Update: The battle commences – French army lands on Gozo
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Update with photos of Xaghra reenactment below – Let the battle commence – as the French, under General Napoleon Bonaparte, landed on Gozo at Ramla Bay on Saturday morning
550 reenactors from 17 countries, are in Gozo this weekend portraying episodes of Malta and Gozo’s history, which will mark the 220th anniversary of the arrival of the French to the Maltese Islands.It is the largest reenactment act ever organised on the Maltese Islands, and comes to a close tomorrow with the the Islanders’ rebellion, and subsequent liberation.
Today’s events, which starting at Ramla Bay, continued in Xaghra and then on to Victoria, ended with a dinner this evening in St Francis Square. The unfolding historic events were enjoyed along the way by crowds of locals and tourists alike.These historical events are being recreated by the Historical Reenactment Group of Malta, 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, who represent Maltese, French and British military forces, as well as civilians.
The Northern Region in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo are holding the eventThe weekend event in Gozo will continue on Sunday along the streets and squares of Victoria, including the Citadel.All events in the programme are free of charge. To view the full programme for this evening and Sunday, please see here.
Photographs of the scenes at Ramla Bay and Xaghra are by Alain Salvary