The Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority will be organising the 13th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival.
Pyrothecnic displays will take place on:
Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Wednesday 30th April 2014
A number of Maltese and foreign fireworks factories will be participating in this competitive event, presenting spectacular pyrotechnic displays synchronised to music.
The festival forms part of the anniversary celebrations of Malta's accession to the European Union.
Tradition of Fireworks in Malta
Fireworks in Malta have a long tradition which goes back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St. John. The feu de joie using gun salutes, the musketterija firing of muskets, the solfarelli d'aria, St. Catherine's wheels (irdieden) and other forms of fireworks originated from explosives that were lit off from mortars (maskli) as an expression of rejoicing. Special occasions when such festivities were held were: the election of a Grand Master of the Order of the Knights of St. John, the election of a Pope who was the overall protector and ruler of the Order, the birth of a prince from a friendly European state or else to mark an important victory over the Ottoman military might. Fireworks developed into a craft when the Maltese started to celebrate the events connected to their British rulers in the 19th and 20th centuries. This centuries-old tradition is still very much alive in the crowded calendar of village festas that take place all over Malta and Gozo, especially in the summer months.
Friday 25th April 2014
International Pyromusical Competition
1 21:00 steyrFire - Austria
2 21:30 Brezac artifices - France
3 22:00 Pyrotex Fireworx - United Kingdom
4 22:30 St. Joseph Fireworks Factory Ħaż-Żebbuġ - Malta
Saturday 26th April 2014
National Fireworks Competition
1 21:00 St. George's Fireworks Factory Qormi - Malta
2 21:20 Banda Sant'Andrija Fireworks Factory Luqa - Malta
3 21:40 Santa Marija Fireworks Factory Mgarr - Malta
4 22:00 Banda l-Unjoni St. Andrew's Fireworks Factory Luqa - Malta
22:30 Lieto Fireworks (closing display by 2013 winner), Italy
23:00 Winners' Presentation Ceremony
Wednesday 30th April 2014
Valletta Grand Harbour
23:40 Closing pyromusical show celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Malta's accession to the European Union