Xaghra to once again host opening of the International Fireworks Festival
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Xaghra will once again be hosting the opening of the Malta International Fireworks Festival on Saturday, the 21st of April, which the organisers said, will be different in more ways than one.
The chosen theme for this year’s 17th edition – Where Fire and Culture Meet – reflects the way cultural aspects will be incorporated with features that have never been seen before in Gozo and Malta.
The opening night in Xaghra will feature Phoenix Fireworks Ltd (UK) and Rozzi Fireworks (USA) against the spectacular backdrop of the island of Gozo.
Rozzi Fireworks was established in 1895 by an Italian family. They have won various festivals in Europe, the U.S. and Canada
Phoenix Fireworks operates mainly within the UK. It has recently won the British Firework Championship and the British Musical Firework Championship.
Then on Friday, the 27th of April, another spectacle taking place in Marsaxlokk will showcase fireworks by Martarello S.r.l (Italy) and St. Mary Fireworks Factory (Hal Ghaxaq, Malta) – all setting the sky alight.
The organisers said that the event in Marsaxlokk will be based on a traditional Maltese feast, where the colourful decorations and a local band dedicated to Madonna ta’ Pompei will take centre stage.
The Grand Finale on Monday, the 30th of April “will be like no other pyrotechnic show our islands have experienced. Fireworks which will be synchronised to live singing and a live musical orchestra, which will perform music written for the occasion from a floating stage in the harbour,” said the organisers.
During the launch, the Chairman of the Malta Tourism Authority, Dr. Gavin Gulia, remarked that a strong calendar of events throughout the year plays a very important role in defeating seasonality and the Malta International Fireworks Festival has been one of the MTA’s most popular and longest running event.
Tourism Minister Dr. Konrad Mizzi, said that such events help in achieving record-breaking result in terms of inbound tourism.
Also present for the launch was the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana, who said that the festival opening night in Xaghra was another opportunity to attract and welcome more tourists to the island.
Photograph from Xaghra 2017 by Alain Salvary