Start Planning: This Weekend In Malta Is Absolutely Jam-Packed
No plans yet? You're going to be spoilt for choice soon enough
If you've been looking forward to the weekend but don't have a clue where to go and what to do, you're in luck. The next couple of days in Malta are as busy as they get, and you're soon going to be spoilt for choice.
Here are eight of the many events happening around the island this weekend. You're welcome.
Friday 19th January
An art exhibition opening all about that infamous buzzword
If there's one word we've seen being brought up a whole lot this year in Malta, it's 'culture'. Maltese artist Ryan Falzon's latest venture Culture Is Past, Art is Future sees the creative attempting "to highlight the current approach towards culture being used as a tool of preservation and conservation, rather than step towards an evolved realisation of current practices."
Long story short: get ready to be challenged on what you think you know about culture and art, on this most important weekend for both.
It's all happening at Valletta's newly-opened Iniala5 gallery this Friday night, but the exhibition will be open until the 27th.
Mistura and Brodu in the capital city
As expected, Valletta will be hosting a number of events this weekend. It's been going on for a whole week, and Friday sees two beloved alternative bands - Mistura and Brodu - perform in Valletta's San Duminku Hall for an event aptly-named Mhux Biss Kavallieri...
Expect a night of tongue-in-cheek Maltese lyrics and moments of hauntingly beautiful music.
An indie party on Manoel Island
Sometimes, all you want to do is just let loose. Well, we've got the event for you.
Four different DJs are taking to The Funky Monkey stage to drop some of the biggest indie tracks around. Cue the slurring singalongs and the night-long romps. Dancing shoes essential.
Saturday 20th January
Erba' Pjazez, Valletta 2018's official opening
It's been a long time coming - six years, to be precise - but it's finally here.
Valletta officially celebrates the beginning of its tenure as the European Capital of Culture on Saturday, with the biggest festa this island has ever seen. Spread over four different squares, the capital city will see everything from the newly-restored St. John's Co-Cathedral facade to the brand new Triton Fountain square act as gorgeous backdrops to the many events.
Huge choirs, contemporary dancing, and a troupe of 60 dancers elevated in mid-air, this night has got it all. Just plan ahead when it comes to actually getting there, and enjoy the show. Remember; "jekk ma tridx timbotta, segwi sew ir-rotta."
Ever since its opening last year, The Garage in Żebbuġ has served as one of the last refuges of the Maltese metal scene. With the venue also opening its doors to more scenes, The Garage has ended up hosting an event practically every single weekend.
Saturday sees three bands take the stage, also featuring the live debut of a brand new heavy band on the block, Goldstein.
Sunday 21st January
A world-famous ballet at the cinema
Sundays are all about taking things a tad slower after a busy weekend, and after a weekend like this, you're going to want to tone things down in style.
Valletta's Spazju Kreattiv at the St. James Cavalier will be hosting a showing of the latest Bolshoi Ballet interpretation of the evergreen Shakespearean play Romeo & Juliet.
Classy AF, as always.
An annual blessing of your furry friends
All pets are welcome for a traditional animal blessing at Valletta Waterfront's Chapel of the Flight to Egypt. Children's entertainment, a birds of prey display and other activities will be in full swing along the promenade throughout Sunday afternoon.
Dogs must be kept on a leash and all other animals must be kept in appropriate cages or containers, but if you're an animal lover or you've got your own furry friend to bless, this is the place to be.
Sushi and music to close off the week
The Basement is the latest venue to hit the streets of Malta. Situated in the heart of Attard right under Wood & Coal, The Basement have started offering up live music along with their sushi platters and cocktails. This Sunday sees Denicija hit the stage.
Happy hour is from 3pm to 6pm, and yes - that is longer than an hour! Farewell week and all your worries.