Open Day at Ġgantija Temples on 1st November

As part of the European Heritage Days, which this year will carry the theme “Heritage Built in Stone”, Heritage Malta will be holding an Open Day of the newly inaugurated Ġgantija Temples Heritage Park on Friday 1st November.

The Ġgantija Temples consist of two megalithic temples surrounded by a massive common boundary wall and dating to between 3600 BC and 3200 BC. One of the most striking features of the entire complex, the boundary wall, is built using the header and stretcher technique, with the megaliths alternating face out and edge out to provide structural stability. The name of the complex is derived from the Maltese word “ġgant” meaning giant.

Together with another five megalithic temples present in our islands Ġgantija Temples are listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Following the inauguration of the Archaeological Heritage Conservation Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, Ġgantija Temples Heritage Park now incorporates an interpretation centre focusing on Gozo’s prehistory. Visitors can enjoy new and exciting interpretation material on our prehistoric ancestors. The brand new interpretation centre provides an educational yet entertaining experience to all its visitors, taking them back in time by means of the new pathway which leads from the interpretation centre to the temples themselves. All this will be possible free of charge during the Open Day on the 1st of November between 9am and 5pm (last admission at 4:30pm).

This is the latest of initiatives that Heritage Malta has accustomed the Maltese and foreign visitors to in its commitment to make our cultural heritage accessible to all. For more information about this and other similar initiatives one can visit the official Heritage Malta website http://www.heritagemalta.org or follow the agency’s pages on Facebook.

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Heritage Malta to launch exhibition and new halls during Birgufest

During this year’s Birgufest on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October Heritage Malta will launch an exhibition and new halls at the Inquisitor’s Palace and organize a Harbour Tour and other promotions.poster 5

The first event will be the exhibition “Fort St Angelo – National and Cinematic Icon” which will run between 11th and 20th October at the Inquisitor’s Palace. Fort St Angelo, in the heart of the Grand Harbour, is considered the flagship of Maltese fortifications. Through the years it established itself as an irreplaceable icon of Malta’s identity. During the past century, Fort St Angelo rose in its iconographic value, featuring prominently in memorabilia and promotional items of Malta. This exhibition portrays various items which display Fort St Angelo as one of Malta’s most popular views.

The Fort also played an important role in Malta’s early cinema history. Built within the fort during the early 20th century is one of Malta’s first Naval cinemas. Albeit not for civilian use, it was very popular for the entertainment of officers stationed at the Fort when it served as headquarters of the British Navy in the Mediterranean. In collaboration with the Cinema Heritage Group, this exhibition offers an evocative historic overview of the Fort’s cinema through several original artefacts and film footage relating to cinema heritage in Malta.

fortifications harbour tour 2On Saturday 12th, “The Fortifications Harbour Tour” will include a guided tour of the Harbour by boat, taking those present into the various creeks around the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett. The tour, which will set sail from the marina opposite the Fort St. Angelo’s entrance at 10:00hrs and will last for approximately two hours, will focus on the fortifications built during the era of the Knights of St John and later modified by the British, explaining their history and importance for the Islands’ defence and economy during the Great Siege and the two World Wars. Tickets, available on a first come first served basis, can be purchased from all Heritage Malta sites and museums.

During Birgufest, those visiting the Inquisitor’s Palace will have the opportunity to have a special preview of the new halls which have recently been restored and which will eventually serve as conference rooms in the near future. Also at the Inquisitor’s Palace, a copy of Heritage Malta’s publication “De Soldanis: an eighteenth century intellectual” normally sold at €15 will be available against a €5 donation. Visitors may also benefit from special discounts on Heritage Malta’s publications and merchandise as well as purchase a brand new print of the Inquisitor’s Palace by artist Stephanie Borg.

At the Malta Maritime Museum, besides the permanent collection on display, visitors will also be able to view the exhibition launched on the 8th of September featuring a few selected pieces from the reserve collection depicting key events in Maltese history which occurred on 8 September.

Admission to both the Inquisitor’s Palace and the Malta Maritime Museum will be at a special price of €2.

For further information one should visit Heritage Malta’s official website http://www.heritagemalta.org or follow the events on Facebook.

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Heritage Malta to launch two exhibitions during Notte Bianca

Heritage Malta will be launching two different exhibitions during this year’s Notte Bianca on Saturday 5th of October.

leaflet outThe first of the two exhibitions entitled “Maltese Landscape” will be held at the Auberge d’Italie in Merchant Street and will run until the 15th of October. Maltese landscapes have been a constant source of inspiration for artists to copy and interpret. They have been and are still popular with visitors to the islands who look for mementoes to take home with them. Maltese landscapes have been eagerly collected as evidence of a nostalgic past, oftentimes lost.

This will be in fact the first in a series of exhibitions aimed at revisiting well-known themes in Maltese art history presented by Heritage Malta’s National Museum of Fine Arts. The ArtiMalta series, as the sequence of exhibitions shall be known, will showcase works by Maltese artists in response to a theme or topic with the first on Maltese Landscape. The exhibition shall present a broad overview of the latest in Maltese landscapes and the varied ways, styles and media through which landscape inspires Maltese artists.

The second exhibition under the title “Mixja ta’ Poplu” will take visitors on a journey along the milestones marking the most significant eras and episodes in the history of the nation including Independence Day, Freedom Day and Malta’s accession to the EU by means of a number of projections and artefacts related to the particular era or event.

“Mixja ta’ Poplu” will be held in the basement of Auberge de Castille and will remain open for the whole month of October. Those visiting the exhibition during Notte Bianca will have the opportunity to benefit from a special offer on the book “Roots of a nation”. The publication will be sold at €5 instead of the normal price of €12.

For more information regarding the exhibitions, one may visit the official Heritage Malta website www.heritagemalta.org or follow the official Facebook page.

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Heritage Malta sets sail … again!

After the great success in September Heritage Malta will once again be setting sail this time during the annual Birgufest on Saturday 12th October on an initiative that should once again entice all those who love Malta for its cultural heritage and its beautiful sea and were forced to miss out the first time.

“The Fortifications Harbour Tour” will include a guided tour of the Harbour area byfortifications harbour tour 2 boat, taking those present into the various creeks around the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett, such as French Creek, Marsa Creek and Lazaretto.

The tour, which will set sail from the marina opposite the Fort St. Angelo entrance at 10:00hrs and will last for approximately two hours, will focus on the fortifications built during the era of the Knights of St John and later modified by the British, explaining their history and importance for the Islands’ defence and economy during the Great Siege and the two World Wars.

Tickets, available on a first come first served basis, can be purchased from all Heritage Malta sites and museums.

For further information one should call on 23954242, visit Heritage Malta’s official website http://www.heritagemalta.org or follow the event on Facebook.

 

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