Illum hallini nghidlek storja jien… book launch at Villa Rundle
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On Tuesday, Illum hallini nghidlek storja jien… a book full of stories and mosaics specifically created by children for children was launched at at event at the Amphitheatre in the Villa Rundle Garden, Victoria, Gozo.
This full colour, 28 page publication is part of the scheme Kreattiv. It consists of the stories and the photos of the mosaic portraits created by the children in Kinder 2 from six schools that form part of the Gozo College: Victoria, Gharb, Nadur, Xaghra, Xewkija and Zebbug.
The project was made possible through the Kreattiv Fund, a scheme under the Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture and Local Councils.
Present for the launch were, among others, Ms Anita Sciberras, Principal of the Gozo College, MP Justyne Caruana, who is also a parent of one of the children who participated in the project and Mr. Lelio Spiteri, Head of the Victoria Primary School, who coordinated this project under the Creative scheme, also present was Chev. Joe M. Attard.
Mary Portelli and Francesco Pio Attard, are the two people who were behind this project. Over the past few months, Gozitan youth author Francesco Pio Attard, together with Gozitan mosiac artist Mary Portelli, met the children in their schools and worked on the project.
The project’s main aim was that of stimulating artistic creativity in our kids. Artistic creativity was explored through two aspects: narrative literature in Maltese and the design creation using mosaics. In fact the children’s original ideas were used for the stories.
These were then elaborated upon and prepared for publication by Attard. After, the children visited Portelli’s studio in Nadur, where they continued to work on the projects they had started in their classrooms, and finished the mosiac portraits. Artist Mario Abela designed the very original book cover.
As part of this creative experience, the children also had the opportunity to visit a printing press for the first time in their lives – the A&M Printing Press in Qala – to explore the whole process involved in book printing.
Mary Portelli and Francesco Pio Attard, shared their experience with those present, describing it as an enriching experience that helped both of them learn from the children’s imagination and creativity.
The Kinder 2 classes together with their teachers and parents participated by singing some songs and at the end of the event the artists presented copies of the book and mosaic arts to each school that had participated
The six mosaic arts will be on show at the Gozo Public Library, St Francis Square, Victoria, between Wednesday, the 12th and Wednesday, the 19th June, during opening hours.
Copies of the book will be available for sale at the price of €1 from the library or from Victoria Primary School in Vajringa Street.
Photographs by Nadia Said.