Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Owen Bonnici together with Valletta Cultural Agency Chairperson Jason Micallef announced details on ‘Christmas in the Capital’, a programme of festive events taking place in Valletta from the 25th of November till the 31st of December 2023.
Minister Owen Bonnici described this programme as an opportunity for Maltese and Gozitan families to visit the Capital City during the Christmas period.
“Our Capital City is the perfect place for celebrations like these. This event builds on our commitment to celebrate culture in its various genres and to continue supporting artists,” said Minister Bonnici, emphasizing that the Government is committed to further enhancing cultural activities in the Capital City and various locations in our country.
Valletta Cultural Agency Chairman Jason Micallef said that given the ongoing conflicts in different parts of the world, they have incorporated activities promoting peace and serenity into the Christmas Programme. One such feature is the traditional Baby Jesus procession, a cherished and meaningful tradition for many Maltese people.
Mr Micallef further stated that over a month VCA has planned 29 events and activities in the Capital City. The programme includes stilt walkers, musical choirs and concerts by famous bands and singers including The Travellers, Michela, Ira Losco, Gianluca Bezzina, Centrestage Children’s Choir, Sean & Veronique, RIONA, Opening Doors, EnKor, Malta School of Music, Kor Malta, Choral and Orchestral Society Maria Bambina and others. He also announced that the National New Year’s Eve Celebrations will once again take place in the heart of the capital at St George’s Square. The entrance will once again be free of charge.
The VCA Head of Programming and Production, Jessica Muscat said that on the 25th of November, the Christmas lights in Valletta’s main streets and a Christmas tree will be switched on while a traditional Christmas crib will be inaugurated near the entrance to St John’s Co-Cathedral. The spectacular projections in St George’s Square will start from the 4th of December. Throughout the Christmas period, Christmas music will also be playing in Republic Street.
Other highlights found in this year’s Christmas programme include children’s workshops at the Valletta Design Cluster, street animators and pop-up events by Dancel Dance Studio.