of the Mediterranean lifestyle, the Islanders’ approach to
life is to enjoy and celebrate it as much as possible. Nightlife
on the Islands is always bustling – even if the vibrant calendar
of events is lean during some periods, there are always clubs
to visit, excellent bars and first-rate restaurants
The Islands have an colorful calendar of cultural
events to see, such as the Summer Malta Arts
Village Feasts (Festas), the
Carnival in February, the Valletta Baroque Festival, the Opera
Festival, the Choir Festival and the International Jazz Festival
held in July.
Major music concerts (Sting, Roger Waters, Sir Bob
Geldof, Elton John) are held throughout summer by individual organisers,
attracting massive crowds of both tourists and locals alike.
The Maltese Islands have also become a hub for the clubbing scene.
Internationally renowned DJs appear (Paul Oakenfold, Erick Morillo,
Magda, Tiesto, Van Heill) for guest weekends throughout the year.
This scene thrives all year round and is an all-week affair in a
variety of venues, from large clubs to quieter bars where some excellent
house DJs entertain and the admission is free.
Nightlife in the form of clubs and discos is somewhat
limited in Gozo when you compare it to the amped up, party atmosphere
of Paceville on the island of Malta. But there is a selection of
nightclubs in Victoria and also a disco near Xlendi which are always
buzzing on the weekend. Special events involving popular DJ's as
well as 80's Nights and 70's Nights are advertised by leaving glossy
flyers in cafes and other public places. La Grotta, one of Europe's
finest outdoor clubs, situated in Xlendi
Valley, provides a breathtaking, and picturesque backdrop, for the
quality visuals, lights, lasers and sound. The Miami Herald called
La Grotta 'the most beautiful disco in the world'. It is only opened
Classical music is very popular on the Islands and
organ recitals take place regularly in Baroque
churches. Regular orchestral, soloist concerts and operas take
place in some stunning historic venues.
Band music is one of the most popular traditions
on the Islands. Every town
and village has at least one band club. Band music is taken
seriously on the Islands and the highlight of the year for band
clubs is the parish festa
when they march through the streets of the village creating a musical
show for the people, who also join in for the march.
Very unique to the Islands are the lively summer village parish
festas. Saints, fireworks, food and fun are all part of this cultural
phenomenon – try and catch one as they’re not to be
Theatre is a lively and well-represented part of
the local cultural scene. There are two theatres in Gozo, the Aurora
(Tel: +356 21562974) and the Astra (Tel: 21 21559366). Once a year
both theatres stage an Italian opera weekend, with famous international
singers flanked by local artists.
There is a variety of other sources of nightlife entertainment –
one can go see a film (blockbuster movies, art house films, re-releases
and non-English language films) or do as the Maltese and dine al
fresco at one of the romantic palazzos or bustling harbour restaurants.