Malta events vary considerably in genre from live music performances to dance, visual arts and food and drink festivals The Arts Council Malta and the Malta Tourism Authority are heavily invested in organising many of the annual events and together with independent event organisers, offer local artists and musicians the opportunity to showcase their talent. In fact, some of the events held in the Maltese Islands are of international acclaim and are ranked among the best festivals in Europe bringing in big names in the international arena.

Malta International Fireworks Festival. (April)

The crème de la crème of international fireworks enthusiasts comes together under one sky against a unique Maltese backdrop. To this effect, the Malta international fireworks festival competition is set across three days in different locations. The festival hosts a Pyromusical competition, which means that the fireworks are designed to match the rhythm of a musical number! Awards are then given to the most impressive displays.

Malta World Music Festival (May)

Set within Fort St Elmo, celebrating cultural diversity, the Malta World Music Festival showcases world music by local and international world music ensembles.

Earth Garden (June)

Earth Garden offers an incredible musical journey plus activities for all ages across four nights. Set within Ta’ Qali National Park, The festival features five unique and diverse stages that can entertain all types of music lovers, ranging from Hip-Hop, House, Techno, Psychedelic Trance, and Drum and Bass to Ska, Dub, Funk, Reggae, and World Music. Not only that, but there are also daily workshops and talks in the Healing Fields, an Ethnic Market, and a Kids’ Fun Park to keep the little ones busy.To feed your soul, there are also a variety of food vendors to nourish your body.

Valletta Film Festival (June)

Within the setting of the fortifications and ruins of Valletta, the Valletta Film Festival showcases various foreign films in the open air. An international jury awards five Triton awards for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Performance, Best Cinematographer and Best Screenplay.

Ghanafest (June)

The two-day Ghanafest festival centres around local artisanship, local food and Malta’s traditional folk song. In addition, it presents world music from the Mediterranean basin. Overall, the festival aims to highlight the unity in diversity of the traditional genre. The charming festival is set within the beautiful Argotti Gardens on the bastions of Floriana.

Victoria International Arts Festival ( June and July)

The Victoria International Arts Festival includes a varied programme for an uninterrupted period of 5 weeks, on the island of Gozo. It includes theatre, music, dance and visual arts from various genres at a variety of historic venues. All concerts and cultural events are free of charge. It’s been dubbed ‘Gozo’s miracle’ and ‘a quiet revolution’

Isle of MTV Malta (June- July)

Big names such as the One Republic  Alesso, Calvin Harris and Lady Gaga  have graced our shores for the annual massive Isle of MTV concert. The Malta Music Week progresses into various music events at different venues, ranging from pool parties to live street concerts.

Malta international Arts Festival (July)

The Malta International Arts Festival presents a varied two-week programme of visual arts, theatre, music and dance performances at historic and open air venues. A broad range of genres aims to inspire a taste for the arts in different audiences. In addition, international guests offer master classes and workshops curating a programme of artistic excellence with strong contemporary aesthetics, accessible to a wide audience.

Malta Jazz Festival (July)

Few events have a setting as spectacular as the Malta Jazz Festival. An open-air stage on the water’s edge at the Grand Harbour, shimmering with the warm reflections of lit-up fortifications, hosts jazz music by internationally acclaimed musicians. Most certainly, this is one of the most prestigious music events in Malta.

Farsons Beer Festival (July-August)

Across ten days, the Farsons Beer Festival showcases the best of local musical talent from all genres. Despite being one of the biggest music festivals on the island, entrance is free. Locals and visitors crowd at Ta’ Qali National Park for the great entertainment and several cold beers.

Glitch Festival (August)

Glitch Festival is an electronic music festival featuring multiple stages. In fact, it tends to include an impressive line-up of international big names such as Nina Kravitz, Jeff Mills and Floorplan. Furthermore, your playground for the night includes a rooftop pool area, an underground vault, a 16th century Maltese hunting lodge and much more at Gianpula.

The Bubble (September)

The Bubble festival is unique in its not-for-profit concept to raise funds for various NGOs. Wholehearted passion goes into creating an ‘atmosphere of learning, creativity, fun, relaxation, charity, sharing of new ideas, and awakenings to what’s going on outside our Bubble’. Within a familial community vibe, expect contemporary art, music and workshops, with on-site camping by the beach.

Notte Bianca (October)

The city of Valletta opens its doors for this one night where all shops, museums, churches and Auberges open to the public. This includes Auberge de Castille and other places that are usually not open to the public. In addition, contemporary art and several street performances brighten the streets and make Valletta come alive during the Notte Bianca.

Birgu Fest (October)

The Birgu Fest is a two-day event similar to the Valletta Notte Bianca.  Here locals will open their houses, there will be medieval reenactments, an artisan market and entertainment. Furthermore, the event includes Birgu by Candlelight, where all front doors and streets are all adorned with candles.

Malta’s Impressive Manoel Theatre

What’s special about Malta is that you can enjoy summer festivals and concerts under the stars and at a choice of historic venues. Indeed, can you imagine the spectacle of the Malta International Fireworks Festival lighting the sky above the Grand Harbour? Or the mood of the Malta International Jazz Festival on the water’s edge, surrounded by warmly lit city bastions? Verily, open air venues include the ruins of the Royal Opera House, erected in 1866 and destroyed by a WWII air raid; Fort St Elmo, with its important role in the Great Siege of 1565; and the massive space at the Granaries in Floriana from the mid-19th-century. And that’s not all. Indeed, the Mediterranean Conference Centre was the Sacra Infermeria hospital of the Knights of St John. Meanwhile, the Manoel Theatre is the oldest theatre still operating in the world, since 1732. And there are many more!

As you can see, there is plenty to choose from when it comes to arts, culture and music events in Malta. And few places in the world can boast such impressive venues as those in the Maltese Islands.