This year’s edition of the Valletta Green Festival will be a week-long event which will see, Pjazza San Ġorg, one of the largest spaces in Valletta, transformed with a huge floral carpet of some 80,000 potted plants. This year’s edition of the Infiorata pays tribute to Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The project is a Valletta 2018 collaboration with the Maltese Archdiocese, the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure; the Ministry for Sustainable Development, The Environment and Climate Change; the Environmental Landscaping Consortium (ELC); the Parks Department , as part of the Tree 4 U (34U) campaign; and WasteServ Malta Ltd; with the support of Inizjamed and several local environmental NGOs.

The main attraction of the last edition was the secret gardens at the Archbishop’s Palace and the cloistered monastery of St. Catherine’s. These were opened to the public for the first time in 400 years and will be open again during this edition on the weekend of Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th between 9:00 and 12:00, and then re-open from 16:00 to 19:00.

Pjazza San Ġorġ will hold a number of stalls and tents which will be working towards raising awareness on environmental issues and sustainable development. Like in previous years, Garby and Tidy along with Green Roofs will be present in the square. Joining them will be Malta Road Safety and ERA (Environment & Resources Authority) with a  photo exhibition. Eko Skola together with a number of NGOs; fish4tomorrow, Żibel, Birdlife Malta, Sharklab-Malta, Friends of the Earth Malta and the Kooperattiva Kummerċ Ġust, will be present in the square to provide informative material about the impact of waste littering through engaging, educational, interactive activities.

Other activities during the weekend include musical acts Jackson Family Traditional Music Band, Tikka Banda who will be interacting with the festival goers around Valletta, an environmentally themed Open Mic, an upcycled musical instrument workshop and various storytelling activities in front of the Law Courts throughout Saturday and Sunday at the Valletta 2018 Mobile Unit. These workshops are tied to the Valletta 2018 project Poetry in Potato Bags led by Leanne Ellul, Jo Caruana and Angele Galea, as well as a Rag Rug Workshop led by Angele Galea.


For the full programme, read further below:


Sea Clean Up

Date:                     Saturday 22nd April

Time:                    9.30 am

Location:             Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta

Description:       Divers will be cleaning the sea bed of the Marsamxett area.


Land and Sea Bed Clean Up

Date:                     Sunday 30th April

Time:                    9.00 – 13.00.

Location:             Aħrax tal-Mellieħa

Organisors:         BirdLife, Żibel, fish4tomorrow, Shark lab Malta, Friends of the Earth Malta,

Diving schools:       Professional Diving Schools Association + Seashell Diving School Mellieħa coordinating – to help with the diving clean up and donating diving tanks to participating divers.

The general public will be invited to participate both in the sea and in the land clean up.

Description:       A land cleanup will take place in Aħrax tal-Mellieħa all the way down to Slugs Bay.

A sea bed cleanup will take place in Mellieħa Bay starting from Tunny Net all the way across.


Open Mic/Palk Ħieles – Environmental Theme

Date:                     Friday 28th April

Time:                    20:00

Location:             Camarata Bar, Merchants Street, Valletta

Organisors:         Inizjamed

Description:       Poetry, storytelling, music, stand-up interventions of any genre, language and subject.


Tikka Banda

Date:                     Saturday 29th April

Time:                    10.00 – 13.00

Description:       A performing musical band which will attract children and adults alike into the square

Location:             Starting from City Gate leading down to St. George’s Square.


Rag Rug Workshop

Date:                     Saturday 29th April

Time:                    10.00 -12.00

Organisor:           Angele Galea

Description:        Rag rugs will be made from up-cycling old cloths, cutting them into strips, braiding them and sewing them together.

Location:            Valletta 2018 Mobile Unit, opposite Law Courts


Fair Trade Interactive, Fun Educational Activities

Date:                     Thursday 27 th from 9.00 to 14.00,

Saturday 29th April from 12.00 to 14.00

Sunday 30th April from 10.00 to 12.00

Location:             St. George’s Square, Valletta

Organisor:           Kooperattiva Kummerċ Ġust

Description:       Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust will be creatively displaying facts about Tropical Fruit in a stall, providing informative material, taking colourful photos to further promote the campaign and lastly, they will hold a quiz so the passing public can participate.


Fair Trade Stall

Day:                       Tuesday to Sunday

Time:                    15.00 – 20.00

Description:       Kooperativa Kummerċ Ġust will hold an exhibition of their products.

Location:             St. George’s Square, Valletta


Upcycled Musical Instrument Workshop and Performance

Day:                       Saturday 29th April

Time:                    20.00 to 22.00

Artist:                   Andrew Schembri

Location:             Maori Bar, Valletta

Description:       An hour of performing/demonstrating and an hour of jamming for participants.

In this workshop the artists will showcase a new side to recycled instruments that is not limited to rice shakers in water bottles and oil drums used as percussions, but rather sheds light on the art and science that goes into creating these instruments.


Jackson Musical Instrument Band

Day:                       Sunday 30th April

Time:                    10.00 to 13.00

Location:             St. George’s Square, Valletta

Description:       Performance of traditional Maltese music Għana as well as explaining how to construct certain instruments.


NGO stall

NGOs:                  fish4tomorrow, Sharklab Malta, BirdLife, Friends of the Earth Malta.

All NGOs will be doing interactive activities related to their NGO.

Venue:                 St. George’s Square, Valletta

Time:                     At least 1 NGO will be present at all times in the stall between Tuesday 25th at 9.00 am and Sunday 30th at 20.00.


National Literacy Agency

Event:                  Storytelling

Description:       The children are asked to take part in activities linked to the books being read to encourage their love for books.

Location:             Valletta 2018 Mobile Unit, opposite Law Courts

Time:                    Weekdays 15.00 onwards


Eko Skola

Event:                   Education for Sustainable development

Location:             St. George’s Square, Valletta

Time:                    Weekdays from 9.00 – 14.00


Green Roofs

Day:                       Tuesday 25th to Sunday 30th

Time:                    9.00 am till 20.00

Location:             St. George’s Square

Description:       In Malta, buildings cover one third of the Island, leaving greenery in the dirt track. Green roofs are one way to bring plants back to urban areas with loads of benefits. LifeMedGreenRoof project at the University of Malta, managed by Antoine Gatt will be exhibiting a small green roof on the roof of a stall to raise awareness and educate the public.


Opening of Archbishop’s Palace

Dates:                   Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April

Time:                    9:00 to 12:00; 16:00 to 19:00

Location:             Archbishop Street, Valletta

Description:       The garden, the underground of the palace as well as the Piano Noble will be open for the general public to visit.


Opening of Santa Katerina Convent

Dates:                   Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April

Time:                    9:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 and 19:00

Location:             Republic Street, Valletta

Description:       The garden and various rooms will be open for the general public to visit.


Poetry in Potato Bags

Dates:                   Saturday and Sunday

Times:                  Saturday 12.30 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 14.30

Sunday 10.00 to 10.30, 11.00 to 11.30 and 12.00 to 12.30

Artist:                   Leanne Ellul

Location:             Valletta 2018 Mobile Unit, opposite Law Courts

Description:       Kids will be able to participate in storytelling activities.



Stalls and Tents in St. George’s square

  • ERA exhibition stand
  • ELC information stand
  • Garby and Tidy information stand
  • National Park Information stand
  • WasteServe Information stand
  • Eco Skola education tent
  • Road Safety Malta stand
  • Green Roofs exhibition stand
  • Environment NGOs information stall


(all stand and stalls will hold interactive activities)