The Magical BirguFest
Since its launch seven years ago, thousands of people flock to this festival which has increasingly gained popularity amongst both locals and foreigners alike, raising to the level of a national event. This Festival which this year was organised between the 19th and 20th October, 2012, highlights the beauty and history of Citta Vittoriosa through a number of activities for people of all ages.
This year was no different and the festival once again hosted locals and visitors alike, for another edition of the candle lit magical evening, together with a variety of traditional music, choirs, local and foreign bands. For the young at heart, concerts by renowned local bands rocked the main square of Birgu on Friday and whilst on Saturday the people of all ages relaxed to a concert of mixed music including jazz.
Every year BirguFest aims to focus on the city’s historic heritage and architectural beauty and over the years it has developed into a national event, where thousands of people roam through the narrow and winding streets of this gem of a fortified City. The historic re-enactments, discounted museum entrances, Churches and Auberges contribute to one of the most memorable events in the cultural Maltese calendar.
However, the highlight of this event, was surely, the magical Birgu By Candlelight on Saturday, where all the streets and houses of this magnificent City were lit only by thousands of candles, surely adding a romantic touch to this city’s historical ambience, together with a variety of traditional music, choirs, local and foreign bands.
The festival, organised by the Birgu Local Council with the collaboration of the Parliamentary Secretariat for Consumers, Fair Competition, Local Councils and Public Dialogue, together with the Malta Tourism Authority and various other sponsors, aims to promote and generate interest in the historical heritage of Vittoriosa, the first home of the Knights of St. John in Malta, whilst providing entertainment which suit all taste and ages. Currently the Birgu Local Council has already started working on next year’s event which will take place between the 11th and 12th October, 2013.