‘Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem’ not being presented this year
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The fifth edition of the nativity village which was planned for this December will not be presented this year because of logistical problems. The ‘Fondazzjoni Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem’ which responsible for the production of this event explained that the village entailed substantial work in the assembly of a number of structures every year in the fields at Ghajnsielem.
The structures have to be assembled in the months leading to December and dismantled in January. This was creating extra pressure on the volunteers, most of which are also involved in other local NGOs.
The Ghajnsielem Council has applied to MEPA to have the fields converted into a recreation park which can be used for Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem in December. Most of the basic services and structures will thus be retained from year to year. A permit is still being awaited.
This Fondazzjoni said that due to these challenges, it is not in a position to organise this year’s edition of the popular event. The foundation is still looking forward to presenting Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem in the future.