‘Festubru’ – A festival of tradition at the Lunzjata Valley
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‘Festubru,’ a festival of tradition, folk and food is being held on the weekend of October, the 17th and 18th. It will be a festival with a difference combining local heritage together with the peaceful environment of the most picturesque valley in the islands, the Lunzjata valley in Kercem.
The festival is being orgainsed by the Ghaqda Muzikali San Girgor of Kercem, in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo and the Department of Culture within the Ministry.
The place chosen is perfect for such an event since it blends with the issue of tradition and folklore. The public will be able to travel back in time to the days when our ancestors would be leading a more peaceful life full of serenity and simplicity. The festival will focus on various activities which nowadays are rarely seen, and are on the verge of extinction. This will help us reach one of the main aims propounded by the orginising committee – that of bringing traditions back to life.
This three day activity will be directed towards all the sectors of society. Friday morning will open with guided tours for children attending primary and secondary schools, whilst in the afternoon after the official opening of the activities, a launching of a local wine by Bacchus winery will ensue and a Literature evening organised by poets and literature enthusiasts will be organised.
Saturday is a full day of activities ranging from exhibitions, guided tours and visual representations to re-enactments, folk groups, and a typical traditional dinner. All these activities will be backgrounded by candlelight which will add mystery and uniqueness to the place.
Sunday morning will open up with the traditional playing of Brilli, continuing with a display of Falcons traditionally associated with Lunzjata valley, folkloristic music and a Russian choir.
The event will surely appeal to any range of visitors and it is quite notable that all the attractions and exhibitions are free of charge, giving the chance to everyone and enjoy and learn more about our forefathers. This is what the St. Gregory Band Club of Kercem wishes as a final outcome – the extension of knowledge of local traditions to the general public.
A special thank goes to the Gozo Minister Giovanna Debono for her continuous understanding as well as the Culture Department within the same Ministry. Furthermore we wish to thank the various sponsors especially David’s Bakery and Micho Lighting
The full details of the festival weekend can be seen on the bands website at: – www.bandasangirgor.org.