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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Workers’ Day, May 1st each, honours the accomplishments and efforts of employees in Malta. It has special significance for Maltese society because it celebrates people who over the years have campaigned for improved working conditions, fair pay, and workers’ rights.
The history of this public holiday starts in the early 20th century, when the country was still under British rule. The General Workers’ Union (GWU) was founded in 1942 and is one of the oldest and most influential trade unions in the country. In 1943 there was the very first unofficial strike, as a shipyard’s management refused to listen to the demands of their employees. After this, there were more demands and more strikes, and other colleagues even stopped working to show solidarity with their colleagues.
Workers’ Day in Malta also recognises the contributions made by workers to the country’s economy and society. This includes workers from various sectors such as healthcare, education, public services, and the private sector. Many organizations and businesses also take the opportunity to show their appreciation to their employees and thank them for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.
The Maltese people celebrate Workers’ Day every year as a reminder of the value of fair labour laws and employees’ rights. It is a day to consider the advancements that have been made in this area and to look ahead to guarantee that workers’ rights are promoted and safeguarded going forward. Workers’ Day should be in your calendar whether you want take part in the festivities or just take the day off to unwind and spend time with your loved ones.
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