Festubru 2012 next weekend at the Lunzjata Valley in Gozo

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Festubru 2012 next weekend at the Lunzjata Valley in GozoFor the fourth consecutive year, the Ghaqda Muzikali San Girgor of Kercem is organising Festubru, a festival of food tradition and folklore, something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Festubru, which is now part of the annual cultural calendar of Gozo, will be held at the most picturesque valley in the Maltese Islands, Lunzjata Valley, just on the borders of Victoria and Kercem.

It starts next Friday, the 5th of October and concludes on Sunday, the 7th of October.

The Organising Committee said that it will once again present a full programme of activities and attractions directly linked with tradition, including folk music and folk games.

This three-day activity will also include various attractions and exhibitions featuring farming tools and animals used by our forefathers. An interesting attraction for everyone will be the production of Gozitan cheeslets and wool weaving. Local fresh products and preservatives will be available to purchase at the festival. There will also be the chance to take a guided tour of the valley.

The Lunzjata Chapel will be open throughout the three days where mass will be celebrated.

A full programme of events being held during the Festubru Festival will be distributed to households during next week.

These will start off on Friday at 9am with an informative tour specially organised for school children with particular attention towards agriculture and natural heritage. The tour will also include the participation of Hands on Farming and Kikku. There will be a demonstration of the process of wool weaving of clothes and carpest as directed by Alda Bugeja, this show will be on during the whole weekend.

Saturday’s activities will included a chance to take a guided tour of the the valley, bookings are free of charge. In the evening there will be a traditional wine tavern and local food, by Bacchus Winery. The lighting up of traditional lights and candlelights will take place around the valley (Fjakkolata). Then at 8pm there will be a show on the main stage, including Tal-Fuklar Folk Group, Joseph Refalo, Yanica Dance Academy, Centre Stage Academy, Ta’ Ciangura Foldk Group, Ryan Farrugia and other local singers.

On Sunday in the morning there will be the chance to see the traditional local game Il-Brilli, still being played in the village of Kercem. A display on the art of bee keeping and honey making. At midday freshly baked local bread by David’s Bakery of Kercem, will be served with accompaniments of local cusine. Then after lunch there will be a display of birds of prey, including a Maltese Falcon.

The full programme of events in English is available here.

For more information, including bookings for the guided tour please email festubru@bandasangirgor.org or telephone 99246047, or visit www.bandasangirgor.org.

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