A week full of activities to celebrate Europe Day in Malta
Peace and Unity were the main themes for this year’s activities organised in Malta to celebrate Europe Day. This day, which is commemorated on the 9th of May is Europe’s 'birthday', and is a celebration of peace and unity commemorating the historical 'Schuman declaration'.
This year being the 70th anniversary of the end of the 2nd World War this message of peace takes on further relevance particularly in the current context of strife and wars close to our shores. A number of activities were organised by the European Commission Representation in Malta and Gozo to mark this day.
The events kicked off in Gozo, on May 5th, where the Representation and the Europe Direct Information Centre in Victoria organised a language event for over 250 students from the Gozitan Secondary Schools to celebrate unity and peace through mutual understanding.
Each participating school gave a presentation about a particular language. The students then engaged in traditional Maltese and Spanish dances. This was followed by an interactive quiz filled with games and information, and then singer and songwriter Spiro Sillato gave a rendition of several Maltese songs.
The activity concluded with everyone attending gathered around 4 large tables serving traditional snacks originating from a handful of European countries.
On the 7th and the 8th May around 300 students from a number of different schools in Malta and Gozo took part in an animated tour of the newly restored Fort St Elmo, and participated in art and music activities on the theme of peace and unity. During the second part of the morning the children were also given the opportunity to follow a drama production and to participate in a fun quiz on Europe and European countries.
These activities were organised with the kind cooperation of Heritage Malta and of the Department of Curriculum Management within the Ministry of Education and Employment. The EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella, Minister Evarist Bartolo and Members of the European Parliament Miriam Dalli and Therese Comodini Cachia visited these events and met the participants.
A free public concert took place in Great Siege Square in Valletta on the morning of 9 May between 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. The King's Own Band, directed by Mro Etienne Spiteri and with the collaboration of singer Maria Spiteri, entertained the audience with a varied repertoire.
With the participation of the President of the Republic, Ms Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Commissioner Karmenu Vella, ambassadors and dignitaries.
To see more pics from the Europe Day activities, click here.