Everything Going Down In The Valletta 2018 Opening Week

Lights, camera, capital


Hands firmly gripped to the reins of the European Capital of Culture 2018, Malta's preparations for Valletta 2018 are now full-steam ahead. The whole ceremony looks to be a real feast for the senses, with aerobats, brass bands, street performances, workshops, interactive performances and open days scratching but the surface of the event. 

Not to worry though: we have the ultimate rundown of what to look out for before the grand opening this coming Saturday. 


The week-long Opening heralds what promises to be a year-round festa-like celebration of Maltese and Gozitan heritage, and it's all taking place in Valletta right now! The Opening Week will run until the 21st of January, with people expected to visit the capital in droves for the ongoing events. These have been conveniently divided into six themes, each marking a distinct part of the vast cultural heritage of the Maltese islands:

  • Festa
  • Performance
  • Pop-up & Music
  • Children & Young People
  • Sport
  • History

Everything culminates on Saturday 20th January, when the official Opening Ceremony kicks off at 19:00. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacle as the Erba' Pjazez celebration (a.k.a. The Four Squares) unfolds across the city. This spectacle will be taking place every hour, on the hour, so you're sure not to miss a beat!

Check out 3D projections across the Auberge de Castille in Castille Square, enjoy modern dance by ŻfinMalta in St. George's Square, listen to a brand-new choral symphony titled Elfejn u Tmintax on the steps of St John's Co-Cathedral, and watch the Triton Fountain come to life as Spanish theatre company La Fura dels Baus host what can only be said to be an insane aerobatic show. 

This is just a taster of what's to come this week, and we're absolutely thrilled to explore more of what Valletta 2018 has to offer. There's more to this amazing event than we can pack in one small article, so we invite you to check out the rest of the amazing programme right here. 

Cars will not be allowed to enter Valletta after 17:00 on Saturday. Visitors to the Valletta 2018 Opening Ceremony on Saturday 20th January are being encouraged to make use of public transport which will be running until 02:00. 

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Matthew Baldacchino

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