Harmonious Adventures: Exploring Malta's Music Scene with Your Kids





Although it might be challenging to find activities that adults, teens and kids might enjoy together, there's one element that brings people of all ages together: MUSIC! Malta offers a rich tapestry of music activities that caters to young and old alike. Read on to learn more!

Vivacious Valletta: Wander through the streets of Valletta, especially around Republic Street and St. George's Square, and you're likely to encounter street musicians playing a variety of genres, from traditional Maltese tunes to contemporary music. These impromptu performances add to the vibrant atmosphere of the city which simply can't be replicated! Overall, Valletta's music scene is diverse, vibrant, and deeply rooted in the city's cultural fabric. Whether you're a classical music aficionado, a jazz enthusiast, or simply love discovering new sounds, you'll find plenty to enjoy in Malta's capital.

The Fandom of the Opera: As one of Europe's oldest working theatres, the Manoel Theatre in Valletta is a focal point for theatre productions in Malta. It hosts a diverse range of performances, including plays, musicals, operas, and also hosts concerts and other musical performances that are suitable for all the family. It's always best to check their schedule for upcoming events in order to plan ahead.

BONUS: When visiting Malta's sister island, make sure to schedule a stop at the Astra Theatre. Located in Victoria, Gozo's capital, the Astra Theatre is a historic venue known for its beautiful architecture and cultural events. It hosts a variety of theatre productions and upbeat musicals which will surely entertain the whole family!

Local Festivals: Malta hosts a variety of music festivals throughout the year. One of the most popular ones is the Malta International Music Festival. This festival features a diverse range of musical genres, including classical, jazz, and world music. Some performances are family-friendly, offering an opportunity for children and adults alike to enjoy live music in a welcoming atmosphere. Another annual event not to miss is the Notte Bianca, offering a night-long celebration of arts and culture. Alongside art exhibitions, dance performances, and street entertainment, you can find family-friendly music performances catering to all tastes.

BONUS: Rockestra. This charity rock concert is held every year and features the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra as well as local and international rock musicians. The event often welcomes families and offers a dynamic fusion of classical and contemporary music styles.

Traditional Tunes: Feasts, or "festi" in Maltese, are an integral part of Malta's cultural and religious traditions, deeply rooted in the island's history and community life. Most feasts in Malta are religious in nature, honouring the patron saint of a particular town or village. These events are known for their lively band marches and colorful fireworks displays. Band clubs play an important role in organizing musical performances and processions during the feasts, adding to the festive atmosphere. P.S you’ll also encounter traditional Maltese foods and popular dishes like pastizzi (flaky pastries filled with ricotta or peas), qassatat (savory pastries), ftira (Maltese bread), and various sweets and desserts!

We hope this has helped you map your musical adventures in Malta. Embrace the Island's Mediterranean ambiance and do not miss the opportunity to create amazing musical memories with your family and friends!

Shanna Mercieca


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