A suc­cess­ful night in Marsaxlokk

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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.

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