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The 15 th edition of the Malta Military Tattoo is being held at St. George’s Square, Valletta between the 21st and the 23rd September, as part of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme.

Valletta is this year hosting the prestigious European Capital of Culture title, and making the move to Valletta in the superb environment of St. George’s Square was a must. This event is also supported by the Malta Tourism Authority and is considered an important event which attracts niche market tourism to our island.

The Malta Military Tattoo has steadily grown into the event which provides a platform to all those within the local Military Bands and the likes to come together and display their talents in an appealing and entertaining performance for all to enjoy. Together with the local element, the guests to the tattoo offer an enriched contribution to the display and bring musical military traditions from overseas. International groups participating this year include:

Topside, the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band's New Orleans-style brass band. “We love getting people clapping, dancing, and singing along,” said Musician 1st Class Duke Stuble, the bands unit leader and lead trombone player. “Playing American music is a great way to meet people and introduce our culture to theirs.”

The Bersaglieri di Trapani, founded in 2002 by Mr Vincenzo Guarano in Trapani, Sicily. The band was established to maintain the traditions of the region. The members are all dedicated to preserve the deep and patriotic values of their ancestors. The band has been invited to various events across Europe, bringing to the audiences a modern youthful version of the Bersaglieri whilst also maintaining the traditional values of the Bersaglieri Corps.

The Emerald Isle Dance Team, are a formation of dancers from Dublin and Kildare in Ireland, led by members of the renowned Cairde Damhsa Irish Dance Teachers Association. They dance to the traditional Irish music and bring to the tattoo the traditions of dance routines associated with military displays. They have performed at a vast array of tattoo displays including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The local participants:

The Band of the Armed Forces of Malta which annually provides a display prepared entirely for the Malta Military Tattoo, will this year provide a pleasant surprise to the audiences. They are also joined by the drill team who display the precision and discipline of the military routines.

The Malta Police Force Band is also preparing a display to impress and will this year provide elements to make the audiences clap with enthusiasm. The Police Force Drill Team will also be present with a precision display for all to admire.

The Massed Pipes and Drums will be made up of 4 local Maltese pipe bands: 1st Cospicua Scout Group Pipes and Drums, 1st Hamrun Scout Group Duke of Argyll's Own Pipe Band, Marsa Scouts Pipes and Drums, and the Wallace Pipes and Drums - Malta. They will be accompanied by the Maltese group of Highland dancers from the Artistique Dance Company

The show will be held on the 21 st , 22 nd and 23 rd of September. The event is organized by MFCC, with the support and collaboration of the Valletta 2018 Foundation and the Malta Tourism Authority.

Tickets are on sale online from or from the MFCC Offices, Level One Millennium Stand, Ta’ Qali or from the Embassy Cinema Complex, Valletta. Tickets are €20 and €30. For more information visit our or, follow MFCC and the Malta Military Tattoo pages on Facebook, or call on 21410371.