Valletta
Valletta International Baroque Festival 2019
Teatru Manoel, Old Theatre Street, Valletta
Music Festival
Music Festival

The sixth edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival is a festival that has in a few short years captured the imagination and support of an ever-growing public. It is especially significant that 2018 is the year that Valletta, a walled baroque city the foundation stone of which was laid in 1566, happens to be the European Capital of Culture along with Leeuwarden. Valletta is indeed a unique city; with a miniscule footprint which has remained unchanged since the 17th century. Ruled by a monastic principality whose rules were relaxed enough by the 18th century for the Grandmaster of the day, Anton Manoel de Vilhena, to requisition a couple of mansions belonging to the Priory of Navarre and have a théâtre à l’italienne built instead for ‘the honest recreation of the people’, or rather, to keep the restless young knights, scions of the greatest catholic aristocratic houses in Europe, out of mischief. It is this theatre, built in 1731, and having endured several interpolations in its chequered history – some good some not so good – that is today the national theatre of Malta which hosts the baroque festival in this evocative baroque city; a city chock-full of stunningly lovely churches, palaces and museums which provide glorious backdrops for an intense but always varied top-notch musical adventure. This is a theatre which we have restored to its original 18th century façade and have also acclimatized to ensure maximum comfort for its patrons both during the chilly winter months and the sweltering summer ones. An architectural miracle which holds its own with the most renowned historic theatres of Europe such as Drottningholm, Český Krumlov and Versailles.

This year the festival is venturing out of Valletta to two other walled cities: Mdina, the old Siculo-Norman capital where one can still see the columns of roman temples in its foundations, and Birgu or as it is also known, Vittoriosa, the main city of what are referred to collectively in Malta as The Three Cities and which lies across the Grand Harbour from Valletta, hiding behind the protective bulk of the forbidding Fort St Angelo. We will also be holding a concert at Verdala Castle, the country residence of the grandmasters, governors and now presidents of Malta.

This is what makes this festival so special. Listening to a great Handel or Bach work in a black box may be edifying enough, however it will never attain the magic of being set in a cathedral that is a heraldic and hagiographic paean to the glory of the most illustrious chivalric order the world has ever known. This is what this midwinter festival is all about.

Ticket prices, time, and location depend on the show. More information about the festival programme and performances available here.


Dates
11th - 26th January 2019 19:30
Upcoming Events
Gozo
28th September 2018 - 31st August 2019
Exploring the Phoenician Shipwreck off Xlendi, Gozo

Exhibition
Sliema
24th - 9th October 2018
We love jamming sessions!

Jamming session
Vittoriosa (Birgu)
21st March 2019
Going back in time...

Talk
Valletta
22nd, 23rd & 24th March 2019

Film festival
Sliema
22nd March - 20th April 2019
SJ Fuerst’s paintings are both beautiful and funny

Exhibition
Valletta
22nd - 24th March 2019

Theatre
Zebbug
23rd March 2019
Stepping back in time!

Party
St Julian's
23rd March 2019
Help free the sea of it's plastic pollution!

Clean up
St Julian's
16th, 23rd & 30th October, 13th, 20th & 27th November, 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th December 2018, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th January, 12th, 19th & 26th February, 19th & 26th March, 2nd, 9th & 23rd April 2019
Jazz, delicious food and great wine...what more can you ask for!?

Jazz sessions
Luqa
29th March 2019

Theatre
Valletta
30th March 2019
Enjoy some music by the Armed Forces of Malta Band and Police Band

Concert
San Gwann
30th March 2019
Stairway to Heaven!

Concert
Victoria, Gozo
30th - 31st March 2019
An international-class musical production featuring top local talent

Theatre
Mgarr
31st March 2019
A relaxing afternoon walk in nature!

Trek
Birgu
31st March 2019
Celebrate freedom day!

Parade
Valletta
31st March 2019
Do not miss out on this traditional rowing event.

Competition

Artisan Market
Valletta
4th April 2019
Surely a night to remember!

Performance
Luqa
5th - 7th April 2019
Malta's only Goth/Industrial/Metal Festival is back

Music Festival
Valletta
5th - 7th April 2019
A project at the fringe of contemporary classical music...

Performance
Valletta
6th - 8th April 2019
Come enjoy some delicious Italian food

Food event
Marsascala
7th April 2019
Discover the beauty of the south!

Trek
Valletta
13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 19th & 20th April 2019
A theatrical piece about the Maltese character

Theatre
Mdina
14th April 2019
Explore the beauty of Malta with the whole family!

Trek
St Paul's Bay
20th April 2019
Get those dancing shoes ready for a night filled with tunes

Party
St Julian's
25th April 2019
The perfect mix between inspiration and fun

Seminar
Valletta
26th April 2019
Not to be missed!

Music Festival
Zebbug
28th April 2019
Join this walk in nature!

Trek
Malta
29th April - 10th May 2019
This one is for the music lovers!

Music Festival
Valletta
30th April 2019
Simply magical...

Performance
Marsascala
3rd - 6th May 2019

Music Festival
Qormi
4th & 5th May 2019
Satisfy your sweet tooth!

Food event
Qormi
4th - 5th May 2019
Making all your sweet dreams come true!

Food event
Ta' Qali
10th - 12th May 2019
An event for all gadget geeks out there!

Expo
Mdina
19th May 2019
Enjoy the music!

Music
St Julian's
22nd - 25th May 2019
All eyes are on Malta for the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit

Seminar
Valletta
3rd June 2019
A performance which will surely be a delight to the ears

Concert
Valletta
5th June 2019

Film Screening
Valletta
6th & 30th June 2019

Theatre
Ta' Qali
7th - 27th June 2019
Malta's annual trade fair is back!

Trade fair
Valletta
23rd June - 14th July 2019
The Valletta Film Festival is Malta’s largest cinematic event!

Film festival
Siggiewi
29th June 2019
Going traditional for this yearly feast!

Feast
Birgu
6th July 2019
Enjoy wine for a good cause surrounded by some Birgu's oldest fortifications and picturesque views!

Charity event
Mdina
17th - 21st July 2019
Even bigger this year!

Food event
Valletta
31st July 2019
Broadcast Live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Cinema
Valletta
8th - 11th August 2019

Wine Festival
Zebbug
14th - 16th August 2019
Glitch is back!

Music Festival
Nadur, Gozo
23rd - 25th August 2019

Wine Festival
Floriana
24th August 2019
Malta's annual concert is back!

Concert