SBL Malta
Arts & Culture

In spite of its relatively small size Malta has a well established and diverse art scene that is a continuation of an artistic culture brought into Malta by the order of the Knights of St. John over five hundred years ago. As a result of this illustrious heritage Malta boasts collections of artistic masterpieces by great names such as Caravaggio, Mattia Preti and even the island itself was famously painted by J.M.W Turner. Along with the impressive collections of renaissance works, the Maltese art scene also boasts some great works by contemporary artists in a range of artistic fields.

Prehistoric art: Malta has a rich and mysterious prehistory that has left an indelible mark on the island in the form of seven prehistoric structures (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) which are scattered around the islands. These are dated at 7000 years old making them the oldest free standing structures in the world. Along with these ancient temples we also find an assortment of ancient sculptures, rock carvings and other items of prehistoric art. Probably most famous of these images is the recurrent theme of a large headless woman thought to depict a goddess of fertility.

Music : Malta has a lively and varied music scene which ranges from a small number of live performances by big name international music acts, to more classical strains from opera to orchestral and symphonic music events, to local blues, jazz and rock acts.

Dance: Malta features a number of dance companies that regularly put on shows that span from ballet to jazz, contemporary dance and more. These are often held in the grand Mediterranean conference centre building in Valletta.

Baroque architecture: Lovers of architecture are in for a treat when visiting Malta and Gozo where baroque period cities such as Valletta, Mdina, Vittoriosa and Birgu remain well preserved and offer a stunning glimpse into the complex and opulent period within architecture. Valletta is a particularly special example of this and was designed by the Pope’s own architect Francesco Laparelli in the 17th century.