Arts & Theatre

The Manoel Theatre

With an enviable cultural calendar, Malta has events varying from concerts to art exhibitions and theatre.

The arts scene is particularly vibrant one in Malta. The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts is the umbrella organisation that is responsible for promoting culture and the arts, and that’s no small task. The cultural calendar is chock full of events ranging from concerts of classical and contemporary music to opera, visual arts exhibits, and a particularly lively theatre scene.

Theatre-lovers will find no shortage of stage-plays of a very high calibre. While Malta’s theatre groups are not normally professional (i.e. actors normally have other occupations besides the theatre), the standard is exceptionally high. Performances include locally scripted Maltese shows, as well as larger-scale international plays. Plays are staged at a variety of venues, but the most beautiful and interesting of all has to be the Manoel Theatre. Widely regarded as one of the oldest working theatres in Europe, the Manoel Theatre was built by the Knights of St. John. This lavish venue still retains many of the original Rococo features dating back to 1731.

Valletta, having recently won the European Capital of Culture award for 2018, boasts the greatest concentration of artistic expression, with its theatres, museums and venues. However, the vibrant artistic temperament of the Maltese can be found in just about every corner. Even Gozo has a highly respected theatre – The Aurora Theatre, where plays, operas and other events are staged regularly for capacity crowds.

Did you know?

  • The famous eight-pointed Maltese Cross symbolizes the 8 obligations of the Knights of St John: Truth, faith, repent of sins, humility, justice, merciful, sincere and enduring persecution.
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