L-Imsallab fi Triqatna (the crucified in our streets) pageant in Victoria
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This coming Saturday the Pageant of the Passion of Christ – L-Imsallab fi Triqatna (The crucified in our streets) will be held in Victoria.
It is a street theatre performance organised by the Ghaqda Dilettanti Gimgha l-Kbira – Ghawdex, of “the Last Days of Jesus Christ as a human being in the world.”
The public will become part of the performance along the way as this pageant is enacted along the winding streets of Victoria.
The evening opens at St Augustine’s Square, from where the theatrical production starts at 7.30pm.
Fourteen different episodes of the last days of Christ will be acted out in various stations, culminating in the Sanhedrin process and trial before Pilate, which takes place in Republic Street, followed by the Crucifixion up near the Citadel. More than 200 actors take part in the pageant.
The first passion play dates back to 1999. In that year it was performed at the Don Bosco Theatre in Victoria, Gozo.
Then in the year 2000, the Passion play was performed with a difference. Ghaqda Dilettanti Gimgha l-Kbira – Ghawdex said that the venue was neither a theatre nor a church but just the streets forming the core of the oldest locality in Gozo, namely the borgo of Victoria, the island’s capital.
This performance was called L-Imsallab fi Triqatna (The crucified in our streets) and now continues each year.
The play starts from the Oratory Don Bosco in St Augustine Square and proceeds through the streets of Victoria, always followed by the large crowds that are drawn each year to see the pageant.
Ghaqda Dilettanti Gimgha l-Kbira – Ghawdex, was founded in June 1997 by a group of Gozitan enthusiasts, who were fond of the easter traditions in the Maltese islands. Its purpose was to promote Lent, Holy Week and the Easter traditions in Malta and Gozo.