The 6th Joseph Vella Memorial Lecture & Inauguration of the Documentary Exhibition from Mro Joseph Vella Music Archive

Il-Ħaġar Museum is excited to start off its weekend of celebratory events commemorating the 11th anniversary of the inauguration of the Museum as well as the 6th anniversary of Mro Joseph Vella’s passing.

On Friday 23 February 2024 at 19:30, you are invited to attend the 6th Joseph Vella Memorial Lecture by Prof. James Corby titled Artifical Inspirations: Technology, the Arts and Us.  

Following is the inauguration of the documentary exhibition What’s in a bequest? The Archive of Mro Joseph Vella.  Material from the Vella Music Archive is to be exhibited until Sunday 24 March 2024.

Please register your attendance at the lecture by emailing:

The exhibition can be viewed during the Museum’s opening hours, Monday to Sunday, 9:00-17:00 at Levels 1 & -1. Entrance is Free.

11th Anniversary Celebratory Luncheon

Il-Ħaġar Museum wishes to invite you on Sunday 25 February 2024 at 12:30 for its Anniversary Luncheon at Ta’ Frenċ restaurant which concludes our weekend of celebratory events commemorating the 11th anniversary of the inauguration of the Museum and the 6th anniversary of Mro Joseph Vella’s passing.

Booking is now open until Friday 23 February.  Please make your reservations by contacting Il-Ħaġar Museum Front Desk or or +356 79561540. 

Full details in the poster below. 

Unknown Prescription – Catalogue Launch

The catalogue for the current collective temporary exhibition at Il-Ħaġar Museum, Unknown Prescription, number 28 in Il-Ħaġar Gems series, will be launched on Saturday 17 February 2024 at 11:00.  The 140 pages catalogue, edited by exhibition curator Austin Camilleri with Joseph Borg and Maria Frendo, includes reproductions of the exhibits as well as a range of write-ups.  The catalogue opens with a Foreward from Founder Mgr Joseph Farrugia and a detailed Curatorial Note by visual artist Austin Camilleri.  Philosophy lecturer Niki Young explores Mario Abela’s work. Creative producer Gabriel Zammit then deals with Charles Balzan. The third collective exhibitor Justin Falzon is discussed by Maria Frendo. Besides these essays, the volume also includes biographical notes of the three exhibitors.

The event is free of charge but seating reservations are to be requested via email to

The exhibition Unknown Prescription runs until 14 April.  Entrance to the Museum is Free.  Normal opening hours are 9am to 5pm seven days a week.

A Celebratory Weekend at Il-Ħaġar Museum

On 23rd February 2013 Il-Ħaġar – Heart of Gozo Museum was ceremoniously inaugurated as a Cultural Centre and a Community Space to spur intellectual inquiry in the region of Gozo.  In order to mark the 11th anniversary since its inception, a weekend of cultural and celebratory events has been prepared.  These events also commemorate the life and legacy of Joseph Vella on the 6th anniversary of his passing.

Tiġi Għawdex? ta’ Ġorġ Pisani Preżentazzjoni ta’ żewġ kotba

Nhar is-Sibt 10 ta’ Frar fil-11:00, fIl-Ħaġar ser jiġu mnedija ż-żewġ volumi Tiġi Għawdex?, miktubin mill-poeta Għawdxi Ġorġ Pisani u ppubblikati minn Delicon Books. Iż-żewġ volumi jiġbru fihom għażla ta’ 130 artiklu li oriġinarjament kienu nkitbu, flimkien ma’ tant oħrajn, sabiex l-awtur stess jaqrahom fil-programm dwar Għawdex li għal għexieren ta’ snin kien jixxandar kull ġimgħa fuq Radju Malta. Bosta minn dawn l-artikli jagħtu ħjiel tal-ħajja imgħoddija li għexu l-Għawdxin ta’ qabilna, permezz ta’ tagħrif dwar drawwiet, xogħolijiet u tradizzjonijiet fost l-oħrajn. Artikli oħra jagħtu tagħrif dwar personaġġi ftit li xejn magħrufa, lokalitajiet u mkejjen storiċi. Għal din l-okkażjoni ser jitkellem in-Nutar Paul George Pisani, iben il-poeta, u ser jinqraw artikli minn din il-pubblikazzjoni ġdida.  Permezz ta’ rekordings antiki, min jattendi jista’ wkoll jisma’ lil Ġorġ Pisani nnifsu jaqra siltiet minn dawn l-artikli. 


On Saturday 10th February at 11:00, Il-Ħaġar Museum will host the second book launch for this year: Tiġi Għawdex? by Gozitan poet Ġorġ Pisani and published by Delicon Books.  The two volumes are a collection of 130 selected articles originally written with many others so that the author himself would read them during a programme about Gozo broadcasted on Radju Malta for many years.  Many of these articles uncover the life of our Gozitan predecessors, exploring amongst others their habits, work, and traditions.  Some other articles portray details about obscure characters, specific locations, and historical niches.  Dr Paul George Pisani, notary and the author’s son, will be giving the official speech and articles from the book will also be read.  The audience will have the privilege of listening to the poet’s own voice reading some of the articles thanks to archived recordings.


As usual, Entrance is Free. Please reserve your seats by contacting

The book launch will be held in Maltese.

At the Margins – by Michael Refalo

On Saturday 3 February 2024 at 11:00, Il-Ħaġar Museum will present its first public talk and book launch for this year: At The Margins by Michael Refalo. At the Margins delves into the tragic, the unsavoury, the unusual aspects of Malta’s nineteenth century social history and beyond. As the title implies, the aim is to concentrate on those aspects which have been broadly ignored by historians: those at the margins of the larger picture. It further focuses on particular incidents of the period, ones that study the minutiae of daily life in Malta and Gozo’s peripheries. In so doing, it privileges Gozo, an island rich in a social history that has broadly been submerged and shrouded behind political and religious narratives.

As usual, Entrance is Free. For seating reservations please e-mail

Unknown Prescription

Il-Ħaġar Museum is delighted to present 𝑼𝒏𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒄𝒓𝒊𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏, an exhibition of works by Mario Abela, Charles Balzan, and Justin Falzon. Curated by Austin Camilleri, the exhibition explores ideas of transition, fragmentation and the flesh, where paintings and photography dialogue with artefacts from the Museum’s permanent collection.

𝑼𝒏𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒄𝒓𝒊𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 will be inaugurated on Saturday 27 January 2024 at 19:30.


The exhibition will remain open until 14 April 2024, Monday to Sunday (09:00-17:00). 

The exhibition catalogue (No. 28 of Il-Ħaġar Gems Series) is expected to feature essays by Austin Camilleri, Maria Frendo, Niki Young, and Gabriel Zammit, and will be officially launched on Saturday 17 February 2024.

The exhibition is supported by: Gozo Action Group Foundation through the LEADER programme, Gozo Regional Development Authority,, Cultural Heritage Directorate, Ministry for Gozo, Visit Malta, Malta Tourism Authority, AUSTIN CAMILLERI STUDIO, Culture18fineart, CVC media, Klabb Kotba Maltin.