A successful night in Marsaxlokk
Hundreds flocked to Marsaxlokk on Saturday to experience a traditional local feast. Although not in the name of any patron saint, the night in Marsaxlokk had all the makings of a traditional feast. This was a themed night, part of the 17th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival, which is being organised by the Malta Tourism Authority. In total, this year’s festival incorporated 16 local firework factories and four overseas companies.
Themed Where fire and culture meet, the event kicked off with a traditional battery performed by Santa Marija from Qrendi. After this, the local band club, representing the Madonna of Pompeii, marched from Triq it-Trunciera to the Marsaxlokk parish church. This was accompanied by some traditional Maltese daylight fireworks and traditional fireworks.
A number of Maltese fireworks factories participated either through aerial fireworks or ground fireworks. The much-anticipated main spectacle of the evening was the pyro-musical part of the night, which was performed by Martarello from Italy and the Maltese Fireworks Factory of St Mary’s from Ħal Għaxaq.
This event follows another incredible night which took place the previous weekend in the town of Xagħra in Gozo. The main event unfolded on Monday, 30 April at the Grand Harbour in Valletta. There, a brass band kicked off the event, together with well established, Maltese singers. This performance was unprecedented in Malta, having performers entertain the crowd from a floating stage in the harbour. After this, trophies were presented to all participants and to those who won the pyrotechnical show. Lourdes Fireworks Factory of San Ġwann, St Philip’s Fireworks Factory of Żebbuġ and St Michael’s of Lija exhibited shells and cylindrical shells in succession. Next, there was a breathtaking display of music and fireworks, featuring singers Glen Vella and Amber. The brass band, together Mikaela, Pamela Bezzina, Martina, Ozzy Lino, Christian Arding and Maxine, then delighted all those present.