More projects under the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs

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The Ministry for Gozo is assisting the Victoria International Arts Festival Foundation with a financial assistance of ¬49.500 in order to implement its project under the eco-Gozo scheme for Non Governmental Organisations, which is in line with the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012.

This project includes the conservation of two Baroque organs found in St George's Basilica, the purchase of a harpsichord and the organisation of master classes in various musical disciplines. The master classes, which kicked off on the 5th of September and will continue until the 15th of October, include lessons of piano, violin, clarinet, brass, singing, harpsichord and chamber music in various levels. All these provide an opportunity to promote Gozo as a high quality baroque music destination. With a strong international marketing campaign, the initiatives undertaken will be promoted throughout the year so as to maximise participation for the benefit of internal and external cultural tourism. Other marketing initiatives include an interactive website, publications in specialised journals and television spots.

The Minister for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono, visited St George's Basilica in Victoria Gozo during a harpsichord master class conducted by Ms Bridget Cunningham. She explained the link between these initiatives and the measures proposed in the eco-Gozo action plan with regards to culture and identity. Whilst praising the continuous contribution by the Victoria International Arts Festival Foundation throughout the year, and also the participants of the master classes, the Minister for Gozo explained that these projects are important for the sustainable development of the island. "The strengthening of cultural tourism in Gozo is essential for the island's economy because it offers a value added experience to all those who visit our island" stated the Minister for Gozo.

Through two eco-Gozo schemes launched by the Ministry for Gozo, one for NGOs and the other for Local Councils and Administrative Councils, a total of 51 projects are being implemented, with a total financial aid of around ¬1.9 million.

14. 09. 2011