Fjakkolata and Symphony of Lights this month in Santa Lucija, Gozo
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Later this month, as the sun goes down, Ghar Ilma Hill will be lit up for the traditional Fjakkolata – Celebration of Light – set against the beautiful backdrop of the Gozitan countryside surrounding the heart of the quaint village of Santa Lucija in Gozo.
The Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana launched the event together with a second to be held in the same village a few days later – A Symphony of Lights open-air concert.
The Minister explained that both activities will be part of the programme for Opera Month in Gozo, adding that the vision for culture is being spread out to include every corner of the island
“Through these two activities, opera, which is traditionally associated with being held in theatres, goes outside and move closer to the people,” said Minister Caruana.
She said that the Ministry for Gozo is always in favour of these initiatives which help attract more tourists to visit Gozo and Malta, even during the winter months.
Mr Alfred Stellini, Chairman of the Santa Lucija Administrative Committee, said that the Fjakkolata has been taking place in the village for over 30 years, in celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, which falls on the 13th of October.
He went on to thank the Ministry for Gozo for its support, thereby ensuring that these activities can continue to be held.
This event attracts visitors from all over the island to enjoy the spectacular scene from St. Lucija Square, where there will also be the chance to savour local food and the unique hospitality of the village.
The traditional Fjakkolata – Celebration of Light is taking place on Sunday, the 14th of October, the torches will start being lit from 7.00pm onwards, on Ghar Ilma Hill.
A Folk Night will also be taking place at St Lucija Square, with the participation of Cordia String Quartet and Atonal Band.
Then later in the week, there will be the musical concert – Symphony of Lights – with the St Gregory Band under the direction of Mro. Mark Gauci, taking place in the same square, on Friday, the 19th of October and starts at 8.30pm. A spectacular lights and fireworks display will enrich this unique event in one of the oldest Gozitan hamlets.
Everyone invited to attend both shows, which will be free of charge.
Photo by Daniel Cilia