Bir­gufest 2017

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

The Birgu Lo­cal Coun­cil, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Tourism, Par­lia­ment Sec­re­tary for Cul­ture and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, The De­part­ment for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and the Mediter­ranean Tourism Foun­da­tion, will be or­gan­is­ing the 14th edi­tion of Bir­gufest be­tween Fri­day, 13 and Sun­day, 15 October.

The pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties meets dif­fer­ent sec­tors mostly the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor, pre­sent­ing the his­tor­i­cally rich city of Vit­to­riosa as well as the cul­ture of the Mal­tese Is­lands.

For this event to be a suc­cess, the Birgu lo­cal coun­cil be­gins the re­quired prepa­ra­tions from months be­fore, with the help of lo­cal vol­un­teers. All the hard work car­ried out dur­ing the past months is the guar­an­tee for the suc­cess of Bir­gufest, a re­mark­able ex­pe­ri­ence for those vis­it­ing, not only for the Mal­tese but also for the tourists who plan their hol­i­day around Bir­gufest.

Bir­gufest 2017 will kick off on the morn­ing of Fri­day, 13 October where the city of Birgu will wel­come ap­prox­i­mately 1,800 stu­dents from schools around Malta and Gozo. These chil­dren will have the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover Birgu in a fun but ed­u­ca­tional way, vis­it­ing his­tor­i­cal build­ings and mu­se­ums and learn­ing about the his­tory of this city.

On Fri­day evening, var­i­ous bands will be play­ing in the main square and ac­tiv­i­ties will go on un­til mid­night.

On Satur­day, prepa­ra­tions for the can­dle lit night will start early in the morn­ing. This year, on Satur­day morn­ing, the Birgu lo­cal coun­cil will host the mayor of Vig­nanello and his wife to­gether with a del­e­ga­tion from the lo­cal coun­cil of this Ital­ian city. On this day a twin­ning agree­ment will be signed be­tween the two cities in the ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices of the Birgu lo­cal coun­cil. The Red Hack­led Pipe Bands and the In Guardia pa­rade will march through the streets of Birgu.

On Satur­day, from early af­ter­noon with the help of many res­i­dents, 32,000 can­dles will start to be lit, their light will show­case the beauty of the old but rich streets of the city and will amaze the thou­sands of vis­i­tors present dur­ing this spec­tac­u­lar night.

Var­i­ous bands and folk­lore groups, even in­ter­na­tional groups from Por­tu­gal and In­dia, will en­ter­tain vis­i­tors dur­ing the night. A group of Amer­i­can street dancers, who were brought thanks to the Amer­i­can Em­bassy in Malta, will also par­tic­i­pate in the ac­tiv­i­ties. In re­spect to a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing signed be­tween the city of Birgu and that of Bo­drum in Turkey, a Turk­ish group will en­ter­tain the crowd with a con­cert in the main square of Birgu. In re­la­tion to this par­tic­u­lar ac­tiv­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the lo­cal coun­cil of Bo­drum ac­com­pa­nied by the mayor’s wife will also be present.

The high­lights of this year’s Birgu by can­dle light will be the var­i­ous ex­hi­bi­tions show­cas­ing a va­ri­ety of Mal­tese tal­ent, the yearly Ar­ti­san Mar­ket and con­certs in the churches of Birgu. Fi­nally the Ital­ian mae­stro Bruno San­tori, to­gether with the Mal­tese singer Ira Losco, will en­ter­tain those present with an un­for­get­table show.

On Sun­day, 15 October, from 10am till noon the Por­tuguese folk­lore group, ac­com­pa­nied by the Mna­jra Folk Group from the is­land of Gozo, will put on a col­lab­o­ra­tive show in Main Square. This year, the Marsa Scouts Pipes and Drums and Wal­lace Pipes and Drums will be march­ing through the main streets of Birgu once again.

The Birgu lo­cal coun­cil would like to in­form the pub­lic es­pe­cially those who will be at­tend­ing the can­dle light event on Satur­day, that there will be a ferry ser­vice and pass boats from Val­letta un­til 2am. There will also be a Park and Ride ser­vice from Gar­den Road, Zab­bar, Triq Mis­sjoni Tal­jana, Kalkara and Kordin (near the Hibs foot­ball ground) for the price of €1 per per­son. We en­cour­age those at­tend­ing to re­spect po­lice or­ders to avoid park­ing prob­lems and traf­fic.

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