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Celebrating Malta’s beautiful culture and history in candlelight

Malta Tourism Authority  Aug 18, 2016

VALLETTA, Malta – The walled, maritime city of Birgu lies in the south of the island of Malta and is one of the most historic and oldest. It’s known as the first home of the Knights of the Order of St. John in Malta and filled with both architectural and natural beauty.

The Birgu Fest, one of Malta’s most popular annual festivals will take place on October 8-9, 2016 in the picturesque city of Vittoriosa (Birgu). The festival has gained popularity among locals and foreigners alike, and has become a national event showcasing the culture and history of this archaic city in a unique and romantic way - by candlelight! During the festival the ancient streets of this fascinating historic city are gently lit up by the flickering light of thousands of candles.

The Birgu Fest’s romantic candlelit atmosphere is heightened by the delightful melodies of the many choirs and local and international bands that emanate from all over the city.

Enhancing the overall experience, visitors can witness historic re-enactments and various musical concerts, ranging from classical to modern. Visitors can also satisfy their culinary tastes with the vast selection of local and international cuisine to choose from.

Special prices will be available during the festival for entry to museums and cultural sites.

The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state anywhere. Valletta built by the proud Knights of St. John is one of the UNESCO sights and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta's patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire's most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.

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Celebrating Malta’s beautiful culture and history in candlelight
The city of Birgu / Photo ©

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