Heritage Malta joins in with Lejliet Lapsi Notte Gozitana
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Heritage Malta will be keeping its four museums inside the Gran Castello open after hours until midnight and organising a number of activities and exhibitions as part of this year’s Lejlet Lapsi – Notte Gozitana programme. On Friday, the 14th and Saturday, the 15th May. These sites will be open to the public free of charge between 19.00 hrs and 24.00 hrs.
The 2,000 year-old marble Phoenician Candelabrum popularly known as the Cippus will be on display for the first time in Gozo, at the Gozo Museum of Archaeology. The Folklore Museum will be especially lit up to create a different atmosphere. Traditional coffee and sweets will be served while local lace makers will be making Gozo lace.
A highlight at the Gozo Nature Museum will be an exhibition of stamps featuring local flora and fauna which is being organized in collaboration with the Gozo Philatelic Society. As in past occasions, the Old Prison will be opened on both nights of Lejlet Lapsi. This building, which dates back to the Knights’ Period and consists of six original prison cells and one larger communal cell, houses the largest collection of graffiti in the Maltese Islands.
Heritage Malta will also be targeting younger audiences. Children aged between 8 and 12 will be able to participate in a quiz at the Gozo Museum of Archaeology. An art competition is being organized for primary school children and closes on the15th of May. All participating entries are to be delivered to the Old Prison and will form part of an exhibition which is to be held in July.
For the same occasion, Heritage Malta is organizing a small yet significant art exhibition featuring works by Willie Apap (1918-1970). These works form part of the national collection, and consist of religious and other works. Willie Apap is one of the greatest artistic figures in 20th century Malta. This exhibition will remain open until June 30th.