A heaving crowd filled Malta's capital this evening to partake in the sixth edition of Notte Bianca.

Families queued at popular venues including outside the Royal Opera House, where they could see the progress on the new theatre and watch theatrical performances.

About 500 artists are taking part in this year's celebration of history, art and culture. There are some 75 attractions and places of interest.

Activities, which continue until 3 a.m. include live music, theatrical performances, guided tours, art exhibitions and free entrance to museums.

Many used public transport and Arriva seemed to have been overwhelmed with the demand.