In summer, the weather is always resplendent, and a multitude of events take full advantage of it. The height of summer activities matches the heights of the Islands’ sunny weather with a packed calendar of cultural events, festivals and concerts.
Aside from the European City of Culture programme, the summer months are packed to the gills full of activities. Feasts explode in a cacophony of fireworks and celebrations of village saints, colourful streets overflow piled high with decorations, flowing banners and marching bands with the participation of local village people. Nowadays, all Malta’s vibrant towns and villages have a programme of activities for days prior to the final feasts on the weekend, which are jam-packed with stalls overflowing with traditional nougat, sweets and other local delicacies.
In line with The Phoenicia’s mission to support local heritage and culture, we are proud to be sponsors of The Valletta Film Festival, Malta’s annual film event. The fourth edition of the festival will take place from Friday 8th to Sunday 17th June 2018 and the hotel will form part of The Valletta Film Festival by screening shorts in The Knights Room, to add a further dimension to this popular international film festival.
Malta’s own Joseph Calleja will perform his annual Malta Concert on the Granaries next to The Phoenicia. Calleja began the series of annual concerts a decade ago, the first concert was performed with Michael Bolton, and in subsequent years he sang with Dionne Warwick, Riccardo Cocciante, soprano Hayley Westenra, Italian singer Lucio Dalla, while other guest performers over the years have included Ronan Keating, Gigi D’Alessio, Zucchero, Rebecca Ferguson, Gianluca Bezzina, Riccardo Cocciante and Tenishia. Anastacia has also been a special guest. Last year it was the turn of Andrea Bocelli, who brought a new dimension to the annual show.This year is eagerly awaiting the appearance of performing legend Eros Ramazzotti, on July 21, together with Calleja and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. It should be a great night under the stars.
Valletta’s magnificent Grand Harbour sets the backdrop to the Malta Jazz festival, this year again sponsored by The Phoenicia. The Jazz Festival is a musical event staged every July in Malta, organised by Festivals Malta, this year boasts three of the biggest names in jazz today, Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Karim Ziad. Last year the festival spilled over to a number of other venues including Valletta’s streets. We are proud to host this year’s Festival’s launch concert on July 16 in our beautiful gardens at The Rotunda starting at 20:30, also a photo exhibition by leading photographer Joe Smith will adorn The Phoenicia’s Palm Court throughout The Malta Jazz Festival week, featuring photos of past Jazz Festivals and the many of the famous international performers.
Local winemakers host a series of activities including Delicata’s Wine Festivals in Valletta and Gozo. The Marsovin Grape Harvest Feast is traditionally celebrated at their vineyards at Marnisi in the area of Marsaxlokk, which gives the single-estate Marnisi it’s characteristic salty expression.
Ghanafest at Argotti Gardens near The Phoenicia is Malta’s folk music festival. Recently, folk has also been experiencing a revival the world over thanks to efforts by young musicians. Malta, too, is experiencing this revival in folk. The acts, which include locals as well as international performers, have enticed not only devout folk fans but also a lot of visitors who appreciate Maltese-Mediterranean music. Għanafest takes place on Friday 22nd June and Saturday 23rd June at Argotti Gardens.
Culture buffs won’t be short of things to do with a special edition of Malta’s leading arts festival, the Malta International Arts Festival, to be held between the 29th of June and the 15th of July 2018, with a carefully curated programme of high-quality cultural exhibitions and events that engage visitors with the Islands’ rich historical and cultural tapestry.
Planning a trip to Malta in summer means lovely beaches on which to relax as well as the Farsons Great Beer Festival, a celebration of the best local beers and a host of top musicians and artists at Ta’ Qali National Park from 26th July to 6th August.
Malta is a small island but don’t let its small size fool you. There’s a fantastic line-up of things to do. You will find the activity you wish.
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