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Author: Melisande Aquilina

Summer Wine Festivals

The Mediterranean lifestyle is well-known as one which gives prominence to fresh natural food, good drink, and healthy living. Any Maltese worth his salt, when asked how he’d rather spend his ideal day, would include a large plate of tasty food and a chilled wine into the bargain. Malta is a country rich in its warm climate and yet quite cold and rainy between the months of November and April – the optimal weather conditions, in fact, for the production of grapevines. Malta is a country which prizes its vineyards and its wine-makers, so much so, that throughout the...

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Wignacourt Tower in Saint Paul’s Bay

The Wignacourt Tower, also known as the Saint Paul’s Bay Tower, is the oldest coastal fortification on the island of Malta. Its first stone was laid on the 10th of February 1610, and it was the first of six towers built by the Grandmaster Alof de Wignacourt. These six towers, known as the Wignacourt Towers, were built by the Order of Saint John between 1610 and 1620, and were constructed to serve as watch posts around the island’s coastline, since at the time, the Maltese islands were vulnerable to attacks by Moors and Barbary corsairs. Wignacourt Tower guards the...

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The Farsons Great Beer Festival

It’s that time of the year again! No, I’m not referring to the heat of summer, or to the days spent on the beach – ‘tis the time of the Farsons Great Beer Festival! Organised by the well-known Farsons brewers, this annual festival is spread over 10 days, beginning on the 22nd of July up to the 31st. Offering more than 20 different beers served in 30 bars, not to mention no less than 50 local and international artists who will be performing live on 3 stages, the 36th edition of this even promises to be an amazing celebration. The...

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Sunscape Festival, Gozo

Are you in the mood to party? Then, the Sunscape Festival is surely the place for you! The 3rd edition of this amazing holistic event will be starting off on Friday 22nd July and this year promises to be truly memorable. This year’s overall theme for the festival will be ‘Sustainability’ and the focus will be on the different ways we, as individuals, can make a difference. Taking place on the largest beach in Gozo, that is, Ramla Beach in Xaghra, this musical event will be infused with creativity, live performances and lifestyle activities. Featuring more than 50 local...

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The Malta Jazz Festival

The Malta Jazz Festival is kicking off on Thursday 21st July. This music event has surely become one of Malta’s most eagerly awaited summer milestones, not only because of its role as a showcase of local talent, but most importantly for the huge number of both local and international artists in attendance each year. Sandro Zerafa, the Festival’s artistic director, emphasises the importance of presenting the Malta Jazz Festival as a way of encouraging the creative collaboration between local musicians and foreign artists and outlooks. This year in particular promises to be a very innovative one, in that apart...

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