Malta Events Guide: April 2023

Malta Events Guide: April 2023

Here are some of the best activities you can enjoy when visiting Malta and Gozo this April 

Music and entertainment

Few things bring us all together more effectively than a captivating performance. From tongue-in-cheek comedies and music performances to new theatrical smashes and movie screenings, Malta has some incredible entertainment lined up this month!

la troviata

malta spring festival

metallica: global premiere

Waiting for James B
Date: 02 April
Location: Valletta Campus Theatre VCT (Ex MITP), St. Christopher’s Street, Valletta, Malta

Waiting for James B is a contemporary dance performance by guest company Art Mouv from Corsica. A perpetual movement which does not compromise with freedom of expression, which embodies our humanity.

While the young contemporary French dance of the 80’s took off and asserted an unprecedented legitimacy, self-taught dancers inflamed the Parisian dance floor and created the most underground tendency of what will later be called hip hop dance. Two worlds which today are revealed to each other between attempts at democratisation on the one hand and institutionalization on the other. This is what James B. reveals, which calls on emancipation of bodies through dancing pleasure beyond the usual divisions. The artists’s imaginary spreads both among the audience and on the stage, defying the stereotyped borders between the spectacular form of the show and the ambitious choreographic writing. Dance is inspired by a musical register which takes roots in soul and is embodied alternately in jazz rock, hip hop contemporary, African repertory, in a pulsation that reveals its timeless character.

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 The Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach
Date: 5 April
Location: Manoel Theatre, Valletta

The Goldberg Variations BWV 988, is a work written by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. The Variations are named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer. This will be performed by Francesco Attesti, an Italian pianist of international acclaim. Among his generation of musicians, he is considered one of the finest interpreters of the Romantic and early Twentieth Century Repertoire. This concert is presented by the Embassy of Italy, Teatru Manoel and the Italian Cultural Institute.

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La Notte Italiana
Date: 6 April

Location: Sky Club, St Julian’s

Get ready to experience the ultimate Italian party at Sky Club – La Notte Italiana. Featuring a lineup of Italy’s hottest DJs, including legendary Alex Gaudino, Maurizio Nari, Steve Tosi, Pascal Sicorello, and the talented saxophonist Luca Guerrieri. Supported by Dead As Disko and local acts. Come and dance the night away in true Italian style.

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Malta Spring Festival
Date: 11 – 15 April 
Location: Various Locations

The Malta Spring Festival is an annual classical and contemporary music festival known for its innovative programming and commitment to new orchestral and chamber works.

Each year the Malta Spring Festival presents its listeners with a theme (2017 From Zappa to Beethoven, 2018 Revolution and its Composers, 2019 Of Death and Maidens, 2020 Must it be? It must be!, 2021 Degenerates) exploring the repertoire from the classicists to today, rarely or unheard in Malta, taking the audience on a journey of cultural, psychological and personal discovery. The Malta Spring Festival takes pride in carefully selecting an ambitious roster of artists as well as in placing a premium on challenge, innovation and class, showcasing the new with the not-so-old in unexpected juxtapositions of programming, at times verging on audience “unfriendly”, emotionally relentless, and mentally demanding repertoire.

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APS Bank Easter Concert
Date: 14 April
Location: St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Triq San Gwann, Valletta

Resident Conductor Michael Laus leads the MPO in a sublime Easter concert of choral and instrumental music in the spectacular setting of St John’s Co-Cathedral. The programme opens with an arrangement for strings of Bach’s majestic Toccata and Fugue. The main highlight, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria for orchestra, choir and soloists features tenor Cliff Zammit Stevens, baritone James Agius, bass Noel Galea and the Goldberg Ensemble. 

Metallica: 72 Seasons – Global Premiere
Date: 13 April 
Location: Eden Cinemas, St Julian’s

Join the global Metallica family for a worldwide listening party! Don’t miss your chance to hear the Metallica’s long-awaited 12th studio album a day before its release, on the big screen with pummeling surround sound.

Experience exclusive interviews with the band as they delve into the origins and stories behind every track on the album, and catch never-before-seen music videos. This one-night-only event is not to be missed! There will also will be a few surprises in store that will blow your mind! 

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Mary Spiteri: My Life
Date: 16 April
Location: MCC, Valletta

With a grand career in singing spanning over 50 years, Mary Spiteri is among the most popular singers in Malta. With a career of over five decades, she rose to international fame when representing Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 with her song Little Child. Mary Spiteri is also well-known for her version of the piece Tema ’79 from the most well-known Maltese rock opera Ġensna. Mary Spiteri: My Life celebrates this iconic Maltese singer, her life and career by means of a repertoire of songs and interviews with the participation of Mary Spiteri and guest singers. Mary Spiteri: My Life is the first biography of the sort to be produced live in a theatre.

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Dark Malta Festival
21-23 April
Location: Gianpula Main Room, Rabat

Dark Malta Festival is back, promising three days of darkness with a great line up of bands/artists and DJs. This year, the festival will also host after show parties and goth pool parties during the day on the beautiful roof top bar.

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La Traviata
Date: 29 April

Location: Teatru Aurora, Triq Ir-Republika, Victoria, Gozo

Live opera returns to Gaulitana: A Festival of Music with an all-time favourite, La Traviata.

After the festival maintained its momentum with a number of online operatic series, the full-scale production of Verdi’s best-loved oeuvre highlights the 16th edition of Gaulitana. A stellar cast features Ekaterina Bakanova, Francesco Meli and Piero Terranova in a production directed by Enrico Castiglione.The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gaulitanus Choir complement the artists in flamboyant choruses, parties and hearth-wrenching arias under the baton of Colin Attard. 

food and drinks

Malta has everything you and your family could wish for on holiday and the cusine is just sometihng else. Here’s our pick of food-related  activities to keep the whole family entertained

valletta food tour

taco Tuesdays

chef openair

Taste of Le Bistro
Date: 12 April
Location: Le Bistro, Radisson Blu St Julian’s

Le Bistro at the Radisson Blu St Julian’s and  Charles Grech & Co. Ltd are collaborating to invite you to a wine and dine evening.Each course is paired with a different wine, which will be explained by Charles Grech’s wine manager Alberto. Indulge in a spectacular evening of fine food and wine! Reserve your table by sending an email to or contacting +356 2137 4894

Folklore Dinner Show
Date: Every Friday
Location: Ta’ Marija Restaurant, Mosta

A cultural celebration through dance, characterised with local ‘Folklore’ performances. Enjoy a Maltese dining experience alongside this authentic tradition.

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Taco Tuesdays
Date: 14 March
Location: Hammett’s Mestizo, Paceville

Every Tuesday from 6pm to enjoy a delicious taco set at €33.00

Every set includes nine corn tortillas, two animal-based fillings, one vegan filling, guacamole, tatemada sauce, salsa verde & habanero chili sauce. Also, enjoy the margaritas Happy hour all night long! 

Maltese Rural Cooking Class
Date: Various dates/ Book your private class
Location: Diar il-Bniet Farmhouse Kitchen, Dingli

Choose this experience for a three-hour hands-on cooking class. You will have the opportunity to cook a full blown menu, from appetiser to dessert, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Whilst every dish will be introduced by a family story or a local tradition, you will learn the tricks of my grandmother’s traditional cooking. You will discover the secrets of the local peasant country cooking.

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Chef OpenAir
Date: 2 April
Location: Ghadira Bay, Mellieha

Chef OpenAir is a nomadic celebration of human connection with good food in a beautiful environment.

An experience that connects diners to the origin of their food which is carefully prepared by renowned chefs and culinary artisans. The beautiful beach of Mellieha is next for the upcoming event with a lunch by guest Chef Michele Zahra from AZAR Restaurant & Briju team. Price is €55 per person and this includes a set menu and free flowing water. Wine and beer is available on consumption. 

Valletta Food Tour 
Date: Every Saturday
Location: Meeting point: Front entrance to St. John’s Co-Cathedral in St. John’s Square

Discover the culture and cuisine of this unique Mediterranean island in a food-filled three hour walking trail packed with curious and exciting information by an experienced guide –  Graze while you go! The food tours offer a sumptuous glimpse into this world of local restaurants and gourmet food shops and featuring artisan cheeses and crusty bakes from local ovens, rich hand-made chocolates, local wines and local beer. Suitable clothing and sensible footwear are a must as trails will be held in all weather conditions. Tours are only available in English.

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family fun

Malta has everything you and your family could wish for on holiday. Here’s our pick of family-oriented activities to keep the little ones entertained.

easter at the aquarium

hip hop hurray

malta international fireworks festival

Space Exploration Spree
Date: 2 April 
Location: Esplora Interactive Science Centre, Kalkara

It’s time to blast off into space with Esplora’s fun-packed activity that will kick-start the week leading to the Easter school holidays. Save the date for Space Exploration Spree, an exciting event aimed for children between the ages of 5 to 10 years. There will be a space-themed live show at the EsploraPlanetarium and also an amusing hands-on workshop. Children will be welcomed with some refreshments and the price ticket also includes a light lunch at the end of the event.  Welcome tea or coffee and Danish pastries are on offer for everyone. Get your tickets from

Easter at the Aquarium
Date: 3-16 April
Location: Malta National Aquarium, Qawra

A variety of  Easter-themed activities for all the family will be taking place, where kids can get creative at the crafts station, meet and greet with the famous Mickey and Minnie while playing exciting games, be amazed by magic shows, and enjoy an exciting Easter egg hunt. The aquarium’s expert storytellers will also captivate the little guests with their tales. With something for everyone, this is a great opportunity to make some amazing memories with your loved ones. Don’t miss out on the fun – come and celebrate Easter at the Aquarium! Get your tickets from

Playmobil Easter Party 
Date: 6, 10 April
Location: Playmobil FunPark Malta, Birzebbuga

The PLAYMOBIL FunPark encompasses an indoor as well as an outdoor play area, in a safe, friendly and stimulating environment for your children to enjoy. Different themed oriented zones where toddlers can come into contact with all the classic PLAYMOBIL toys in the many different areas such as City Life, Rescue, Aquarium, Pirates, Police, Knights, and Fairy Tale are available to play with on-site and buy here at the FunPark shop. Come join the fun and let the kids explore the FunPark while learning through play. The easter themed event consists of four hours of exciting activities for kids of all ages including a bouncy castle, magic show, puppet show, egg hunt, easter drawings, Playmobil gifts, a voucher and even a kids’ meal.

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Children’s Easter Egg Making
Date: 5, 6 April
Location: Malta Chocolate Factory, Bugibba

A fun, hands on, interactive class that children and all the family will love! During the class you will learn about different types of chocolate, where it comes from and how it is made all whilst having a fun, sometimes messy and creative time… and the best bit is that you get to take home your creation to enjoy!

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Hip Hop Hurray
Date: 9 April
Location: Villa Rundle, Victoria, Gozo

Villa Rundle Gardens in Victoria, Gozo, will be the place to be on Easter Sunday. All the family can enjoy a fun Easter party that will include several activities particularly for children, with Mr Bunny serving chocolate eggs. There will also be lots of games, rides, a bouncy castle, characters, dances, storytelling and so much more! Entrance is free! 

Malta International Fireworks Festival
Date: 24-30 April

Location: Grand Harbour, Valletta

The Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority are pleased to announce that the 21st edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival. Each night promises to be a beautiful display of colour and coordination, and the closing night is bound to be a true spectacle. The festival will feature seven days of Events including six pyro-musical competitions, pyro-musical exhibitions and over 60 local firework displays.

The festival also has a competitive edge! Each year, the festival hosts a Pyro-musical competition, which means that the fireworks are designed to match the rhythm of a musical number! Awards are then distributed to the most impressive displays.

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