Il-Ħaġar Museum marks anniversaries

Il-Ħaġar Museum has put together a varied programme of cultural events to mark its 9th anniversary and to celebrate Malta’s finest and most eminent contemporary composer Joseph Vella on the 4th anniversary of his demise.

On Friday 18 February at 7.00pm Professor Ivan Callus delivers the Fourth Joseph Vella Memorial Lecture on the anniversary of his sudden demise in 2018.  The lecture will be followed by the opening of a documentary exhibition The Vocal Music of Joseph Vella in Audio-visual Room 2.  

On Saturday 19th at 11.00am, the Hon. Clint Camilleri, Minister for Gozo, addresses the official launch of Il-Ħaġar Gems Series no. 16 during a special Meet the Artist session in connection with Victor Agius’s temporary exhibition In Dialogue.  Later on Saturday, a commemoratory concert will be offered at 8.00pm in Aula Mgr Farrugia annexed to St George’s Basilica.

The programme of events comes to a conclusion on Sunday 20th with a thanksgiving high mass celebrated by Il-Ħaġar founder and curator Mgr Dr Joseph Farrugia with the participation of the Laudate Pueri Choir, followed by a celebratory luncheon at Ta’ Frenċ at 12.30pm.

Those interested in attending any of these events are encouraged to pre-book by sending an email to events@heartofgozo.org.mt.

Il-Ħaġar of course hosts the Joseph Vella Music Archive on Level 3, which can be visited during the museum opening hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, seven days a week. The support of so many volunteers and institutions such as the Malta Tourism Authority and the Gozo Ministry’s Cultural Directorate should again be acknowledged.

Christmas Programme of Events at Il-Ħaġar Museum

Il-Ħaġar Museum and Cultural Centre is pleased to announce its rich programme of events for December. The programme kicks off this Saturday, 4 December, with the first in a series of three lunchtime concerts happening every consecutive Saturday leading to Christmas.  All three concerts start at 11:30.  The opening of James Vella Clark’s Recent Abstracts takes place on Saturday the 4th at 19:30.  Exhibition runs until 11 January and will be accompanied with a catalogue, number 15 in the Il-Ħaġar Gems series.  The museum will also be hosting a public session with the artist on the 13th December at 10:30.

A Neapolitan crib will be on display in Audio-visual Room 3 on Level 2 from the 11th of December, and the first centenary of the introduction by Dun Ġorġ Preca of the traditional Baby Jesus demonstration will also be marked by Il-Ħaġar, in collaboration with the Society of Christian Doctrine, with an exhibition and a public lecture.

A fundraising Sunday lunch – the traditional Ikla tal-Ħbieb – will close the season on the 9th of January of the new year.

Seat reservations for any of these events can be made by sending an email to events@heartofgozo.org.mt.

This programme of events is supported by the Cultural Heritage Directorate within the Ministry for Gozo.

Dive into History: A unique and fully immersive experience at Il-Ħaġar Museum

Il-Ħaġar Museum and Cultural Centre is pleased to host ‘Dive into History’, a Heritage Malta event led by Prof. Timmy Gambin, Associate Professor of Maritime Archaeology in the University of Malta’s Classics and Archaeology Department. The event is taking place this Saturday, 20 November, with two sessions at 10:00 and 11:00 restricted to 24 participants each.

This is an opportunity to really experience Gozo’s unique underwater archaeology: through state of the art technology, participants will actually feel they are underwater exploring deep shipwrecks. They will be able to inspect both the Phoenician shipwreck which was sunk off the coast of Xlendi and the sea life at these sites.

Reservations are on a first come, first served basis by sending an email to events@heartofgozo.org.mt. Participation is free of charge.

Tolkien Lecture at Il-Ħaġar Museum

The next public lecture Il-Ħaġar Museum and Cultural Centre is presenting will take place this Thursday, the 18th of November at 7.30pm, by Rev. Geoffrey George Attard, on English poet, philologist and author J. R. R. Tolkien.  Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE FRSL (1892–1973) is best known as the author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

J. R. R. Tolkien: Literary Genius For Our Times promises yet another most interesting session. Canon Attard, a graduate at a number of British universities, is very interested in English culture.  

Attendance is free but seat bookings are requested at events@heartofgozo.org.mt. In the interest of all, a vacciniation certificate has to be produced at the door.

Il-Ħaġar offers L-Ikla ta’ San Martin

After the imposed hiatus, Il-Ħaġar Museum is happy to be able to resume its popular fundraising events. On Sunday 14 November at 12:30 the traditional Ikla ta’ San Martin is being held in the Dining Hall at St George’s Parish House, a stone’s throw from the museum. 

The mouthwatering menu is in the talented hands of chef Malcolm George Camilleri, and the four-course lunch includes pumpkin soup, penne with beef tagliata, slow-roasted pork cheeks and a seasonal home made dessert. Additionally, free-flowing wine and water confirm the attractiveness of the occasion. All this for just €25 per person!

This opportunity is especially unmissable since another restoration project is being launched: an important painting (presently included in the Joseph: The Silent Witness temporary exhibition which runs till 30 November) which is clearly described in the accompanying catalogue.

Do book early through events@heartofgozo.org.mt or on 79059704 since space is obviously limited. Only vaccined individuals and accompanying children will be accepted.

Another landmark Exhibition at Il-Ħaġar Museum

Il-Ħaġar Museum is honoured to offer yet another exceptional temporary exhibition to mark the end of the special year recommended by Pope Francis on the sesquicentenary of the declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.  

‘Joseph: The Silent Witness’ features no fewer than 77 works of art by great artists such as Mattia Preti, Giuseppe d’Arena, Carlo Maratta, Carlo Troisi, Giuseppe Calì, Michele Busuttil, Mariano Gerada, Emvin Cremona, Anton Agius and Mario Caffaro Rore, among many others.  

Opening on Sunday 17th October at 6.00pm by His Lordship Mgr Anton Teuma, Bishop of Gozo, the exhibition can be visited until the end of November during the normal opening hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Sunday. Entrance remains free of charge.

‘Joseph: The Silent Witness’ will be accompanied with another full colour publication, number 14 in Il-Ħaġar Gems series.

VINCENZO BONELLO: 130TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION AT IL-ĦAĠAR

Il-Ħaġar Museum and Cultural Centre is honoured to offer another important temporary exhibition featuring a substantial number of designs by Vincenzo Bonello for Gozitan churches, including Ta’ Pinu and Mġarr and the parishes at Kerċem, Qala and Xewkija. ‘Vincenzo Bonello: 130th Anniversary’ will be accompanied with publication nuber 13 in Il-Ħaġar GEMS series.

Judge Emeritus Giovanni Bonello will be leading the inauguration this Friday 3 September at 7.30pm, on the exact 130th anniversary of his father’s birth.

The exhibition can be visited till the 28th of September during the normal museum opening hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, seven days a week. Entry is free of charge.

‘Vincenzo Bonello: 130th Anniversary’ is supported by the Ministry for Gozo, the Malta Tourism AuthorityHeritage MaltaMUŻA, the The National Archives of MaltaWignacourt Museum, Ta’ Pinu National Shrine, and the Cultural Heritage Directorate, Ministry for Gozo

Temporary closure next week

The nature of the forthcoming landmark exhibition requires the temporary closure of Il-Ħaġar Museum between Monday 30th August and Thursday 2nd September for security reasons and essential maintenance.

The Museum will reopen Friday 3rd September 2021 with another temporary exhibition by Vincenzo Bonello, as usual with operating hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to anyone planning to visit on these days.

Il-Ħaġar reopens

Il-Ħaġar museum and Cultural Centre is pleased to announce that it will again be welcoming visitors from Monday 26 April – at the usual opening hours of 9am to 5pm, seven days a week. Anti-Covid protocols will be followed but entrance remains free.
To satisfy requests, it has been decided to extend the five temporary exhibitions which were limited to the website (www.heartofgozo.org.mt) when museums were closed by the health authorities in March, soon after these displays had commenced.

  • “Twilights” (on various levels) offers forty examples of Sacred Art by Aaron Formosa. The full colour sixty-pager exhibition catalogue is again available.
  • Vexilla Regis – housed in a showcase on level -1 – has a range of Crucifixes, from different periods and in assorted styles.
  • Video Room 2 holds “A Meeting of Minds” with documents and manuscripts highlighting connections between Professors Joseph Vella and Oliver Friggieri – including background recordings.
  • A typical Good Friday Procession is represented through hundreds of statuettes – made by Joseph Agius, Lino Fardell and Paul Muscat – arranged in three cases in Video Room 1.
  • The Gozo Philatelic Society showcase (level -1) has a look at Malta’s first stamp, including rare items.

Il-ĦAĠAR jiftaħ mill-ġdid
Il-mużew Il-Ħaġar (Pjazza San Ġorġ, Victoria) bi pjaċir iħabbar li se jerġa’ jibda jilqa’ żjarat mit-Tnejn 26 t’April – fil-ħinijiet normali tad-9am sal-5pm, sebat ijiem fil-ġimgħa. Sintendi jitħaddmu l-protokolli kontra l-Covid iżda d-dħul jibqa’ b’xejn.
Ġie deċiż li jitwalu l-ħames esibizzjonijiet temporanji li kienu ttieħdu fuq is-sit www.heartofgozo.org.mt meta l-mużewijiet ingħalqu mill-awtoritajiet tas-saħħa f’Marzu – b’hekk tintlaqa’ t-talba ta’ dawk li ma laħqux jiġu.

  • Twilights (fuq diversi livelli) toffri erbgħin eżempju ta’ Arti Sagra ta’ Aaron Formosa. Il-katalogu kollu bil-kulur fuq sittin paġna issa raġa’ disponibbli.
  • Vexilla Regis (f’vetrina fil-livell -1) tesponi firxa ta’ Kurċifissi, fi stili differenti u minn diversi żminijiet.
  • Il-Video Room 2 fiha A Meeting of Minds b’dokumenti u manuskritti li juru konnessjonijiet bejn il-Professuri Joseph Vella u Oliver Friggieri – u b’recording ukoll.
  • Purċissjoni tradizzjonali tal-Ġimgħa l-Kbira hi rappreżentata permezz ta’ mijiet ta’ statwetti – xogħol Joseph Agius, Lino Fardell and Paul Muscat – fi tliet vetrini fil-Video Room 1.

Fil-vetrina tal-Gozo Philatelic Society (livell -1) hemm ħarsa lejn l-ewwel bolla Maltija, inklużi raritajiet.