The Malta International Fireworks Festival is a must-attend event for those who love firework displays. The Maltese themselves are big fans of pyrotechnics and it certainly shows at this incredible event. Each year at the end of April, pyrotechnics companies from around the globe descend upon this beautiful island to show their creativity and flair by lighting up the skies over the island’s capital city of Valletta. The event features two Pyro Musical Competitions whereby companies from nations as diverse as Denmark, Italy, Ukraine, and of course home-grown organisations, will compete for the title of best display set to music.
The Malta International Fireworks Festival takes place over three weekends from the middle to the end of April. The festival is divided into three sections with the first taking place in Marsaxlokk, the second in Xaghra on the stunning neighbouring island of Gozo and the grand final being decided in the Grand Harbour of the nation’s capital, Valletta. The displays themselves start at around 9.30pm. If you’d like to attend the festival, fly in to Malta International Airport in Luqa. From here, take one of the many waiting taxis or make use of the island’s public transport system - buses X1, X2, X3 and X4 will take you where you want to go.
Fireworks are a very common sight in Malta - in fact, due to the number of local fiestas that take place during the summer on this religious island, there seems to be a firework display every weekend. The Maltese have used fireworks to celebrate important events for centuries, going back to the Knights of St. John. These days, there are approximately 35 fireworks factories on the small island - a large number for a nation of just 419,000. So, if you’d like to see some great firework displays, make sure you head to Malta - one of the true homes of pyrotechnics.
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If you’re travelling to Valletta for the festival, you’ll find a city with plenty to do and see of interest, including: Lascaris War Rooms; St John’s Cathedral; and Upper Barrakka Gardens. A top tip is to take a stroll around the stunning old city of Mdina at night.
To find out more information about the fireworks competition, please check out the city’s official website where you’ll be able to view the official 2018 programme, find out where to watch the fireworks and what time they start.
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