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
Qormi
25th October 2019
"I have gone through thick and thin to deliver one unique project to help those in need"

Fund raising
Malta
26th October 2019
Time to get spooked!

Party
Hamrun
26th October 2019

Party
Gozo
31st October 2019
The opera for children!

Opera
Valletta
1st November 2019
Ready to get spooked!?

Theatre
Victoria, Gozo
2nd November 2019

Orchestra
Pembroke
2nd November 2019
Pure techno madness!

Party
Gzira
2nd November 2019
Pioneering the funk genre all over the Maltese Islands!

Party
Valletta
2nd November 2019
An art educational activity!

Family Activity
Attard
2nd & 3rd November 2019
“Your Home, Your Place to Shine”

Festival

Concert
Attard
9th November 2019
We love crazy colours!

Workshop
Zebbug
9th November 2019
Ready, set, BOOGIE!

Party
Qormi
11th November 2019
The greatest food on planet earth... BACON!

Festival
St Julian's
16th November 2019
From the classics to the cringe-worthy!

Party
Mellieha
16th November 2019
Continuing the fight together!

Fund raising
St Julian's
23rd November 2019
All for one and rock for all!

Party
Naxxar
30th November 2019
Everything under one roof!

Market
Valletta
6th December 2019
A spectacular musical!

Musical
Attard
7th December 2019
"A roaring success!"

Musical
Valletta
7th & 8th December 2019
It's that time of year again!

Theatre
Sliema
8th December 2019
Ending 2019 with a bang!

Race
St Julian's
20th December 2019
Do you form part of a small office who still would like to celebrate in style?

Live performance
Ta' Qali
23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th December 2019 & 4th January 2020
One of the season’s largest productions!

Panto
Floriana
31st December 2019
Time to Celebrate the New Year!

New year's eve event
Zebbug
31st December 2019
Are you ready for it!?

Party
Luqa
31st December 2019
This year, think SUPER!

Party