150 years as a non-active fortress – Citadel event on Saturday

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150 years as a non-active fortress - Citadel event on SaturdayA reminder that this Saturday, activities to mark 150 years as a non-active fortress, will be taking place at the Citadel, organised by the Ministry for Gozo.

The programme for the day will suit all ages and include historical reenactments around the ancient streets of the Citadel, exhibitions and a reading activity for children.

“A long chapter in the millennial story of the small, but imposing fortified town that dominated Gozo’s hilly landscape for centuries on end, came to a close on the 1st of April 1868,” the organisers said.

“With the unceremonious handover of the keys of the casemates, barrack rooms and two small buildings, from the War Department to the Deputy Collector of the Land Revenue at Gozo, it marked the delisting of the ‘Castle of Gozo’ from the roll of active fortresses and its formal transfer to Civil Government.”

The events are shown in brief below. A full programme for download is available here.

Day Seminar: Cittadella Arts Centre

Temporary Exhibition 7th April – 30 June: Cittadella Visitors’ Centre

Some of the works featured are being displayed for the first time or have rarely been exhibited in Gozo. Admission is free.

Historical Reenactments 10.00am – 5.00pm150 years as a non-active fortress - Citadel event on SaturdayRecreating daily life of this flourishing community prior to the progressive depopulation and abandonment initiated during the mid-17th century.

Xalata ta’ Kitba 3.00pm – 5.00pm

This is a creative writing activity for children (aged 6 to 12) and their families. For bookings and further information please call 00356 2598 3326 or send email on suzanne.balzan@ilearn.edu.mt

There will be free of charge admission on the day to the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, the Gran Castello Historic House, the Gozo Nature Museum, the Old Prison, the Cittadella Visitor Centre and the Grain Silos.

Top photo by Mario Xerri and below by Alain Salvary

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