Un Viaggio nel Mondo di Ferroni: vita, arte e una profonda amicizia

In connection with the prestigious exhibition Ferroni & Coccetta: Exploring Light, Il-Ħaġar Museum hosted a very interesting public interview with Arialdo Ceribelli of Galleria Ceribelli, Bergamo, on Saturday 11 May at 7.30pm.  Interviewed by Valerio Ballotta of GBK Malta Ltd and Obiettivo Qatar, Mr Ceribelli spoke of his friend Gianfranco Ferroni, the important Italian artist who died on the 12th of May 2001, eighteen years ago yesterday.

The public talk was preceded by a tour of the exhibition, which runs until June 13. 

We are sharing with the visitors of this website the recording of the interview for the benefit of those who missed it.

Gozo Alive at Il-Ħaġar Museum

Il-Ħaġar Museum and Cultural Centre is taking part in the special Gozo Alive weekend through temporary exhibitions and other events, including:

  • Ferroni & Coccetta: Exploring Light
  • Gozo Alive Philatelic Covers prepared by the Gozo Philatelic Society
  • Ave Verum Corpus – crucifixes
  • Expectant and Mishap multimedia exhibition by Stephania Grima and Giuseppe Attard.

On Saturday 4 May, the cultural centre will remain open till midnight with numerous guided tours. These also cover the interesting permanent exhibits, including coins, religious artefacts, statues, paintings, square piano, Pope Francis’s cassock as cardinal and other pontifical apparel and documents, and the Joseph Vella Music Archive.

In the morning of the 4th, there will be sessions between 10:00 and noon with Authors of Melitensia publications who will be able to discuss their work and sign copies at reduced prices. This event is being held in collaboration with Midsea Books Ltd.

At noon Taste of Gozo, featuring local delicacies, will be held on the panoramic roof-top.  Booking for this event is not essential but is recommended. 

Entrance to Il-Ħaġar – Heart of Gozo remains free of charge.

Curator honoured with “Gieħ ir-Repubblika”

This 13th December was a special day for our museum, Il-Ħaġar, as its founder and curator Mgr Joseph Farrugia was made Member of the National Order of Merit at the Investiture Ceremony which took place at The Palace, Valletta.

Mgr Joseph Farrugia, born in Victoria, Gozo, was educated in state schools, and studied philosophy and theology at the Sacred Heart Seminary. In 1978, Mgr Farrugia was ordained priest and continued his postgraduate studies at the Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana, Rome, where he obtained a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology and a Doctorate in Theology.

In 1983, he joined the academic staff of the Sacred Heart Seminary, and in 1988 he joined the Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta. He introduced a university evening course in Christian theology of Suffering, and was active at the University of the Third Age, both in Malta and Gozo. In 1992, Mgr Farrugia was involved in the setting up of the University Gozo Campus, where he gave the very first course in Mediterranean civilizations and religions. He also served as archpriest of St George’s Basilica in Victoria between 1998 and 2007.

Mgr Farrugia has been deeply involved in the promotion of Gozo’s culture. He is the founder of the renowned Laudate Pueri Choir, and he also collaborated in the launching of the Victoria International Arts Festival. He co-founded the Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria that created the Il-Ħaġar Museum, the first interactive and state of the art museum in Gozo and has set up many monumental inscriptions honouring Gozitan events and eminent personalities.

Mgr Farrugia is chaplain to the Victoria Scout Group and to the La Stella Philharmonic Society. Following an appeal for priests, he is currently working as vicar in four parishes, and also as replacement priest in another parish of the diocese of Arles and Aix-en-Provence, France. Mgr Farrugia is also Prelate of Honour to His Holiness.

French Donation for the Museum

The latest donation to Il-Ħaġar Museum was made by French artist Isabelle Gavoty-Ravanas during a visit that she made on 24 October 2018.

The French sculptor, accompanied by her husband Mr Dominique Ravanas, was given a tour of the museum by curator Mgr Dr Joseph Farrugia. Mgr Farrugia is currently active in the region of Provence in France. He was on one his regular visits to Gozo during which his main activity concerned management and operations at the Museum.

Mr and Mrs Ravanas reside in one of the Provence parishes where Mgr Farrugia is assistant priest.

Isabelle Gavoty-Ravanas presented the bust of a playful little girl that she identified with  Hystée, queen of the elves. This bust in included in the book Balades étoilées, her fifth, featuring 33 sculptures using various media, including bronze.

Since the dawn of time, Hystée is the chief of the little elves and joyously dances through life in the tireless communication of life to all. Hystée, the sweet reflection of Agape love, gives abundant love. Mgr Farrugia thanked Mrs Ravanas on behalf of the Museum. Also present were FBV chair Mr Antoine Vassallo and other members of the Museum administration.

Special weekend at Il-Ħaġar Museum

We’re in for an exciting weekend at Il-Ħaġar Museum, with events kicking off the seventeenth edition of Festival Mediterranea, an annual celebration of culture let off at the very heart of the Mediterranean, on the history laden island of Gozo.

On Saturday the 20th of October, at 11:00, Godwin Vella gives a public talk with the theme “Early Modern Rabat: Continuity and Change”. Entrance is free of charge, and seat reservations can be made by emailing events@heartofgozo.org.mt.

On Sunday the 21st, the Laudate Pueri Choir sings the 11:00 mass at St George’s Basilica, which will be for the repose of Mro Joseph Vella, the artistic director of Festival Mediterranea, who passed away earlier this year.

Right after the liturgy, the Hon. Dr Justyne Caruana, Minister for Gozo, opens the exhibition “Teatru Astra: Gozo’s Trailblazer”, marking the theatre’s golden jubilee, at Il-Ħaġar Museum.

A 68-page full-colour publication (Il-Ħaġar Gems series, No. 3) about Teatru Astra will be launched during the opening of the exhibition, and will be available against a donation of €10, at Il-Ħaġar Museum.

We look forward to welcoming you at Il-Ħaġar this weekend.

Opposition Delegation visits Il-Ħaġar Museum

An official delegation of the Opposition visited Il-Ħaġar Museum on Saturday, March 24. The Delegation, led by the Hon. Mr David Agius, Deputy Leader, was warmly welcomed at the entrance of the museum by Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria directors Rev. Can. George J. Frendo, Mr Joseph Borg and Mr Anthony Zammit, together with a number of young volunteers and supporters who at the time were working in the museum office.

Amongst others, the Delegation included the Hon. Dr Chris Said, Opposition Spokesperson for Gozo, and MPs David Stellini, Marthese Portelli and Frederick Azzopardi.

The visit lasted for about one hour and included a guided tour of the museum.



These are the last days of the Exhibition of photos and posters giving an overview of Professor Joseph Vella’s “Life for Music” set up on the occasion of the inauguration of his Music Archive at Il-Ħaġar – Heart of Gozo museum in Pjazza San Ġorġ, Victoria. It will be replaced on 13th March but the Archive is open permanently. Visitors can also acquire one of the last copies of the full-colour book with the same title.

Il-Ħaġar opening hours are Sunday to Saturday 9am – 5pm; entrance remains free.


Dalwaqt tiżżarma l-Wirja ta’ ritratti u posters li jagħtu ħarsa lejn il-“ħajja għall-mużika” tas-Surmast Joseph Vella, armata fl-okkażjoni tal-inawgurazzjoni tal-arkivju tax-xogħolijiet tiegħu fil-Mużew Il-Ħaġar fi Pjazza San Ġorġ, Victoria. Infatti se tinbidel fit-13 ta’ Marzu iżda il-Joseph Vella Music Archive jibqa’ miftuħ permanentement. Tista’ anki tiġi akkwistata kopja minn tal-aħħar tal-ktieb dwaru “A Life for Music”.

Il-ħinijet tal-ftuħ huma 9am sal-5pm sebat ijiem fil-ġimgħa. M’hemmx ħlas tad-dħul.

Last few copies of the book about Mro Joseph Vella can be acquired from the museum for a donation of €10.