FROM REGATTA TO OPERA – VALLETTA PAGEANT OF THE SEAS

Statistically, one in every fifteen residents of Malta was there. Last year’s Valletta Pageant of the Seas was a blast. This year it’s back with even more entertainment.

This year’s edition of the Valletta Pageant of the Seas will include a number of competitive races, swimming challenges, a regatta, powerboat and sailing boat shows, audio-visual projections, music, fireworks and much more. The programme spans throughout the afternoon and evening of the public holiday, hosting fun sport activities by day, and colourful celebrations by night.

The Grand Entry will open the afternoon activities; an epic pageant during which the Grandmaster, together with In Guardia, enters the Grand Harbour on the Fernandes, decorated for the occasion. Accompanied by a number of private boats, the procession will disembark at Pinto 5. Wearing their finest uniforms, In Guardia will accompany the Grandmaster on his arrival in the Grand Harbour, while setting the scene for the rest of the Valletta Pageant of the Seas. The group is well known for its re-enactments of various historical events in Malta, and has also performed in countries such as China, Greece, The Czech Republic, Sicily and Germany.

Other activities include Għawma Toni Bajada – a fun swimming challenge from Fort St Angelo to Valletta – and Tellieqa Toni Bajada. The track is 2km long aquatic race in the form of a triangle, starting and finishing at the Barriera Wharf slipway. Around two hundred swimmers are expected.

Participants may also try out their own rafts to race during Tellieqa Telliqun. The participating rafts may be created using various materials, except motors or oars.

Regatta boats, those of Maltese regatta clubs and international guests, will race from the Old Customs House down to Ras Hanżir and back. Twelve Chaudron boats and twenty-eight sailing boats will entertain the audience in the Grand Harbour. Celebrations go on till the late evening.

After sundown, the Grand Harbour will be animated with projections on a water curtain, a show by La Fura Dels Baus, as well as a large-scale pyrotechnic show for the grand finale, which includes aerial fireworks from various floats rigged in the water, as well as from Fort Ricasoli. This will be a record-breaking fireworks ball. Produced by the Żurrieq St Catherine’s Fireworks Factory, has a diameter of 53 inches, breaking the national record currently held by the 38-inch one done two years ago by the same fireworks factory, which had caught the attention of tourists and press all over Europe. This ball will be part of a larger pyrotechnic show consisting of aerial fireworks as well as fireworks rigged in the water and synchronised with music, with the participation of the Qormi St George’s Fireworks Factory and the Qrendi Independent Fireworks Factory.

“Throughout the ages, these same seas were Valletta’s entire being. This event will celebrate a number of Maltese characteristics in a site which we are very well known for the Grand Harbour,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Valletta 2018 Deo Debattista.

This unique, large-scale spectacle for the whole family will take place on the 7th June at 5.30pm in the Grand Harbour as part of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme. The full programme of events can be found online.