Birgufest 2017 - Programme of Activities

 



 
PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES
 


Friday 13th October - Morning
 
Invitation to all schools to participate in the inauguration of the Birgufest 2017 activities:
 
09:00 - 12:00             Guided Tours organized for the School Children around various historical places in the City of Birgu.
                       
·         St. Lawrence Church
·         Gilormu Cassar Streeet
·         Auberge d’Angleterre
·         Post of Castille
·         St. Dominic’s Priory and Annuncation Church
·         Church of St. Anne – St. Scholastica Street
·         The Inquisitor’s Palace
·         The Maritime Museum
·         Fun Train Tour
·         Norman House
·         War Shelters
 
09:00 – 12:00             Couvre Porte
 
-           Project Lazarus Malta
A Medieval Re-Enactment
 
9:00 – 12:00               Collachia Area
 
-          Folk Music: Zaqq u Tanbur by Edmond Jackson
-          Inguardia Parades
 
9:00 -12:00                Triq il-Foss
  
-          Educational Talk about Recycling with the participation of Mascot Cikka
-           
12:00 – 13:00              Triq it-Torri ta` San Gwann
 
-          Zumba session
                                                     
 
Friday 13th October - Evening
 
   Couvre Porte
 
18:30till late               - Artisan Market
 
19:00 – 23:00             - Project Lazarus Malta
                                       A Medieval Re-Enactment
 
 
 Birgu’s Ditch (Il-Foss tal-Birgu)
 
-           The Foss in Birgu shall be open to public
 
 
19:00 – till late           Auberge d`Angletterre
 
-          Nisġa – An Art Exhibition and Fashion Design by
                                               Anthony Patrick Vella and Simona Vella
 
19:00 – till late           Auberge de France
 
                                   
-          Art ExhibitionBy Bernice Buhagiar: A collective art exhibition of artist/teacher and her students.
 
19:00 – till late            Parish Hall
 
-          10 mins feature: The Vittoriosa Experience
 
 
                               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 Happy Train Malta
 
                                     
 
19:00 - 00:00                        Live Concert in Misraħ ir-Rebħa
 
19:30 – 21:30          FiveStrokeSix
           
 
22:00 – 00:00          Prison Brew
 
 
Saturday 14th October - Morning
               
10:00 - 11:00                         Band Parade by The Red Hackled Pipe Band Malta
 
9:00   - 11:00                         Parade by Inguardia
 
 
 
Saturday 14th 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.
 
19:00 – till late           St. James’ Tower
 
                                          19.00 -  19:45      Soul Street Dancers
                                          20:00 – 22:00      DBanned
                                          22:15– 00:00      Planet Seed
                                         
 
18:30 till late              Couvre Porte
 
·         Artisan Market
 
·         Entertainment by Happy Citars
 
·         Project Lazarus Malta
   A Medieval Re-Enactment
 
                                  Birgu’s Ditch (Il-Foss tal-Birgu)
 
                                   The Foss in Birgu shall be open to public
 
 
19:00 – till late           Collachio Area
 
                                     Folk Music by Camilleri Trio
 
                                        
20.00 – 22:00              St. Anne’s Chapel (Monastery of St. Scholastica)
 
                                       20:00 – 20:45   Vox Dulcis Chorale
 
                                       21:15 – 22:15   Andrew Lawrence Zarb & Francesco Girxi
                                                                                         (triumphet & organist)
 
 
20:00 - 22:00               Church of the Annunciation – Main Gate Street
                                   
                                     20:00 – 20.30    Rosabelle Bianchi & Dr. Romina Morrow
                                                                                         (soprano & organist)
 
                                     21:15 -  22:00 Vox Dulcis Chorale
 
 
 
20:00 - 22:15               St. Lawrence Conventual and Collegiate Church
 
                                    20:00 – 21:30   Joy Gosepl Singers
 
                                    21:45 -  22:15   Rosabelle Bianchi & Dr. Romina Morrow
                                                                              (soprano & organist)
 
 
20:00 - 23:30               Poste of Castille
 
                                    Xarulu       
 
 
20:00 - 00:00              La Vallette Street ( is-Simenta )
 
                                    Amplified
 
 
20:00 - 23:00              Fosse Street
 
                                   Birgufest 2017 - Short Film Festival
 
 
20:00 – 00:00            Triq il-Mandragg
 
                                   Bernie & Pod
 
 
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 Happy Train Malta            
 
 
 
20:00 – 00:00            Near St.Lawrence Church
 
                         Exhibition of Lanterns by Mdina Glass
 
 
 
19:00 – 00:00           Parish Church
 
-          10 mins feature : The Vittoriosa Experience
                           
 
 
19:00 - 00:00                         Pjazza tal-Belt Vittoriosa – Main Stage
 
19:00 – 19:45            Folk Dance and Music by Gruppo de Cantares de
                         Condeixa (Portugal)           
20:00 – 21:00 Buzuki Hakan&Çiğdem Group 
21:15 -  22:00 Cushion
22:15 –  00:00 Bruno Santori Band feat. Ira Losco          
 
 
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.  (Fort St.Angelo will be open on Saturday only)
 
  • 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 2017
 
 
  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.
 
      Exhibitions:
 
Art ExhibitionBy Bernice Buhagiar: A collective art exhibition of artist/teacher and her students.
 
Exhibition (Statwetti ta` tafal) by Johann Aquilina
 
 
  1. Auberge de France (Cellar)
 
Candle Exhibition and New Fragrance Launch by Stephen Cordina
 
 
  1. Auberge D’Angleterre
                                   
            Art Exhibition and Fashion Design by Anthony Patrick and Simona Vella
 
 
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 6:00pm and 1:30am starting from Triq il-Missjoni Taljana, Kalkara,  Kordin near the Hibs Football ground continuing onto Garden Road, Zabbar to Triq il-Gublew tal-Fidda, Birgunext 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 15th 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''
 
10:00 – 12:00Folk Dance and Music by Gruppo de Cantares de Condeixa (Portugal)
 
10:00 – 12:00 Maltese Folk Dance and Music by Mnarja Folk Group
 
10:00 -  12:00 In Guardia Parade
 
 
09:00 – 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.