Artistic crib by Gozitan Manwel Grech inaugurated in Bethlehem
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The artistic crib, created by Gozitan Manwel Grech and his team, has been set up in Manger Square Bethlehem, in front of St Catherine’s Church.
“This crib is testimony to Malta’s local talent and it is bringing Maltese culture closer to foreign communities,” aid Minister Owen Bonnici during the inauguration speech in Bethlehem.
He stated that through this effort, not only are local artists being assisted in the export of their work, but cultures are being bridged and people brought together through cultural diplomacy.
Around 3 million tourists visit Bethlehem each year, and most of these visits take place during Christmas time.
17 figures each wearing Maltese costume are in the crib, it has Maltese elements and characters, such as ir-rieqed, l-ghageb, ix-xabbatur and Saint Gorg Preca. It also features a girna and a luzzu.
Parliamentary Secretary Deo Debattista, who is responsible for Valletta 2018, was also present.
The crib was inaugurated after a Mass was held in St Catherine’s Church by Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona.
This artistic crib will be exhibited until the 20th of January