VALLETTA PAGEANT OF THE SEAS
The Valletta Pageant of the Seas is a unique spectacle which will be taking place in the Grand Harbour on the 7th June.
This event forms part of the Valletta 2018 festivities, which will mark the 450th anniversary since the founding of the capital city. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Grand Harbour, this show will include numerous galleys, regatta boats, power boats, yachts and carnival floats, to mention a few. The activities will commence at 6pm (Programme below).
Valletta 2018 Chairman Jason Micallef said, “The Valletta Pageant of the Seas is a large spectacle which includes the participation of hundreds of talented people coming from different backgrounds such as sports clubs, philanthropic entities, local councils, as well as artists, both local and international. This spectacle for the whole family will leave an impact during the Valletta 2018 Foundation’s journey towards the European Capital of Culture year in 2018.”
Over 200 volunteers applied to become part of the unforgettable experience. Artistic Director for Special Events, Mario Philip Azzopardi, said, “This is an opportunity for all Maltese to come together as one nation to remember our history and culture while also celebrating our present and future. This will be a celebration for the whole family to enjoy.” The Valletta Pageant of the Seas will kick off with the Għawma Toni Bajada, a large swimming activity involving hundreds of people crossing from Fort St. Angelo in Birgu to the Old Fisheries at Ta’ Liesse in Valletta.
A regatta show will take place followed by a boat race with a unique twist. Various groups from around Malta and Gozo will participate in Tellieqa Telliqun, which sees people creating marine vessels from various materials, including recycled items, and racing them across the Grand Harbour without the use of motors or oars.
The festivities will culminate with a show of sailing boats accompanied by the Fernandes, which will be taking centre stage. Carnival floats will also float on water for the very first time, as the winners of this year’s carnival make their way across the Grand Harbour.
UK-based outdoor events organisers Walk the Plank will be the highlight of the night with a stunt and pyrotechnics show. Bands will also be performing music for the crowds to enjoy.
6PM International Regatta race
6.20PM Power Boats display
6.35PM Guggen Band
6.40PM Ghawma Toni Bajada in Aid of Puttinu Cares from Birgu to Valletta
6.40PM Tellieqa Telliqun – a crazy race from Senglea Point to Valletta
7.30PM Yachts & Fernandes display
8.00PM Fly past with microlights
8.10PM Carnival Floats “Karnival fuq il-Baħar”
8.30PM Regatta presentation of prizes
8.50PM Fernandes & Walk The Plank show.
8.55PM AFM Helicopter
9.00PM Fireworks over bastions