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About Malta Military Tattoo

The Malta Military Tattoo is the annual major tourism draw, and is a reflection of Malta’s military music heritage. The event has earned a well... Read More

History in Brief

Malta's military music heritage

During the eighteenth century, drummers could be seen criss-crossing the streets of Dutch villages, beating their drums, telling the soldiers it was time for them to get back to their barracks. The beating rhythm of the drums also signalled the last call for the inn tenders to close for the night. Since that time, the vocal sound changed from "tap toe" to "tattoo". The word was kept through the generations and is now used to announce a large mass military celebration, offered as an evening entertainment.

Today, "Tattoos" are extraordinary entertainment events where hundreds of musicians from many bands share the spotlight in marching routines, military ability and artistic demonstrations. 

We hope you get a chance to experience the Malta Military Tattoo very soon!