Events Archive – 2017


15 August

Discounted Admission – Heritage Malta Cittadella Sites + Visitor Centre

Cittadella, Victoria, Gozo

On the occasion of the feast of Santa Marija, a public holiday, the following museums and sites will be open at the combined discounted rate of €2.00 per person.

– Gozo Museum of Archaeology
– Gran Castello Historic House
– Old Prison
– Gozo Nature Museum
– Cittadella Visitor Centre

Tickets will be available from any museum mentioned above (except from the Gozo Nature Museum).

Tickets will be valid on the day only.

Click here for more details on Heritage Malta’s museums in the Cittadella.


Until the 23rd of July, 2017

Exhibition – Valletta 1566 – Melita Renascens

Lower Fort St Elmo, Valletta

In collaboration with Malta Libraries, this exhibition commemorates the 450th anniversary since the laying of the first stone of the city of Valletta.

Hosted by the former National War Museum, at Lower Fort St. Elmo, and the National Library.

Opening hours (Fort St Elmo): 09.00 – 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

TICKETS for the exhibition: €5 adults / €3.50 seniors & students / €2.50 children.

One can also combine visit with Fort St Elmo – National War Museum at €10 adults / €7.50 seniors & students / €5.50 children.

For the National Library visiting hours please click here.


14 July

Event – Sunset Tour

Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park, Qrendi

A guided tour of the magnificent Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Archaeological Park in Qrendi. Curators and experts within the field will be available on site to discuss the archaeological remains and highlight the natural features surrounding the temples.

This is an opportunity for those present to explore and understand these sites in more detail, especially since the area will be void of the large number of visitors usually present during the day. Visits will include the nearby Misqa Tanks, the Congreve Memorial and the Ħamrija Tower.

At the end of the tour, refreshments will be served at the Visitor Centre.

Time: Participants are to meet with a Heritage Malta representative at the Visitor Centre car park at 18:30hrs.

TICKETS:  €20 for adults, seniors & students / €15 for HM members & children. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites & museums, and ONLINE.

Number of participants is limited. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.


25 January – 30 June 2017

Exhibition – ‘In the Light of …. Malta’

European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

In collaboration with Arts Council Malta. Curated by Fabrizio Mifsud Soler.

The exhibition explores how Malta’s Mediterranean light is captured in the brushwork of both landscape and non-representational paintings by Maltese artists belonging to different generations. The exhibition seeks to shed light on the colours and forms of a Mediterranean atmosphere through the tonalities which make up the essence of Maltese artists’ colour palette.

The Mediterranean is at the thematic centre of several events featured on the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union cultural programme, not only because it is at the centre of a number of Maltese EU Presidency priorities; but also because Mediterranean light is at the centre of Malta’s colour. The passage of time, light and shadow and the evocation of a sense of the ethereal have inspired works of art that capture the essence of Malta through observation and sensitive renderings.

Three works from the national collection shall also feature.  


14 January –  2 July 2017 (dates extended)

Mediterraneo in Chairoscuro – Ribera, Stomer e Mattia Preti da Malta a Roma

Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica di Roma – Palazzo Barberini, Rome Italy

On the occasion of the Maltese Presidency of the European Union and with the support of Arts Council Malta.

Jointly curated by Alessandro Cosma (Gallerie Nazionali, Rome) and Sandro Debono (Senior Curator, Heritage Malta) this exhibition features key works from the national collection to feature at MUŻA – Muzew Nazzjonali tal-Arti including masterpieces by Jusepe RiberaMatthias StomMattia Preti and Francesco de Mura amongst others. These shall be presented next to a purposely curated selection from the collection at Palazzo Barberini.

Contributors to the exhibition catalogue include Gabriele Finaldi (Director of the National Gallery in London), Mario Epifani (former director of Armerie Reali, Turin), Viviana Farina and Claudio Malice (Accademia di Belle Arti, Naples), Alessandro Cosma (Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica di Roma di Palazzo Corsini – Rome) and Sandro Debono (Senior Curator MUŻA – Mużew Nazzjonali tal-Arti, Heritage Malta).


30 June

Event – Dark Tales of the Citadel (Gozo)

Citadel, Gozo

A tour of the Citadel at dusk … guided by historians, the tour will be animated by well known actors who will relate tales of the eerie of the Citadel and its surroundings!

After the tour, refreshments will be served from a terrace overlooking Victoria (Rabat).

Time: Tour will commence at 20.00hrs

TICKETS:  €17 for adults, €15 for HM members / seniors / students. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites, and ONLINE.

Tickets include the animated tour, transport from Mgarr to Victoria and back, refreshments, and a bonus complimentary guided tour of Ggantija Temples to be held the day after, on Saturday 1st July, at 10.00am.

Participants that will avail from our transport to the Citadel should boarding the 18.45hrs ferry from Cirkewwa to Gozo (return to Malta, ferry leaving at 23.15hrs).

Number of Participants is limited. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ferry ticket to/from Gozo is NOT included.

For further information please call us on 23954242 / 23954200 (during office hours).

Please note that participants must be over 16 years. This event is NOT suitable for children.


21, 22 June

Event – Summer Solstice at Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples

Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

Experience the Summer Solstice from either Mnajdra or Hagar Qim Temples. After the Solstice there will be a tour of the Visitor Centre and refreshments.

TICKETS, priced at €25 per person and €15 for HM Members, can be purchased from all HM sites/museums and ONLINE.

Time: 05.30am

For further information contact 21 424 231.


22 June

Event – Pane di Spagna in 17th and 18th Century Malta

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

When whole societies dreamt of eating white bread, the Inquisitor was preparing this fine bread – Pane di Spagna. Commonly prepared in sophisticated kitchens in Early Modern kitchens, an eighteenth century recipe found in the Maltese archives opens a window onto the taste of a highly sought sweet.

Dr Noel Buttigieg will help us explore the subject, while chef Josef Baldacchino will be conducting a historic cookalong session of ‘pane di spagna’ recipes.

Venue:  Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

Time:  19:30hrs

TICKETS:  at €12 (€10 for HM members). Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites, and ONLINE.

For further details please call 2166 3731.


28 June 

Lecture – Stonehenge: New Discoveries

A public lecture by Prof. Michael Parker Pearson.

Michael Parker Pearson is Professor of ‘British Later Prehistory’ at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL).

Prof. Parker Pearson began his archaeological career in 1972, working on archaeological excavations in southern England, and has since worked on archaeological sites around the world in Denmark, Germany, Greece, Syria, the United States, Madagascar, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and the Outer Hebrides. He has published twenty books and many scientific papers. In 2010 he was voted the UK’s ‘Archaeologist of the Year’ and in 2011 he was awarded the Samuel H Kress Lectureship in Ancient Art by the American Institute of Archaeology. His current field research is in west Wales, where Stonehenge’s bluestones were quarried.

Heritage Malta will be hosting this lecture as part of its ongoing endeavour in strengthening its network of local and foreign researchers. Stonehenge and the Maltese Megalithic Temples are both megalithic structures, constructed by Neolithic communities, and both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Construction of Stonehenge started in around 3000BC and of the Maltese Temples slightly earlier, around 3600BC. Similarities also include their particular alignments to the sun at the start of certain seasons, indicating that both Neolithic communities were observing the movement of the sun and attributed a certain importance to the changing seasons.

Lecture will be followed by a reception.

Venue: Ochre Hall, Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Visitor Centre, Qrendi

Time: 19.00hrs

Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.



9 June

Event – Ghar Dalam under a Full Moon

Ghar Dalam, Birzebbuga

A unique opportunity to experience Għar Dalam in the moonlight. This event features presentations by John J. Borg (Senior Curator Natural History) and Paul Portelli (Executive Għar Dalam) as well as a moonlight tour of the site and cave followed by refreshments.

The lowermost layers of this extraordinary cave are more than 500,000 years old, and contained the fossil bones of dwarf elephants, hippopotami, micro-mammals and birds among other species. It was here that the earliest evidence of human settlement in Malta, dating back to around 7,400 years, was discovered.

TICKETS at €13 for Adults; €9 for HM Members; €10 for Seniors, Students and children under 12 years of age. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites & museums, and ONLINE.

Time: 19.30 – 21.00hrs.


17 February – 28 May

Exhibition – Malta. Land of Sea

BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium 

To coincide with Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Malta’s history will be highlighted through this exhibition, hosted by the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels.

Malta. Land of Sea reflects the cultural diversity that is the foundation of the Maltese identity. With the omnipresence of the Mediterranean running through its history, influencing both practical life on the island and the world of the imagination, it is a sea that opens Malta to the world. The exhibition brings together some 60 works that have survived the centuries, some dating back to prehistory. Each item can be seen in isolation or in connection with the others for a dynamic understanding of the history and soul of an island rooted in cultural hybridization.

The exhibition is being held by BOZAR centre of fine arts in Brussels in collaboration with Heritage Malta and Arts Council Malta on the occasion of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


6 May 

Event  GħaNasori: Unity in Diversity

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

A concert and project presentation for GħaNasori: Unity in Diversity, a fascinating project by Fiorella Camilleri, (sub-principal flute and piccolo player with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra), bringing together the traditional Maltese Għana and the Japanese imperial court dance known as Nasori. The concert will delve into performances of Għana tal-Fatt, Għana fil-Għoli, Makjetta, Botta u Risposta and Nasori, and will be complimented by a final infusion of Għana and Nasori.

Music will be complimented by brief presentations by Director of Culture Ms Catherine Tabone on Malta’s Intangible Culture Heritage and its ratification process for UNESCO, Dr Philip Ciantar on Maltese Għana, Fiorella Camilleri on Nasori, and Dr Petra Caruana Dingli on creative thinking and Innovation. Mr Joe Camilleri will be launching and presenting a new technological device which will be used to film the project in Virtual Reality. Japanese and Maltese drinks and canapés will be served during a post performance talk.

Time: 19:30hrs (the Inquisitor’s Palace will be open to the public at 18:00hrs)

TICKETS: Three options available; seatedcushions, and standing. Seated tickets at €15 (Heritage Malta membership card holders at €13), cushions at €5, and standing at €3. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums/sites & ONLINE.

Supported by Arts Council Malta, V18, and the EU Japan Fest.


28 / 29 April

Event – Dark Tales of Fort St Angelo

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

Following the success of the Dark Tales series, Heritage Malta will be organising another animated tour based on tales of mystery and the supernatural, this time at Fort St. Angelo … a gem of the Maltese cultural heritage but nonetheless a hub of mysteries and dark tales entwined within its magnificent history.

Featuring amongst these stories is the legend of the Grey Lady, who is said to haunt the fort till the present day, as well as the story of Fra Giovanni Francesco di San Clement, the only knight known to have been executed within the Fort’s walls.


Refreshments included.

Time: 19.30 – 22.00hrs

Meeting place: Fort St Angelo main entrance

For further details please contact Mr Mario Casha on 2295 4242.



29 / 30 April

Event – Medieval Mdina 

Domvs Romana / National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

During Medieval Mdina, HM invites you to visit the Domvs Romana and the National Museum of Natural History.

Opening hours: Saturday between 09.00hrs and 20.15hrs (last admission at 19.30hrs). Sunday between 09.00hrs and 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

Admission to both sites at the combined ticket price of €2.

Become a member of HM during Medieval Mdina … memberships will be available at a 10% discount.


1 May

Event – The Houses beyond the House

Domvs Romana, Rabat

Tour of the remains behind the Domvs Romana

The remains of the rich Roman town house that we now call the Domvs Romana are well known. But during the early 1920s, Sir Temi Zammit also excavated the area found at the back of the house. What did he find? How many houses are there and what can these tell us about the area?

Refreshments included.

Time: 10.00am

TICKETSFully booked

Limited places available.


22 April

Event  Science in the Citadel

Citadel, Gozo

Heritage Malta will be hosting a number of initiatives in its four Citadel sites, mainly talks and information stands.

Please note that, on the day, Heritage Malta’s Citadel museums will be open against regular admission fees however, free entry will be provided in the time slot of each activity.

For a list of events taking place, please visit the Science in the Citadel Facebook page


23 April

Members’ Event – Gozo Heritage Trail

Another exclusive event for our members!

A full day in Gozo … visiting several natural and archaeological sites in the company of Heritage Malta’s curators who specialize in these fields.

The tour will commence with a visit to the natural and archaeological sites found at Ramla l-Hamra in Nadur. After stopping for a coffee break, we will then make our way to the Xaghra Stone Circle and Santa Verna archaeological site.

Afterwards we will enjoy some free time in Rabat followed by a tour of the recently restored Citadel. Here, our curators will explain the importance of the area from a natural and historical perspective.

Meeting place: Ċirkewwa Ferry Terminal at 8:30am, boarding the 9.00am ferry. A Heritage Malta official will be in attendance.


Please note that tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Ticket includes transport in Gozo and a coffee break. Please note that the Gozo ferry ticket is not included.

For more information please call on 2395 4000 or 2395 4242.

Closing date for tickets is Wednesday 19th April, 2017


23 April 

Event  Tours of Skorba Temples

Zebbiegh, Mgarr

Malta’s agricultural hub, Żebbiegħ, will once again host its annual agricultural event ‘Frott il-Bidwi Mġarri’.

During this event, Heritage Malta will be opening the prehistoric site of Skorba from 09.00 till 12.00.

Tickets: 3 Euros per person

Guided tours: 9.30am (English), 10.30am (Maltese), and 11.30am (English).

To ensure visitors enjoy a personalized tour of the site a maximum of 25 persons will be accepted for each tour.

Tickets can be purchased on the day from Skorba Temples.


2 April

Event  Tours of Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples

Ta’ Ħaġrat, Mgarr

On the occasion of Festa Frawli, Heritage Malta will be opening Ta’ Ħaġrat, between 09.00hrs and 16.00hrs, at the reduced price of 3 Euro.

Guided tours: 09.30hrs (Maltese),  10.30hrs (English), 11.30hrs (Maltese), 12.30hrs (English), 13.30hrs (Maltese) and 14.30hrs (English).

To ensure visitors enjoy a personalized tour of the site a maximum of 25 persons will be accepted for each tour.

Tickets can be purchased on the day from Ta’ Ħaġrat.


2 April

Event  Tal-Mintna Catacombs


In collaboration with the Mqabba Local Council and Din l-Art Helwa, Heritage Malta will provide access to Tal-Mintna Catacombs, a site that is usually closed to the public.

The Tal-Mintna Catacombs are among the best representations of rural catacombs in Malta. They are a group of three small catacomb used around the 4th and 6th centuries AD.

Opening hours: between 09.00 and 12.00hrs.

Tours of the site will be organised throughout the morning starting at 09.00hrs.

Admission: 2 Euro per person.


6 – 10 March 2017 

Exhibition – ‘The Phoenician Shipwreck Off Gozo, Malta’

European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

On the occasion of the Maltese Presidency of the European Union, hosted by MEP Miriam Dalli with the support of the Arts Council Malta. The exhibition is a collaboration between the University of Malta and Heritage Malta. Curated by Timmy Gambin, with the design and logistical implementation by Heritage Malta.
The exhibition explores the Phoenician shipwreck discovered off Gozo together with its preserved cargo made up of various objects. It was situated at a depth of 110m and datable to circa the 7th Century BC. To date it is the only well-preserved mixed Phoenician cargo to be discovered. Its age and diverse nature truly make this a unique and precious archaeological discovery. The shipwreck was studied in two dives in 2014 and 2016 and some of this cargo was recovered and will be displayed in this exhibition.
It is envisaged that the recovered artifacts from this underwater site will eventually be displayed in the Gozo Museum currently being prepared by Heritage Malta with the collaboration of the Ministry for Gozo.


26 March

Event  Natural, Historical and Archaeological Heritage Trail

Tas-Silg / Borg-n-Nadur / Ghar Dalam
Meeting in front of the Phoenicia Hotel, we will board a coach and head towards Marsaxlokk where we will visit Tas-Silg, a unique site dating back to 3000BC. Afterwards, we will make our way to Birzebbuga, home to the ‘Bronze age village’ Borg in-Nadur. A coffee break will follow. The event will end with a guided tour of Ghar Dalam, a Natura 2000 site, home to a very peculiar species which lives exclusively inside this cave and another cave close by.

TICKETS: Fully booked!

Time: 09.00 – 13.00

Meeting place: in front of the Phoenicia Hotel, Valletta

For further details please contact Mr Mario Casha on 2295 4242.


20 & 21 March

Event  Spring Equinox at Mnajdra Temples

Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park

Experience the Spring Equinox sunrise from Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi.

After the equinox there will be a tour of the temples, access to the Visitor Centre (including a 4D experience) and refreshments.

Tickets, available from all HM museums / sites, at €25 per person. €15 for HM members.

TICKETS also available ONLINE

Limited places available.

For further information call HM on 21424231.


5 March

Members’ Event – In Guardia Re-enactment

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

The In Guardia Parade is a re-enactment of events that regularly took place inside important military fortifications in Malta and Gozo. The re-enactment portrays the inspection of Fort St Elmo by the Grand Bailiff in charge of military affairs in order to ensure that the fort is in good condition to defend Valletta and adjacent harbours.

During the re-enactment, the soldiers and knights of the fort’s garrison – some 50 re-enactors in all – are kitted out in their finest uniforms to perform their military drill in order to demonstrate to the Grand Bailiff their state of readiness in the event of a military threat.

The show starts at 11.00 hrs and lasts 45 minutes (participants are to be seated by 10.45).

TICKETSComplimentary tickets for HM members are available from all HM museums/sites. HM members’ guests at the reduced price of 5 Euros per person (ticket must be purchased before the event).


2 December 2016 – 28 February 2017

Exhibition – Edward Lear in Gozo – 150 Years Later

Heritage Malta Gozo Area Office, Cittadella

Heritage Malta is commemorating the 150th anniversary of Edward Lear’s stay in Gozo through this small exhibition of Lear’s views of Gozo from the national collection.

During his one-week sojourn in March of 1866, British artist Edward Lear went out for daily walks around the island, capturing many of its picturesque views in his quick yet faithful sketches. His walks were also documented in writing in his diaries, providing us with fascinating detail about daily life in Gozo 150 years ago.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 08.00 – 16.00, Saturday 08.00 -12.00.

Admission to view the exhibition free of charge.

Read more…


Monday 27 February 

Event  Il-Qarċilla

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

poetic farce in Maltese which up to a hundred years ago formed part of the Carnival celebrations held in Valletta and was also very popular in a number of villages.

The programme will include a short talk by Olvin Vella about the linguistic value of the ancient qrieċel, a performance, and light refreshments. This year’s Qarċilla is written by Imanuel Mifsud.

In collaboration with the University of Malta’s Department of Maltese, l-Akkademja tal-Maltiil-Kunsill tal-Ilsien Malti and the Carnival Commitee.

Tickets: Adults €15; HM members / students / senior citizens €12. Available from all museums/sites and ONLINE.

Time: 19.00hrs

The event is open to an adult audience only.


Thursday 23 February 

Event  Food, Drink & Carnival Floats

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

Talk by Dr Noel Buttigieg

Over the years several carnival floats adopted the subject of food and drink for satirical purposes.

A journey through time, exploring how the Maltese used Carnival floats to speak about their consumption patterns in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Time: at 19:00 hrs

Free admission.

Read more …


Sunday 12 February

Event – MORTEM – A Roman’s Last Journey

St Paul’s Catacombs, Rabat

Heritage Malta will be organising various activities at St Paul’s Catacombs including re-enactments, lectures, treasure hunts for children, and Roman parades by the Legio X Fretensis.

One will also have the opportunity to taste food prepared according to recipes of the time.

Opening hours: 09.00 – 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.00hrs).

Admission tickets reduced to just €2 per person (includes also admission to St Augustine’s Catacombs).

Read more…


20 January

Lecture – The Conservation and Restoration of a 15th Century Panel Painting

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

In conjunction with the exhibition ‘Reborn – A Renaissance Painting in Focus’, Heritage Malta will give you the opportunity to learn about the techniques used to restore this particular panel painting.

Lecture will commence at 18.30hrs.

Free admission.



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