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Festivals Malta announces summer cancellations

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Notte Bianca, the anticipated annual event that takes place every October in Malta, has been cancelled, due to COVID-19 related restrictions. In the same vein, the summer carnival has also been cancelled, announced Festivals Malta.

As it stands, public health restrictions forbid any standing events, with the strict measures also limiting the maximum number of people who can attend seated events. For an outline of the measures that have been relaxed, click here.

Annabelle Stivala, the CEO of Festivals Malta, said that they would be cancelling the two well-loved events as a “precaution to not only safeguard the health of our staff, artists, carnival participants and technical crew but also that of our patrons.”

Despite the cancellations, Festivals Malta is still working on a number of projects and events, including Mużika Mużika Sajf, as well as a brand new television programme called Mużika Mużika il-Vjaġġ Ikompli.

What is Notte Bianca?

For those of you who have never attended Notte Bianca, it is one of Malta’s largest and greatest annual arts and culture festivals. For one night during the month of October, the Valletta cityscape is completely lit up, with a celebration that is open to the public for free. State palaces and museums open their doors, showing visual art exhibitions and theatre performances. Streets and piazzas are transformed into venues for open-air performances and concerts and cafes and restaurants usually extend their opening hours.

For more info, check out Festivals Malta here.