Pageant of the Seas, Valletta is back!

Nestled against the truly mesmerising backdrop of Valletta’s Grand Harbour, Malta’s popular Pageant of the Seas is back for 2020!

Put August 16th 6.30 pm in your diary. This stunning biannual nautical spectacle is not to be missed. The world-class event bears a packed programme buzzing with fun daytime activities, from competitive races to visual demonstrations and shows. One notable highlight is the hilarious crossing of the Grand Harbour. What’s funny you may ask, well teams of locals leave Fort St Angelo to cross the channel, in homemade vessels..! 

Pageant of the Seas, Valletta | Air Malta
Photo by Francesca Vella

The Pageant of the Seas challenge is to make it across first and not sink or capsize along the way! Tellieqa Telliqun, is the name of this specific event, what’s more, the bespoke vessels must operate across the sea (somehow!) without the use of oars or engines! Warning- this makes for some seriously compelling viewing!

Pageant of the Seas, Malta | Air Malta

By night, the event reaches its climax, as beautifully illuminated ships enter the grand harbour, surrounded by fireworks and great light shows, it’s a great event for all the family. If previous years are anything to go by, you won’t be disappointed.

Artistic director, Chris Baldwin stated “I am so excited to be directing the events this year, especially the night-time performance “Il Mappa” using sixty sailing boats, projections by visual artist Charlie Cauchi, and coordinated and lit by Petko Tanchev, with music composed by Andrew Alamango” 

Chris Baldwin was Creative Director of Galway, European Capital of Culture (Ireland), wrote and directed two significant pieces of work as part of the London Olympic Games celebrations in 2011 and 2012, and was Curator of Interdisciplinary Performance for Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture in Poland. He has also directed widely in Spain, UK, Poland, Bulgaria and Germany.

Pageant of the Seas | Events in Malta | Air Malta

For this edition, understandably the public is being encouraged to watch it live on television, rather than from the capital’s harbour. This is being done in order to adhere to following social distancing directives issued by the Public Health Authorities.

For more information, follow the Valletta Cultural Agency on Facebook.