01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018

Gibraltar Cultural Services Calendar of Events 2018

21 January 2018 to 01 February 2018

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival

A ten-round Open tournament, featuring super-elite and highly rated professionals in action, alongside a large number of titled players, as well as amateurs of all strengths. A high proportion of the world's best female players will be taking part. In addition, many top-ranked juniors will play. The Masters is expected to include players from some sixty federations.

For more information:
25 January 2018 to 03 February 2018

Rapunzel - A Tangled Pantomime

The Trafalgar Theatre Group's Pantomime Production

At the Inces Hall Theatre. 310 Main Street

Box office opens Monday 8 January - open Mon-Fri 6pm-7pm and Sat 1pm-2pm


Thursday 25 January at 7.30pm

Friday 26 January at 7.30pm

Saturday 27 January at 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 28 January at 2.30pm

Thursday 1 February at 7.30pm

Friday 2 February at 7.30pm

Saturday 3 February at 2.30pm & 730pm

Prices - £6 & £7

To book call box office on 350 20065410 or Nadine 350 54016247

Contact is S Lawson  e-mail or 350 54004407


27 January 2018

Craft & Collectors Fair

St Andrews Craft & Collectors Fair

St Andrews Church

Governors Parade

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Entrance £1

Whatever the weather, there will be a variety of stalls offering vintage and antique items, bric-a-brac and collectables. You will find silver, jewellery, Gibraltar memorabilia, model soldiers, dolls house items, coins and stamps, postcards, puzzles and books, as well as a range of beautifully hand-crafted items.

Sample our choice of hot and cold food, drinks and cakes, served in the lounge.

Stalls available at £10 to include table and cloth.

Please call 540 23 166 for further information.

31 January 2018 to 17 February 2018

Rock Fashion Rocks

Retrospective Exhibition on Fashion Design in Gibraltar

A major fashion exhibition is being planned by the Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture. This exhibition will celebrate the history and development of fashion design in Gibraltar.

Among the exhibits will be several pieces by the late Johnny Pearce and Eduardo Viotto; both considered to be pioneers in fashion design in our community. The exhibition will feature photographs, sketches and videos kindly loaned for this occasion from private collections.

This exhibition will highlight the creative process designers undertake to create their pieces and their working methods. The public will be able to enjoy the development of our own fashion style from the designers in the 1980s to the present up and coming designers of today.

The exhibition will take place at the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery. 

31 January 2018 to 02 February 2018

Gibraltar Academy of Dance - Book of Spells 2018

Tickets on sale as from Monday 22nd of January at the John Mackintosh Hall ticket Office between 5:00 - 7:00 pm - DAILY

Performance starts at 8:00 p.m.

Contact: 57292000 / 20079788 

02 February 2018

Classic and Vintage vehicles

A display of Classic and Vintage vehicles

At Casemates Square

From  10am to 2 pm.


07 February 2018 to 11 February 2018

Gibraltar Backgammon Championship

The tournament is played as a qualifying round with 7 Matches to 11 points. If players wins 5 matches they qualify for the main round which is played as a knock out tournament. 32 players will qualify for then main event and the rest will play in a tournament for the players who did not qualify the the last 32 players. There are no last chance.

Players winning 5 matches and losing 0 in qualifying rounds will be the first to get a bye if any,  then 5 wins/1 loss and finally 5 wins/ 2 losses. Note, when you have won 5 matches you do not play more matches in the qualifying round.

Qualifying rounds are played on Thursday-Friday.

Main is played Saturday and semi and final on Sunday.

Clocks are mandatory in all matches

New Unique format: All players will play up to 7 rounds Swiss system and all players who lose no more than 2 matches make the cut to the main tournaments. All others play in the tournament for players who did not qualify for the last 32.

for more information visit:

10 February 2018

GibTalks 2018

At the John Mackintosh Hall, 308 Main Street

 From 10am - 5pm

Gibraltar Cultural Services, working alongside playwright, actor, director, and teacher, Julian Felice, will be holding the GibTalks event on Saturday 11th February 2017 at the John Mackintosh Hall. The idea is styled on the very successful TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) series of talks (, GibTalks will see a range of local speakers deliver fifteen-minute talks on a broad spectrum of subjects with the aim of focusing on the anecdotal, the personal, and the light-hearted as opposed to heavy-going academics and agendas.

For further information please contact the Events Department on 350 20067236 or email:

12 February 2018 to 10 March 2018

Youth Arts Jamboree

A Cultural Development Programme

Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Youth, has today launched the Youth Arts Jamboree, a cultural development programme dedicated to young people.

The activities offered in the programme are all geared for children and young people aged between 4 and 24 years old. The Jamboree will be held from the 12th February to the 10th March 2018. Activities will include the reintroduction of school visits to the historic City Hall, led by Her Worship the Mayor Kaiane Aldorino Lopez, and a poetry jam led by Tanya Santini and Jonathan Teuma. Other events will include the established art, dance and music competitions as well as the World Book Day celebrations.

The Jamboree will culminate with a Youth Open Day organised by GCS and the Gibraltar Youth Service. The Open Day will be a cultural and youth providers fair where organisations can highlight what they can offer our youth. Some of these will include: the Scouts Movement, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Childline, the Gibraltar National Dance Organisation, Gibraltar Academy for Music and Performing Arts and the Gibraltar Museum. The Open Day will also involve youth performances and interactive workshops. The organisers are very grateful to Gibtelecom for sponsoring part of the event.

The Minister for Culture and Youth, the Hon Steven Linares, commenting on the launch, said: ‘It gives me great pleasure to present the full and varied development programme that has been produced by Gibraltar Cultural Services with the support of the Gibraltar Youth Service. The aim of the Jamboree is to invest in young people, to get more of our youth involved in the community, give them a voice and in turn celebrate their achievements.

‘It is imperative that we invest in our youth so that we can have more young people in cultural activities and that as a community, we can celebrate young people’s artistic and cultural achievements.

‘I look forward to the participation of many of our youth in this unique Jamboree.’

CEO Designate at Gibraltar Cultural Services, Seamus Byrne, said: ‘GCS are delighted to be able to

present this development programme for HM Government of Gibraltar. We hope that this is the

start of a cultural revolution that will ensure we create cultural awareness amongst our youth, so

that we produce the cultural, youth and heritage leaders of the future.

‘We need more young people involved in photography, fine arts, drama, architecture and many

other genres of the Humanities spectrum. GCS believes that the Youth Arts Jamboree initiative,

will become a very important development programme for Gibraltar, as it will provide a platform

that will contribute to our community’s cultural growth.

For any enquiry please contact Gibraltar Cultural Services, Events Department, on telephone

350 20 067236 or email:

Programme of Events


Monday 12th to Friday 16th February

10am to 3pm

School Open Days to the City Hall and Mayor’s Parlour

Organised by the Mayoral Office and the Ministry of Culture

City Hall, Invitation Only

Every Monday to Friday as from 12th February

3.45pm to 5.15pm

Arts and Crafts Workshops by Teresa Moore

Organised under the umbrella of the Gibraltar Arts & Crafts Association

For young people aged 4 to 8 years

For further information please contact 350 54006059

Every Tuesday as from 13th February

3.45pm to 5.15pm

Arts and Crafts Workshops by Kate Davies

Organised under the umbrella of the Gibraltar Arts & Crafts Association

For young people aged 7 to 12 years

For further information please contact 350 54018012

13 February 2018 to 14 February 2018

Gabriela Montero Piano Recital

The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society continue its 2017/2018 season with a piano recital featuring Gabriela Montero on 13th February 2018 at the Convent Ballroom commencing at 8:00pm.

The programme will feature piano compositions by F. Schubert, R. Schumann and improvisations by Gabriela Montero.

Tickets priced at £20.00 are available from Sacarello’s coffee shop – restaurant in Irish Town and The Silver Shop at 222 Main Street or online at 

A limited number of tickets at £10.00 are available to senior citizens and students via the John Mackintosh Hall at 308 Main Street. Further information on + 350 200 72134 or

14 February 2018 to 17 February 2018

Gibraltar International Dance Festival 2018

At the John Mackintosh Hall, 308 Main Street


 Time: 7pm

By M.O. Productions

More Information coming soon.

21 February 2018

The Art Society Talks

Tom Duncan: Romans Moors and Christians: Andalucía and its Golden Age

At the basement of the O’Callaghan Elliot Hotel, Governor's Parade.

We gather for registration and welcome drink at 6:30pm and the talk starts at 7:30pm sharp. 

Celts, Romans, Christians, Visigoths and Arabs have left their imprint on Iberia.  Most vivid reminders are in their great cities, showing a fusion of culture and architectural styles.  This lecture will reveal the layers that make up this complex building and artistic history, from the earliest settlement to the fall of Granada and the end or Moorish rule in 1492.

21 February 2018 to 24 February 2018

Young Musicians Festival 2018

21 February 2018

The Arts Society

Titled “Andalucía and it’s Golden Age”

Celts, Romans, Christians, Visigoths and Arabs have left their imprint on Iberia.

Most vivid reminders are in their great cities, which I am sure many of us have visited at least one or two, showing a fusion of culture and architectural styles.

This lecture will reveal the layers that make up these complex buildings and artistic history, from the earliest settlement to the fall of Granada and the end of Moorish rule 1492.

The illustrated talk is given by Tom Duncan. After a generation in University life, he is now retired from teaching to concentrate on lecturing .

This talk is a must for anyone interested in local history, architecture and art, don’t miss it.

It is sponsored by The Family of the late Sol Seruya,OBE,

Drinks from 6.30pm, talk at 7.30 pm.

Location to be announced

Guests welcome £12.00 at the door. Art students with their teachers free of charge

26 February 2018 to 09 March 2018

Young Art Competition 2018

At the John Mackintosh Hall, 308 Main Street


 Time from  9am - 6pm

Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture is inviting local artists to participate in the annual Art Competition for Young Artists that will be held in March 2018.

Further information coming soon.

09 March 2018 to 11 March 2018

World Snooker Open Tournament 2018

Gibraltar Snooker Open
Who will rule the rock? 

The Gibraltar Open sees the finest professionals and amateurs from around the globe descend on the rock for five days of world class snooker from March 7-11.

The event comes in a key part of the campaign, as the players gear up for the World Championship. Last season Triple Crown winner Shaun Murphy lifted the title. Make sure you book now to witness all of the drama unfolding in 2018. 

For enquiries and tickets contact the offices of the Ministry of Sports, City Hall. 

Telephone: +350 20047592 

Email: or

17 March 2018 to 24 March 2018

Gibraltar Drama Festival

Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, is pleased to announce that the

Gibraltar International Drama Festival will take place at the Ince’s Hall Theatre .

The Festival is open to any drama group and will be of a competitive nature, with adjudication. There

will be a main prize with a trophy as well as £1,000 for the Best Play. Additional awards include:

Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, amongst others. Non-competitive entries will also be

considered for possible participation.

A small grant will be payable to each group entering the Festival, to help with expenses on props,

costumes, etc.

Entry forms and full conditions are now available from the Gibraltar Cultural Services, 308 Main

Street (John Mackintosh Hall) or via email: or For any further

information please contact the Events Department at Gibraltar Cultural Services on 350 20067236.

Closing date for entries is Monday 22nd January 2018.

21 March 2018

The Art SocietyTalks

Doug Gillen: Hidden Canvasses: Street Art and the City

At the basement of the O’Callaghan Elliot Hotel, Governor's Parade. 

We gather for registration and welcome drink at 6:30pm and the talk starts at 7:30pm sharp. 


There’s more to the world of street art than Banksy. Hidden Canvases is a beginner’s guide to the biggest art movement since pop art.  From train writing in New York to interactive technology that brings murals to life, the concept of un-commissioned public art is a very different beast to that which it once was.  Hidden Canvases explores the key stages in street art’s growth examining the different elements and styles that comprise the scene with no rules.  From the international superstars to the local underground heroes you’re guaranteed to leave knowing your Invader from you Aryz and who knows you might even start looking at the world a little differently.

14 April 2018 to 14 April 2018


Peak Gym in conjunction with PCA UK presents 


 At the John Mackintosh Hall, 308 Main Street Register online - 

Purchase tickets via email: 

and collect them on the day at the venue or earlier 

at Peak Gym (309 Main Street) 

For any other enquiries:

18 April 2018

The Art Society Talks

Peter Warwick: Russian Apocalypse: The Tragedy of the last Romanovs

At the basement of the O’Callaghan Elliot Hotel, Governor's Parade. 

We gather for registration and welcome drink at 6:30pm and the talk starts at 7:30pm sharp. 


(2018 centenary of the assassination of Nicolas II and his family) This lecture describes the collapse of Czarist Russia and the murder of the Nicholas II and his family, a story told in part through the innocent eyes of his young son, Czarevitch Alexei, and teenage daughters, the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, using their drawings, paintings and photographs.

09 May 2018 to 10 May 2018

Spring Zarzuela

At the John Mackintosh Hall, 308 Main Street.

16 May 2018

The Art Society Talks

Nicola Moorby: Turner vs Constable: The Great British Paint-Off

At the basement of the O’Callaghan Elliot Hotel, Governor's Parade. 

We gather for registration and welcome drink at 6:30pm and the talk starts at 7:30pm sharp. 

 This is the story of the epic rivalry between the two giants of British art, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. As unlike in background and temperament as their paintings were in style, these two creative geniuses transformed the art of landscape. This lecture sets them head-to-head and examines their differences, their similarities, their battles and their shared triumphs. But who will ultimately be crowned star painter? As well as giving an overview of Turner and Constable, the lecture provides an enjoyable overview of the British art world during the nineteenth century.

Yet again this year GCVA will be holding its International Rally.

The programme is as follows:


Saturday 19 May

09.00 Vehicles start to arrive at Casemates Square.

Display of Vehicles

11.00 Participants will be bused for a tour of the Waterworks.

13.00 All participants will drive up Main Street and tour around the Rock.

14.30 All vehicles will return to Casemates Square and remain on Display.

15.00 Participants will go for lunch at a local restaurant.

18.00 All vehicles leave.

Sunday 20 May  Vehicles will assembly in Spain.  A 100 km run using scenic routes is planned and finishing with lunch at a chosen restaurant.

It is expected that around 100 vehicles will be participating from Gibraltar, Spain, Morocco and UK.

23 May 2018 to 02 June 2018

Gibraltar Spring Art Exhibition

At Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery, Casemates Square


Organised by the Gibraltar Cultural Services.

Opened every weekday 

02 June 2018

Song Festival 2018

The popular Gibraltar International Song Festival returns once again this year offering the best acts of the unsigned (i.e. unpublished) market. The festival, now running its 9th edition, has grown in popularity from year to year, attracting hundreds of entries from around the world. You can be sure to be entertained by one of the most diverse bills offered on Gibraltar’s cultural scene, with contestants travelling from around the globe to compete in what is now considered one of the world’s most important song festivals. This year’s finalists come from Chile, Cuba, Gibraltar, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, UK and Venezuela. How’s that for diversity?

More information coming soon.

07 June 2018 to 10 June 2018

PDC Gibraltar Darts Trophy

Organised by the Ministry of Sport.

This event takes place at the Tercentenary Sports Hall.

Tickets on sale from and available at the door.

For further information please contact Ministry of Sport at 350 20047592 or

Further information coming soon.

23 June 2018 to 23 June 2018

Calentita Food Festival

Calentita is a food festival and street party that takes place annually in Gibraltar.

Calentita celebrates Gibraltar's multicultural community, bringing people of different ages and background together to rub shoulders and share food.

13 July 2018 to 11 August 2018

Summer Nights '18

Live stage entertainment during the summer months. A selection of dance, singing and other exctiting talents with special celevrity guests. 

17 August 2018 to 10 September 2018

National Celebrations

A week filled with celebration and pomp full of fun and exciting events culminating with Gibraltar's National Day. (Full programme to be announced)

21 September 2018 to 22 September 2018

Gibraltar Calling 2018

Dates Announced for MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling 2018

The 2018 MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling music festival will take place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September at the Victoria Stadium. This year’s event will be later in the month than in previous years, due to Gibraltar’s commitments to host FIFA matches at the Victoria Stadium.

Doors will open at 3pm on both Friday and Saturday afternoons. The new format allows attendees, event staff and volunteers to rest on the Sunday before returning to their normal work schedules on Monday.

Early bird tickets will go on sale from 12:00 noon today (Thursday 11th January 2018) at Early bird ticket prices are:

• 2 Day General Admission = £89

• 1 Day General Admission = £75

• 2 Day VIP= £359

• 1 Day VIP= £320

As in previous years, tickets for children aged 12 and under (on 22nd September 2018) will be available free of charge when the child is accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. Further information on children’s tickets will be available in due course. Festivalgoers are encouraged to sign up to the Gibraltar Calling newsletter for the most up-to-date information and further announcements.

The festival’s producers will make the first artist announcements in the coming months and these will include chart-topping artists for the Main Stage alongside heritage acts on the Classic Stage. Once again, MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling will see some of Gibraltar’s best musical talent share a stage with global superstars.

The Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo, said: “I am delighted that Gibraltar will continue its partnership with MTV as its main media partner, benefiting from the strength of MTV’s marketing and media support whilst still allowing us to announce artists that appeal to all ages and tastes.”

The Minister of Culture, the Hon Steven Linares, said: “The Gibraltar Calling music festival was a huge success in 2017 and I expect 2018 to be even more incredible. We are working hard with MTV to bring you the best musical talent from today and years passed; brace yourselves for a fantastic event!”

15 November 2018 to 18 November 2018

Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival 2018

The Gibunco Gibraltar Literary Festival has become an important part of Gibraltar’s cultural calendar which has proved such a success in opening up the Rock as a major cultural venue to the rest of Europe.

The festival has become one of the most outstanding literary events in the English speaking world, featuring an impressive constellation of distinguished novelists, historians, biographers and public figures from Britain. It includes an innovative schools festival which allows pupils to benefit from the talks and conferences delivered by world renowned speakers.  

Gibraltar’s world famous venues including the Garrison Library, which is the hub of the festival, The Convent, King’s Chapel, Mackintosh Hall, Kings Bastion and the Sunborn, serve as ideal locations for  the packed programme of enthralling lectures and events that keep audiences entertained.

The festival allows for constant interaction between authors and audiences, as people are able to purchase the books on sale at the different venues and then have them signed personally by the authors after each event, with an added opportunity for exchanging views and impressions on the talks.   

History, literature, popular culture, politics, religion and the world of ideas all feature heavily in the programme.  The eclectic nature of the festival is underlined by the multitude of events which include the appreciation of gastronomy, art appreciation, jazz music and poetry. 

The festival now in its sixth year takes place 15 - 18 November and is now honoured to have received royal patronage from HRH the Princess Royal.