Gozo relives its past with the French invasion reenactment
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A reminder that this weekend, Gozo will be reliving its history, in the largest reenactment event ever organised in Malta and Gozo – with 550 reenactors from 17 countries portraying episodes of Malta and Gozo’s history, which will mark the 220th anniversary of the arrival of the French to the Maltese Islands under General Napoleon Bonaparte.
The official launch was made by the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis.
Landmark events illustrating the French invasion of Gozo, the Islanders’ rebellion, and subsequent liberation, starting with the landing of the French in Gozo, which will be reenacted at Ramla Bay, will be recreated by the Historical Reenactment Groups of Malta.
The weekend event in Gozo will be centred around Ramla Bay, Victory Square Xaghra, and the streets and squares of Victoria, including the Citadel, on Saturday and Sunday, the 9th and 10th of June, between 10.30am and 3.00pm each day. The programme for Gozo is shown below. The Northern Region in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo are holding the event. HRGM is organising this spectacular event with the collaboration of members of 60 other reenactment societies, from 17 different countries coming from places as far apart as Norway, Australia, Spain and Russia, and who represent Maltese, French and British military forces, as well as civilians.
All events in the programme are free of charge. To view the full programme, which includes events in Malta, please see here.
Photograph: DOI/Omar Camilleri