The Malta Independent on Sunday

Din l-Art Helwa Comino Fest activity at Comino Tower


The 1618 St Mary’s Tower on Comino will be packed with action during the Comino Fest taking place on 19 and 20 August.

Din l-Art Helwa Gozo and Comino volunteers have planned a packed programme for families and visitors alike that will see reenactmen­ts organised for the occasion by the Compagnia San Michele who demonstrat­e the life and times of the 17th Century in authentic period costume. A Young People’s Heritage Challenge will test young visitors with a written quiz and volunteers will guide them on a treasure hunt in search of clues. Prizes and certificat­es will be awarded to successful participan­ts.

The Tower will be open to Visitors on Friday 19 August between 11am and 9pm. Living History in the early 17th Century by the Compagnia San Michele will take place between 6pm and 9pm while at 7.30pm they will give a demonstrat­ion of the arms and armour of the time.

On Saturday 20 August, the Tower will be open from 10.30am to 8pm. Re-enactments by the Compagnia San Michele will be staged all day between 10.30am and 6pm with a demonstrat­ion on arms and armour at 11am.

Admission is free to these family action packed days but Din lArt Helwa will be grateful for donations to the upkeep of the tower. With its 360 degree view over the Gozo Channel and the breathtaki­ng sight directly over the Blue Lagoon, a trip to the roof is well worth the visit.

Any volunteers who wish to join the team to assist please do contact Carolyn Clements on 2018 is the 400th Anniversar­y of this imposing Coastal Tower built to strengthen the defence of the Gozo Comino channel by Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt, and the Gozo and Comino team are looking to build up the volunteer programme in the run up to this important anniversar­y.

For more informatio­n please contact 9905 1866.

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