The skies over the Grand Harbour will once again be ablaze with the colours of various fireworks displays. The eighth edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival organised by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority, will be taking place on Thursday, 30 April and Friday, 1 May. This spectacular festival also serves as part of the commemorative events to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Malta’s accession into the European Union.
Twelve local fireworks factories and three foreign companies, will provide the fireworks displays over the two evenings. The festival will kick off on each evening at 9.30pm with a 15-minute fireworks display, designed by a foreign pyrotechnic company. This will be followed by a set of fireworks displays from the local factories in a one by one competitive series of displays. This is meant to involve, more than ever before, the local pyrotechnic enthusiasts. For each category, there is a trophy as well as prize money to be won. A fireworks display synchronised to music will close each evening’s event. Ta’ Liesse/Barriera Wharf, as well as the upper reaches of the bastions that surround Malta’s capital, with their commanding views over Grand Harbour, are the best locations for viewing the displays.
The participating local firework factories are: Lily Fireworks Factory – Mqabba, Lourdes Fireworks Factory – Naxxar, Mt Carmel Fireworks Factory – Zurrieq, Our Lady of Consolation Fireworks Factory – Gudja, San Bastjan Fireworks Factory – Qormi, San Bert Fireworks Factory – Gharghur, San Mikiel Fireworks Factory – Hal Lija, San Nikola Fireworks Factory – Siggiewi, Santa Marija Fireworks Factory – Ghaxaq, Santa Marija Fireworks Factory – Mgarr, St Andrew Fireworks Factory – Luqa. Participating Foreign Pyrotechnic Companies are Proformance Pyrotechnics – Australia; Vaccalluzzo Zio Piro – Italy; Nakaja Art – Poland and Nexos.
For the convenience of the public, ADT have extended the scheduled bus service until 12.30am on Thursday, 30 April and till midnight on Friday, 1 May.