Written by Szidonia Lorincz
This project follows my quest during the summer of 2017 to grasp the atmosphere of the summer Festa celebrations through various cities. The center of the series are the people, who make this season all so special.
I want to close the series with some of the first pictures I took during the festa season. These images are meant to capture the anticipation as the celebrations and visitors roll in for the various activities. The pictures were taken on the streets of Valletta, close to the church of St. Paul. It’s been a great journey, see you next summer.
Probably the most spectacular decorations can be found in Valletta during the festa season. The traditional tapestries match the lights, and they often times portray symbols or stories of saints of the city. The preparations start days before the events as the locals work to bring the city to it’s finest form for the celebrations.
Gilded and beautifully painted pillars are part of the summer atmosphere and draw many visitors to the area. The streets fill with groups walking by, admiring the colorful facades and the statues brounght out in front of the church to remind visitors about the religious side of the events. Locals also come out and spend the day talking to their friends and relatives, settling and spending the days in small restaurants and bars of the area.
The celebrations last for days, and day to day life merges with the joyful atmosphere, making life on the streets much more colorful and festive. Confetti and fireworks provide the visuals and background sound throughout the summer season.
The older generation’s favored spot during this time is the church, which is usually well equipped to moderate the sometimes extreme heat of summer. It is also a good opportunity for people to meet up and observe life on the street from a comfortable stand. Visitors are welcome in the church, but it still remains the place of calmness and contemplation in contrast to the liveliness and noise of the streets.