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
Valletta
18th January 2019
Calling all book lovers!

Book sale
Sliema
18th January 2019
Your Friday night sorted!

Party
San Gwann
19th January 2019
A Night of Real Psychedelic Trance Experience

Party
Valletta
19th January, 2nd & 16th February 2019
The legendary Brian James!

Performance
Attard
20th January 2019
Don't miss out!

Sale
Valletta
20th January 2019
A magical night...

Opera
Valletta
22nd January 2019
This show is not to be missed !

Live performance
Birgu
24th January 2019
All you need to know about Malta's traditional bread!

Lectures
Zebbug
25th January 2019
Going back in time...

Live performance
Siggiewi
26th January 2019
Fancy some whisky?

Whisky festival
Siggiewi
26th January 2019
Join for a rush of a lifetime!

Abseiling
Valletta
26th January 2019
Love is in the air!

Performance
Mellieha
27th January 2019
Enjoy the beauty of the coast!

Trek
Mellieha
3rd February 2019
A great way to explore the beauty of Gozo

Trek
Valletta
7th & 17th February 2019
The limits of power...

Performance
Valletta
8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd & 24th February 2019
Do not miss this world famous musical!

Theatre
Msida
9th - 10th February 2019
Min Imissu is back!

Comedy
Rabat
16th February 2019
Join these adrenaline filled activities!

Adventure
Siggiewi
17th February 2019
Explore the caves and arches in Lapsi.

Trek
Sliema
22nd - 24th February 2019
Check out Teatru Salesjan's new youth theatre project!

Theatre
Mellieha
24th February 2019
Discover the beauty of Mellieha through this hike.

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

Carnival
St Julian's
1st March 2019
Do not miss on the most anticipated marketing event in 2019!

Conference
Sliema
8th March 2019
Come have a good laugh!

Comedy
Mellieha
10th March 2019
Come and explore some beautiful caves!

Trek
Gozo
16th March 2019
When legends team up!

Performance
Gharghur
17th March 2019
Enjoy the Maltese countryside

Trek
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
Marsascala
7th April 2019
Discover the beauty of the south!

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

Trek
Zebbug
28th April 2019
Join this walk in nature!

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

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

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

Concert