Malta April Events

What To Do in Malta in April? Our Expert Has Ideas!

Written by Albert Fenech
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January, February and March are relatively quiet in Malta and Gozo, but as April approaches, the calendar begins to fill up with exciting reasons to visit.

Most notable right now is Malta’s first Biennale, which kicked off 13 March and was touted as one of the Top Ten Cultural Destinations this year, according to The Guardian.

The exhibition of international arts and design includes an array of captivating performances, art films, enlightening lectures, interactive workshops, family-friendly events, and pavilions set in National Heritage sites around Malta, including Fort St Elmo in Valletta and Villa Portelli in Kalkara.

Biennale unfurls until the end of May, but in between, visitors can find a plethora of family-friendly, cultural and historic events to enhance a visit.

Here are a few of our favourites.

Anniversary of the George Cross

This year, 15 April marks 82 years since Malta received its priceless George Cross medal from Britain’s King George VI during World War II, a presentation made in 1942 and one dedicated to the bravery and courage of the people of Malta and Gozo who withstood heavy aerial bombing in WWII from enemy aircraft, and thwarted an amphibious landing. It remains as one of the proudest parts of Malta’s history.

The George Cross was added to the national flag in 1943, woven into the left hand corner, and the country became Malta GC, i.e. Malta George Cross, though the GC annotation is rarely used today.

Visitors can expect to see military marches in Valletta that include music and parades, as well as the George Cross on display in St George’s Square.

 

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The 10-day  Malta International Fireworks Festival is one of the most popular events on the calendar (photo by Abby Theuma – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)

 

Malta International Fireworks Festival 

From 20 – 30  April, the skies will light up in colourful bouquets of pyrotechnic pop and sizzle as the International Fireworks Festival gets underway.

This year’s displays will be given in Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Nadur and Mellieha and will culminate with an enormous and magnificent display over Valletta’s Grand Harbour. Displays are both terrestrial on round poles, as well as aerial, and will feature the works of the more renowned fireworks manufacturing factories in Mqabba, Qrendi, Birkirkara and Lija in Malta, and Nadur in Gozo.

During the 10 day event, visitors can expect beautiful displays of colour and coordination over Malta’s magnificent cities and villages. The festival also has a competitive edge and each year, hosts a Pyromusical competition, awarding the displays that best match the rhythm of the music, and the displays are impressive.

Fancy yourself an expert fireworks photographer? There will also be a photo contest. Check the website for more details.

 

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A tasty one-day Strawberry Festival takes place in the village of Mġarr (photo by Renata Apan – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)

 

Strawberry Festival

On 7 April, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the village of Mġarr celebrates the cultivation and harvest of its locally grown strawberries in the main village square. Known as Festa Frawli, the one-day fruity celebration invites visitors and locals to drop by and taste around stalls selling the freshly picked fruit as well as strawberry-inspired cakes, pastries, and beverages made with the best strawberries available.

There will also be children’s activities and our guided walks, departing on the hour, around villages. Heritage Malta will also offer special guided visits at reduced admission fees to UNESCO listed Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples

Kordin III Opening

Kordin III stands as the last beacon of an ancient civilisation that once flourished along a strategic ridge overlooking the Grand Harbour, and for one day only, on 28 April, the usually private gates of Kordin III will open to welcome the public through guided tours.

Tours at 9 a.m and 10:30 a.m. will be given in Maltese, while those at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. will be given in English.

There is a limit of just 25 participants per tour, and tickets are available for €3.

Contact Heritage Malta

Telephone: (+356) 22 954 300

Email: info@heritagemalta.mt

Or book online

 

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Gozo’s stunning Cittadella is the backdrop for a stunning evening at the annual Festival of Lights. (Photo by StefanM76 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)

 

Festival of Lights— Cittadella 

On 20 April from 6 p.m. onward, stroll through the narrow streets of the ancient fortified city of Citttadella, in Gozo, and you’ll be surrounded by the flickering glow of more than 30,000 candles. It’s nothing short of magical and offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Gozo’s hills, valleys, villages, and churches.

Visitors can also enjoy historic re-enactments, extended museum opening hours at discounted rates, live entertainment and children’s activities. Entrance is free.

Fortunes Festival

Also on 20 April, springtime’s favourite music festival will take place at the iconic Fort St. Elmo and has a line-up of the international names alongside some local favourites.

Purchase tickets here

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Family fun, wellness, music and culture take center stage at the Wanderlust Festival (photo by Joe Longo Photography)

 

Wanderlust Festival 

The first family festival of its kind in Malta, this premier family-friendly music and cultural celebration takes palace 6-7 April  in Malta’s Ta’Quali National Park at the Picnic Area, and is a showcase of music, art, wellness, and outdoor experiences.

Come for the line up of diverse musicians and artists across various genres, yoga and meditation sessions led by world-renowned instructors, art installations and interactive workshops, as well as outdoor activities ranging from mini obstacle races to karaoke, kite shows, and plenty of kid-friendly fun.

Purchase tickets here

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Author bio: Albert Fenech

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Albert Fenech
Born in 1946, Albert Fenech’s family took up UK residence in 1954 where he spent his boyhood and youth before temporarily returning to Malta between 1957 and 1959 and then coming back to Malta permanently in 1965. He spent eight years as a full-time journalist with “The Times of Malta” before taking up a career in HR Management and Administration with a leading construction company building the Benghazi Hospital in Libya, later with Malta Insurance Brokers, Malta’s leading insurance Broker and finally STMicroelectronics Malta, employing 3,000 employees and Malta’s leading industrial manufacturer. Throughout he actively pursued freelance journalism and broadcasting for various media outlets covering social issues, current affairs, sports and travel. He was Publications Editor for the Malta Football Association for 25 years and has written for a number of publications both in Malta and overseas, as well as publishing two e-books.

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