Events to Get Excited About in 2017
As the sun rises on a new year, it's time to look ahead. What do the Maltese Islands have in store? The Maltese don’t really take a break from festivities. Malta and Gozo are small islands but mighty, jam packed with events. As matter of fact, the events that take place in the Maltese Islands are created by the Maltese, for the Maltese and foreigners alike.
A notable highlight of 2017 is that Malta will take the presidency of the Council of the EU. Themed reEUnion, the cultural program of events encourages the participation of citizens as well as tourists alike to celebrate local cultural diversity. In such way everyone is provided the opportunity to express personal takes on possible future realities for Malta, Europe and the EU. The Maltese EU Presidency cultural programme sheds light on different aspects of the Maltese heritage including not only historical but also social and anthropological. One of these is Malta – Land of Sea, an exhibition curated by Sandro Debono at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts. Such visual arts reinterpret our linear view of chronology and how Malta’s interaction with so many different conquerors have shaped its culture and present reality.
See the official cultural programme of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU here
Once again in 2017, the Maltese Islands continue to be an all year round holiday destination, with annual festivals, traditional feasts and dozens of re-enactments and pageants presented in surroundings of historical and architectural beauty.
Paul Bugeja, CEO from Malta Tourism Authority expands on this; “Throughout the year, no less than 50 events include Maltese food and wine as their main attraction are organised in various towns and villages. One may also count some 120 musical events of all genres that are staged either indoors, in theatres, or else in outdoor venues”. And these are just a few examples.
Top 10 events in 2017
1. Valletta International Baroque Festival (12th - 28th January)
2. Gaulitana: A Festival of Music (25th February – 2nd March)
3. Malta International Fireworks Festival (22nd & 30th April)
4. Valletta Film Festival (16th – 25th June)
5. Malta Fashion Week (21st – 27th May)
6. Malta International Arts Festival (23rd June – 15th July)
7. Malta International Jazz Festival (20th- 22nd July)
8. Joseph Calleja & Andrea Bocelli in Concert (19th August)
9. Birgu by Candlelight (13th -15th October)
10. Rolex Middle Sea Race (21st October)
Since distances in Malta are short, it is also possible for one to enjoy as many as three different events on any given day. Isn’t that fabulous?
The locals work very hard throughout the year to organise and celebrate such events. The Malta Tourism Authority has officially launched its calendar of events. Get a glimpse of what to expect here
So let’s all raise our glass and give a warm toast to another colourful eventful year ahead!