During the Mnarja long weekend, the Gozo Cultural Council within the Ministry for Gozo in collaboration with the Munxar Local Council is organising a two-day cultural activity in the picturesque bay of Xlendi in Gozo.
Following the highlight of the Mnarja village festa celebrated on Friday 29th June in Nadur, this special event kicks off on Saturday 30th at 9.00pm with a programme of events which includes Gozitan pop bands “Mistaken Identity” and “Cash and Friends”, as well as the participation of guest singer Vittorio Gauci.
Sunday 1st July will concentrate on the folkloristic elements of Gozitan culture with the participation of Gozitan għannejja and folk groups, mainly, Menhir from Qala, Ciangura from San Lawrenz and Aurora from Victoria. The St Gregory Band of Kercem and fireworks will give the evening a touch of festa spirit. The programme for the evening starts at 6.30pm.
Complementing the entertainment programme, Xlendi restaurants together with local fishermen and fish-vendors, will be participating in the organisation of a fish festival, which will be the first of its kind in Gozo. During these two evenings, on buying freshly caught fish from stands set up for the occasion, the buyer is given a special ticket which allows him to have the same fish grilled at one of the participating restaurants for only a nominal fee. Most of the Xlendi Restaurants are participating in this initiative.
Boat trips to the caves found in this bay together with train rides in a specially set up children’s area, are also being organised and will be available throughout these two days.
In order to avoid traffic congestions, the organisers are appealing for the co-operation of the general public to reach Xlendi via use the main road going through Fontana, and leave the bay through Munxar.
Further details may be obtained from telephone numbers 21556125 or 21558755.