Gaulitana: A Festival of Music 2018 opening event on Sunday
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Gaulitana: A Festival of Music has had its official launch, during which the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana highlighted her mission to promote Gozitan talent and institutions in the arts and culture.
Dr Caruana lauded Gaulitana’s efforts in bringing quality events to Gozo, allowing the island to flourish in creativity whilst rendering it unique and more appealing.
Of a marked importance, the Minister remarked, was the introduction of surtitles in Gozo’s operatic productions, an innovative feature for Gaulitana’s Norma.
Artistic Director Colin Attard spoke about the OPERA+ Weekend, the three-day cultural bonanza present around Gozo’s April opera – which is Bellini’s Norma, being presented with sets inspired from the Ggantija Temples.
He explained that Gaulitana will also present a number of events at Ggantija Temples, in collaboration with Heritage Malta.
Other events will include evening recitals, talks, lunchtime concerts at Cittadella and MusicAlive, a new series aimed at presenting live music to a wider audience.
Attard also explained the GAULearn educational programme, with an adaptation of Norma for schools.
The festival will be commemorating Leonard Bernstein’s birth centenary whilst exploring collaborations with various art forms – including installation art, literature, dance and photography.
Chairman of Valletta 2018 Foundation Jason Micallef, remarked on the relevance of Gaulitana, part of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme as the festival and other similar initiatives “ensure high-quality events for diverse audiences.”
The Valletta 2018 Programme extends further than the capital city, he added, with projects reaching out around the Maltese Islands, including Gozo.
Executive Chair of Arts Council Malta Albert Marshall, praised Gaulitana’s effort in broadening its cultural product whilst ensuring artistic quality.
He also mentioned a number of initiatives focused on Gozo that ACM is working on, he stressed the important role that the island must play in developing Malta’s cultural policy.
Marshall announced that Gaulitana will be awarded the Gozo Cultural Support Programme for another three years.
Gaulitana will launch on Sunday, the 25th of March, with the opening of Costanzo Rovati: Percorso di Vita at the Sentinella, in the Cittadella.
This art exhibition will be opened at 11.30am by Minister Justyne Caruana and blessed by Bishop Mario Grech.
Gaulitana is supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Programme of Arts Council Malta and the Ministry for Gozo, by Valletta 2018 and by Heritage Malta.