A Week-Long 'Festival Of Light' Is Coming To Għajn Tuffieħa
With a vibe to match the unbeatable views
The Bubble, a festival celebrating contemporary art and music in an atmosphere which also encourages positive awareness-raising, is coming back to Malta's shores for another appointment. This year, the festival is extending its stay for a whole week (from the 18th to the 25th of September), but that's not the only good news.
Affectionately referred to by its organisers and attendees alike as A Festival of Light in celebration of Malta's sunshine, this year's The Bubble is bringing together everything from the most talked-about local musicians to educational workshops.
It's an opportunity to camp, connect, create, meditate... or just appreciate the beautiful views of Għajn Tuffieħa, the gorgeous Maltese beach which has once again been chosen as the venue for the week-long festival.
Last year, the festival made headlines for ensuring not a single kilogram of refuse went to landfill, and this year saw those efforts being stepped up even further.
All plastic and canned products have been phased out, with biodegradable containers, cups, forks and plates taking their place. Beer is served on draught instead of bottles or cans, and water dispensers should replace plastic water bottles. The Bubble has also teamed up with clean-up and recycling NGO Żibel, which has organised clean-ups across the Maltese shoreline.
The Bubble was set up by a non-profit NGO with the same name, and 100% of the festival's profits go to environmental and humanitarian causes. Last year, €8,000 was raised, with funds being sent to the Right 2 Smile Foundation, The Gaia Foundation, and Why Not? Over the past years, the festival has been responsible for over €25,000 being sent to different NGOs.
This year, the benefeciaries are Right 2 Smile's The Youth Hub, Jose Depiro Kabataan Orkestra in the Phillippines, and The Gaia Foundation. The organisers have already set themselves and their attendees the target of doubling last year's amazing total, and with amount of traction the festival's been getting over the last couple of weeks bodes well for this ambition objective.
A festival like The Bubble always offers plenty of live music, and this year's edition is no exception. Over Sunday night on the 24th of September, local festival organisers Rock The South will be bringing seven musicians to the Għajn Tuffieħa stage, from popular local acts like Fuzzhoneys and The Ranch to special guests from Italy Dorian Gray. They're calling it Rock The Bubble, and judging by the lineup they have prepared, that name makes a whole lot of sense.
Rock The Bubble isn't the only musical highlight of the week, with anything from a "galactic jam" to a fully-fledged Duncan F party (featuring throat singers) dotting the whole week. There's even a bohemian market planned for four straight days, to help you find that special souvenir to remember the festival by.
Over the festival's weeklong festivities, camping will of course make a return, but this year's The Bubble is also offering a glamping option. That's right; in case you want the outdoor experience but were also looking for a touch of glamour, you can get a large bell tent, with bedding and breakfast in bed included! Glamping can be booked in single (sharing), twin, triple or even larger group options.
Tickets cost €15 for a day pass, €35 for a week-long pass, €35 for a weekend camping ticket including festival entrance, and €50 for a week-long camping ticket with access to all areas. Pre-pitched tents are available for those who do not own their own camping equipment.
More information on different ticket options - and the opportunity to reserve your place asap - is available online.
Judging by the amount of positive feedback and hype surrounding this year's Bubble festival, however, we wouldn't recommend sitting on the tickets for too long!