Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana 2011 – Celebrating Gozo

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Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana 2011 - Celebrating GozoThis year’s fifth edition of the highly popular event Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana, presented by the Ministry for Gozo, is being held between Friday, 3 June, and Sunday, 5 June, 2011.

“Gozo looks forward to hosting this highly popular even that attracts families and young people from both Malta and Gozo. This is a celebration showcasing the best of our talent as an island and, once more, we look forward to a successful weekend,” Gozo Minister, Giovanna Debono, said when addressing the media at the launching of this year’s event.

Details on this year’s programme were given during a press conference that was held at the Ministry for Gozo. As usual Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana will provide added attractions besides those which Gozo normally offers visitors to the island at this time of year. This year’s event will offer two main shows on Friday and Saturday besides many other attractions in Victoria.

Two specially mounted exhibitions include that on the painter Giovanni Battista Conti set up at the Banca Giuratale and another of feast decorations that are no longer in use being held at the Cittadella Centre for Culture and the Arts. Both these exhibitions will be inaugurated on Thursday 2 June.

The main exhibition hall at the Gozo Ministry is to host an exhibition of sculptures by Willie Apap, This exhibition will be inaugurated on Friday, 3 June, at 7 p.m. The Ministry’s second exhibition hall will host another exhibition related to current Ministry for Gozo projects in Gozo.

This year’s event is also specifically focusing on the ‘Tastes of Gozo’. In this regard two themed typically Gozitan meals are being held on Friday 3 June from 8.30 p.m., the first in Palm Street in the atmosphere of a typical wedding, and the second in Savina Square as a celebration after a newly ordained priest’s first mass celebration. People are invited to participate in these traditional festivities by joining in the meals.

Savina Square in Victoria will also be the venue of typical Gozitan handicrafts that will also be produced on site from 8.30 p.m. Yet the unique event of the night will start at 9 p.m. with a manifestation of artistic statues used in Gozitan external feasts, starting from Kennedy Square and proceeding up Republic Street to Savina Square, St Mary Street, Library Street and St Augustine Square. At the end of the procession there will be a concert by a Gozitan band. This will be a first in Gozitan history of public processions.

In this year’s Notte Gozitana, Eco Gozo will again be promoting initiatives which form part of the eco programme the Ministry has embarked on. An Ecological Road Show organised by the eco-Gozo Directorate within the Ministry for Gozo is being held on Saturday 4 June from 9 a.m. to noon at it-Tokk. This event also coincides with World Environment Day, and will highlight marine diversity and protection of the seas. This much sought after marine roadshow, which will be visited earlier by primary school students, will be open for visitors where they can watch informative DVDs, see inflatable marine animals and ask questions. Two organised sessions will be held for those present.

The Minister for Gozo also announced that another environmentally friendly initiative being launched by the Eco-Gozo Directorate within the Ministry for Gozo to coincide with this year’s Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana will be an eco-driven campaign to help improve the air quality in Victoria, along with official partners Gozo Channel Co Ltd, with prizes to be won. More details will be made public soon.

On Saturday two cultural thematic tours leave at 9.30 and 10.30 a.m. There will be street theatre in Palm Street, Republic Street and Kennedy Square from 10 a.m. The children’s area opens at 8 p.m. in Narrow Street (Hâra d-Dejqa).

The highlight show throughout the whole weekend of Lejlet Lapsi will be a performance called “Celebrating Gozo” a walk through history, starting with Ggantija, through to the present and into the future through dance, music and pageantry, is being held in Republic Street on Saturday from 9 p.m. onwards. The co-ordinator is Gorg Mizzi and the choreographer Dorian Mallia.

Between 8 and 9 p.m. there will be concerts at St James Chapel, near San Gorg tal-Hagar, St George’s Basilica and Savina Church. Other performances will be held from 10 to 11 p.m., including soloists in the courtyard at the Curia, a folk band in Akkursju Xerri Square, a trio in Carmel Street, folk singing in Providence Street and a concert at the Cathedral Church.

At 10pm there will be a tribute to the famous Gozitan band The Tramps that was popular in the Eighties and Nineties of the last century, in memory of the late Domenic Grech, and another concert on the main stage starts at 11 p.m. A Chill Out area opens at St George’s Square at 12.30 a.m.

The Heritage Malta – Gozo Office is hosting a programme of cultural activities in the Citadel, where all museums will provide free entrance to visitors.

A number of initiatives will be held on Sunday, 5 June, throughout the day, including walks in the countryside, bicycle tours, boat rides and agritourism experiences. These will draw to a close with a healthy food picnic at Dwejra Bay organised by the Ta’ Ciangura Folk Group.

All these activities are open to the public and are free of charge. For more information phone 22156700 or will be available soon on the website www.gozoculture.com

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