‘Festubru 2015’ Tradition – Food – Folklore in Gozo opens next week

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'Festubru 2015' Tradition – Food – Folklore in Gozo opens next weekNext week sees the opening of ‘Festubru 2015’ Tradition – Food – Folklore, organised by the Ghaqda Muzikali San Girgor of Kercem in collaboration with the Kercem Local Council.

This annual family festival takes place next Friday and Saturday, the 9th and 10th of October, in the most picturesque valley in the Maltese Islands, Lunzjata Valley, just on the borders of Victoria and Kercem.

A full programme of activities and attractions directly linked with tradition, is being presented by the Organising Committee.

This two-day activity will also include various attractions and exhibitions featuring farming tools and animals used by our forefathers. An interesting attraction will be the art of wool weaving. Local fresh products and preservatives will be available at the place. The fascinating Lunzjata Chapel will be open throughout the two days where mass will be celebrated.

This festival is being organised in collaboration with the Centre for Education, Science and Culture at Dar il-Lunzjata. The general public will have the opportunity to appreciate Gozo in its natural state.

The Full Programme of events is shown below:

Friday, 9th October

4.30pm Mass at Lunzjata Chapel

7.00pm Opening of an artistic exhibition at the Centre for Education, Science and Culture at Dar il-Lunzjata

7.00prn The Art of Wool Weaving – Demonstration of the full process of wool weaving which starts from the very sheep shearing till the weaving of clothes and carpets as directed by Alda Bugeja

7.30pm Majjalata – Indulge yourself at the traditionally cooked suckling pig which is all prepared at Lunzjata Valley. Tickets at €12.00 per person. Pre-booking is required on festubru@bandasangirgor.org

Joseph Refalo animates the evening with traditional melodies played on the mandolin. (In case of bad weather the activity will still be held at St. Gregory Band Club, Pjazza Orvieto, Kercem)

Saturday, 10th October

10.00am Guided Tour at Lunzjata Valley-A detailed explanation of the history and natural elements which surround the mysterious and yet spectacular environment at the valley. (Starting point ‘Fug l-Arkata’ – Triq Kertem) Bookings Free of Charge on festubru@bandasangirgor.org

10.30am Educational activity for children about the natural environment of Lunzjata valley and the surroundings. Bookings Free of Charge on festubru@bandasangirgor.org

4.30pm Mass at Lunzjata Chapel

6.30pm Traditional Wine Tavern and Local Food – Serving of local wine from the renowned Bacchus Winery and traditional food, fresh vegetables and fruit tables together with several other stands bearing local products. Fjakkolata – The lighting up of traditional lights and candlelight around the valley

7.00pm Musical Concert and informative lecture

8.00pm Live entertainment by a Traditional Musical Folk Group.

Photograph: Alain Salvary

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