Can't-Miss International Events in Malta This Year

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Last year, many international events in Malta were canceled because of the pandemic all over the world. Hopefully, this year will be a little bit better when it comes to concerts, festivals, conferences, and other activities.

According to the plans, in 2021 there will be some huge and enjoyable international events taking place in Malta. Depending on your interest, you can find some great activities in various fields, for example, in science, IT & technology, education, entertainment, telecommunication, health, gaming, business services, transportation, travel, and tourism, etc.

If you would like to know which are the can’t-miss international events in Malta this year, check out our list about the best activities for the year 2021.

SiGMA Malta

Photo By SiGMA Malta

siGMA malta conference

  • Date: Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th April 2021
  • Place: MFCC - Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre, Malta

The first international event on our list is the awaited SiGMA in Malta, in the gaming hub of Europe. Niche experts consider SiGMA the most looked-after gambling event of the year. Therefore, if you are interested in the world of online casinos, it would be worth it to attend this event.

Previously, the SiGMA Group planned that this event would take place in February, but they decided to postpone it to 13-15 April. The reason behind this decision is the global health crisis that would have made it difficult to ensure the safety of the SiGMA attendees.

Since 2014, SiGMA events have evolved significantly, this event will be a real iGaming showcase. Just in 2019 alone, SiGMA welcomed more than 400 sponsors and exhibitors, and 200 top speakers from the industry. The number of attendees was around 15,000 and they came from all over the world (from 80 countries). These numbers also show that the last SiGMA event had huge success, so hopefully, it won’t be any different this year either.

In 2021, amongst the industry-leading speakers we can find Angelo Dalli (CEO of Umnaistain), Joakim Stockman (Co-founder & CEO of SuprNation), Ivan Filletti (Head of Business Development at Gaming Malta), Charles Herisson (CEO of BetAdvisor), and Bo Wänghammar (Director International Projects at PokerStars) as well. They will cover numerous topics during their speeches, such as artificial intelligence, fintech, regulation, sportsbook, and emerging tech startups.

Visitors can choose from 3 different kinds of tickets:

  • Standard Registration - 49 euro,
  • Premium Registration - 89 euro,
  • Platinum Registration - 359 euro.

The night before this SiGMA event, on the 12th of April, the leading players in the gaming industry will be rewarded during the extravagant SiGMA Europe Gaming Awards gala with a premium guest list at the Hilton Conference Centre, St Julian's. If you would like to take part in the celebration, you may consider checking out this gala’s ticket prices too.

Malta AI & Blockchain Summit

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An international event in Malta during a conference during the Blockchain summit.

details during Malta AI & Blockchain Summit

  • Date: Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th April 2021
  • Place: MFCC - Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre, Malta

The Malta AI & Blockchain Summit (AIBC Summit) serves as a perfect occasion to bring together those investors and innovators who are active in the field of artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, and quantum technology. This event offers great business opportunities, networking, and high-quality content for every participant.

This year the list of speakers has not been published yet, but on the last AIBC Summit in 2019, there were many big names amongst the speakers like for example, Akon (Chairman & Co-Founder of Akoin), Vahid Toosi (Founder of EOS sw/eden), Felix Mago (Co-Founder of Dash NEXT), and Brock Pierce (Chairman of the Board at The Bitcoin Foundation).

If you are interested in artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, or cryptocurrencies, you can learn a lot by participating in conferences like this AIBC summit. You can still book your place now, the ticket prices are the following:

  • Standard Registration - 49 euro
  • Premium Registration - 89 euro
  • Platinum Registration - 250 euro

Malta International Fireworks Festival

Fireworks display during the festival.

details during malta international fireworks festival

  • Date: Between April and May 2021
  • Place: Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta

The Malta International Fireworks Festival is a very popular event in Malta. A spectacular fireworks show that will surely leave you with unforgettable memories.

This event is important for the Maltese because fireworks have a centuries-old tradition in Malta that originates from the time of the Order of the Knights of Saint John. In the past, fireworks were used to celebrate some of the most important feasts. For example, people made fireworks displays at the election of a Pope or a Grand Master, or they used them to celebrate the birth of a prince.

Nowadays, fireworks are organized as a part of a festival by the Malta Tourism Authority and the Ministry for Tourism. The fireworks festival takes place each year at the end of April and commemorates the country’s accession to the European Union on the 1st of May 2004. As usual, this spectacular event will be held in the Grand Harbour of Valletta and a few other locations in the country in 2021 as well.

During the festival, the participants can enjoy the amazing fireworks spectacle which is designed by several local fireworks companies and some pyrotechnic companies from other countries. This show is a true work of art!

The display is free of charge, so everyone can attend it.

Malta Jazz Festival

People playing on stage during the Jazz Festival.Photo From Jazz Festival

more details about jazz festival

  • Date: To Be Announced
  • Place: To Be Announced, Valletta

The Malta Jazz Festival is an annual music event that was celebrating its 30th-anniversary last year. The jazz festival is organized by Festivals Malta every July. Usually, the event lasts for 3 days when the biggest Maltese and international jazz artists perform in front of the attendees. The concerts offer a great opportunity for the lovers of jazz music to enjoy the performances in the city center of Valletta. This amazing festival has already featured well-known jazz musicians like Diana Krall, John Patitucci, Al Di Meola, and Mike Stern.

Unfortunately, in 2020 the festival's main performances were canceled because of the pandemic. However, some parts of the program were still held in the form of virtual masterclasses, and there was also a channel that featured some concerts from the Festivals Malta’s archive.

Regarding this year’s event, it is uncertain whether the jazz festival can take place as planned. It will mainly depend on the Maltese government's measures against coronavirus.

If you are thinking about attending this music event, visit the official website of Festivals Malta frequently. New information about the Malta Jazz Festival 2021 will be published there later.

InClassica Malta International Music Festival

Musicians playing in the InClassica Festival.Photo From InClassica Festival

details of InClassica Malta International Music Festival

  • Date: Between Saturday 17th April to Tuesday 11th May 2021
  • Place: Mediterranean Conference Centre and Manoel Theatre, Valletta, MALTA

The InClassica Malta International Music Festival is a great event for everyone who likes classical music. This year’s event will be the 10th edition of the festival that is organized by the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC). The concerts will be held at two illustrious venues in Valletta, at the Mediterranean Conference Centre and the Manoel Theatre (one of Europe’s oldest theatres). Between 17 April and 11 May, there will be 26 concerts altogether.

The Music Festival 2021 will feature many great musicians and soloists, for example, Rudolf Buchbinder, Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Hope, and Denis Matsuev. Moreover, the event also welcomes some of the world’s most famous orchestras, such as the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. These orchestras will be directed by well-known conductors. Amongst the names, we can find Gergely Madaras, Sergey Smbatyan, and Alexander Shelley as well.

As part of the event, some of the world’s best pianists will compete in a piano competition called the ‘Classic Piano’ Malta International Piano Competition. Competitors will arrive from many countries, including the USA, China, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, South Korea, and Italy.

Those who decide to attend this music festival will gain a unique experience due to the talented musicians performing at the exclusive venues. The daily tickets for the event are already available, the prices vary from as low as 15 euro until 70 euro. The tickets for the Grand Opening at the Manoel Theatre are more expensive, they start at 100 euro.

LIF2021 International Language in Focus Conference

  • Date: Saturday 6th to Monday 8th May 2021
  • Place: University of Malta, Valletta Campus, MALTA

The next can’t-miss international event on our list is the LIF2021 International Language in Focus Conference. This is an annual educational event that will be held for the seventh time this year.

LIF2021 provides a forum for teachers, experts, and other educational representatives to exchange ideas and share their knowledge on English Language Teaching. So they can promote innovation in this field. The conference is not only a great learning adventure for the participants but also a good occasion for building relationships amongst the English Language Teaching communities.

Speakers will cover many topics at the LIF2021, including English Language Teaching Methodology and Classroom Applications, Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Translation and Interpreting, Discourse Analysis, and Foreign Language Teacher Education.

Some of the keynote speakers are Anne O’Keeffe from the University of Limerick (Ireland), Ema Ushioda from the University of Warwick (United K​ingdom), and Jane Spiro from the Oxford Brookes University (United Kingdom).

Currently, there are 3 different kinds of tickets available for the LIF2021:

  • Early Bird Tickets - 270 euro (before 1 March 2021)
  • Student Tickets - 250 euro (before 1 March 2021)
  • Regular Tickets - 300 euro

Regarding the registration, it is possible to participate in the conference both virtually and in person.

Many Events Postponed or Canceled Due to the Pandemic

Unfortunately, many huge international events have already been postponed or canceled due to the current health crisis and uncertainty. For example, one of the most popular business events, the International Trade Convention has also been postponed to 2022.

If you would like to take part in any of the above-mentioned activities, please make sure to check the latest information on the events’ official website beforehand.


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