The event calendar is as excited as we are that we get three lie-ins in a row.
It’s finally February and the first public holiday of the year is upon us. The fact that it is on a Monday simply adds to our joy at being able to extend our weekend plans for one more day. And, of course, the planners out there haven’t disappointed; there’s literally hundreds of events to choose from. These are some of our favourites.
Combining the beauty of top local dance talent and the magic of some of Malta’s most impressive historic venues, ŻfinMalta is collaborating with Heritage Malta (and we love it!) This workshop will come alive in the capital’s museum for art, MUŻA, and you can be part of it. This is the first of five sessions taking place over the next few months.
Teatru Manoel, Valletta
One for mums and dads (aunts, uncles, friends and so on!) keen to get their beloved little ones into music. This regular series takes the form of a small musical group that mixes baby toy instruments with other instruments – for a very special result. Get set for some baby sing-a-longs and a few musical surprises along the way.
Villa Madama, Balzan
Hoping to find that perfect cup of char? We’re excited by this morning of free-flowing tea at beautiful Villa Madama in Balzan (right next to the gorgeous gardens of the President’s San Anton Palace). Meet local artisans including artist and designer Stephanie Borg, and warm up with a mug of Tettiera tea.
The Beer Cave
Quentin fans unite, for this celebration of the very best soundtracks from his inimitable movies. This quirky underground Valletta bar is the ideal host, with DJ Benny Jones choosing the sounds, a themed drinks menu and special Pulp Fiction cheese royal served throughout the night.
Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta
Switching to the more highbrow of entertainment options over the long weekend, this orchestral concert presents two masterpieces of the early 20th century and features the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. It will be performed by conductor Raoul Lay and violinist Anna Göckel.
Let loose on the Saturday night (safe in the knowledge that you’ve still got two days to work off that hangover) and party like it’s the 2000s at Gianpula. It promises to be the ultimate wander down memory lane, with cheesy sing-alongs and house classics.
Teatru Manoel, Valletta
This iconic play by Oscar Wilde is back on stage at the stunning Manoel Theatre (one of the oldest working theatres in Europe) for a second weekend – promising lots of old-fashioned giggles but very contemporary themes. The acting is superb, and the story provides insight into the societal norms of yesteryear. It is performed in English.
Finally, remind yourself what this weekend is really all about with a glimpse into Maltese festa life; plus, it’s the first festa of the year! Religious ceremonies, street parties and fireworks displays will abound, while the capital will be at its most beautiful (and bedazzled) best.