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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Maltalingua Trip to the Farsons Great Beer Festival

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On Friday the 28th of July, one of our newest teachers (Jonathan, from Glasgow in Scotland), accompanied a thirty five strong group of students to the annual “Beerfest” held in Malta. Here is what he had to say, about what was certainly a fun and entertaining evening…

We met at Giuseppe’s Bar in St Julians, on a bright, balmy Friday evening, and caught the coach over to the “Beerfest”, a mere 20 minutes away. The atmosphere on the bus was a very expectant one – thirty five students, fresh from a week of learning English, ready to party and let off some serious steam. We arrived around nine thirty, and slowly but surely, staff and students alike were sampling some of the alcoholic delights the “Beerfest” had to offer!

On sale were a variety of Maltese lagers and beers, and also some from the wider international market – an event catering to everyone’s beer taste! The students were thriving off the festival atmosphere which they were met with – live music, dancing, carnival games, and a whole host of nationalities all united by one common passion – beer!

During the course of the evening, I treated the students to some interpretive Scottish dancing (which the students heartily tried to replicate), and the laughter and good vibes were flowing straight through until we left at midnight, back to St Julians. This truly was an event which satisfied everyone – from 18 years old to 60 years old, everyone could loosen up and have a giggle over a pint of good old Maltese “Cisk”!

For some of the party animals among the group, the fun and games continued on to Paceville for a few hours more of dancing, beer and laughter. I’m happy to report that after a few pints of “Cisk”, the overall quality of the students Scottish dancing improved dramatically! (See photographic evidence!)

“Beerfest” – a cheap night out, with great company, amazing surroundings and divine refreshments – what more could you want? Well, another pint of “Cisk” since you asked… :)

Jonathan Dunn (Maltalingua Teacher)

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What to do in Malta: Events in August

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August is really a time of true relaxation here in Malta. In this month we have celebrations both in modern style with famous DJs performing live concerts, as well as religious beliefs still being celebrated in traditional ways.

Culture:

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Being a Christian community, the Maltese people highly believe in the patron saint of their village. One of the largest feasts celebrated here in Malta is the feast of the assumption of Our Lady, (Santa Maria). This feast falls on the 15th of August which this year will fall on a Friday. This is also a public holiday which gives the opportunity for locals and foreigners alike to have a long weekend break, many of which go to Gozo.

Beautiful Gozo

 

Gozo:

Gozo is Malta’s main sister island which is just 25 minutes away by ferry from the north harbour of Malta. Many Maltese like to visit Gozo for a long weekend such as Santa Maria. Gozo is about one third the size of Malta and is also far less built up. It is a beautiful island surrounded by green countryside and hills, also offering spectacular beaches scattered along its coasts, perfect for diving and even walking or biking in the cooler months.

Music:live concerts

For some, August is the last month of their summer holidays as many people get back to work some-time in September. So to finish off their summer holidays Malta give worldwide artists the opportunity to perform live concerts, one of which this year is THE PRODIGY.

 

 

Festivals:wine festival

The classic wine festival is taking place and has been for 13 years now. Locals and foreigners are given the opportunity to become wine tasters for just one magical night whilst enjoying good food and live entertainment. This event is situated at the beautiful Upper Barrakka gardens overlooking the magnificent grand harbour of Malta.

Other festivals are also organized, one of which this year is the Magic Island festival. A four day long festival taking place from the 21st to the 24th of this month. This festival is all about electronic and jazzy swing music coming together, creating one spectacular genre.

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