Rolex Middle Sea Race 2018 – Saturday 20th October

Rolex Middle Sea Race
Rolex Middle Sea Race Start

The 2018 edition marks the 50th anniversary of the first Middle Sea Race which was held back in 1968.

For this year’s edition over 55 yachts, representing 25 countries from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Chile, The Philippines, and the United States, have entered to date. There is nothing unusual in this spread of nations. With entries open until 5 October 2018, the RMYC has every hope of beating the record entry number of 122, set in 2014. The race has always attracted a polyglot fleet and a walk along the dock is a cultural affair.

As usual the best place to view the start of the race is from our Sea View Suites, which are just above the starting line.

For more information you can visit the official site www.rolexmiddlesearace.com

Notte Bianca 2018

Notte Bianca is Malta’s biggest annual arts and culture festival and will be held on Saturday 6th October. For one special night, Notte Bianca lights up the Valletta cityscape with a spectacular celebration that is open to the public free of charge.

Festival goers can expect to experience the very best in music, dance, theater, visual arts, literary events, as well as an exploration into the emerging world of new and digital arts. During Notte Bianca, Valletta’s streets and public spaces are used in innovative, creative ways thanks to a mix of roaming and site-specific projects.

State palaces and museums open their doors to delight patrons with visual art exhibitions and theatre performances. Streets and piazzas are transformed into venues for open-air theatrics and concerts, while many cafes and restaurants extend their hours. Every which way you turn, you are bound to stumble upon another festival treat.

All of Valletta, from City Gate to Fort St. Elmo, comes alive on Notte Bianca, guaranteeing a memorable night that truly holds something for everyone.

Notte Bianca is the night where all of Valletta comes to life. From City Gate to the far end of the peninsula, every street, corner and pjazza will be buzzing with spectacle. Museums, churches and other magical spaces will be waiting for you to pop a visit. From the usual jazz at the Bridge Bar to the grandiose St John’s Co-Cathedral tours, there is definitely something for everyone. So wander around, explore, and soak up the atmosphere.

Visit the Notte Bianca website for more information

 

Mdina Classic Gran Prix 2018

This years Mdina Classic Grand Prix takes place between the 11th and 14th October 2018. This is an event that attracts all classic car enthusiasts from all over the world.

Day One – the Malta Classic opens with the Thomas Smith Hill Climb, a pure adrenaline rush of cars racing to the to the beautiful hills of Mtahleb.

Day Two – the Malta Classic Concours d’Elegance by Mdina Glass, celebrates the power and beauty of classic carss in the heart of Mdina. Select car collectors are invited to unveil true automotive gems for the delight of visitors. Entertainment and period dress make the Concours d’Elegance a main feature of the Malta Classic weekend. This event is free for the public to attend.

Day Three – the challenging circuit outside Mdina’s fortified walls awaits. Cars are put to the test on a track of tight bends and sweeping curves that wind their way through a valley of vineyards and terraced hills outside Mdina. Fast, exhilarating and beautiful —The Malta Classic Grand Prix is loved by drivers and spectators alike. Day Three comes to a close with timed drives to determine the starting order of Sunday’s grid.

Day Four – the real racing begins. Packs of 8 to 10 cars take to the circuit in a thrilling race to the finish line, as the unforgiving nature of this circuit brings out the very best of performance by both drivers and their classic racing automobiles. The Malta Classic Grand Prix draws to a close with an awards ceremony for participating drivers on Sunday evening at the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa.

For more info please visit www.maltaclassic.com

Victory Day 2018

The Feast of Our Lady of Victories, or in shorter form “Victory Day”, is a Maltese public holiday falling on every September 8th.

Malta’s strategic position in the central Mediterranean Sea has long made it a contested island, and Victory Day celebrates the bravery of those who defended it, besides having its religious significance.

Victory Day was originally known as Il-Bambina (Baby Mary) Day and designed to celebrate the nativity of the Virgin Mary. This aspect of the holiday persists, but today, it also commemorates several victories of the Maltese people over their enemies, which stretch across several centuries of the island’s tumultuous existence.

After the great victory of the Knights of Saint John over the Turkish invaders in 1565, the holiday began to be called “Il-Madona tal Vitorja” (Our Lady of Victories). The knights had come to defend and rule the island of Malta in 1530, after Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain, had given them that right in exchange for the annual tribute of a Maltese falcon.

The second victory that Victory Day commemorates is that of the Maltese people over the French invaders in September of 1800. Napoleon had seized the island after Malta’s ruler refused his navy permission to dock in the harbor on their way to Egypt. The British came to the aid of the Maltese rebels and long controlled the island from that point on.

Finally, Victory Day also remembers the heroic resistance of Malta against the Axis bombing campaign during World War II, for which King George VI of the UK gave them the George Cross, which appears on their flag to this day. Specifically, it looks back to the end of the bombings in 1943, after Italy switched to the Allied cause.

The following activities take place in Valletta and you may wish to view them:

  • In the morning, the official military parade and the ceremony of the president inspecting the Honour Guard in St. George’s Square There will also be a ceremonially laying of flowers and a wreath at the Great Siege Monument on Republic Street, Valletta.
  • In the afternoon, see the regatta in the Grand Harbour right in front of the hotel, where boat rowing competitors from all across Malta gather to display the fighting spirit that won the victories of the past in a new, more entertaining context.
  • In the evening you can view the fireworks display over the Grand Harbour once again right in front of the hotel.

Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck 2018

This Saturday 27th January 2018 the first of the year’s major feasts is celebrated in the Parish Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck in Valletta and in the streets of Malta’s capital city. It commemorates the shipwreck of the Apostle St. Paul on the Maltese Islands, an event which took place in 60 AD and which is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.

According to legend, Saint Paul shipwrecked on the island of Malta on his way from Jerusalem to Rome. Publius, the first Bishop of Malta, cordially received Paul and his fellow travelers. During his stay on Malta, Paul healed Publius’ sick father and the rest of the sick on the island. The islanders paid Saint Paul great honor and brought him the provisions when he eventually set sail. Saint Paul’s shipwreck is considered one of the greatest events in the history of Malta.

 

Program of events:

Friday 26th January – Eve of The Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck

17:15     Solemn Translation of the Relic of Saint Paul led by Archbishop Emeritus Mons. Paul Cremona O.P.

19:00     Solemn Mass led by Vicar General Mons. Joe Galea Curmi.

19:00     Traditional and popular band march by the Societa Filarmonica Nazionale La Valette together with the Beland Band of Zejtun. The celebrations begin from Republic  Street and continue through St. John, Merchants, Melita, and St. Paul’s Streets. The route then diverges for the two bands: the Beland Band continues from St. Christopher Street, while the La Valette Band continues from St. Nicholas, Mediterranean Street and finally both converge to end near the Lower Barracca Gardens. This will be followed by a fireworks display involving pyrotechnics and Catherine wheels near the Great Siege Bell Memorial organized by the Fireworks Commission of the Ghaqda tal-Pawlini

 Saturday 27th January – Feast of The Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck

9:00        Arrival of Archbishop Mons. Charles J Scicluna and the President of Malta Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca at the Collegiate of Saint Paul’s Shipwreck

9:15        Pontifical Mass including a panegyric by Archbishop Mons. Charles J Scicluna

12:00     Salute: the Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna will re-enact a full-gun salute from the Saluting Battery at the Upper Baracca Gardens in Valletta

13:00     Traditional band march by the Societa Fil Naz La Valette along the main streets of Valletta

15:45     Mass in English for foreign visitors led by Canon Magister Carmelo Busuttil, Archpriest of Vittoriosa

17:30     Synodal Procession featuring the statue of St Paul (a wooden sculpture by Melchiore Gafa) as well as the relic of St Paul. This procession will be accompanied by the Count Roger Band of Rabat and the St. Sebastian Band of Qormi. The procession begins and ends in St Paul’s Street.

17:30     Pyrotechnics display commemorating the event until 21:30 organised by the Fireworks Commission of the Ghaqda tal-Pawlini

18:30     The Immaculate Conception Band of Hamrun will perform a musical programme on the band stage in St Lucy Street corner with St Paul Street

21:30     Procession Entrance into the Collegiate Church. As the procession dedicated to St Paul re-enters the Collegiate Church, it is greeted and celebrated with the Hymn of St Paul, antiphon Sancte Pauli composed in 1840 by Dr. Paolo Nani and the Eucharistic Benediction

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