National Festivals

Experience local tradition and join the fun!


Notte Bianca is held annually in Valletta in an effort to promote art, culture and history in Malta.  During Notte Bianca, Valletta's museums, historical buildings, private and public art galleries, and other cultural institutions are open free of charge to the public.  The capital, usually a quite city by night is transformed into a feast of music, dance and culture.  Local and international artists give their performances in the various streets of the city and open squares.  Most shops which on normal days close at 7pm remain open and several tours around the city are organised, all free of charge.  The event is usually held at the beginning of October each year.  It is recommended to use public transport as parking is nearly impossible due to the large crowds attending the event.


Lejlet Lapsi, also known as Notte Gozitana is usually held in May and is Gozo’s version of Notte Bianca where the city Victoria is turned into a big party showcasing various Gozitan talents and exhibitions.  Various local artists, bands and folk groups perform in the streets while museums and cultural centres are free of charge to enter.  The festival showcases Gozitan traditions and the island's identity.


If you happen to be in Malta in June, check out the Ghanafest festival at the Argotti Gardens in Floriana, a celebration of the Maltese folk song.  The Folk song known as ‘għana’ is a traditional Maltese music.  Ghanafest offers a unique opportunity to experience all the different styles of Maltese folksong.  The event is complemented by traditional Maltese food along with performances from several international bands. 

 

The Malta International Jazz Festival takes place annually in July, over three nights at Ta’ lieese, by the Valletta quay within the Grand Harbour.  Taking part of this festival is a line-up of top international and local artists presenting an eclectic mix of jazz styles from the contemporary music scene.

 

If you are in Malta in spring, on the 29th and 30th April, you are in for a threat.  The Malta International Fireworks Festival is a display of some of the best local firework factories and also some international ones.  This all happens against the stunning Valletta Grand harbour.  Fireworks are common with any feast in Malta and Gozo, but here you will get to see all the best displays in two nights!  The event is also used to commemorate Malta’s accession in the European Union on the 1st May 2004.