Gozo participates in European Maritime Day 2013 events
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After Brussels 2008, Rome 2009, Gijon 2010, Gdansk 2011, and Gothenburg 2012, the 2013 European Maritime Day will be held in Malta.
The European Maritime Day is celebrated each year on 20 May since 2008. This annual event was established jointly by the European Council, the European Parliament and European Commission as part of the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy launched in 2007.
Its aim is to provide an occasion to highlight the crucial role that oceans and seas play in the everyday life not only of coastal communities, but of all EU citizens, and for Europe’s sustainable growth and jobs at large and to encourage better stewardship of coastal zones, seas and oceans by all citizens and actors concerned.
Activities in Gozo include on Sunday, 19th of May, free entrance to the Kelinu Grima Maritime Museum, Parish Priest Street, Nadur, between 9.00am-6.00pm. The new Dwejra Interpretation Centre will be open between 11.00am-4.00pm on Sunday and Monday.
Also in Gozo, on Monday, the 20th of May, there will be the Quality Coast – International event 2013, organised by the Ministry for Gozo, at the Cittadella Centre for Culture and Arts, as well as areas around Gozo.
BirdLife Malta are organising a Sunset Shearwater Boat Trip to the Scopoli’s Shearwater breeding colony, at the Ta’ Cenc cliffs in Gozo on Monday at 6.00pm, leaving from the Riviera Hotel. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place. You will find out all about the history of the bird, its importance and the potential threats which it faces from insensitive tourism.
Gozitan Folk Groups will also be participating with performances around Valltetta’s streets during the two days.
No fewer than 50 public activities are being organised to coincide with European Maritime Day, which is being held for the first time this year in Malta. Parades, exhibitions and music and dancing will all play a part bringing the event to life.
Although activities will be taking place in both Malta and Gozo, the focus will be in and around Valletta, where people can cross the harbour or use the Upper Barrakka lift free of charge. There will be band marches, parades, interactive artists, concerts and folk music and dancing.
Several locations will be open to the public free, including the Malta Maritime Museum in Birgu with a special exhibit, the Delimara Lighthouse, Fort San Lucjan, the Freeport and the special research vessel, berthed at Pinto Wharf.
Visitors will be able to explore Malta’s unique grand harbour, visit ships and boats, tour the Malta Maritime Musem, the Valletta Bastions built to defend the island from seaborne attacks, participate in activities, and make European Maritime Day in Malta a memorable one.
The entire programme of events revolves around heritage, culture, the arts, sport, leisure, education, industry, tourism and transport.
For more information visit www.emd2013.gov.mt