Calling all music & film lovers! Treat yourself with this 4-week festival at the Valletta Waterfront

Jillian Mallia

Need to fill your summer nights with something special? The APS Summer Festival is just the thing! Valletta Cruise Port and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra have teamed up to co-produce this four-week festival of music and film staged along the glorious Valletta Waterfront.

With events held al fresco under the stars, against the backdrop of historic fortifications and the majestic Grand Harbour, the evocative setting offers a unique location for re-introducing live public events in Malta. And since COVID yanked these fun events from our grasp, we’re totally looking forward to enjoying the summer vibes with great music and films.


A little bit about the festival


The festival will be hosting a series of cultural and entertainment activities staged along the Valletta Waterfront Quays, with the aim of bringing the Maltese artistic scene closer to the community in a celebration of summer. #YAS!

The festival will provide a fusion of musical genres and eclectic choices of styles: from classical to rock to jazz, comedy, dance, poetry and visual arts. And don’t worry! The event organisers are taking health guidelines very seriously. Whilst adhering to the current health and safety regulations, the festival acts as a catalyst, re-introducing live events in Malta. We can’t wait to see what’s in store!

What to expect

Featuring some of Malta’s top artists such as Red Electrick, Nadine Axisa, the Malta Youth Orchestra, and Studio 18, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will mix with emerging local talent.

This festival will be complemented by outdoor cinema nights featuring an array of films to choose from, both internationally and locally acclaimed. International films include the drama genre like The Departed, Dunkirk and American Sniper, classics like Pulp Fiction and Grease, with a hint of musical films thrown in for good fun featuring the likes of Bohemian Rhapsody, The Greatest Showman and Rocketman. Local films include Simshar, as well as short films such as Filfla and Il-Lejl f’dan l-Istazzjon to produce a memorable, first-of-its-kind, experience. 

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The Valletta Waterfront caters to your every need

With entertainment checked off your list, it’s time to think about what you’ll be stuffing your face with while you’re at the festival. Kick off the night with a pre-event drink or a light meal at one of the outlets on the Valletta Waterfront.

Located in eighteenth century warehouses with their iconic coloured doors stretching along the water’s edge, the Valletta Waterfront’s many restaurants and bars present a variety of offerings catering to different tastes. The establishments on the Valletta Waterfront will also be open after the event.


Get your tickets here!

This perfect programme that kicks off the summer celebrations isn’t one to miss out on. The full programme and tickets can be found here for this event happening between 26th June and 18th July! Tip: Get a 10% discount off your bill when presenting your event ticket at any Valletta Waterfront outlet until end of August. 

25th June 2020

Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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