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Malta Events Guide: September 2022

Malta Events Guide: September 2022

Discover what’s happening in Malta and Gozo this September


The Gold of Malta
Date: 1-7 September
Location: Art Galleries of the Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta

The Gold of Malta or L’Or De Malte or Id-Deheb ta’ Malta is an exhibition of sketches and paintings created when the artist Martine Rigaud-Busuttil spent one year with the Maltese lace-makers of the Malta Society of Arts during the time of COVID-19.

In Between
Date: 1-11 September
Location: Space C, Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier, Valletta

This project consists of two installations by two different artists, brought together by the Shifting Contexts prize given in 2018. Both works address dualities such as life and death, presence and absence, the visible and the hidden, the tangible and the intangible and focus on the ‘in-between’ states. This reflection is a common ground to both projects which complement each other amidst their differences.

Bellum in Mundum Exhibition
Date: 1-11 September
Location: MUŻA, Valletta

After a 7-year hiatus, Tonio Mallia presents a new series of works that re-imagine a world shaken beyond its tipping point, where the tensions between the human and natural world are no longer at play, nor are they creative or life-giving. They have devolved into a tyrannical order in which mankind becomes subject to its own freedoms. Humanity turns its back on itself when it turns its back on nature, misappropriating and exploiting it, corrupting its beauty into a place of war—bellum—the war that destroys the world, the war waged by man who, no longer a steward of the earth, abandons the scales and becomes death, as Oppenheimer would say. In the empty fairgrounds and the desolate fields, in the mangled trees and the rising seas, in the plague infested skies and desperate flights, here is mankind—our humanity—hanging in the balance.

Lost in the ether
Date: 1-12 September
Location: Il- Kamra ta’ Fuq, Mqabba

To be ‘lost in the ether’, is to say that one is engrossed in a communication or visual that has no fixture in space or time; it has no precise location or context. Through her collection ‘Lost in the Ether’, which constitutes her first solo exhibition, Nicole Sciberras Debono brings forward esoteric narratives of a domestic familiarity, with notes on online and para-social relationships, and the reflections of a young woman in a contemporary society. Debono’s debut collection captures intimate and abstruse moments, belonging to either herself or her peers with whom she communicates with through various channels online. She interprets and translates these moments into isolated visual anecdotes through choice in subject matter, narrative, shape, texture, and colour. In a few words, Debono gravitates towards this concept as she often wonders about the differences between online relationships and ‘real life’ personal relationships. She looks for an answer to the difference between the two. She sheds light on matters which preoccupy her thoughts, namely loneliness and solitude (they are not one and the same) in the ‘social’ age, understanding virtual relationships as well as the digital curation of the self. She captures a physical presence in all of her pieces, even where such form is outside of the frame.

Willie APAP colour and light
Date: 1 September – 10 October
Location: Il-Ħaġar, Heart of Gozo Museum, Victoria, Gozo

In what promises to be a landmark event in Il-Ħaġar’s cultural calendar of 2022, this exhibition is thought to be the largest ever presentation of Apap works at one exhibition and will be a display of his genius and versatility; oils and inks of portraits, landscapes and still- life’s, dancers, human figure, sacred and ethnic works. 

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Time, Space …. and Palmyra
Date: 15 September – 1 October
Location: Art Galleries of the Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta

This joint exhibition by Henry Alamango and Galina Troizky is a fusion of two themes: the social implications resulting from the functional transformation of rural and urban space over time, and a ‘crie de coeur’ reflecting a deep concern for an environment and populated space in progressive decline. In 2015, the ‘civilised’ world rightly recoiled in horror at the deliberate physical and cultural destruction wrought by ISIS in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, of Unesco World Heritage fame. Ironically, flashbacks of Palmyra continue to manifest themselves in our spatial and cultural development, contributing also to solitary and anonymous lifestyles, loss of community, loneliness and pollution, to mention a few characteristics. Are we also the perpetrators – or at least the acquiescent accomplices – to an ongoing ‘Palmyra’?

For more information visit artsmalta.org

Outside Looking In
Date: 19 September – 1 October
Location: Courtyard of the Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta

Artist Anthony Lucian Cauchi, a long-time member of the Malta Society of Arts and an established artist, will exhibit 18 ceramic works inspired by history, fables and legends. Anthony Lucian is a keen follower of both art in general as well as the history of Roman and Greek times. The title ‘Outside looking In’ reflects the fact that viewers will discover the artist’s way of thinking and his technique, expressing his dreams and feelings about the subjects concerned.

For more information visit artsmalta.org 

The gold of malta

Willie APAP colour and light

Bellum in Mundum

Lost in the ether

Time, Space …. and Palmyra

music and theatre

Rock The Fort – The classic rock show
Date: 2 September
Lcation: Grand Harbour Marina, Birgu | 20:00

Rock the Fort is back! Bigger and even better, celebrating the very best of classic rock. For the first time ever, UK’s finest band ‘The Classic Rock Show’ will be performing live. Tributes to the legendary performances from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, AC/DC, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, and many more. This events is being organised in aid of ALS Malta and Dar Bjorn. 

Get your tickets on www.showshappening.com

MCO Notte italiana
Date: 2 September
Location: Pjazza Teatru Rjal Republic Street, Valletta, Malta | 20:30 -22:30

Undoubtedly one of the most successful productions by the Malta Concert Orchestra for the past four years has been the annual appointment for Italian music. This year’s edition promises to be no less exciting with some of Italy’s most favourite songs performed by Alex Schembri, Neville Refalo, Claudia Faniello, Angela Tirchett and Ritienne Azzopardi under the direction of Maestro Joe Brown. 

Get your tickets from visitmalta.com

Ma Kuraġġ u Wliedha
Date: 2-4, 9-11 September
Location: Manoel Theatre, Valletta

An anti-war play by exiled German writer Bertolt Brecht, has been translated into Maltese by Loranne Vella. 

Ma Kuraġġ was initially written by German playwright and poet Brecht in 1939, with a significant contribution from Margarete Steffin. The story takes place in 17th-century Europe and centres on Anna Fierling, renowned as Mother Courage. With the assistance of her three children, Anna manages a rolling canteen business during the War. The destructive repercussions of a European war and the blindness of those wanting to benefit from it are the play’s key themes.

Riot Culture Presents: Perc
Date: 7 September
Location: Liquid Club, San Gwann, Malta

One of the most in-demand Techno DJ’s around the globe: PERC needs little to no introduction. Perc is one of electronic dance music’s reference points: an internationally touring DJ, label owner and one of the most respected producers in techno today. Known as one of the most forward-thinking individuals in techno Perc (aka London based Ali Wells) fuses current sounds with his extensive knowledge of electronic music’s past to create something new & unique. A regular artist on such scene-leading labels as CLR, Kompakt, Stroboscopic Artefacts and Ovum as well as his own world-renowned Perc Trax imprint. The British powerhouse will undoubtedly blow the roof off of Liquid! 

Get your tickets from www.showshappening.com

Rockestra – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
Date: 10 September
Location: MFCC – Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, Ta’ Qali, Malta | 20:30

From a seated event held last year, to this year’s outdoor standing event, Rockestra always aim to give you more. The wide range of rock bands the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will cover vary from Gun’s and Roses, Pink Floyd, Mettalica, Kate Bush, Nirvana and Foo Fighters, and more.

Get your tickets from http://www.visitmalta.com 

Poġġi – Dwal U Forom Concert
Date: 11 September
Location: Concert Hall of the Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta
‘Dwal u Forom’ is Poġġi’s second unreleased post-rock album, featuring 4 long-form instrumental songs which span a variety of genres due to their experiential theme. The 4 songs explore a translation of intense experiences into music, pushing the boundaries of the genre to its limits in order to fully narrate experiences in sound.

Get your tickets from http://www.visitmalta.com 

Stage and Proms on the Sea
Date: 12 September
Location: Mgarr Marina, Mgarr, Gozo | 20:30

Stage and Proms on the Sea is reminiscent of London West-End shows and evergreen masterpieces from the Proms. The audience will be able to enjoy a galore of excerpts and medleys from musicals as also classic encores performed in Proms Final Night held at the Royal Albert Hall. Pop singers Ludwig Galea and Sarah Bonnici will be  accompanying the Gozo Youth Wind Band under the direction of its founder and musical director Mro Dr Joseph Grech.  Entrance is free (Standing). Optional premium VIP designated seated area including welcome drink and food available  are available strictly by reservation.

For more information or to reserve a seat, send an email to gozowindbandorchestra@yahoo.co.uk

MCO Queen Tribute
Date: 16 September
Location: Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta, Malta | 20:30

The Malta Concert Orchestra will give tribute to the British rock band Queen well known for its diverse rock style and contemporary rock. Under the direction of Mro Joe Brown together with local lead singers and some of queens most popular hits, its sure to make an unforgettable night.

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Rockestra – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
Date: 17 September
Location:  Il-Kortil tal-Granmastru, Qormi 

Venti Music Fest will be hosting a show like no other. The lineup is nothing short of amazing. Huge local names are expected to mesmerise spectators with both local and international hit songs.  The Travellers are expected to grace the stage as one of their headliners. Originally formed as a band amongst friends, the pop-brass mix launched their debut EP without any guidelines or footnotes to refer to, and it was well accepted by their newly acquired fan following. A nu-funk/neo-soul-pop group from Malta called The Busker will also be performing. The band has been active in the local scene for six years. During that time, they put out two albums and three EPs, one of which won the Best album of the year award. The group has performed abroad in the United Kingdom and Italy and served as the headlining act at significant events throughout the years. Well-known singer and X-factor contestant Kevin Paul Calleja will also perform with his band.

The Planets
Date: 17 September
Location: Hilton, St Julian’s, Malta

The epic orchestral suite was described as “a series of mood pictures” by the composer, with the musical traits capturing the character of each planet allegedly inspired by eminent astrologer Alan Leo. Principal Conductor Sergey Smbatyan leads the MPO on a spatial journey musically evoking English folk song and the works of leading 20th century composers Schoenberg and Stravinsky rich in orchestration and rhythmic elements. 

Get your tickets from maltaorchestra.com

Rythms of Vision
Date: 17 September
Location: Concert Hall, Palazzo de La Salle, Republic Street, Valletta, Malta

This project has an interdisciplinary dimension featuring two new video-art commissions projected as a visual backdrop to the live performance. Arvo Pärt’s suspended melodic notes and three-note piano figure will be accompanied by a blend of colour by video artist Patrick Fenech, while Hannah Lash’s fast-paced “C” will be accompanied by the pulsating abstract animations of video artist Nicole Pace. “Boiling Clouds” by Ruben Zahra, “Atalanta” by John Psathas and “Duo” by Giannis Papkrasas portray an upbeat character of the duo with syncopated rhythmic interactions between the two instruments. In contrast, “Avalanche” (mov II) for vibraphone and piano by Emmanuel Sejourne presents tonal melodic themes supported by lush jazz harmony, reminiscent of a cinematic leitmotif.

Dock Music
Date: 20 September
Location: Dock No. 1, Cospicua, Malta

This event is organised by the Kottonera Foundation with the support of the American University of Malta and the Cospicua Local Council. Dock Music will see the participation of Ivan Grech and Band and Versatile Brass along with other local singers and musicians. The entrance to this event is entirely free.

Caravaggio the Musical 
Date: 20-25 September
Location: Mediterranean conference centre, Valletta, Malta

An original new musical which tells the tempestuous story of the renaissance artist Michelangelo Merisi aka Caravaggio who achieved fame and notoriety for his chiaroscuro masterpieces and volatile personality. This will be the first original musical commissioned and produced by the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.  The musical is composed by Paul Abela, with book and lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia, and directed by Malcolm Galea.

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The Malta International Folk Festival
Date: 23-25 September
Location: Various locations

The first two editions of this festival were a huge success. During the three days of this international festival, parades and performances will be held in various parts of Malta. A three-day event not to be missed!

Musicals in Malta
Date: 24 September
Location: Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta, Malta

Musicals in Concert presents the Malta Youth Orchestra and established singers in an evening under the baton of eminent conductor Anthony Gabriele.

Get your tickets from www.showshappening.com

Rock the Fort




The Malta International Folk Festival


Middle Eastern sharing plates workshop
Date: 14 September
Location: Mediterranean Culinary Academy, Naxxar

Looking to throw little get together but want to keep it light, fresh and stress free? This class will show little tricks to make entertaining a breeze. Drawing up flavours from the middle east and the Mediterranean, each dish will highlight how beautiful and satisfying vegetables can be if treated the right way. 

Get your tickets from www.mcamalta.com

Branch to bottle
Date: 30 September
Location: Wardija, Malta

Get a glimpse of what it takes to cultivate, harvest, and produce Bidni- a great quality monocultiver extra virgin olive oil produced from the indigenous Bidni olive trees. The Grima family will share insights on the olive trees and its oil, along with the care involved when growing these trees, and the harvestation process. Later, each participant will be put to practice using traditional hArvesting techniques shared by the farmers.Guests will then head over to an area in the shade with a gorgeous view of the sunset to enjoy tasting the oil along with a full three course meal.

Get your tickets from www.mcamalta.com