The Malta Independent 23 April 2024, Tuesday
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Another four-day party festival planned in Malta for the beginning of June

Albert Galea Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 14:49 Last update: about 4 years ago

Another four-day party festival is being advertised as taking place in Malta between 3 and 7 June 2021, prompting raised eyebrows and some concern amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event, titled ‘Summer in Malta’ and promoted as ‘4 days, 4 nights of sun, fun, and frolics’ is planned to take place in St. Julians, and will include themed parties, pool parties, boat parties, and excursions, according to its website.

Tickets are already on sale, with people able to choose from a standard hotel and events pass, a VIP hotel and events pass, a standard events pass, and a VIP events pass which will cover them for events across all four nights.

The full amount of the tickets have to be paid by 1 May, the website states.

Prices range from £50 to £229, depending on which bundle one chooses.

The website states that the event has a Covid-19 refund policy, which will become active if the event has to be rescheduled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Under this policy, customers who have completed payment in full will be entitled to carry their package over to a new date or claim a full refund, while those who have only paid part of the event will be entitled to carry their payment over to the rescheduled date.

Mass events have been a public bone of contention ever since a weekend-long party and a village feast march shattered hopes of a tranquil summer without many Covid-19 cases towards the end of July.

The government has already announced that Malta is set to reopen for tourists on 1 June, but it is unclear whether this will mean that mass events will be allowed come that time.

Health Minister Chris Fearne has said that Malta is on track to achieve herd immunity by the end of June – which is after the dates planned for this festival – leading many to question why such a party is being planned for this period.

Other festivals are also being planned and advertised, although these are set to take place in August and September.

The Lost & Found festival – a weekend-long party which attracts thousands of partygoers to the country – is advertised online as being set to take place between 1 and 4 September later this year at Café del Mar in St. Paul’s Bay.

Tickets are already on sale, ranging from €166 for an early-bird weekend pass to €231 for an early-bird weekend VIP pass.

Other popular festivals – the Glitch Festival and the Drumcode Festival – are slated to take place in August and September respectively. The latter has already advertised that they are sold out.

Glitch meanwhile lists the Malta Tourism Authority itself as one of its sponsors on its website.

It remains unknown whether the government’s Covid-19 restrictions will allow any of these events to take place.

On his part, Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo said yesterday that neither his ministry nor the Malta Tourism Authority have given any blessing for mass events to take place in Malta.


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