Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana draws to a successful close
The sixth edition of Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana, organised by the Ministry for Gozo, draws to a close today, Sunday 20th May.
One of the focal points of this year’s event was the newly renovated Villa Rundle Gardens, and its various spots including the Greek-style amphitheatre. Over the weekend activities included an Artists’ Garden, with the students of the Music, Arts and Drama Schools in Gozo celebrating the four seasons of culture in art, music, dance and drama, folk groups, animation and face-painting for children as well as dance shows. Another popular activity proved to be the Health Awareness Campaign coordinated by the Health Promotion Unit within the Gozo General Hospital which attracted considerable participation throughout Saturday evening.
Foot and bus tours once again proved to be popular with visitors. These included visits to rural chapels, the flora and fauna of Gozo’s countryside and the Citadel’s hidden curiosities. St George’s Square hosted a local crafts and handicrafts fair, with stands of traditional Gozitan crafts and gastronomy products.
The horse-drawn carriage rides from St Francis Square to Villa Rundle Gardens also proved to be popular amongst Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana patrons. Several music performances were held on Independence Square, the Gozo Citadel and Villa Rundle itself, apart from other activities, including historic re-enactments, entertainment for children and other street animation. All of them provided different genres and rhythms to suit different tastes.
Entertainment kept going until the early hours of Sunday and went on up to late Sunday afternoon.
Maltese residents who came over to Gozo were given a complimentary crossing by Gozo Channel Co Ltd through a special scheme that was valid between 1.15a.m. and 11.30p.m. on Sunday. Foot passengers only benefitted through this scheme.
Once again Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana provided entertainment for all through a mixture of old and new which also brought out the island of Gozo’s unique traditional and natural characteristics. Moreover it provided added attractions for locals and visitors alike many of whom expressed their appreciation for the varied programme presented.
Due to the prevailing weather forecasts on Sunday, the musical ‘Stella u Leone’ which was to be held at the Villa Rundle amphitheatre on Sunday evening had to be postponed. This musical, based on the script by Gozitan poetess Mary Meilaq and directed by George Mizzi, will now be presented at the same venue on Sunday 3rd June 2012.
The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo accompanied the Prime Minister the Hon. Lawrence Gonzi and Mrs Gonzi on their visits to various activities held during Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The Minister for Gozo expressed her satisfaction on yet another successful conclusion of a Lejlet Lapsi Notte Gozitana edition. The Minister thanked all those who participated especially the visitors who attended and made this year’s addition another memorable event.