Photos from yesterday’s opening of the exhibition.
This Saturday, 25 June 2016, the Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria hosted the volunteers who help to keep Il-Ħaġar Museum open to lunch.
The volunteers, who include Gozitans and ex-pat residents on the island, were the special guests at the restored Square Piano inaugural recital on the third floor of the museum. In welcoming them and the other guests, Mgr Farrugia made a special mention of the essential contribution that they give to keep the Museum running and accessible to the public on a seven-day per week basis.
The Il-Ħaġar volunteers were are the special guests at a lunch held, after the recital, inside the spacious and lovely dining halls in the recently built annexes to St George’s Basilica. Conceived primarily as a thank-you lunch, the Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria opened the lunch also to a number of paying guests to help cover the remaining expenses in the restoration of the Square Piano.
This made it possible to give exposure to this aspect of our museum’s life, that is, the input that so many generous people make towards the successful venture that Il-Ħaġar Museum is. The two-hour stint they give every week at the front-desk, their words of welcome to visitors and their polite appeal for a contribution are invaluable. As everybody knows, the museum entry is free of charge.
Visitors of this site who might read this and become interested in joining the Il-Ħaġar Volunteers Group are welcome to contact us or email Mrs Doris Cini, Group Coordinator.
This year there will be a series of Lunch time concerts by students attending the Visual and Performing Arts School in Gozo – Music Department, who are also accompanied by their teachers. The concerts will be held every Saturday and there will be four. The first one was held last Saturday and the next one is this Saturday 12th December at 11.30am. Entrance is free.
A Roman icon inspired by the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis has been donated to Il-Ħaġar | Heart of Gozo Museum.
The icon was presented to curator Mgr Dr Joseph Farrugia by Franco Bedini, member of the Schola Polifonica Romana which, on Sunday, 12 July 2015, was performing in the penultimate concert of the Victoria International Arts Festival. The initiative came from Roberto Colavalle, the Schola’s musical director and longtime friend of St George’s basilica.
The icon bears the Christ Pantocrator, that is, Christ as ruler of the world. Written in egg tempera and pure gold, the icon features the misericordiae vultus, the merciful face of God revealed in Jesus who appears with his right hand in Trinitarian blessing and the left holding the Latin script: “Non veni vocare iustos sed peccatores in paenitentiam” – “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5,32).
Pope Francis will formally open the Holy Year of Mercy on 8 December 2015 and it will run until November 2016.
As he received it on behalf of Il-Ħaġar Museum, Mgr Farrugia suggested that the Museum Foundation should eventually donate the Vultus Misericordiae icon to St George’s basilica to find its place alongside the icon of the Great Jubilee of the year 2000.
The icon is on view at Il-Ħaġar Museum.
(Photos Joe Borg)
Yesterday evening a BBQ has been organised by the museum curator, Mgr Joseph Farrugia, on the museum’s roof for the volunteers and collaborators of Il-Ħaġar museum. Mgr Joseph Farrugia was helped by many youths whose input made this event possible. Though yesterday was unusually chilly, especially for this time of the year, the event was well attended, and Mgr Farrugia thanked everyone for the continuous support to the museum.
Activities at the museum continue this evening with a great brass concert as part of the Victoria International Arts Festival. For more details please visit www.viaf.org.mt.
On Saturday, 1 November at the Museum there was the presentation of an elegant and luxurious guide book, entitled St George’s Basilica and its Il-Ħaġar Museum, Victoria, Gozo, comprising 84 full colour pages, brimming with information about the arts, history and life of the Basilica and its Museum. The publication is part of the Malta Insight Heritage Guides collection and was done with the collaboration of Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria. The man behind this guide book is Pawlu Mizzi who loves the community of St George and anything related. The foreward note is by Msgr Joseph Farrugia, the Museum Curator.
The book can be acquired from the museum for a price of €12.
(Photos: Toni Farrugia)
An exhibition by Hermine Anna Sammut, titled Broken Life, has been inaugurated at Il-Ħaġar museum. The exhibition is open for public viewing until 9th November and is opened from 9am to 5.30pm. The event is also part of Festival Mediterranea now in its 13th edition.
(Photos: Toni Farrugia)
The Friends of the Museum yesterday organized a luncheon at St George’s Parish as part of its fund-raising activities. The event was a complete success and fully-booked. Chef Malcolm Camilleri and his team of youths as usual presented us with superb food which enriched the event. Many patrons turned up with families and friends and everyone was indeed in good company in this pre-Christmas period. Thanks to all volunteers, whose work and dedication made all this possible.