Malta’s national festivals are highlights in the country’s cultural calendar and are anticipated and enjoyed each year by thousands, both audience and participants. With their wide-ranging art forms, they serve to delight almost all cultural tastes.


Competition for the best Carnival costume 2017 



Arts Council Malta is announcing the national competition for the best Carnival costume, which is happening on Tuesday 28 February 2017 noon in Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta.

Children and youths between 5 and and 16 years of age are invited to participate. The competition will be divided in two categories according to age.

Those wishing to participate can apply at the offices of Arts Council Malta at 16, M.A. Vassalli Street, Valletta during office hours. Participation is free of charge.

For more information, please contact Maria Portelli on 23397036 or via email


National Christmas Crib Competition 2016



The call for applications for the Christmas Crib Competition organised by Arts Council Malta is now open. The competition has six categories: mechanical crib, static large crib; biblical and other styles, small crib, medium crib and original crib.

Regulations and applications may be collected from Arts Council Malta, 16, MA Vassalli Street, Valletta during office hours. You may also send an email to

For queries please contact Noel D’Amato on 23397040 or 79666149.

The deadline for applications is Monday 12th December 2016 at 11:00.

More info here.

The application form can be downloaded from here.

View the results here

Photo by Alan Carville

The Three Palaces Festival 2016

“Festivals are about connecting all of us who love music and art. Live performances are exchanges between artists and audiences that help us share vital and essential emotional experiences.” – Peter Manning, Artistic Director

Peter Manning, a leading figure in the classical music world, has been appointed as the new artistic director for the Three Palaces Festival which will be held from the 4th to the 13th November of this year. Manning, a violinist, concert master and conductor, has toured some of the world’s major concert halls and led the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Britten String Quartet.  Manning is eager to make the classical arts available to people from diverse social backgrounds and thus shares his passion as music education advisor within many international capitals.

Photo: Steven Isserlis

The Three Palaces Festival, a week-long festival with performances set in historically important and magnificent buildings, is fast becoming an important appointment in Malta’s cultural calendar.   This year’s programme of events, also launched today, once again features local and international artists of exceptional talent.  Among the artists who will be performing in the Throne Room of the Grand Masters’ Palace, the Verdala Palace, San Anton Palace and the Manoel Theatre, are soprano Ailyn Perez and cellist Steven Isserlis.  Perez, winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Award and the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award, is increasingly in demand at the world’s leading opera houses and cultural capitals. Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. He appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, and is a keen exponent of contemporary music. This year’s edition of the festival also includes performances by classical guitarist Sean Shibe, violinist Ania Safanova, the brass ensemble The Wallace Collection, as well as Malta’s own violinist Carmine Lauri, composer Karl Fiorini, jazz pianist Dominic Galea and soprano Nicola Said.

One of the festival’s aims is to promote the arts as a means of providing entertainment while presenting educational opportunities through concerts but also community events.  Thus, as part of the festival’s outreach programme, three of the participating artists will also lead master classes aimed at different audiences.  John Wallace will lead a master class for band clubs and brass players, Ania Safanova will lead a master class for school children while Sean Shibe will lead a master class aimed at the general public, particularly guitar players.  All these workshops are free of charge and those wishing to attend should send an email to

Concert tickets, with prices ranging from 10 to 25 Euros for normal tickets and from 30 to 50 Euros for front row seats, will be available from the 10th of August.  More information about the festival, particular events and artists and ticketing can be found on the festival’s website

The Three Palaces Festival is organised by Arts Council Malta within the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government under the patronage of H. E. the President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro  Preca in collaboration with Teatru Manoel and with the support of Valletta 2018, MSV Life and MGA.