The nightlife in Malta
As in all countries of the Mediterranean, the lifestyle of the Maltese is typically joyful and takes every opportunity to party. The nightlife is very lively – although the schedule of events can be a bit ‘gaunt at certain times of the year.
However there are still many places to visit, excellent wine bars and excellent restaurants to try. The cultural calendar is large and offers events such as the Valletta Baroque festival, the festival of opera, the festival of choirs and the International Jazz Festival held in July. In summer there are frequent concerts of pop music with the Anglo-American singers (Sting, Roger Waters, Bob Geldof, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Dione Warwick) and Italian (Zucchero, Ramazzotti, Cocciante, Baglioni, Morandi, From, Arbore, D ‘Alessio) that attract crowds of both Maltese tourists. The most popular attraction is the annual Isle of MTV concert in Floriana leading idols of young people such as Lady Gaga. The Maltese Islands have become a center for the clubs. International DJs perform on weekends throughout the year (Paul Oakenfold, Erick Morillo, Magda, Tiesto, Van Heill). The scene vibrates in all seasons (in some local festival lasts even a whole week), from the clubs to the biggest most intimate bar where they performed some excellent DJ residents and where entry is free.
Liveliest area at night is Paceville , on the coast of St. Julians, which abounds in clubs, bars and restaurants. Classical music is very popular in the Maltese Islands and organ concerts are made often in Baroque churches. Symphonic concerts, soloists and operas are organized in some stunning historical settings. The country band is one of the most enduring traditions of the islanders, because every city and town has its own band. The band music is taken very seriously in Malta and lights up the enthusiasm in the patronal feast when running through the streets of the parish. The saints, the fireworks, the food and fun are the highest expression of local cultural phenomenon. The theater scene is lively and well-attended and the eighteenth century Manoel Theatre is a gem for cultural performances. A fascinating annual event is the representation of a work of summer outdoor Shakespeare in English, in one of the public gardens. In winter, however, collecting a lot of enthusiasm among adults and children to the English tradition of the Christmas Pantomime. There are other forms of entertainment at night – one can groped your luck at one of the casinos, go to the movies (multiplex, arthouse, repurposed, or even films in languages other than English), or you can do as the majority of Maltese: eat outdoors in one of the old buildings in the restaurants or on the sea.