Activities In Malta
April 2019

Many Things To Do In April To Fill Up Your Time

Activities in Malta April 2019 brings you activities to enjoy with your family.

Meanwhile April is the month for advent, Palm Sunday, Good Friday where many Maltese are fervently interested in exhibitions, performances and processions related to the Passion of the Christ. In every village you will find exhibitions by individuals, associations and band clubs. These are usually open during Holy Week.

Public Holidays: 19th - Good Friday

- 12th - Our Lady of Sorrows

On Friday 12th April almost all villages and towns in Malta and Gozo hold a procession in honour of Our Lady of Sorrows. The starting times are from around 17:30 to 18:00 and last for around 90 minutes.

Important dates during Holy Week:
- 14th - Palm Sunday
- 18th - Maundy Thursday
19th - Good Friday
- 21st - Easter Sunday

No village Feasts are held during April.

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During this month there are a variety of activities in which you can participate. Do not miss the Strawberry Festival at the village of Mgarr. The Malta International Fireworks Festival with the participation of various local well renowned village fireworks organisations apart from international participants. Have a good look at the following list and make your plans when visiting Malta during this month.

Exploring the Phoenician Shipwreck off Xlendi

Organiser: Heritage Malta
Location: The Citadel, Victoria, Gozo
When: Saturday 28th September 2018 to Saturday 31st August 2019
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 till 16:00
Admission: Free of charge

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Gaulitana 2019

Organiser: Gaulitana Festival
Location: Victoria, Gozo
When: Friday 8th March to Sunday 7th April 2019

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Blue Grotto Malta & Grand Harbour Cruise

Gozo Faith & Traditions 2019

Venue: Gozo
When: Monday 1st to Sunday 21st April 2019

Strawberry Festival (Festa Frawli) 2019

The annual strawberry festival organised by the local council with the participation of the local agricultural community selling countless amounts of freshly picked strawberries. Other products mafe from strawberries are sold like smoothies, jam, milk-shakes, gateaux and cakes. Local folk groups offer their talents to entertain the crowds.

Organiser: Mgarr Local Council
Venue: Mgarr
When: Sunday 7th 28th April 2019 - Date has been changed due to bad weather
Time: 10:00 to 17:00

Strawberries at the Strawberry Festival Malta

Gianni Morandi

Venue: MFCC, Ta' Qali
When: Friday 12th April 2019
Time: 21:00

Il-Mixja Tal-Gimgha Kbira - Puttinu Cares Walk

When: Thursday 19th to 20th April 2019
Time: Till 02:00

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Malta International Fireworks Festival 2019

Various local and international fireworks factories participate presenting impressive shows of their capabilities. Fireworks has been a very long tradition for the Maltese since the time of the Knights of St. John.

Venue: Grand Harbour Valletta, Mqabba Malta & Xaghra Gozo
When: Wednesday 24th April to Saturday 4th May 2019
Phone: +356 2291 5000

Fireworks show at Malta International Fireworks Festival

13th International Spring Orchestra Festival

When: Friday 26th April to Saturday 4th May 2019

12th Malta International Scrabble Open

Organisation: Malta Scrabble Club
Venue: Luzzu Lido Rest, Qawra
When: Friday 26th April to Thursday 2nd May 2019
Time: 09:00 - 19:00

Artisan's Collective Malta

Venue: Msida Bastion Historic Garden
When: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April 2019
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
27th April: Free
28th April: €2

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Gozo Half Marathon 2019

Venue: Xaghra, Gozo
When: Sunday 28th April 2019
Contact: +356 7979 7957

The half marathon starts from Xaghra and passes through Victoria, Sannat, Xewkija, Ghajnsielem, Qala, Nadur and goes back the the start in Xaghra Square. 

Malta International Music Festival 2019

When: Monday 29th April to Friday 10th May 2019
Time: 20:00
Official Festival website:

Opening Concert:

- 29th April 2019
- Robert Samut Hall - Floriana

Orchestral Concert

The Opening Concert of the Malta International Music Festival will be held at Robert Samut Hall in Floriana, featuring the internationally renowned Kazakh State Orchestra "Academy of Soloists" directed by Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò in their first concert performance in Malta since their establishment in 1991. The programme gives us the opportunity to experience two accomplished award winning violinists Hayk Kazazyan and Katya Tsukanova as soloists in Bach's Concerto for two violins and Tchaikovsky’s Sérénade mélancolique and Allegro ma non tanto. An evening promising virtuosity and romantic serenades to set us in the right feeling for the brilliant concerts within this year’s Festival.

Opening Concert Program:

- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
- Concerto for two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
- Haik Kazazyan / Katya Tsukanova - violins

- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  (1840–1893)
- Sérénade mélancolique in B minor, Op 26
- Allegro ma non tanto in G major for Strings
- Serenade for Strings in C major, Op 48

- State Orchestra “Academy of Soloists“ (Kazakhstan)
- Gianluca Marcianò conductor
- Haik Kazazyan / Katya Tsukanova – violins

Opening Concert Tickets

Concert One

- 30th April 2019
- Young Music Stars with Malta Youth Orchestra
- Orchestral Concert
- Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

Malta International Music Festival gives a deserved showcase to Malta’s young talents at an Orchestral Concert dedicated to upcoming Young Musical Stars with the Malta Youth Orchestra. Young pianist Laetitia Amodio will perform Grieg’s famous romantic piano concerto while Stefan Calleja will feature as solo violinist in the well-known Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate.   British conductor Peter Stark will showcase the Malta Youth Orchestra’s talents in a suiting finale – Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol to end a very enjoyable evening at the Mediterranean Conference Centre - Valletta.

Concert Two

- 1st May 2019
- Poetic Tone Pictures
- Grand Piano Recital
- Robert Sammut Hall, Floriana

At a grand piano recital at Robert Samut Hall in Floriana, well-known internationally acclaimed Moscow-born pianist Elena Bashkirova performs a very varied programme featuring various compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, extracts from Antonin Dvorak’s famous piano cycle Poetic Tone Pictures and Bela Bartok’s piano sonata composed in 1926, better known as Bartok’s ‘piano year’. An evening of classical, romantic and tonal pianistic emotions.

Concert Three

- 2nd May 2019
- Cello Impressions
- Concert
- Robert Sammut Hall, Floriana

Deutsche Gramophone Recording Artist Meehae Ryo’s breathtaking technical virtuosity and captivating melody made her become the most recognized cellist in the Republic of Korea.  She will team up with numerous awards winning pianist Cristina Marton-Argerich, to perform a very wide-ranging and appealing programme featuring outstanding works by Ginastera, Schubert, Brahms and Chopin, very rarely performed in Malta, at a recital at Robert Samut Hall in Floriana.

Concert Four

- 2nd May 2019
- Travel Notebook
- Orchestral Concert
- Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

Alexey Shor's ‘Travel Notebook’ - suite for piano and orchestra performed by internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Philipp Kopachevsky, will be the highlight at an orchestral concert with the State Orchestra ‘Academy of Soloists’ of Kazakhstan under the baton of conductor Mikhail Kirchhoff at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. The programme will also feature Tchaikovsky's famous 'Romeo and Juliet' Fantasy Overture and the Maltese premiere of 'The Steppe Legend' composed by prolific Kazakh composer Tless Kazhgaliyev who died in 1996.

Concert Five

- 3rd May 2019
- Concerto Extravaganza
- Orchestral Concert
- Robert Sammut Hall, Floriana

A concerto extravaganza featuring well-known Russian-born American pianist Julia Zilberquit, performing concertos by Bach and Shostakovich’s concerto for two pianos which she arranged herself for solo piano and chamber orchestra. This vibrant evening which comes to an end with Tchaikovsky’s famous Souvenir de Florence for Strings, will will be under the direction of internationally acclaimed conductor Conrad van Alphen who will conduct the Kazakhstan State Orchestra "Academy of Soloists" Chamber Orchestra at Robert Samut Hall in Floriana.

Concert Six

- 4th May 2019
- Magic Violin
- Orchestral Concert
- Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

One of South Korea’s most famous violinists Ji Young Lim, who became a star since she won the first prize of Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2015, will perform Alexey Shor's Seascapes and Flight of the Falcon, in an orchestral concert with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of internationally acclaimed Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, in a very varied programme which will also include the Overture to Shor’s Crystal Palace Ballet, and which comes to a fitting finale with Dvorak’s famous ‘From the New World’ 9th Symphony.

Concert Seven

- 5th May 2019
- Piano Wonder
- Grand Piano Recital
- Robert Sammut Hall, Floriana

A Grand Piano Recital by internationally acclaimed and numerous competitions' prize winning virtuoso pianist, Deutsche Gramophone Artist Ingolf Wunder, featuring the complete 'Childhood Memories' Suite for pianoforte by internationally renowned Maltese composer Alexey Shor in an extensive concert programme featuring the famous Fantasie in D minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven’s revelatory piano sonata ‘Appassionata’, at Robert Samut Hall in Floriana.

Concert Eight

- 6th May 2019
- Violin Fantasies
- Concert
- Robert Sammut Hall, Floriana

Maria Solozobova, winner of numerous prestigious competitions and one of the most renowned violinists of her generation whose dazzling career has already taken her to most of the world’s finest concert halls, will team up with internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Vladislav Bronevetzky in a grand violin recital featuring very well-known works by Johannes Brahms, Paul Juon, Alexey Shor, Camille Saint-Saëns and Pablo de Sarasate, revealing violin fantasies in a very brilliant, romantic and yet varied programme at Robert Samut Hall in Floriana.

Concert Nine

- 7th May 2019
- Legendary Duo Paratore
- Piano Duo Concert
- Robert Sammut Hall, Floriana

Finally in Malta! To mark their Malta concert debut during their first appearance in Malta, the legendary and world famous piano duo - Anthony and Joseph Paratore will perform at the Malta International Music Festival, giving a grand piano recital for four hands featuring Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's famous Scheherazade, Gabriel Fauré's Dolly Suite and finally Alexey Shor's arrangement of his Verdiana suite for four hands, at a concert at Robert Samut Hall - Floriana.

Concert Ten

- 8th May 2019
- Notte Romantica
- Orchestral Concert
- Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

A great romantic evening with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Grammy nominated famous Russian conductor Dmitry Yablonsky, will feature the 2015 first prize winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition – highly acclaimed and internationally renowned cellist Andrei Ionita in a Grand Orchestral Concert at the Mediterranean Conference Centre – Valletta, which will include Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila, followed by the Maltese Premiere of Alex Shor’s ‘Musical Pilgramge’ cello concerto and ending with Tchaikovsky’s ‘Polish’ Symphony no. 3.

Concert Eleven

- 9th May 2019
- Trio Wanderer
- Concert
- Robert Sammut Hall, Floriana

A grand Piano Trio Recital at Robert Samut Hall in Floriana featuring the world famous and highly acclaimed Trio Wanderer, with violinist Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian, cellist Raphaël Pidoux and pianist Vincent Coq in an attractive and varied programme including the Malta premiere of Alexey Shor’s ‘Seven pieces for piano trio’, Schubert’s Notturno and Saint-Saëns’ Piano Trio no.2.

Closing Concert

- 10th May 2019
- Closing Gala
- Golden Voices
- Orchestral Concert
- Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

The Closing Gala Concert of the Malta International Music Festival will feature the Golden Voices of the lead soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia and highly acclaimed soprano Anna Aglatova and international Maltese Tenor Cliff Zammit Stevens, singing a very varied programme of famous operatic arias  and Maltese composers with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of famous Croatian conductor Miran Vaupotić at an orchestral concert at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.

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