Events Archive – 2018

7th April

Reduced Admission Fort St Angelo – Regatta

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

Enjoy the traditional Regatta from the most strategic platform in the Grand Harbour! For the occasion, admission to Fort St Angelo will be reduced to €2! (Members of Heritage Malta enter for free).

Using typical traditional Maltese boats, like the ‘frejgatini’, ‘kajjikki’ and ‘dghajjes tal-pass’ and ‘tal-midalji’, the Regatta is a traditional rowing event that has been held in Malta since the Middle Ages.

During the day, historical fencers from the Malta Historical Fencing Association will be present to show-off their impressive skills!

Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the upper part of Fort St Angelo, managed by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, with tours commencing at 11.00hrs, noon & at 13.00hrs. Tickets at €5 for adults, €3 for seniors & students, and €1.50 for children (12 years & under go for free).

Opening hours: 09.00hrs till 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.30hrs).

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7th April

OPEN DAY – Citadel museums & sites

Cittadella, Gozo

In conjunction with a full-day seminar being held on Saturday 7th April at the Cittadella, 1868 – 2018; 150 years as a non-active fortress‘, Heritage Malta’s museums and sites at the Cittadella will open on free admission:

– Gran Castello Historic House

– Old Prison

– Gozo Museum of Archaeology

– Gozo Nature Museum

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

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7 & 8 April

Concert Kantilena Procession

Ta’ Bistra Catacombs, Mosta 

With the support and collaboration of Heritage Malta, Kantilena Procession is a site specific electronic music work by Dutch composer Luc Houtkamp.
 
This event is part of Modern Music Days organised by Teatru Manoel, the Malta Association for Contemporary Music and the Valletta 2018 Foundation.
 
Time: at 20.00hrs

TICKETS: at €15 per person, available from all HM museums/sites, and ONLINE.

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8th April

Open Day National Museum of Archaeology

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

On Sunday 8th April, the National Museum of Archaeology will open to the public for free!

Apart from a unique display of renowned valuable artefacts such as the Sleeping Lady, an artistic masterpiece created in the Neolithic period, visitors will also have the opportunity to view the recently inaugurated display area dedicated to the National Numismatic Collection.

Guided tours of the museum will commence at 11.00hrs & at 14.00hrs (please note that each tour is limited to the first 50 visitors).

Opening hours: 09.00 till 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.30hrs).

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8th April

Reduced Admission – Festa Frawli

Mgarr

On the occasion of Festa Frawli, Heritage Malta will be opening Ta’ Ħaġrat at the reduced price of 3 Euro.
 
Guided tours: 09.30hrs (English),  10.30hrs (Maltese), 11.30hrs (English), 12.30hrs (Maltese), 13.30hrs (English) and 14.30hrs (Maltese).
 
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.

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28 March

Children’s Event – Valletta – My City, My Story 

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta
 
Event will be divided into two; a walking tour of Valletta during which children will learn about some of the most iconic landmarks in Valletta (mentioned in the book Valletta – My City, My Story), following this there will be an activity related to coins during which the meaning behind coinage throughout time and iconography during the Knights of St John will be explained.
 
Meeting time & place: 09.00am at the National Museum of Archaeology (until approximately 11.00am).

Tickets: Event is fully booked.

Participants will receive two complimentary publications; ‘Valletta – my city, my story’ and ‘L-Assedju l-Kbir – Farka, Farka’.

Please note – This event is open to children between 7 & 11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event will be conducted in Maltese.

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31 March

OPEN DAY – Inquisitor’s Palace

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

On the 31st of March, a public holiday, the Inquisitor’s Palace will open to the public on free admission.

The Inquisitor’s Palace is one of the very few surviving palaces of its kind. Gain free access to the recently reconstruction domestic kitchen area, the sophisticated piano nobile and private quarters, the Holy Office Tribunal, the prison complex and torture chamber!

Guided tours of the site will commence at 10.00hrs and at 14.00hrs.

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

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18 March – 15 June

Exhibition – FRAGSUS Exhibtion

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

An exhibition highlighting the results of the FRAGSUS project.

Funded by the European Research Council, this project is a collaboration that started in 2013 between scientists and archaeologists from Malta, Britain and Ireland. Field and laboratory-based research has successfully identified many new facets about early Malta and its first inhabitants.

The exhibition will present such findings to the general public.

Opening hours: 09.00 – 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.30hrs).

Admission to view the exhibition free of charge.

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Maestri d’Olanda e di Fiandra nei mari del sud
La pittura Olandese e Fiamminga nelle collezioni di Giuseppe Bellanti, Giovanni Messina e Camillo d’Errico
Pinacoteca e Biblioteca Camillo d’Errico – Palazzo d’Errico, Palazzo San Gervasio, Potenza, Italy
13 January 2018 – 21 March 2018

The exhibition is being held by the Ente Morale Camillo d’Errico with the support of the Comune di Palazzo San Gervasio (Matera) and in collaboration with Heritage Malta, MUZA – Muzew Nazzjonali tal Arti, Regione Basilicata and the Assessorato per la Cultura – Basilicata. The exhibition, jointly curated by Mauro Vincenzo Fontana and Sandro Debono, is coordinated by Mario Saluzzi and also enjoys the distinguished patronage of the Maltese Embassy in Italy.

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20 & 21 March

Event – Equinox Sunrise at Mnajdra Temples

Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Archaeological Park, Qrendi

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.

Time: 05.30am

Tickets: €25 for adults, seniors & students. €15 for HM members. Tickets available from all HM museums/sites, and ONLINE.

Limited places available.

For further information call HM on 2142 4231.

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10 March

Lecture – Historical Overview of the Development of Maltese Urban Areas

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

Heritage Malta is organising a series of lectures focusing on various topics directly related to Malta’s heritage.

The first lecture, ‘Historical Overview of the Development of Maltese Urban Areas’, will be delivered by Heritage Malta architect Mr Ruben Abela on Saturday 10th March at 10.00am.

The transformation and changes of Malta’s urban areas will be discussed in order to appreciate better the historic development of local towns and villages.

Lecture will be hosted by the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.

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18 March 

OPEN DAY – Tal-Mintna Catacombs

Mqabba

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 free of charge.

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19 March 

OPEN DAYSt Paul’s Catacombs & Domvs Romana

Rabat

On the Feast of St Joseph, a public holiday, St Paul’s Catacombs and the Domvs Romana will be open for free.

Visit St Paul’s Catacombs, the largest late-Roman underground cemetery in Malta! It provides the earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity on the island.

Then head to the Domvs Romana, home to a set of marble statues portraying Emperor Claudius together with his family, the only statues on display in a private house anywhere in the Roman empire!

Opening hours: 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs). 

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15 March

EventAn Inquisitor’s Cena di Magro – Chigi’s 1637 Lenten supper

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

Vatican Archives shed light on Inquisitor Fabio Chigi’s, later Pope Alexander VII, food patterns during his inquisitorial days in Malta. In 1637, during his Lenten giorni di magro – when no meat or dairy products could be consumed, Chigi is recorded having vegetable soups, fish, dried fruits, olives, oranges and wine.  These will be the main ingredients for a historically interpreted supper, presented in Chigi’s own Inquisitor’s Palace, according to an exact contemporary Lenten recipe book found at the National Library (view the food MENU).

Heritage Malta has teamed up with the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) to offer this exclusive historic supper which will be accompanied by a food-and-wine pairing session inspired by an eighteenth-century wine list.

Time: at 19.30hrs

This is another exclusive sensory experience for a limited number of participants. Tickets available on a first come, first serve basis.

For further details please call us on 2166 3731.

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16 March – 19 March 2018

Exhibition – MaltaExpo Scale Model Exhibition

Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu
 
Displaying scale models of the highest quality, featuring aircraft, ships, military vehicles, historical and fantasy figures, cars, trucks and more.

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

Admission fees:
– on Friday 16th March – standard admission fees
– between Saturday 17th and Monday 19th March – admission to view the exhibition and the whole museum display area will be reduced to €2 per person.

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16 March

Event – Dark Tales of Mdina

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

Mdina: the silent city but nonetheless a city of mysteries and dark tales entwined within its magnificent history. Participants will be taken on an animated tour of these dark tales which are guaranteed to send chills down one’s spine. 

The tour will be followed by light refreshments at the National Museum of Natural History housed within the Vilhena Palace, and a behind the scenes special tour of the museum’s national collection.

Meeting place & time: National Museum of Natural History at 19.00hrs (event ends at circa 23.00hrs)

Tickets: EVENT FULLY BOOKED

Tickets available on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information one can call on 23954242.

This event is not suitable for children. 16+ years.

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17 March

ConferenceFRAGSUS Conference

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

Funded by the European Research Council, the FRAGSUS project is a collaboration between scientists and archaeologists from Malta, Britain and Ireland.

Between 2013 and 2018, field and laboratory-based research, by archaeologists, anthropologists, environmental scientists, osteologists, and other specialists from various fields of study, has successfully identified many new facets about early Malta and its first inhabitants.
 
Join us on the 17th of March for a full day conference to learn about these exciting developments!

Conference will be held at Fort St Angelo between 08.30 and 17.30hrs.

For further information, full programme and registration (to be made by the 14th of March) kindly send an email to archaeology@heritagemalta.org or call on 2123 9375. 

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23 March

Members’ Tour – Tour of the Farsons Brewery

Farsons Brewery, Mdina Road, Mriehel

Farsons inaugurated its factory in 1950. Today, the Farsons brewery, a magnificent building, still retains its original features.

The guided tour starts with a visual presentation that will highlight the brewery’s history and products. Participants will also visit the old boardroom, the brew house, process block and bottling hall.

Meeting place & time: Farsons Brewery main gate, at 09.15hrs

Tickets: complimentary for HM members. Available from all HM museums & sites.

Tickets available on a first come first serve basis.

Limited number of tickets available.

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14 – 28 February

Exhibition 5000 years of Romance

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

On the occasion of Saint Valentine’s Day, the National Museum of Archaeology set up a small exhibition showcasing the ‘Embracing Couple’ figurine.

This unique item is, to date, the only artefact from Malta dating to the Neolithic period which shows human emotions immortalized through artistic expression. This figurine is complemented with jewellery dating from the same period.

Admission to the exhibition free of charge.

Opening hours: 08.00 – 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

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25 February

Open DayTarxien Temples

Tarxien Temples, Ħal Tarxien

Visit one of the largest and most complex prehistoric sites on the Maltese islands! The Tarxien Temples will be open to the public for free on Sunday 25th February.

Opening hours: 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

Guided tours of the site will start at 10.00hrs and at 14.00hrs.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tarxien Temples are inscribed as part of ‘The Megalithic Temples of Malta’ in the World Heritage List.

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23 February

Members’ Event –  Guided tour  –  Bighi Conservation Division

Conservation Division, Marina Street, Kalkara

The Division has state-of-the-art diagnostic and conservation laboratories where the conservation of all kinds of artefacts may be undertaken including paintings, metals, ceramics, stone, textiles, books and works of art on paper and wood.

Time: 09.00hrs (until circa 12.00hrs)

TICKETS: complimentary for members, €5 for guests of members (on presentation of a valid membership card at the ticketing office).

For further assistance please call on 2395 4242 (during office hours).

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8 & 20 February 

Event Rabbit in 17th and 18th Century Malta

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

The archives on the Inquisition provide references to a sophisticated kitchen at the Inquisitor’s Palace, furnished with all the necessary utensils to cook meat, including rabbit which is known to have been reared and consumed at the Inquisitor’s Palace. Rabbit will in fact be the focus of the fourth session in the Inquisitor’s Historic cookalong series.

Dr Noel Buttigieg will help us explore the subject, while our chef will be conducting a historic cookalong session of the pastizzo di carne di conglio.

This is an exclusive sensory experience for a limited number of participants. Proceeds from this event will help us refurnish the kitchens back to its busy days. Participants will be entitled to one complimentary copy of The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum project book.

TICKETS: €12 per person / €10 for HM members. Available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & online.

Time: 19.30hrs

For further details please call 2166 3731.

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18 February  

Heritage Trail – Roman Malta

Various archaeological sites

Visiting the Ta’ Kaccatura Roman site and nearby archaeological remains (Birzebbuga), the Domvs Romana archaeological site (Rabat), and the Abbatija Tad-Dejr Catacombs (Rabat).

Meeting time and place: 08.45hrs, opposite the Phoenicia Hotel in Valletta (back in Valletta at 14.00hrs).

TICKETS: Adults at €18. Seniors / Students / HM Members at €15. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & ONLINE.

Tickets available on a first come first served basis.

For further assistance please call on 2395 4242 (during office hours).

N.B. – During this event we will walk along uneven paths. Please wear comfortable shoes.

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Until 15 February 2018

ExhibitionMalta Wildlife Photography Exhibition

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

Exhibition of the best photographs of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition held earlier this year.

The 340 images submitted were selected according to three categories; Flora, Fauna and Marine.

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

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10 February

Open Day Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Temples

Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park, Qrendi

Saturday 10th February, on the Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck, Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples will be open to the public for free.

Apart from viewing the temples and their environs, visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the adjacent interactive visitor centre.

Opening hours: 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

Guided tours of the temples will start at 11.00hrs and at 14.00hrs.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples are inscribed as part of ‘The Megalithic Temples of Malta’ in the World Heritage List.

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28 January 

Members’ EventHeritage Trail – Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Archaeological Park

Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park, Qrendi

Includes a visit to the two unique prehistoric sites of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, as well as the surrounding Mediterranean garigue landscape with its many historical features including the Misqa Tanks.

Time: 14.00 – 16.00hrs

Tickets: complimentary for members, 7 Euro for guests of members (on presentation of a valid membership card at the ticketing office).

For further assistance please call us on 23954242 (during office hours).

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7 October – 20 January 2018 

Exhibition REL•INK – Indelible Narratives

Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu

An exhibition featuring oral accounts and images of tattoo designs of elderly Maltese men, who worked on ships or on the waterfront as stevedores, fishermen, longshoremen, dockers, sail makers, sailors, stewards, coalmen, firemen, Royal Navy service men, Merchant Navy men, firemen, stokers, labourers and others.

Historical research, gathered from the National Archives of Malta, shows that tattoos were included in passport documents and referenced as visible distinguishing marks. The objective of the REL•INK project is to document local twentieth century tattoo designs so as to be able to build a digital archive featuring an open source resource.

The project focuses on various aspects related to maritime history including employment, economic and maritime traditions and the movement of seamen and port workers from the 1900s up to World War II.

Admission to the exhibition FREE of charge.

REL•INK is a community outreach project in collaboration with the Malta Maritime Museum, the Library Information and Archive Sciences Department of the University of Malta and Arts Council Malta.

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14 January

EventGuided Tour of Fort Delimara

Fort Delimara, Marsaxlokk

Due to popular demand, we will be organising another tour of Fort Delimara! The tour offers an insight into years gone by when the fort was still operational under the British forces. Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and to bring along a torch as visit will take us through dark areas of the building.

TICKETS: Adults at €7, HM Members / seniors / students at €5. Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites, and ONLINE.

Meeting place: outside Tas-Silg Chapel (Marsaxlokk) at 14.00hrs (event will end at circa 16.00hrs). For further information please call us on 22954000 (during office hours).

THIS EVENT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

Participants must be +12 years of age.

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13 January 

Lecture Modern Sensibilities in Maltese Art

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

A lecture by Prof. Joseph Paul Cassar in collaboration with the OTS Foundation.

This public lecture outlines the beginnings of Modern Art in Malta in the fields of painting and sculpture. It identifies the main pioneers who brought about this cultural change and their input is analysed in terms of their individual and group efforts. Although this was a rather belated experience, it does not take away the credit of artists who struggled against all odds to develop valid interesting offshoot contributions that fit within the wider European context and heritage.

Time: 10.30hrs

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Mediterraneo in Chiaroscuro

Ribera, Stomer e Mattia Preti da La Valletta 2018 a Matera 2019
– Museo Nazionale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna della Basilicata – Palazzo Lanfranchi’, Matera Italy
10 July 2017 – 9 January 2018

This joint exhibition project presents key works from the national collection at MUŻA – Mużew Nazzjonali tal-Arti including works by Mathias Stomer, Jusepe Ribera, Mattia Preti and Francesco de Mura together with a comparative selection of works from the Camillo d’Errico collection at Palazzo Lanfranchi and special loans from the Gallerie nazionali di Arte Antica di Roma – Palazzo Barberini.

The exhibition is jointly curated by Marta Ragozzino (Director, Polo Museale di Matera), Sandro Debono (Senior Curator, MUZA – Muzew Nazzjonali tal-Arti), Mauro Fontana (Curator, Collezione Camillo d’Errico) and Alessandro Cosma (Gallerie Nazionali d’Arte Antica di Roma – Palazzo Barberini).

The project is supported by the Maltese embassy in Rome and Matera 2019 foundation.

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