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
St Julian's
17th November 2018
A blast from the past!

Party
Rahal Gdid
17th November 2018
Your Saturday Morning sorted!

Family Activity
Rabat
17th November 2018
A spooky night!

Tour
Valletta
9th, 11th, 17th, 22nd & 24th November 2018
A performance not to be missed!

Performance
Mellieha
17th & 24th November 2018
Let's keep our Island clean!

Clean up
Kalkara
28th March - 26th December 2018
Aiming to empower vulnerable youth and the elderly through the STEM subjects

Workshop
Valletta
19th April 2018 - 7th March 2019
Make your Thursdays jazzy

Music
Floriana
28th July - 29th December 2018
Going back to the 18th century...

Mass
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
Valletta
16th - 25th November 2018
The much awaited International Arts Festival for children and young people is finally here!

Festival
Birkirkara
24th August - 24th November 2018
What could the year 2047 bring?

Exhibition
Mdina
2nd - 30th November 2018
A tiny little island, the love of art and the dreams.

Exhibition
Valletta
2nd - 17th November 2018
A collection of paintings intended to capture the intimacy of solitude and silence!

Exhibition
Balzan
17th - 18th November 2018
Getting you ready for the Christmas season!

Fair
St Julian's
21st & 28th October, 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th November, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th December 2018
Live music and great food coming your way.

Live performance
Valletta
20th & 21st October, 3rd, 4th, 18th, 24th & 25th November 2018
Become a White Wagtail expert!

Screening
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
Santa Luċija
23rd, 24th & 25th November 2018
A little bit of everything!

Performance
Malta
6th, 13th, 20th & 27th October, 3rd, 10th & 24th November, 1st, 7th & 8th December 2018
When old family resentments begin to surface!

Theatre
Victoria, Gozo
20th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th & 27th October, 10th & 30th November 2018
Immerse yourself in the local art scene!

Festival
Floriana
27th November 2018
An interesting workshop for those in the financial service industry.

Workshop
Valletta
28th - 30th November 2018
A must attend convention for those in the iGaming industry!

Convention
St Julian's
29th November - 2nd December 2018
It's time to show off your gaming skills!

Gaming Tournament
Pembroke
30th November - 2nd December 2018
This one is for all the BMX fans!

BMX Competition
Balzan
30th November - 2nd December 2018
This Christmas market has something for everyone!

Christmas market
Floriana
1st - 23rd December 2018
Open up to the joys of the Christmas Season!

Family Activity
Valletta
6th December 2018
A tragic fight between devotion and duty...

Performance
St Julian's
7th & 8th December 2018
Time for a laugh!

Comedy
Valletta
7th - 9th December 2018
Malta's longest annual event is BACK!

Concert
Rabat
7th - 13th December 2018
Malta's Christmas wonderland is BACK!

Christmas market
Valletta
15th December 2018
Closing Valletta Capital of Culture 2018 with a BANG!

Closing spectacle
Mosta
22nd December 2018
The perfect Afternoon!

Family Activity
Mellieha
22nd - 24th December 2018
Get ready to experience the Christmas spirit!

Christmas event
Ta' Qali
23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th December 2018, 4th & 5th January 2019
Are you ready for a spectacular night!?

Panto
Valletta
27th December 2018
Enjoy your favourite Christmas songs!

Concert
Floriana
31st December 2018
Time to celebrate the New Year!

Family Activity
Valletta
28th February - 5th March 2019
Costumes, dance, music, and colours - that is what the Maltese Carnival is all about!

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

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

Concert