Malta Arts Festival
(http://www.maltaartsfesti...) - july. the malta arts festival is the highlight of malta’s cultural calendar - a showcase of diverse top quality theatre, music and dance performances, and offers something from almost all artistic forms, including collaborations between maltese and foreign artists.
Isle of MTV Malta Special
(http://www.isleofmtv.com/tv/) - june. held annually at the fosos square in floriana, it is the largest open air free concert in europe. worldwide acclaimed artists take the stage in front of an enthusiastic crowd of over 50,000 people. 2012 saw the performances of nelly furtado, flo rida and will.i.am.
There are a number of great annual festivals worth attending.
Valletta Carnival - February/March. Malta Carnival national activities will be held in Valletta and Floriana. Dance and costume competitions will take place in the capital and Floriana followed by defiles which include triumphal floats, bands, grotesque masks and lots of dance. Malta Carnival is an unforgettable experience of fun, colour, art and merriment. The most popular carnival event amongst young adults takes place in Nadur in Gozo.
Għanafest - Malta Mediterranean Folk Music Festival in June. The Malta Mediterranean Folk Music Festival is a fabulous 3-day event of Mediterranean folk music, including Maltese folksongs għana, Maltese songwriters and folk ensembles, together with guest folk musicians from neighbouring Mediterranean countries. Għanafest also hosts a series of workshops on traditional instruments and a special programme for children, and is complemented by traditional Maltese food and the marvellous surroundings of the Argotti Botanical Gardens in Floriana.
Malta Jazz Festival
(http://www.maltajazzfesti...) - july. the malta jazz festival has a special place in malta’s cultural calendar, attracting great stars of the international jazz scene to malta. it has become a hub for the exchange of musical experience - an encounter between musicians of international fame and gifted local artists. the magnificent setting of the historic ta’ liesse wharf in valletta’s grand harbour makes the malta jazz festival a uniquely memorable experience.
The Festival events are held in various venues in and around Valletta, mostly open-air, taking advantage of Malta’s cool summer evenings. The Festival’s joint performances and workshops, together with its specially-commissioned works, enhance local artistic development and provide impetus for cultural innovation.
(http://www.nottebiancamal...) - september/october. notte bianca is held annually in valletta and is a spectacular, night-long celebration of culture and the arts. state palaces, historic buildings and museums open their doors almost all night, playing host to visual art exhibitions and music, dance and theatre performances. streets and squares become platforms for open-air activities, and many cafes and restaurants extend their hours and run pavement stalls. all areas of the capital city, from the entrance gate to the far end of the peninsula, are involved and all events are free of charge.
The Farsons Great Beer Festival - July/August. An annual festival hosted by the Farsons Brewery known for the popular Cisk beer and Blue Label Ale. Amongst the vast selection of alcoholic drinks presented, the festival is also a very important event for local musicians and music lovers. This is because during the festival many local bands and a small number of international bands, take the opportunity to perform on the Main Stage or the Rock Stage.
For foreigners work is unfortunately often very hard to find, the Maltese are rather insular and figures show that even in the tourist sector they are very reluctant to hire people not from the island. There is a sense that since joining the EU there is more willingness to hire professionals from abroad as the business sector diversifies. Passport holders from the European Union generally do not need a work permit, but might need to register locally for tax, residence, etc. Non-Europeans will have to comply with EU rules, which makes it almost impossible to find a job as Maltese companies will have to prove that they cannot find anyone in Europe to fill the vacancy. The company will have to apply for a work permit. These can not be bought.
Malta has promoted itself successfully as an entirely bi-lingual nation for Maltese and English. It counts for many educational institutes in the rest of the world as a country where English is the first language and they therefore will often even subsidize students to go there to learn it. The vast majority of Maltese citizens speak English to a very high standard.
English language teaching is well established on the Maltese Islands, so schools have a pool of experienced teachers to cater for all ages and levels of English. There are over 40 language schools in Malta and Gozo, offering a range of courses and leisure-time activities.
Malta offers the Institute for Tourism Studies as well. Malta boasts of year-round sunny weather, picturesque scenery, a bustling night life, safe neighborhoods and a competitive education system, all of which make for a perfect studying destination.
Malta is a great place to dive, with it being possible to dive all year around. The water temperature varies from a cool 14°C in February/March to warm 26°C in August. The visibility of water is generally high, making it a good place to learn diving as well.
The dive sites are located close to shore. Consequently, most dives start there, making everything easier and cheaper. The dive sites include rocky reefs, some wrecks and cave diving especially interesting is the dive in the Inland Sea in Gozo. There will tend to be more marine life during the warmer months, when you can hope to see tuna, octopus, moray eels, seahorses, fire worms, soft coral along with the usual sea grass and underwater ridges.
christmas in malta
Christmas is a largely religious affair on the Maltese islands. This is due to the fact that most Maltese people are Catholics. During the festive season, various Christmas cribs, or Presepji, as they're called in Maltese, can be seen on display in churches, shopping centres, etc.
The Maltese people have many Christmas customs that are unique to the island. A very popular traditional Christmas dessert is Qaghaq ta' l-Ghasel. These are light pastry rings filled with honey.