which go to Gozo.
Gozo is Malta’s main sister island which is just 25 minutes away by ferry from the north harbour of Malta. Many Maltese like to visit Gozo for a long weekend such as Santa Maria. Gozo is about one third the size of Malta and is also far less built up. It is a beautiful island surrounded by green countryside and hills, also offering spectacular beaches scattered along its coasts, perfect for diving and even walking or biking in the cooler months.
For some, August is the last month of their summer holidays as many people get back to work some-time in September. So to finish off their summer holidays Malta give worldwide artists the opportunity to perform live concerts, one of which this year is THE PRODIGY.
The classic wine festival is taking place and has been for 13 years now. Locals and foreigners are given the opportunity to become wine tasters for just one magical night whilst enjoying good food and live entertainment. This event is situated at the beautiful Upper Barrakka gardens overlooking the magnificent grand harbour of Malta.
Other festivals are also organized, one of which this year is the Magic Island festival. A four day long festival taking place from the 21st to the 24th of this month. This festival is all about electronic and jazzy swing music coming together, creating one spectacular genre.
This week Malta presented us with the Isle of MTV, an open air festival attracting over 50,000 people, coming together for one of Malta’s best free events. This is a spectacular event that takes place every June celebrating the beginning of a new summer ahead of us.
It has now been seven years since the start of the Isle of MTV in Malta, it is one of the greatest shows being held here and also Europe’s biggest free event!
Once again it was held at the beautiful Fossos square in Floriana, right in front of the local parish church.
This year’s line-up consisted of, DJ Hardwell, Kiesza, Dizzee Rascal, Nicole Scherzinger and Enrique Iglesias, a line-up that certainly attracted a great number of students from different schools around Malta. With no exception to our school, with a group of over 40 students including our junior students.
Locals and foreigners mix together creating an amazing atmosphere. As the sun hid away and the lights turned on, the party began. First to perform was the Canadian artist Kiesza, a good start to the party having just being introduced to the music industry. One artist after another the Isle of MTV never fails to create an amazing spectacle. Over 3 hours of pure relaxation, nothing beats a great party with flashing lights, super sound and great company.
It is definitely a night that our students will surely not forget, have a look at our pictures and see for yourselves 😉
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.