Following the 11th Anniversary of its inception, which was celebrated last weekend, Il-Ħaġar Museum and Community Cultural Centre in Victoria’s Pjazza San Ġorġ continues with its rich programme of events. On Saturday 2nd March 2024 the Museum will be hosting a recital by Noel Beck (clarinet), Fiorella Camilleri (flute) and Anne Marie Podestà (harp). The trio will be performing works by Shostakovich, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Faure, Bizet, and others. The Concert starts at 19:30 and, as is the Museum’s democratic policy, entrance is free. Seat reservations are recommended by sending an email to email@example.com. This recital forms part of the initiative Easter in Gozo organised by the Ministry for Gozo and Planning and is supported by the Cultural Heritage Directorate within the same Ministry. The audience can enjoy this evening of music while surrounded by the works of the current exhibition Unknown Prescription where paintings and photography by Maltese artists Mario Abela, Charles Balzan, and Justin Falzon “dialogue with artefacts” from Il-Ħaġar’s permanent collection. This exhibition remains open until Sunday 14th April 2024. The Museum is also currently exhibiting Joseph Vella’s works for woodwind until Tuesday 19th March 2024 in commemoration of the 6th Anniversary of his passing.
Celebrate The Equinox in Gozo And Fuel Your Body With The Energies Of Spring.
The Spring Equinox is, without doubt, a favourite for many in the Astro calendar and for us in Gozo, the Northern Hemisphere, this optimistic event (aka the March Equinox or as it is also sometimes called The Vernal Equinox) occurs when the Sun crosses the equator line, heading north. Once this has happened, we begin to tilt more toward the Sun, resulting in longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures and on Gozo, this means that our little island starts to wake up from its winter slumber.
The equinoxes are also the points of balance between the two solstices: the Summer Solstice, when the days are longest, and the Winter Solstice when the nights are longest. Yes! It marks the beginning of the Spring season and that means lifted spirits, hope, new life, lush green hills, bursts of colour, and the promise of summer.
It’s a time to fuel your inner growth and come out of our hibernation, as the days get longer and the sun gets hotter. To help you start your new chapter, we’ve highlighted 5 things to do on Gozo for the Spring Equinox.
1. join a group yoga class at the citadel
This inspiring Spring Equinox energy is encouraging us to let go of what no longer services, embrace a sense of hope for the future while remaining present and embracing this new beginning. There is no way better to do this, than getting into your body so why not join a yoga class in Gozo. Gozo in The House writer Michelle Bartolo is holding 108 Sun Salutations on a rooftop in Gharb (dreamy). Join to cleanse the body mind and spirit for new growth.
2. buy some local self-care products
There are plenty of Artisans on Gozo that offers natural products made with love. We love Chandrapani Lab’s beautiful soaps and balms, plus they sell the most amazing smelling dried flowers and herbs all hand-picked in Gozo. Why not pop to WOOW in Victoria and treat yourself to a stone? They have a wonderful selection of crystals on offer, and remember – they pick you so go with whichever stone you are drawn to first.
Click here and browse the Gozo Guide for other local and sustainable produce and products found in Gozo.
3. meditate by the sea
We know breathing in the elements is one of the healthiest things we can do, but adding in a ten minute meditation to the mix will be golden. Head to Dwejra and take a plot on the rocks, or down at San Blas where you will no doubt find a quiet spot. Sit quietly. Connect to your breath and listen.
4. walk the cliffs of nadur
Another perfect way to connect to yourself if you are spending this Spring Equinox in Gozo is taking a long walk. Why not walk from Qala to Nadur along the cliffs and lesser-known salt pans. The views are incredible and inspiration will definitely flow.
5. write it out
Once home, let the self-care routine kick in. Run a bath using your new local products, nourish your body with a healthy meal and sit quietly to reflect on the year gone by. What have you been able to let go of that was holding you back? What are you glad about? What are the things you are looking forward to? Write it out.
Happy Spring Equinox.