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Top Festivals To Visit In Malta

Any trip to Malta is assured to be a worthwhile occasion in its own right. The beautiful collection of islands that make up the country offer a vast and diverse range of attractions for visitors of all kinds. Whether you are overawed by its natural beauty or charmed by the unique cultural affairs, there’s always something to make you smile.

However, if you’re looking for an added bonus on your trip, then why not try visiting around the time of the country’s many exciting festival celebrations. Here are four of the best to give you some ideas!

Malta International Arts Festival

Perhaps the most exciting event in Malta’s calendar year, the International Arts Festival sees performers and artists, from a range of different backgrounds, take to the stage. The festival hosts an eclectic range of exhibits, from live performance pieces and modern installations to film and photography work.

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There is even a whole range of exciting masterclasses on offer, taught by industry professionals. This means that aspiring artists of all kinds have the opportunity to share experiences and hone their skills. Truly an unmissable event for all creative types!

Malta Jazz Festival

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The Malta Jazz Festival is an annual event that is a must-visit for all fans of the genre. The four-day program is split into two halves. One invites some of the biggest names on the scene to perform for fans. The other, Jazz On the Fringe, celebrates up-and-coming talent and even offers workshop for those looking to join in!

Furthermore, the Thursday night of the festival always offers free entry, meaning you can get a taste of the atmosphere before you commit to buying a ticket. The 2016 Festival saw headliners including Snarky Puppy, Marcus Roberts and the Bill Evans band.

Patron Saint Celebrations

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When traveling, the best festival experiences can often be the quaint local celebrations that give you a real feel for the native culture. In Malta, the village festas most definitely fulfill this requirement.

Throughout the year, there are many of these local events in different towns and villages. They often correlate with the Saints day for the Patron of that area. These grassroots celebrations are awash with handmade papier-mâché decorations. Resident footstalls line the streets, providing a taste of traditional cuisine. There are even fireworks displays each evening for all to enjoy!

Isle Of MTV

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If you’re looking for a more conventional festival experience, the Isle of MTV is by far the largest mainstream music event in the country. Every year, some of the biggest names in the charts travel to Malta and provide a weekend of sun, sea and sounds for festivalgoers.

Past lineups have seen the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Jessie J, Snoop Dogg and even Lady GaGa. The event attracts over 50, 000 people and there is no age restriction on the festival. With food, stalls and plenty of bars, it has all the quintessential ingredients for the perfect summer festival.

Malta is a wonderful country and one of Europe’s top destinations. By planning your visit around anyone of these festivals, you’ll be sure to have the experience of a lifetime! Don’t delay and book now for next years events.

Guest Post Sponsored By The Radisson Malta.

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