06 - 08 May 2016
All Day
St George’s Square, Valletta


Stepping back into history during the Valletta Green Festival, an annual spring fête organised by the Valletta 2018 Foundation.

This event was officially launched on the 6th May in St George’ s Square, and will continue throughout the weekend. The Valletta Green Festival is taking place as part of a series of events organised by the Valletta 2018 Foundation to mark Valletta’ s 450th anniversary. Over 80,000 flowering plants reproduce the outline of one of the early plans of Valletta and its fortifications. This highlights the historical importance of this city, recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.

An artistic reinterpretation of the grid of the straight streets which characterise Valletta will serve as a colourful backdrop. This year, the Valletta Green Festival provides an opportunity not to be missed as two 400-year old secret gardens are being opened to the public for the first time. Located in the buildings of St Catherine’ s Monastery and the Archbishop’s Palace, the two gardens will be open from 9am till noon, and 4pm till 7pm.


Photo credits to Elisa Von Brockdorff


The entrance for St Catherine’ s Monastery is located in St Christopher’ s Street, while that of the Archbishop’ s Palace is in Old Mint Street.

During the Valletta Green Festival, members from the Cleansing Directorate will be promoting the Għalfejn Tħammeġ Pajjiżek campaign. The Minister for Transport, Joe Mizzi, also urged the public to make use of public transport to travel to Valletta.

On the 7th May, Tikka Banda sessions will be taking place from 10am till noon, while Charles and Friends will liven up St George’ s Square with relaxing Blues and Jazz music from 8.30pm till 10.30pm. Valletta 2018 volunteers “Tal-Kultura” will be present throughout the festival to guide the public towards the gardens. Members of the public will be able to take a peek of the Infiorata from the window of the Grandmaster’ s Palace overlooking St George’ s Square, against a donation to the Malta Community Chest Fund.


Photo credits to Elisa Von Brockdorff

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