Gozo Alive - 19th May 2018
A culture filled day and evening, that will alight Gozo and delight visitors. Bands, musical performances, reenactments, fireworks, art exhibitions, dance, short film screening and guided tours – a programme of events that will surely entertain and present Gozo in a unique, exciting way for everyone to enjoy.
Festi - In Summer 2018
Are you in Gozo this summer? Festi are a unique way to experience local traditions, religious celebrations and a festive way of life eased by the long and warm summer days. Festi are about patron saints leading sombre processions, beautifully decorated churches and then lights, sounds and fireworks, as communities come together for a yearly celebration that awes visitors. Join a local festa between May and September and live Gozo the authentic way!
27 May: Feast of St. Paul, Munxar
3 Jun: Feast of Corpus Christi, Għasri
10 June: Feast of St. Anthony, Għajnsielem
17 Jun: Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fontana
24 Jun: Feast of St. John the Baptist, Xewkija
29 Jun: Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, Nadur
8 Jul: Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Kerċem
15 Jul: Feast of St. George, Victoria
22 Jul: Feast of St. Margaret, Sannat
29 Jul: Feast of the Visitation, Għarb
5 Aug: Feast of St. Joseph, Qala
12 Aug: Feast of St. Lawrence, San Lawrenz
15 Aug: Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, Victoria
19 Aug: Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, Żebbuġ
26 Aug: Feast of Our Lady of Loreto, Għajnsielem
8 Sep: Feast of Our Lady of Victories, Xagħra
16 Sep: Feast of Our Lady of Graces, Victoria
21st Edition of the Victoria International Arts Festival - 13th June till 15th July 2018
Victoria International Arts Festival has established itself as the longest-running festival of its kind on the islands, with events spanning five weeks between June and July. For the 21st edition, the organisers will be presenting 40 concerts. Both the opening and the closing concerts will be performed by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of VIAF’s Artistic Director, Prof Mro Joseph Vella. For the past 7 years, VIAF has also included a Baroque week within the larger framework of the Festival, hosting some of the world’s best performers of Baroque music. More than 20 countries will be represented and over 600 performers will take part in the 2018 edition. Concerts will be held in 8 different venues all over Victoria. All concerts and cultural events are offered free to the public. More information on: www.viaf.org.mt
Qala International Folk Festival - 21st September till the 23rd September 2018
Music, folk dance, costumes... the 13th edition of the Qala International Folk Festival is organised by the Qala Local Council and the Qala Menhir Folk Group. A weekend of folk dance, music and traditional food. The quaint village square is brought to life by a unique intercultural programme, that has grown to attract locals and visitors for its quality entertainment in an intimate, village setting. Enjoy folk music, dance and local food. This event will make you remember Gozo for its unique hospitality and for the island’s authenticity.
Fjakkolata A Celebration of Light - 14th October 2018
Spectacular and incredibly beautiful. Experience the unique sight of light breaking the darkness on a Gozo hillside, as hundreds of flaming lanterns flicker through the crisp, autumn air. One of the smallest hamlets in Gozo, commemorates a religious tradition... Drive to Santa Luċija soon after sunset and set your eyes on Għar Ilma hill, for an inspiring moment, against the beautiful backdrop of the Gozitan countryside. Drop in at the quaint Santa Luċija village square, and enjoy the suggestive ambience as the procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima proceeds into the village church. Mingle with the locals in the ensuing festive celebrations, enlivened with folk dance, local food and unique hospitality.
Operas In Gozo
28 April 2018, Bellini’s opera Norma will be staged at Teatru Aurora, as the highlight of the Gaulitana Festival of Music. With its extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal challenge, and dramatic power, Norma will enthrall audiences. It examines an ageless and archetypal situation: a powerful woman compromises her ideals for love, only to find herself betrayed by her lover. Directed by Enrico Castiglione, with costumes designed by Sonia Cammarata, Norma will be under the musical direction of Colin Attard who will conduct the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gaulitanus Choir. www.gaulitanus.com
13 October 2018, Aurora Theatre presents Giacomo Puccini’s timeless classic, Tosca. The story tells of a dangerous love triangle – a musical masterpiece haunted by melodrama and lyrical arias. The Aurora Theatre, in Victoria, is an exquisite performance space housed inside a regal nineteenth Century Villa. Designed by architect Louis Naudi, and ornately decorated by venerated local artist Chev. Emvin Cremona, the Aurora Theatre has been a prime location for critically acclaimed operas since its inauguration in 1976. Tosca promises to be an unmissable experience full of emotions. www.teatruaurora.com
25 & 27 October 2018, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, will be mark Astra Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Gabriele D’Annunzio’s telegraphic phrase about Verdi, “colui che pianse ed amó per tutti” (he wept and loved for all), sums up in a nutshell the Maestro’s genius and flair. Perhaps in no other of his operas as in the magnetic La Traviata, does Verdi concentrate the essence of his genius as a supreme interpreter of human nature. Making full use of his dramatic prowess and intuitive sense of irony, Verdi’s immortal score plumbs the depths of waywardness and redemption through love. Yet, there is no escaping the terrible truth that there is no redemption without the shedding of blood, be it physical or spiritual. Online booking on www.teatruastra.org.mt
Festival Mediterranea - 11th October till the 14th November 2018
Festival Mediterranea, is an annual celebration of culture, with Gozo as a beautiful island backdrop in warm Autumn. Mythology has it that the charm of this island aided the most beautiful nymph Calypso to halt Ulysses on his journeys and lure him away from his travels for seven mystical years. Today, Gozo’s charm seeks to lure its visitors into a kaleidoscope of cultural events, highlighted by the celebrations of the arts in such festivals as the Mediterranea. Organised by Teatru Astra, the Festival Mediterranea’s highlight is the spectacular presentation of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, with a double representation on the 25 and 27 October 2017. Gozo’s Teatru Astra enjoys a well-established tradition of excellence, with the engagement of an internationally renowned cast, a fantastic opera chorus, imposing sets and scenery, outstanding costumes and spectacular lights. Live the Mediterranean, celebrating 7000 years of culture on Gozo! More info on: www.mediterranea.com. mt www.teatruastra.org.mt
Kite and WInd Festival - 20th & 21st October 2018
Have you flown a kite since your childhood days? This is the right opportunity to feel at one with the sky and nature. The first Gozo Kite and Wind Festival will be held during the third weekend of October, and will include kite building, kite flying sessions and all the fun that comes along. This is a unique event, promising high flying fun for children and adults with a free spirit. Be there and pray for wind! Ħamiema, Tajra, Manuċċa, Fjamma...words used for kites in Malta towns and villages, which are testimony to the cultural diversity in language and yet, to the same human yearning for flying...
Christmas an Island of Joy - 1st December till the 6th January 2018
Christmas is a joyful time and Gozo steps up to celebrate. The town of Victoria and main village squares light up with decorations and there is a hustle and bustle around the island that heralds the festive event. Look out for beautiful choir singing and traditional cribs that reveal true craftsmanship. The traditional processions with the bambin Gesu’ are held in every village with the participation of children. Roam around Betlehem f’Għajnsielem where a whole area known as Ta’ Passi, in the limits of Għajnsielem, is transformed into a nativity village, providing a cove where religion and local traditions intermingle. Check out the Gozo Christmas calendar and wrap yourself with the true spirit of Christmas. More info on: www.christmasingozo.com