About Gozo

Interests, Gozo Parish Feasts

Like Malta, each parish in Gozo celebrates the village feast with a bang.  The streets are colourfully decorated and street lighting is put up in all major roads, leading to the parish church.

Band marches are organised as early as from Thursday, culminating in the major marches on Sunday morning.

Fireworks are set either from the hillside or from the street squares to the enjoyment of all villageers.

The following is a calendar of the various village feasts:

May LAST WEEK : Feast of Saint Paul, Munxar
June FIRST WEEK : Feast of Christ the Saviour, Għasri
SEC0ND WEEK : 14th June: Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fontana
THIRD WEEK : 21st June: Feast of Saint John the Baptist, Xewkija
FOURTH WEEK : 28th June: Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Nadur
July FIRST WEEK : Feast of Visitation of Our Lady, Għarb
SEC0ND WEEK : Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Kerċem
THIRD WEEK : 19th July: Feast of Saint George, Victoria
FOURTH WEEK : 26th July: Feast of Saint Margaret, Sannat
August FIRST WEEK : Feast of Saint Joseph, Qala
SEC0ND WEEK : Feast of Saint Lawrence, San Lawrenz
AUGUST 15th: 15th August: Feast of Assumption of Our Lady, Victoria
THIRD WEEK : Feast of Assumption of Our Lady, Żebbuġ
FOURTH WEEK : 30th August: Feast of Our Lady of Loreto, Għajnsielem
September FIRST WEEK : Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Xlendi
8th September :  Feast of Saint Lawrence, San Lawrenz
SECOND WEEK : Feast of The Nativity of Our Lady, Xagħra
* Dates will vary according to the Malta Tourism Calendar
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The Cittadella Centre for Culture and Arts

Formerly known as the Culture Department, this section within the Ministry for Gozo was set up together with the Ministry itself in 1987, initially coordinating culture and sports on the island. Until 1996, the Culture Department in Gozo formed part of that in Malta. As from that year, the Gozo Culture Section was born, falling directly under the administration and portfolio of the Ministry for Gozo.

Regular exhibitions by local and foreign artists are held at this centre, where one can also buy paintings of one’s choice.

Practicing an "Art for all" policy

Although quite difficult to believe when considering its dimensions, Gozo has a jam packed Cultural Calendar. We are very often faced with a number of activities happening on the same day and time, with the consequence that one activity steals the audiences from another. Despite this, one cannot deny the fact that culture and arts in Gozo is not yet experienced by all sectors. Particular aspects like popular culture often see the participation of the widest possible spectrum of ages, sex and social backgrounds. Others like visual and performing arts, especially if of a contemporary nature, are still much less patronized. In this regard we intend working hard, starting at school level to promote an 'art for all' policy. This also implies bringing 'culture and arts' to our village cores as well as making it accessible to persons with particular needs.

Musical attractions

During the various periods foreign bands and other musicians are brought over to the island to perform in public places around Gozo.

NOTTE GOZITANA : 2009 EVENT IS BEING SHOWN AS AN INDICATION OF HOW THE PROGRAMME IS ORGANISED

Nozze Gozitana has now become an annual very popular event with the participation of various exhibitions, dance groups and a number of concerts.

This year’s concert programme is exhibited to give an idea of the enormous organisation that went into this programme,  which is expected to be repeated in future years.

Friday, May 22:

  • MAJOR EXHIBITIONS will be open to the public at the Ministry for Gozo, the Banca Giuratale Foyer, the Cittadella Centre for Culture and Arts and the Gozo Curia.
  • A SPECTACULAR YADA DANCE SHOW, celebrating the company's 25th anniversary, in St.Francis Square, Victoria
  • A RETRO & ROCK FESTIVAL  at the Victoria Bus Terminus, with the participation of a U2 Tribute Band
  • AN ART & WINE FESTIVAL organized by the Rotary Club, Gozo at the Gozo Citadel all throught the 3 days
  • A CANDLELIGHT EXPERIENCE will bring Victoria & the Citadel's narrow streets to life

Saturday, May 23, (daytime):

  • MINI MUSICAL SHOW FOR CHILDREN by the Gozo College at St.Francis Square, Victoria
  • THEMATIC TOURS ROUND VICTORIA & GOZO leaving either on foot or by minibus from the Victoria Bus Terminus
  • LUNCHTIME CONCERTS in various chapels around Victoria & in the Citadel
  • PARADES including historical re-enactments & various folk shows
  • INFIORATA the spectacular flower carpet on Castle Hill, Victoria
  • CHILDREN’S MARKET With various hands-on & educational activities

Saturday, May 23, (evening):

  • IT-TOKK STAGE (Independence Square) featuring top artists like Mike Spiteri & the Fakaw Band, the Moonlighters from Italy, Mark Spiteri Lucas and various Gozitan singers
  • PUTIRJAL STAGE (Victoria Bus Terminus) hosting a Dance Festival with live acts, top DJ’s & attractions organized by Dynamic Promotions
  • IT-TIGRIJA STAGE (Republic Sreet) featuring J.Anvil, Domenic Galea and other personalities
  • GRAND FASHION SHOW organized by The Duke Shopping Mall in Lower Republic Street
  • THE MANDERAGGIO EXPERIENCE animating the narrow streets & alleys of Victoria
  • MIDNIGHT GIGGIFOGU SPECTACULAR  ground fireworks at St.Augustine’s Square
  • CHILLOUT AFTER MIDNIGHT in St.George’s Square featuring Paul Giodimaina & Pamela, Renzo Spiteri and Rhema with William Mangion

Sunday, May 24  (morning):

  • GOZO CHOIRS MARATON participating in hourly Holy Mass in various churches in Victoria
  • GRAND SUNDAY PARADE along Republic Street, Victoria, featuring Italian Sbandieratori, dance groups & other attractions
  • VARIOUS RE-ENACTMENTS & a folk show at the Gozo Citadel
  • TRADITIONAL KWARANTURI PROCESSION from the Gozo Cathedral Church along the main streets of Victoria

Annual Activities (download from the web site : www.gozo.gov.mt)

  • Local festa
  • Festivals
  • Carnival in Gozo
  • Holy Week in Gozo
  • Arts & Crafts exhibitions
* Dates will vary according to the Malta Tourism Calendar

Further information

For specific events falling within your expected stay in Gozo, it is recommended to visit the Gozo cultural web site by “searching the events by date” on www.gozoculture.com.

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