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Entertainment, Media and Television for Expats in Malta

Submitted: November 2013

ENTERTAINMENT

Nightlife - When you are in Malta you will find that the nightlife on the Islands is always bustling. Apart from the extensive calendar of cultural events which include the International Jazz Festival and the Malta Arts festival, among others, there are major concerts held every summer.

Clubbing - The Maltese Islands, in particular Malta and Comino have diverse, vibrant clubbing scenes to suit all tastes. The main clubbing action takes place at St. Julians and at Paceville.

  • St. Julians and Marsaskala: is the area with the most nightclubs and bars. Various restaurants can also be found at these locations; along with many five-star hotels which have lounge entertainment, live music and dining.
  • Paceville: if you prefer club crawling then Paceville is the place for you. It is a popular hub for youngsters and consists of mainly holiday accommodations, with a large concentration of clubs, bars and restaurants. Alternatively, you will also find several jazz clubs and wine bars there.

If you prefer to enjoy quieter bars, you will find some where house DJs entertain and the admission is free.   Most establishments are open until early morning hours. In Gozo, clubs are concentrated in Marsalforn and Victoria.  Some clubs for you to check out in Malta are:

  • Aria (formerly known as Liquid Club)
  • BJ’s Live Music Club
  • Club Numbero Uno, and
  • Marrakech

Cinemas – If you love movies, there are several multiplex cinemas across the island. At the St. James' Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta, you will find that it is geared towards the avid movie-goer, with an array of art house movies and foreign language films

Casinos – There are several casinos to choose from on the island which also offer fine dining, bars and open-air venues for socialising. These venues are of course adult-only. Some casinos are the Dragonara Casino and the Oracle Casino.

 

MEDIA

Press – Due to the fact that Maltese and English are the two official languages of Malta, half of the newspapers are published in English and the other half in Maltese. There is a wide range of daily and weekly newspapers for you to choose from, with the most widely read being The Times and the Sunday Times. Other English newspapers include The Malta Independent, The Malta Business Weekly. Traditionally, newspapers in Malta have had strong political or trade union affiliations. Many newspapers that can be accessed electronically, some of which are:

 

TELEVISION

There are 6 major television stations in Malta, the majority of which are owned and funded either by the state or political parties.

Cable television reception is available in Malta. One provider is Melita Cable, where packages start from 9.99 Euros per month with 46 Digital TV Channels and 61 Digital radio stations. See www.melita.com/personal.tv for more information about their packages and options available. GO is the only other cable service provider. Their packages start from 3.99 euros per month for 22 channels. To view their other packages, visit www.go.com.mt. Satellite TV reception is also available, if you wish, to receive other European/International television networks such as the BBC and Rai.

 

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