Series of commemorative events for Dr Francesco Masini

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Series of commemorative events for Dr Francesco MasiniThe Ministry for Gozo, together with the Masini and Refalo Families are pleased to announce that a series of events will be taking place to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary from the death of the late Dr Francesco Masini (1894-1962).

Dr Masini was a leading lawyer, serving in the Gozo Law Courts between 1919 and his death in 1962. He was also a member of numerous organisations and committees, perhaps the best-known of them being the Leone Philharmonic Society, of which he was appointed as honourary president.

However, Dr Masini’s greatest achievement was certainly the foundation of the Gozo Party in 1947. Together with six other professionals and entrepreneurs, Masini set up the party, which according to Mabel Strickland signified that “Gozo is out to make its voice heard.” In the 1947 election, together with Dr Anton Calleja, and Joseph Cefai, Francesco Masini was elected to the Legislative Assembly on the party ticket, serving as member till the collapse of the Boffa government in 1950.

Among the commemorative events, an exhibition, entitled ‘Ghawdex Ifakkar,’ is going to be held at the Banca Giuratale in Victoria. Including numerous photos and documents related to Dr Masini’s life and achievements, this exhibition will be officially inaugurated next Sunday, the 17th June, and will remain open till Thursday, 5th July, opening hours will be from Mon-Fri: 8.00-13:00 Sat-Sun: 9.00-12.00.

Apart from this, a special commemorative evening will be held on Friday, 6th July, at Francesco Masini Street in Victoria. During this event, several speakers will share their thoughts on Dr Masini’s work for the Gozitan community. This event will commence at 7.30 p.m.

The events will be concluded by a mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Victoria, on Monday, 9th July, 2012: the day of the anniversary of Dr Masini’s demise, at 6.00pm.

All events will be held under the distinguished patronage of the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono.

For more information, the public is invited to consult the official website of the Gozo Culture Department within the Ministry for Gozo: www.gozoculture.com, or the official Facebook page commemorating Dr Masini on www.facebook.com/masini.commemorative.

Everyone is invited to attend these events.

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