While the European Capital of Culture year officially came to a close on the 15th of December, the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme still has one last big event to offer: the official New Year’s Eve celebrations in the capital city, featuring Ira Losco live in concert.

On the 31st of December 2018, St George’s Square will once again host the main stage where some of the very best of Malta’s local artists will perform before welcoming the New Year. Entrance is free.

“The public attends New Year’s Eve celebrations in Valletta with great enthusiasm, and these festivities will definitely showcase the level of high quality attained during this year’s events,” stated Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici. “As we bring this magnificent year to a close, one can’t help but look back at the wonderful achievements during this year dedicated to culture, which will serve as a foundation to keep on strengthening the culture sector,” he continued.

The night will kickstart at 8.30pm with local duo Xarulù, followed by one of Malta’s biggest artists, Ira Losco.

Ira Losco will be accompanied by her band and will be performing the very best songs from her repertoire which include her chart-topping singles, What I’d Give, Me Luv U Long Time, and her recent single One In A Million, which is also included in her 7th album titled No Sinner No Saint.

Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Affairs and Valletta 2018 Deo Debattista said that “during this year our island saw more than 400 cultural activities being organised for Valletta 2018. Now it is time to celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of a new one, which will be the gateway for something greater.”

Valletta 2018 Foundation Chairman Jason Micallef said that “we will welcome 2019 together with a large feast, a special atmosphere of unity, and entertainment by various bands and artists. Some surprises are also in store. The show will not only take place in St George’s Square but will also be spread across other streets in Valletta including the area in front of the Law Courts and Pjazza Teatru Rjal, so that everyone can be part of this celebration.”

Following Ira Losco’s concert, DJ Pierre Cordina will take to the stage for an energetic countdown just before midnight, while playing a mashup of the best dance anthems of 2018. DJ Mykill will then close off this magical night accompanied by live musicians.

Corazon Mizzi and Owen Bonnici will be hosting the event. Firework displays and special effects will also be part of the festivities, creating a magical and colourful atmosphere.

On the night, the Floriana Park and Ride service as well as regular bus and ferry services to and from Valletta will be extended until 2AM.

The Valletta New Year’s Eve Celebrations are being organised by the Valletta 2018 Foundation in collaboration with G7 Events, the Valletta Local Council, the Malta Tourism Authority, the Ministry for Tourism, and the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government.

Valletta 2018 Premium Partners: General Soft Drinks Co. Ltd., Coca Cola, Bavaria and Bank of Valletta