The Gozitan leg of the Malta International Fireworks Festival formed part of the International Pyro Musical Competition, with firework factories from Ukraine, Portugal and Malta taking part.
The second night of the Malta International Fireworks Festival which took place in Xagħra, Gozo on Saturday was a hit amongst the locals, the travelling Maltese and also foreigners. This was the first time that one of the Fireworks Festival events took place on the sister island.
The Ukrainian Factory Dance of Fire kicked off proceedings, followed by an impressive display by Macedo’s Pirotecnia from Portugal. The evening eventually drew to a close with a spectacular display by St Mary Fireworks Factory, which is based in Għaxaq, Malta.
From statistics provided by Gozo Channel, a total of 62 ferry trips were operated from Malta to Gozo on Friday and Saturday, carrying 18,797 people and 5,355 vehicles. This over 17% higher than the same weekend in 2015, when trips operated were just 52, carrying 15,958 passengers and 4,549 vehicles. This increase is definitely attributed to at least in part to the Fireworks Festival event on Saturday.
The MTA reports that feedback received from the general public, participants and all parties involved was extremely positive and augurs well for the possibility of holding similar Fireworks Festival events in Gozo in the future.
The Malta International Fireworks Festival draws to a close this Saturday 30th April in the majestic setting of the Grand Harbour, Valletta. The evening will start with the presentation of the overall winner at 21:30 by the Hon. Minister for Tourism, Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis. The event will conclude with a Grand Finale by Pyroemotions from Italy in collaboration with Lourdes Fireworks Factory from Qrendi.
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.