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THE MALTA INTERNATIONAL

FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

The Malta Fireworks Festival has become an annual tradition in Malta, attracting thousands to view the amazing display of craftsmanship and creativity in the night sky.

The 20th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival was scheduled between the 16th and 30th April 2021.

Because of the Covid-19 situation the festival is postponed - you will find the new dates here:


 

4th September - In-Nuffara, Xagħra Gozo 08:30 pm - 11 pm

9th September - Triq Il-Konvoj Ta' Santa Marija, Mqabba 08:30 pm - 11:59 pm

11th September - Mellieħa 08:30 pm - 10:59 pm

20th September - Grand Harbour Valletta  8:30 pm - 11 pm

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 host a Pyromusical competition and fireworks are designed to match the rhythm of a musical number! Awards are then distributed to the most impressive displays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As in previous years there will be a photo competition and the winners with the best photo of the respective fireworks locations will be announced 

The 2019 winner of the photo competition is a photographer from Cottonera.

And this was the winning photo:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More photos from this award winning photographer can be found on his instagram profile @ingmarov

As always, everyone’s health and safety is of paramount importance, and for this reason, we are hereby encouraging people to not gather at the sites of the shows, but to view the fireworks from different vantage points, whilst always adhering to the COVID-19 regulations

     WATCH THE FINAL SHOW ON 20th OF SEPTEMBER HERE LIVE:

 

 

Behind the scenes

Fireworks in Malta is an old tradition that dates back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St John. The Order celebrated the most important feasts by special pyrotechnic displays. Later fireworks were used for special occasions, such as the election of a Grand Master or a Pope, as well as on the birth of a prince. Nowadays such a tradition is very popular and there are lots of occasions to spectate. During the summer fireworks can be found across the country every weekend as a part of the traditional celebrations of patron saints at village festas.

Each year, both locals and foreigners alike eagerly await these firework spectacles which are loved by many, and some may not realise all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. The tradition of fireworks manufacturing in Malta goes back for centuries, with the knowledge being handed down from one generation to the next through hands-on learning. Today fireworks manufacturers are required to attend an official course and pass a written exam before obtaining the necessary licence to mix the chemicals. There are a lot of rules regarding their work. One of them is that Fireworks factories have to maintain a 183m buffer zone from the nearest roads.

You can find 35 fireworks factories on the Maltese Islands with around 1,900 licensees and a further 700 about to obtain their license. Only some people earn an income with this job, most of the helpers are volunteers who join the firework factory after their normal job at 4pm staying there sometimes until midnight to get everything prepared.

The factories have to raise their own funds to manufacture fireworks, partly through the generous support of the villagers, but mostly through selling fireworks to other towns. A typical display for a village has costs of around €50,000.

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