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Welcome to our guide of what’s on in May 2024 around Malta and Gozo, ideal if you are staying with us at Hotel Juliani throughout this month.  

As summer approaches, the cultural calendar in the Maltese Islands is abundant with colourful events in May, ranging from unique music festivals to stellar theatrical productions.



This one-off fireworks display on 25th May, organised by local pyrotechnic artists in the Gozitan village of Munxar, will last around two hours from 9pm. State-of-the-art technology will be used to ensure that the eye-catching display is perfectly timed with music, making for a colourful and unforgettable sensory experience. Click here for more information.  


If you are a fan of period costumes, you will absolutely love this contemporary immersive exhibition at Palazzo Falson, inside Malta’s former capital city of Mdina. A marvellous mixture of historical outfits and accessories are currently being displayed in this beautiful medieval palace, hailing from both private and state-owned collections. ‘Curious Beauty: An Alternative Costume Exhibition‘ is currently open until 16th June.   



The annual folk music festival is boasting a very diverse programme this year, with countless events happening in the localities of Valletta, Floriana and Żejtun between the 17th and 25th of May. Ritmu Roots aims to spotlight local musical traditions and consequently expose them to the younger generation, particularly the distinctive Maltese style of folk singing known as ‘għana’. Click here for the full schedule and tickets.



Guaranteed to transport you back to 1930’s Berlin, this Maltese production of the classic musical Cabaret is being performed in English at the iconic Manoel Theatre in Valletta. Tickets starting from €20 are currently available for shows between 10th and 19th May from here.    



This music festival will be held over three days in the town of Għaxaq. Italian singer Umberto Tozzi will be headlining the first night on 17th May, whilst global star Anastacia will be taking the stage for the second night on 18th May. Additionally, there will be a 90s themed night of dance music on 24th May, featuring a range of local and international musicians including Brazilian Eurodance singer Corona. All information about Summer Lust Festival can be found here



‘Geographers of Solitude’ will see Maltese dance company ŻfinMalta collaborate with the national dance company of Jersey Island to bring another unmissable production to the Manoel Theatre this month. There will be three shows between 24th and 26th May, and you can click here to book your tickets. 



The first ever edition of the Malta Biennale will be coming to a close on 31st May, consisting of artistic events held across Malta and Gozo marrying contemporary art with local heritage. The main themes are the Mediterranean Sea, Malta’s colonised history and the islands’ rich archives. Events include theatrical performances, film screenings, interactive workshops and plenty of family-friendly activities. You can find out more information here.


As you can see, the month of May promises to be culturally rich and exciting, which is why it is a truly ideal period to explore the Maltese islands. Should you be intrigued to visit Malta soon, we encourage you to take a look at our direct booking platform for the best rates possible in order to stay with us at Hotel Juliani.