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La Bohème in Gozo

Opera at the Teatru Astra is an integral artistic experience.

AstraThis year’s La Boheme is set to redefine magic! For this new, scenically-dazzling production of Puccini’s all-time favorite, the Teatru Astra has engaged a formidable cast. The leading duo features Miriam Cauchi, whose gold cast credentials as a poignant Puccini interpreter are second to none as evidenced by the outstanding success scored alongside Joseph Calleja in a recent Malta concert featuring the unparalleled love duet which closes the first act of La Boheme, is partnered by Leonardo Caimi who is making his Malta debut. Possessing a beautiful, warm passionate Italian voice sustained by a faultless technique, and a superb stage persona, Caimi is much sought after worldwide as the ideal Rodolfo. Defined by critics as “the voice which sets audiences’ hearts on fire”, baritone Devid Cecconi, is another trump card. Blessed with a dark, yet clear timbre, evocative of the great Gino Bechi, Cecconi is a perfect fit as combative Marcello. Bass Gabriele Sagona, a rising star, is highly valued for his sonorous, elegant and deep voice in the best of the Italian tradition. The role of coquettish and teasing Musetta has been entrusted to Oana Andra who is endowed with a crystalline voice, and impressive histrionic powers.

It will indeed be magic at the Teatru Astra on Thursday 29th and Saturday 31st October!
La Bohème forms part of the 14th edition of Festival Mediterranea. Booking is now open on +356 21550985 or email: bookings@mediterranea.com.mt
More information is available on: http://www.mediterranea.com.mt

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Late escapes…!!

Lara_14If you love a late escape and are in need of peaceful and relaxing holiday, we are offering 20% off the published rates for the remaining weeks in May. So take some time and have a look at our website: http://www.gozofarmhouses.com and you can either book online or contact us by email: info@gozofarmhouses.com for further information. Pauline at reservations is waiting your call: (+356) 21561280

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Marsalforn Bay

Marsalforn (Bus No: 306, 310, 322) is one of Gozo’s main tourist resorts. During the months of summer it bursts to life as many Gozitans and Maltese spend the season in their summer houses there or flock for the day where, after relaxing by the sea, they enjoy the balmy evenings walking along the promenade and dining under the stars at one of the many harbour-side restaurants. MarsalfornIn winter, Marsalforn returns to its quiet origins as a fishermen’s village. However, hotels and restaurants continue operating. There is a small but pleasant sandy bank on the harbour with safe bathing and good rocky coastline towards Qbajjar which is excellent for snorkeling.

Tourism provides one in every five jobs in Gozo

The Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis, with the contribution and participation of social partners involved directly with the tourism sector, recently launched a Report on Tourism in Malta and its relationship to our economy.

Mgarr HarbourThe Minister said that tourism provides one out of every five jobs in Gozo. This report substantiates the importance of having a clear policy for tourism as published through the National Tourism Policy in recent weeks.

The Minister stated that the tourism sector experienced steady growth over the past years with continuous diversification to become one of the fastest growing industries world-wide. Nationally, it has developed into a major contributor towards Malta’s economic growth and therefore a detailed study on the industry’s input to the economy has been commissioned to solidify the cause of success and base the way forward for further growth.

One of the major variables which the report identifies is how the tourism industry in Malta has contributed towards growing employment opportunities. Tourist arrivals

Verdi’s Rigoletto is the highlight of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music 2015

Following on from last year’s successful Tosca, the full-scale production of one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most-popular operas, Rigoletto, will be the highlight of the 2015 edition of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music.

Rigoletto-Event-BannerThis annual springtime festival which is now in its 9th edition, is organised by the Gaulitanus Choir and consists of a series of eclectic concerts by international and local artists, taking place between the 11th of April and the 24th of May.

The opera features an international cast supported by an enlarged Gaulitanus Choir and accompanied by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gaulitanus’ musical director and Gaulitana’s artistic director Colin Attard.

The production will again be entrusted to acclaimed Italian Enrico Castiglione, who is also responsible for the design of the sets. The costumes are designed by Sonia Cammarata. Castiglione will be bringing to our shores the same production broadcast by Rai Mondovisione throughout cinemas worldwide in 2013.

The opera will be held at Gozo’s Teatru tal-Opra Aurora on Friday, the 22nd of May, starting at 8.00pm. While more details will be issued in due course, bookings can be made ongaulitanafestival@gmail.com, on 79045779 or online on www.teatruaurora.com.

Meanwhile the festival’s full programme will be issued shortly, starting on Saturday, the 11th of April, with a semi-staged version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s best-loved musical, ‘The Sound of Music.’

A number of local soloists and the Gaulitanus Choir will be joined by the visiting London-based Keats String Quartet and Gaulitanus resident pianist Stephen Attard. Colin Attard will conduct with Gaulitanus’ own British artist Terry Shaw producing.

A grand sacred concert by the UK’s Wycliffe Choral Society, performing Beethoven’s Mass in C and Poulenc’s Gloria, brings the festival – which is also celebrating the Gaulitanus Choir’s 25th anniversary – to an end on Sunday, the 24th of May.

Easter holidays……!!

Tina main doorEaster holidays are fast approaching and time is running out for Gozo Farmhouses holiday bookings this season. So you do better make your mind to secure your booking for this holiday period. With a great selection of beautiful farmhouses available, contact us (+356 21561281) now for the best deals or browse the website for further details: http://www.gozofarmhouses.com
Booking online including flights, car rental & transfers is also possible.

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Gozo – Faith and Tradition

Gozo is a very special place to be during the Lent and Easter period, with many religious events taking place in villages across the island: Gozo – Faith and Tradition takes place between the 20th of March and the 5th of April.

Competing with ferry boat- 0278This year Gozo Channel are offering reduced ferry fares for the weekend of the 20th to the 22nd of March. Passenger fares will be €1.50 instead of €4.85 and car and driver will be €8.50 instead of €15.70. So it will be the perfect opportunity to visit the island for the build-up to Easter.

It is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar since it commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, a festival celebrating the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and includes various events of religious and traditional activities, such as processions, pageants, exhibitions and folklore.

Starting on Easter Saturday or Easter Vigil, the parishes of Gozo will gather the faithful in their churches for a solemn religious service and the traditional rituals of the blessing of water and fire.

Statwa tal-passjoniThe church lights are turned off, and each of the congregation will light a candle from the Pascal Candle, resulting in the whole church being bathed in the glow of flickering candles

Bells ring out across the island and the scriptures are read and sermons delivered before the celebrant blesses the holy water that is used for baptisms and the whole congregation confirms their faith by reciting the baptismal vows. After the service the congregation may linger for a while in the church for a drink, or to take a piece of the traditional Figolla (Maltese almond Easter cake).

Easter Sunday is welcomed with bells ringing out across the islands, a traditional march with the statue of the risen Christ will take place in some parishes following the service. These traditional marches are usually accompanied by local bands and their popularity has remained undimmed through several centuries.

Marsalforn Valley looking lush & green following weeks of rain

Marsalforn Valley is looking very green following weeks of rainfall. The Eco-Gozo Regional Development Directorate, carried out a holistic restoration of the water course and walking route within the Marsalforn valley.

Marsalforn valley 2The works done include the reconstruction of the road and rubble walls which shield the valley, the shifting of the Water Services Corporation sewage rising main from Marsalforn Valley to the adjacent road together with the cleaning of the water harvesting facilities. 950m of the valley have been cleared of debris with over 4500 cubic metres of silt cleared. This project will help decrease the possibility of flooding in the valley that leads to Marsalforn Bay and will also help increase the capacity of rainwater storage in the valley by 4,500 cubic metres.

This rainwater can be used by farmers for agricultural purposes and, as a result, there will be a reduction of ground water extraction.

 

Gozo Farmhouses Ltd., 3 Mgarr Road, Ghajnsielem GSM 9010, Gozo Malta
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Reduced Ferry Tickets…..!!!

Gozo Channel BoatGozo Channel are offering Reduced Ferry fares for the weekend; Friday 20th to Sunday, 22nd March 2015. Passengers fares will be €1.50 instead of €4.65 and Car and driver will be €8.50 instead of €15.70. So take this opportunity and experience in Gozo the start of Spring season. Walk, climb, bike, explore, eat, drink and above all experience the magical life of the Gozitans.

 

Gozo Folk Festival

The Gozo Folk Groups, namely Ta’ Seguna Folk Group, Menhir Qala Folk Group, Tal-Fuklar Folk Traditional Band, Mnarja Folk Group, Fondazzjoni Ta’ Klula, Ghaqda Folkloristika Xaghra, Nadur Local Council, Santa Lucija Administrative Committee and Heritage Malta will be hosting the first Gozo Folk Festival, which is being held on the 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd of March. The events will include an exhibition, a parade, a musical and folk performance and a folk spectacle, all taking place in venues of great historical value.

Gozo_Folk_Festival_2015The organisers said that the ultimate aim of this festival is to address present a cultural event that has a strong link with the local intangible heritage. This activity will seek to attract both locals and foreigners to ensure that the traditional aspects of Gozitan society are brought to life.

The events will take place as follows:

Inauguration of exhibition: Santa Lucija, Gozo – 19th March at 10.00am
Folk Parade: Nadur Streets, Gozo – 20th at 8.00pm
Folk Festival: Santa Lucija, Gozo – 21st at 8.00pm
Folk Spectacle: Ggantija Temples, Gozo – 22nd at 11.00am

 

Historic ‘Public Wash House’ inaugurated in Ghajnsielem

Ghajn_Hasselin_Ghajnsielem_originalThe Ghajnsielem Local Council recently inaugurated the historic ‘Ghajn tal-Hasselin’ in the heart of Apparation Square. This ‘Ghajn tal-Hasselin’ (Public Wash House) was originally built by Grandmaster Ramon Perellos in 1710 and was taken down in 1953.

It was in this square that ‘Ghajn Salem,’ the spring that gave its name to the village, used to flow. It was also near this spring that an arcade and six stone washing basins were built by Grand Master Raymond Perellos for the increasing population of Ghajnsielem, where they gathered and formed the community as it is known today.

Ghajn tal-Hasselin 2For over two centuries, from dawn onwards the area around the spring was thronged with chattering women who congregated there in the mornings washing their laundry in the troughs, while the men whiled away some of the hot and sunny afternoons under the canopy of the mulberry trees. Rare where the occasions where the spring remained idle.

But to maintain hygiene in such a place was a problem. Less and less care was taken of the washing area and in the latter years of its existent, the arcade was left in a state of reckless abandon, the whole place stinking with filth until its removal in the early 1950’s to make way for a new square.

Ghajn tal-HasselinUnfortunately, to maintain hygiene in such a place was a problem. Less and less care was taken to the washing area and in the latter years of its existent, the Arcade was left in a state of reckless abandon, the whole place stinking with dirt until its removal.

Over the years as more and more families were served with running water in their residences, this fountain came to the end of its use and was wiped away, with its foundations buried under heaps of stone and other construction refuse.

 

Russian airline to start Moscow-Malta service

It was reported in the Russian media that Transaero Airlines will launch scheduled flights between Moscow and Malta on 26 April 2015.

Russian AirlinesFlights UN385/386 will be operated on Sundays, departing from Moscow Domodedovo airport 2.25 pm arriving at Malta International Airport at 5.55 pm. Departure from Malta will be at 6.45 pm, arriving in Moscow at 11.45 pm.

Transaero, which is a Russian airline, will use Boeing 737 aircraft. It has a fleet of 103 aircraft and operates 260 routes across Russia, Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa.

Time to book holiday….!!

DSCF8121Welcome, this is the time of the year when one starts planning to book for the spring or summer holidays. For this reason Gozo Farmhouses is presenting you one of the converted original farmhouse which is called ‘Cora’. This Farmhouse is situated in Sara valley and enjoys country and Citadel view. It is approximately 1/2km away from the centre of Victoria which is the capital city of Gozo.

One enters to this farmhouse through a small courtyard that leads to the living /dining area combined with overlook the swimming pool area. The kitchen is situated nearby and overlooks the internal courtyard. There is a small shower on the ground floor and barbeque by the pool area. The pool is private and measures 5.5m x 8.5m.

IMG_1564A wide staircase leads to the bedrooms on first floor. The double bedroom has an antique four poster bed, fireplace and small balcony overlooking the pool area and ensuite bathroom with Jacuzzi. On the same floor there is a twin bedroom with ensuite shower room. A spiral staircase leads to the roof.

One can check availability of the farmhouse and book online: http://www.gozofarmhouses.comCora_02Cora_08

Malta International Airport is 4th best from 96 European Airports

Malta International Airport has been ranked the fourth best in Europe, according to the 2014 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. The airport obtained its best score ever, with an overall passenger satisfaction score of 4.22 on a scale from one (poor) to five (excellent).MIA

Despite a large increase in participating airports, Malta has ranked in the top five for five years running and this year’s overall performance exceeds results in previous years, even when placing first in 2010 and 2011.

“For the past five years, MIA has consistently achieved outstanding results in customer service, ranking as one of the Top 5 European airports. This is truly encouraging for us as a team and also for Malta as a tourism product, bearing in mind our airport forms the first and last impression of our island. Around the world, the standards to enhance passenger experience continue to rise, but this award indicates we are working in the right direction. The result motivates us to keep working harder,” said ad interim CEO Alan Borg.

This year saw more than 259 airports worldwide surveyed, 96 of which are European — an increase of 21 from last year. In total, there was an 81 per cent increase of European airports participating between 2010 and last year.

Of the top five European airports, only one other forms part of Malta International Airport’s category of airports serving between two to five million passengers.

British Airways uses Malta for promo

British Airways Holidays teamed up with Oxford University’s all male a capella group Out of the Blue, to bring some pitch perfect sun to the British public with a vocal only re-make of Wham’s holiday classic, ‘Club Tropicana’, filmed in Malta.

British AirwaysThe group’s latest release was timed to coincide with the first holiday period of the year and the time when most Britons feel the heat to get their summer getaway booked.

Claire Bentley, managing director of British Airways Holidays, said: “We know some people find the pressure of booking a family holiday quite stressful. We thought we’d lighten the mood with a little humour to remind holidaymakers we can take care of everything for them. The boys are right when they sing ‘fun and sunshine, there’s enough for everyone’; we’ve got beach holidays on sale from just £199 and like Club Tropicana, BA’s drinks are free!”

Since its foundation in 2000, Out of the Blue has had numerous Internet hits with their vocal only version of Shakira’s ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ being viewed more than five million times on YouTube. British Airways, which has a history of supporting British talent, is the first brand to partner with the group on an a capella re-make.

The 14-strong group flew to Malta with the airline to recreate the summer hit and bring the taste of sunshine and pina coladas tantalisingly close to Brits struggling with a cold winter.

Malta and its neighboring islands have everything you need for a delightful Mediterranean break at any time of the year – By Raj Gill

MALTA is less than four hours’ flying time away so considering how close the island is, I am amazed I haven’t been there before.

Actually, Malta, in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, is really part of the Maltese Islands, made up of Malta, Gozo and Comino.

We had organised a two-tier trip. For the duration we’d stay on Malta and visit Gozo from our base.

Mgarr HarbourWe went in late November and the weather was perfect, not too hot, just comfortable enough for summer clothes. Upon our arrival, we were quickly whisked away to Naxxar.

Lunch was booked at the Café Luna, located in a magnificent former palace, the Palazzo Parisio, Malta’s most opulent aristocratic home.
It has a rich and interesting history. It was once owned by the Order of the Knights of St John and used as a hunting lodge by the Grand Master Don Antonio Manoel De Vilhena. The Orangerie, which the Grand Master installed, is still a fabulous feature.

Today, it is managed by Christiane Ramsay Scicluna, the Baroness of Tabria and her daughter Justine Pergola. It is one of the premier heritage attractions in Malta and a must-see on every tourist itinerary.

It was such a pleasant warm day that we opted to dine al fresco in the outstanding gardens next to the orchard. After ordering our food, we went for a leisurely walk to explore our surroundings. The gardens were quite magnificent and very peaceful. The menus put together by Italian chef Marco Pinelli are heavily influenced by neighbouring Italy, serving many different types of pasta. A typical favourite dish of the Maltese is baked macaroni and this is available at the café. A number of Maltese and international classics are also on the menu.

Gozo Channel BoatAfter a delightful afternoon, we checked into our hotel The Corinthia San Gorg located on the water’s edge at St George’s Bay. The panoramic views from our fourth floor executive room were spectacular. Upgrading to the executive floor has many benefits including express check-in and access to the executive lounge, which is stocked with complimentary snacks and refreshments.
Breakfast is also served in the lounge, allowing you to bypass the queues at the breakfast buffet.
The room itself was quite comfortable with a private balcony that overlooks the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool as well as views of the Med. There was a luxurious queen size bed, mini bar, complimentary wi-fi and coffee and tea-making facilities. Best of all were the Espa bathroom products. The hotel also gives you access to a private beach.

Dinner was booked at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant the Caviar & Bull. Malta’s renowned chef Marvin Gauci runs the kitchen, serving up modern Med cuisine. Many of the dishes are unique to Caviar & Bull including steamed local mini prawns, wagyu tacos, hand-carved house smoked salmon and Parmegiano foam. Excellent.

The next day, after breakfast we headed over to the Fortina Hotel & Spa for a beginners’ session of Pilates. This was my first taste of Pilates. It was quite a pleasant session and I vowed I’d continue with simpler exercises once I returned home.

Lunch was at the Fortina Terrace, located in Sliema with stunning views of the old town of Valletta, Malta’s capital. After a superb lunch we headed out to walk it off in Valletta, taking in the city’s many baroque palaces, churches and the open-air market. To round the day off, we opted for a trip around the Grand Harbour. We took a water taxi on a dghajsa, a typical Maltese gondola-shaped boat.

Collecting Sea Salt - 0044On our last day, we headed out to Gozo, which is a short 25-minute ferry crossing. Gozo means joy and it’s easy to see how this name was given by the Aragonese in 1282.

Gozo is greener, more rural and a lot smaller than Malta and life moves at a much more leisurely pace. We had an informative tour of the island that included the 350-year-old salt pans, which stretch 3km along the coast. They are more than just scenic, they are part of the centuries-old tradition of sea salt production.

Later, we headed out to Ta’ Mena Estate for a wine-tasting session and lunch, a reflection of the island’s produce, fresh colourful and typical Maltese dishes in plentiful quantities.

Our time on Malta was brief and we have vowed to return as soon as we can to explore some more.

The picturesque village of Ghasri

Ghasri (pronounced Asri) is the smallest parish in Gozo, though you would not think it by looking at its huge domed church.Ghasri church The traditional church square has this area’s usual trio of a little police station with blue lantern, a red British phone booth and an old-fashioned red letter box in the wall. The church dedicated to Christ the Saviour does not look modern but was in fact built in the 20th century.

Around this village Gozo Farmhouses Ltd.  have a number of converted farmhouses (all with swimming pools): Gamiema, Sardinella, Tamra, Perla, Lara, Tina, Palma, Orchidea. For detailed information about these properties and booking online, one can browse the website: www.gozofarmhouses.com

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Photos of Farmhouse Palma: Pool Area, Sitting area & Main bedroom with 4-Poster Bed

DJ Garrix to close Isle of MTV 2015

Superstar DJ Martin Garrix is the first named confirmed for this year’s Isle Of MTV, a free open-air concert held annually in Malta’s Il-Fosos Square.

martin-garrix-isle-of-mtv-maltaThe event, which regularly attracts a crowd of over 50,000, will be held on July 7 and is filmed and edited into a 60 minute special across MTV channels.

Garrix’s break-out hit Animals is certified platinum in the US and has received almost half a billion views on YouTube. He will deliver the closing set, with additional performers to be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Martin Garrix will join us for IOMTV 2015,” said Bruce Gillmer, executive vice-president, music, talent programming and events of VIMN.

Over the nine years that Isle Of MTV has been held in Malta, the number of visitors to the island under the age of 24 has increased by 120.9% and now account for 19.9% of all tourists. Past performers have included Enrique Iglesias, Lady Gaga, Nicole Scherzinger, Will.i.am and Rudimental.

Heritage Malta’s Citadel Museums – Restoration Works

Extensive restoration works have been ongoing in the Gozo Citadel for these last few years as part of an EU-funded project focusing on the restoration and upgrading of the Citadel. The project was embarked upon by the Ministry for Gozo and is to include also the transformation of a mid-19th century water reservoir into a visitor centre.

Citadel works 01Following the completion of restoration works on the bastion walls, attention turned on the interior of the Citadel complex. At this stage, structural ruins are being restored, new services are being distributed beneath the surface of existing passage ways, a new pavement is being laid out, any archaeological remains encountered during the monitored process are documented and preserved in the best possible manner, while façades  of surviving structures are being restored under the supervision of the Restoration Directorate.

The latter works include the façades of the Folklore Museum, the Gozo Nature Museum, the Gozo Area Office and the Old Prison. While restoration work on the façades of the first three buildings has already been concluded, work on the façade and side-wall of the Old Prison is nearing completion. In addition, architectural specimens stored inside two sally-ports behind the Gozo Museum of Archaeology have been relocated to make way for the restoration and rehabilitation of the said sally-ports as part of the same upgrading project.

Citadel works 03To complement the general upgrade that is taking place throughout the Citadel, gift-shop facilities in the Citadel museums are being likewise upgraded to meet expected demands and improve the visitor experience. It is being envisaged that, in the near future, all Heritage Malta museums and sites will offer a considerable variety of official merchandise from its premises.

Visit all four Heritage Malta Citadel Museums on the first Sunday of each month and benefit from a 50% discount on the standard admission price. For further information about the Citadel museums, please call Heritage Malta on (+356) 21564188 or on (+356) 2295 4000.

Real Time information panel & screen installed at Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal

A 40″ screen and a Real Time information panel (RTI) have been installed at the Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal for the convenience of commuters. This was carried out on an initiative of the Ministry for Gozo,

Cirkewwa_Terminal_MonitorsThe screen shows live streaming of the Bus Terminus at Cirkewwa. Gozo channel Personnel provided the power outlet and installed the screen. The RTI unit provides scrolling information about departure and arrival times of buses.

The unit works using a GSM connection. Malta Public Transport, has provided the RTI panel free of charge and will be maintaining the unit.

Carnival weekend….!!

Carnival fever is about to get underway in Gozo, with everyone hoping that the weather will stay fine for what promises to be fun-packed 5 days of carnival events for all ages.Carnival 3

The programme of entertainment starts in Victoria this evening, with the traditional and spontaneous Carnival in St George’s Square, starting at 7.30pm.

Then on Saturday, it’s all about the children in the morning with family-friendly fun at St Francis Square, Victoria, starting at 10,00am, following that in the evening, before the Nadur Spontaneous Carnival kicks off, there will be a colourful carnival parade in Republic Street to Fortunato Mizzi Street, starting 7.30pm

Carnival 1On Sunday, starting at 3.00pm, the Gozo Regional Carnival kicks off, with a defilé along Republic Street, and carnival dance performed by various dance companies in Fortunato Mizzi Street, with grotesque masks, grand carnival floats and musical bands.

Monday, at 7.30pm the Gozo Regional Carnival will get underway, with a Defilé along Republic Street – Carnival Dance Companies, grotesque masques, carnival floats, bands and Carnival Folk Dance along Fortunato Mizzi Street, Victoria.

The Grand Finalé along Republic Street, will take place on Tuesday, starting at 7.00pm, with Carnival Dance Companies, grotesque masques, carnival floats, bands and Carnival Folk Dance along Fortunato Mizzi Street, Victoria.

Carnival 4Other carnival events will also be taking place in villages across the island, including the very popular Nadur Spontaneous Carnival, from Friday, the 13th to Tuesday, the 18th of February. A unique carnival well known throughout the world. It will take place in December 13th Street and St. Peter & St. Paul Square, as well as the surrounding streets, beginning after sunset each day and lasting till the early morning hours.

 Carnival 5In Xewkija, the Carnival activity is taking place on Sunday, and begins at 9.30am with the Banda Prekursur, which starts the defile from St. Bert Street with the ‘Karrijiet’ which ends at St. John’s the Baptist Square. In the Square there will be a completion of Carnival costumes as well as dance groups and the traditional ‘Kukkanja.’ The events are due to finish at around midday.

Xaghra Local Council is organising various activities during Carnival time. On Saturday, from 7.30pm onwards there will be a Carnival programme in Nazzarenu Square with the participation of local dance companies, competitions for the best costume in show, the traditional kukkanja and the traditional kumittiva dance.

The Gozitan traditional ftira will be on sale. A free glass of wine will be given to the audience present. The evening will be presented by local singer Joe Demicoli. The programme finishes at around 11.00pm.

Prinjolata_Arka_Xaghra_CarnivalThis year visitors to the Xaghra Carnival will also have the opportunity to partake in a piece of Prinjolata, which has been made in aid of the Arka Foundation, and is expected to weigh around 600kg.

Organised by the Fondazzjoni Kummuttiva tax-Xaghra and Tal-Laku Confectionery, the cutting of the ‘Prinjolata’ will be on Saturday, from 7.30pm onwards in Nazzarenu Square.

The ‘Prinjolata’ will also be available on Sunday, at Victory Square in Xaghra from 9.00am onwards.

Carnival 2On Carnival Sunday, starting from 10.30am: Carnival band marches by the Victory Band of Xaghra, starting from near Ta’ Kola Windmill in Bambina Street along Frangisk Camilleri Street, Imqades Street, 8th September Avenue and Victory Square.

From noon onwards: A varied Carnival programme in Victory Square, including a defilé of Carnival floats, dance by local companies and the traditional kumittiva dance. The event will be presented by the comic actors Gorg and Pawlu. The programme finishes at around 3.30pm.

Zebbug, Gozo, also has a Carnival programme of events organised on Sunday for all the family. The Carnival festivities will end with the traditional “Kukkanja” challenge and fun for all. Another attraction will be a huge “Prinjolata” and all those who attend will be able to get a piece to taste for free.

Malta Public Transport has said that it will be running special bus services in Gozo during the Carnival days, from Friday, the 13th to Sunday, the 15th of February.

Gozo Channel are also running extra early morning trips on Sunday for Carnival 2014 in Gozo.

So take a break, visit Gozo and and experience some Gozo Carnival events that are planned for all the family to enjoy. You will be welcomed with a riot of colour and plenty of excitement to keep all ages entertained.

(gozonews.com)