Welcome


 

Welcome speech from the Mayor of Birgu, Mr.John Boxall

 

Sinjuri,

Għan-nom tal-Kunsill Lokali tal-Birgu, ġentilment nixtieq nilqagħkom fil-website uffiċjali tal-Belt Marittima, l-Belt tal-Birgu.  Inizjattiva oħra li ħa l-Kunsill Lokali tal-Birgu biex jirrivitalizza u jimmodernizza s-sit uffiċjali tiegħu.

Jien, flimkien ma’ sħabi l-Kunsilliera ninsabu mpenjati biex nutilizzaw l-aħħar teknoloġija, biex noħolqu riżorsi li bihom jibbenefikaw ir-residenti u n-nies li jżuru l-Belt Vittoriosa, u l-internet huwa sors ewlieni ta’ informazzjoni li jista’ jgħin biex dan l-għan jinkiseb.

Din il-Belt antika u medjevali, żmien ilu kienet ġiet assedjata minn setgħat qawwija kif ukoll assedju ieħor fit-Tieni Gwerra Dinjija, fejn din il-Belt ġiet imġarrfa.  Bħal fil-mitoloġija Punika, permezz tar-resistenza taċ-ċittadini tagħha, l-Belt tal-Birgu qamet u saret Belt ta’ arti u kultura. 

Aħna nemmnu li s-sit elettroniku tagħna huwa għodda importanti biex juri lid-dinja l-aspett storiku, arkitettoniku, kulturali u dak soċjali ta’ din il-Belt, bażikament dak kollhu li toffri l-Belt tal-Birgu. 

Grazzi talli qed iżżuru www.birgu.gov.mt

John Boxall
Sindku 

On behalf of the Birgu Local Council, I would like to welcome you to the official website of Malta’s oldest Maritime Capital, the City of Birgu. Yet another initiative which the Local Council embarked upon to re-vitalise and modernize its official website.

My fellow councellors and myself, are equally dedicated to utilizing the latest technology to create helpful resources that benefit the residents and visitors of Citta Vittoriosa; and the internet is a rapid worldwide information service to achieve these aims.

This ancient, medieval City, long ago battered and besieged by the might of opposing powers suffered another bitter siege in World War II, which laid it once again in ruins. Like the mythological phoenix , through the resilience of its citizens, Birgu rose from its ashes to emerge defiantly as a City of art and culture.

We believe that our website is another important tool to advertise to the world the historical, architectural, cultural and social aspects of the City of Birgu - basically what the City of Birgu is capable to offer.

Thank you for visiting www.birgu.gov.mt

John Boxall
Mayor 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Id-Diskors fl-okkazjoni ta` Jum il-Birgu - Is-7 ta` Settembru 2016

 Id-Diskors tal-Okkazjoni ta` Jum il-Birgu - Is-7 ta` Settembru 2016 mis-Sur George Agius

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Birgufest 2016 - Programme of Activities

  

PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES
 
 
Thursday 6th October and Friday 7th October - Morning
 
Invitation to all schools to participate in the inauguration of the Birgufest 2016 activities:
 
 
09:00 - 12:00             Guided Tours organized for the School Children around various historical places in the City of Birgu. This event is being held with the collaboration of the Drama Unit within the Ministry of Education
                       
·         St. Lawrence Church
·         Gilormu Cassar Streeet
·         Auberge d’Angleterre
·         Post of Castille
·         St. Dominic’s Priory
·         Church of St. Anne – St. Scholastica Street
·         The Inquisitor’s Palace
·         The Maritime Museum
·         Fun Train Tour
·         Projekt Lazarus A Medieval Re-Enactment (Couvre Porte)
 
12:00 – 13:00              Victory Square
 
-          Zumba session
                               
                                         
 
 
Friday 7th October - Evening
 
   Couvre Porte
 
18:30 till late              Projekt Lazarus Malta
                                    A medieval re-enactment
 
19:00 - 23:00             - Artisan Market
 
 
   Birgu’s Ditch (Il-Foss tal-Birgu)
 
                                    The Foss in Birgu shall be open to public
 
 
19:00 – till late               Auberge de France
 
Art Exhibitions:
-          ‘Ghajn il-Bahar’ By Bernice Buhagiar: A collective art exhibition of artist/teacher and her students built on the theme of il-Luzzu
-          ‘Pensieri’ by Miray’s Arts and Culture
 
                                   
Fun Train Tours – tours start from Pjazza tal-Belt Vittoriosa
 
-    A pleasant cultural tour around the City of Birgu, on the Fun Train
      Tour organized by Fun Trains
 
                                     
 
 
19:00 - 00:00                          Live Concert in Misrah ir-Rebha
 
19:00 – 19:45                       
        • 1565-‘The Battle through Dance’
        • Musical Memories
            By Kinetic Dance Studio
 
20:00 – 22:00      Xarulu
 
 
22:30 – 00:00     The Travellers
 
 
 
Saturday 8th October - Morning
               
10:00 - 11:00                         Band Parade by The Red Hackled Pipe Band Malta
 
Saturday 8th October - Evening
 
18:30-00:00          On the Birgu Bastions, Streets and Open Spaces
 
 
The Highlight of the Festival
 
Street Lights will be switched off and the City will be lit up by candlelight, creating a magical ambience.
 
 
 
18:00 – 21:30                        Free Guided Cultural Tours
Guided Cultural Tours offered by experienced Tourist Guide Mr. Vincent Zammit. Tours start off from Couvre Porte exactly from Advance Gate.
 
18:00 – 19:00          Birgu through the ages
This walk will take a general view of the history of Birgu by walking through the streets, and looking at buildings representing the different periods. During this walk, we will have the chance to listen to historical details highlighting the importance of Birgu, and listen to stories about personalities and events connected with particular parts.
 
 
19:15 – 20:15          Birgu during the Great Siege 1565
Birgu was at the centre of the struggle during the summer of 1565. A number of fights occurred on the bastions of fortifications around Birgu. This will be a walk during which one would have the chance to learn about events, battles and heroes centred around the defence of Birgu and the defeat of the Ottoman army
 
20:30 – 21:30          British Heritage in Birgu
With the arrival of the British in Malta, Birgu became the main naval centre for the British Navy. This walk will provide one with an insight into the goings-on at the Birgu waterfront, the buildings used by the British, and the personalities associated with this time.
 
19:30 – till late           St. James’ Tower
 
                                          19:30 – 21:30      Malcolm & Band
                                          22:00 – 23:30      D-Banned
                                         
 
18:30 till late              Couvre Porte
 
·         Projekt Lazarus Malta
                                                A medieval re-enactment
 
·         Artisan Market
 
·         Entertainment by Happy Citars
 
Birgu’s Ditch (Il-Foss tal-Birgu)
 
                                   The Foss in Birgu shall be open to public
 
20:00 – till late           Auberge D’Angleterre
                                    Dance with the Knights
                                    Fashion Show by Lara Spiteri (Fashion Designer)
                                        
20.00 – 23:00            St. Anne’s Chapel (Monastery of St. Scholastica)
 
                                         Cappella Sanctae Catherinae
                                         Performance every hour
 
20:30 - 22:00             Church of the Annunciation – Main Gate Street
                                   
                                           Vokafest Choir
                                          Performance every hour
 
 
 
20:30 - 23:00             St. Lawrence Conventual and Collegiate Church
 
                                    Brenda & Bernice
 
 
20:00 - 23:30             Poste of Castille
 
                                     Bernie and Pod Acoustic Duo
 
 
20:30 - 23:00              La Vallette Street ( is-Simenta )
 
                                       Charlie and the SpaceMan
 
 
20:00 - 23:00              Collachio Area
                                   
                                    ‘Melodies from home’
                                     a project in collaboration with V18
 
 
20:00 - 23:00            Fosse Street
 
                                   Birgufest 2016 - Short Film Festival
 
 
20:00 - 23:30         St. Lawrence Street (close to the Freedom Monument)
 
                                 Fun Train Tours
 
-  A pleasant cultural tour around the City of Birgu, on the Fun Train
      Tour organized by Fun Trains     
                                     
 
19:30 - 00:00          Pjazza tal-Belt Vittoriosa – Main Stage
 
 
19:30 – 20:15                       
            • 1565-‘The Battle through Dance’
            • Musical Memories
                                    By Kinetic Dance Studio
 
20:30 – 21:30                        The Crowns
 
 
22:00 – 00:00                        George Cumi l-Puse
 
Places of Interest
 
  • The Conventual and Collegiate Church of St. Lawrence in St. Lawrence Street;
  • The  Church of the Annunciation in Main Gate Street;
  • The Church of St. Anne annexed to the Benedictine Nuns Monastery of St. Scholastica;
  • The Parish Museum within the Oratory of St. Joseph. Access from Victory Square;
  • The Oratory of the Crucifix, adjacent to the Church of St. Lawrence;
  • The Convent and Cloister of the Dominican Friars in Main Gate Street;
  • The St. Lawrence Band Club in Victory Square;
  • The Prince of Wales Own Band Club in Main Gate Street;
  • Traditional Food and Traditional Crafts Market – St. John’s Tower Street;
  • Auberge De France – Hilda Tabone Street;
  • Auberge d’Angleterre – Mistral Street
 
 
Museums
 
  • The Inquisitor’s Palace in Main Gate Street; *
  • The Maritime Museum on the Vittoriosa Waterfront. *
  • Fort St. Angelo
 
*Fort St. Angelo, The Maritime Museum as well as The Inquisitor’s Palace which also includes the National Museum of Ethnography, will be open till midnight on both nights with a reduced entrance of € 2.
 
  • Malta at War Museum – Couvre Porte
*During the BirguFest festival, Malta at War Museum will extend its regular opening hours.
 
 
N.B. – * all places of historical and cultural interest, Museums and exhibitions will be open to the public from 9am till late in the evening.
 
 
Exhibitions during BirguFest 2016
 
 
  1. Norman House in North Street
 
One of the oldest houses in Birgu, which has unique Siculo-Norman features, will be open to the public for free.
 
 
 
  1. Auberge de France in Hilda Tabone Street.
 
Art Exhibitions:
  • ‘Ghajn il-Bahar’ By Bernice Buhagiar: A collective art exhibition of artist/teacher and her students built on the theme of il-Luzzu
  • ‘Pensieri’ by Miray’s Arts and Culture
 
 
  1. Auberge de France (Cellar)
 
Candle Exhibition and New Fragrance Launch by Stephen Cordina
 
Food Stalls
 
The Birgufest organizers have allowed traditional Maltese food and drinks stalls to be set up at Birgu’s Main Square, in St. John’s Tower Street and Xatt ir-Rizq.
 
Parking
 
  • Fortini Football ground
 
  • Next to the Bocci Club of Kalkara (Old Oil Tanking Site – Very Limited Spaces)
 
  • The Birgu Local Council reached an agreement with the Koperattiva Coop Services to have the Park & Ride service between 6pm and 12;30am starting from Kordin, near the Hibs Football ground continuing onto Garden Road, Zabbar to Triq il-Gublew tal-Fidda, Birgu, next to the bus terminus and back. The price per person for every trip will be that of  EUR1
 
 
Water Taxi
 
The Local Council has reached an agreement with the water taxi (dghajsa) owners to provide a service from the Old Customs House in Valletta at a charge of two Euro (€2) per person and from Senglea to Birgu at one Euro (€1) per person.
 
 
First Aid Service
 
First Aid Services will be available at
  • Desain Street, next to the Police Station
  • Doctor and Nurse in attendance at the Auberge d’Angleterre
 
 
Sunday 9th October
 
10:00 – 11:00            Band Parade around the streets of Vittoriosa by ''Massed Pipes and
Drums made up of Marsa Scouts Pipes & Drums and the Wallace Pipes & Drums - Malta''
 
 
 
9:00 – 14:00              Free Guided Cultural Tours
Guided Cultural Tours offered by experienced Tourist Guide Mr. Vincent Zammit. Tours start off from Couvre Porte exactly from Advance Gate.
 
9:00 – 10:00                        The Knights’ Heritage in Birgu
In 1530 the small village of Birgu was to become the centre of Malta. It was to become the headquarters of the Order of the Knights of St John, the headquarters of its Fleet, and the residence of the Grand Master. Birgu was to be at the centre of activities during the Great Siege and it was to remain an important part of the administration of the Order till the very end of their stay in Malta. This walk will showcase the presence of the Order in Birgu, with stops such as the Inquisitor’s Palace, fortifications around Birgu, and the Armoury. 
10:15 – 11:15          Birgu through the ages
This walk will take a general view of the history of Birgu by walking through the streets, and looking at buildings representing the different periods. During this walk, we will have the chance to listen to historical details highlighting the importance of Birgu, and listen to stories about personalities and events connected with particular parts.
 
11:30 – 12:30          Birgu during the Great Siege 1565
Birgu was at the centre of the struggle during the summer of 1565. A number of fights occurred on the bastions of fortifications around Birgu. This will be a walk during which one would have the chance to learn about events, battles and heroes centred around the defence of Birgu and the defeat of the Ottoman army
 
12:45 – 13:45          British Heritage in Birgu
With the arrival of the British in Malta, Birgu became the main naval centre for the British Navy. This walk will provide one with an insight into the goings-on at the Birgu waterfront, the buildings used by the British, and the personalities associated with this time.
 
 
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L-Ewwel Attivita Kulturali fill-Foss tal-Birgu

Nhar l-Erbgha 13 ta' Lulju fil-Foss tal-Birgu itellet l-ewwel attivitia kulturali wara li dan il-post gie renovat u saru bosta xoghlijiet fosthom ir-restawr ta' swar. Din kienet imtella mill-kor Cappella Sanctae Catharinae bil-kollaborazzjoni tal-Kunsill Lokali tal-Birgu u li ghaliha attendew numru ta' mistednin distinti fost nies ohrajn.

Din hija xhieda ta' kif il-Foss tal-Birgu ser jinbidel minn post abbandunat u jintuza ghal hafna skopijiet ulterjuri ghal post ta' centru ta' attivitajiet kulturali. 

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Summer Art Project AZ@K

Ms. Charmaine Zammit, an experienced Art educator and a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Education, University of Malta, will be carrying out a series of Community Art Programmes for youths beyond schooling age (16-21 years). The youths’ participation in these programmes will serve to find out effective hands-on activities for today’s youth, while engaging with the artworks at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta. 

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Il-Kunsill Lokali tal-Birgu jattendi ghall-Laqgha Generali tal-ALDA f`Parigi

 Is-Sindku tal-Birgu, is-Sur John Boxall flimkien mal-President u s-Segretarju Generali flimkien mad-delegati msiehba fl-Assoccjazzjoni Internazzjonali ALDA, waqt laqgha generali li saret f`Parigi fil-11 ta` Gunju 2016, fejn il-Kunsill Lokali tal-Birgu ilhu msieheb f`din l-Assocjazzjoni ghal dan l-ahhar hames snin.

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