Europe Day in Gozo – A prelude to Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana
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More than a hundred children, who attend schools within the Gozo College, gathered in Independence Square this morning and provided a colourful exhibition of theater, dance and movement based on European themes, to mark the occasion of Europe Day.
During this activity children used flags of the European Union, which they had made themselves, the flags bore various messages including that of diversity.
This activity was part of a programme of events held by the European Commission Representation in Malta with the collaboration of the European Parliament Office in Malta on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the Robert Schuman declaration.The activities were intended to raise more awareness about the importance of personal development, socio-economic skills and promoting good practices to stimulate education, research and healthy debate.
Speaking at the opening of this activity, the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono, said that Europe Day arose after harsh the experiences of the last war which had rejected the values of tolerance and an inclusive society. She stressed that todays occasion would serve to reinforce the values of friendship, unity and tolerance among peoples. This being particularly so as this year has been dedicated by the European Commission as a year of work and initiatives for tackling poverty and social exclusion.
Minister Debono added that membership in the European Union not only strengthened the rights and freedoms that were gained through independence, many of which were obtained by others, and continued to broaden the horizons for each one us.
Present for the occasion was Parliamentary Secretary for Consumers, Fair Competition, Local Councils and Public Consultation, Chris Said, along with Gozitan MPs.
This activity, along with others, is one of a series of activities introducing the programme of events scheduled for next weekend, the 14th, 15th and 16th of May, Lejlet Lapsi – Notte Gozitana 2010.
The programme, which has already been launched and is being distributed during this week, includes historic performances and other art, music, dancing, entertainment and traditional events.One of the main attractions of this year’s event is that prepared for Friday evening. The Gruppo Sbandieratori e Musici ‘Maestri’ from Sicily will hold a display from Savina Square to Pope John Paul II Street, Victoria. This will introduce the spectacular show ‘Music in the Air,’ starting at 7.30 p.m. The Armed Forces of Malta band conducted by Mro. Ivan Borg, will give a musical performance whilst choreographer Dorian Mallia will present a dance show by ‘Moveo’ dance company featuring Italian dancers. An exhilarating air display by the Italian Pioneer Team will bring the show to an end.
Lejlet Lapsi, Notte Gozitana this year is featuring Gozo’s past, present and future and the programme promises activities that will appeal to all ages and tastes.