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Indian festival of light and 32,000 candles during Birgu Fest

Vittoriosa residents are preparing for the Birgu Fest, with the locality’s Mayor stating that this will be a special edition, as besides Vittoriosa by candle-light, the programme has taken on an international flavour through Diwali, the festival of light celebrated in India, and with the participation of foreign singers and groups from Italy, Portugal and Turkey.

The city of Vittoriosa will take on a serene and romantic atmosphere on Saturday, with thousands of candles lighting up the streets and steps of this old city. During Birgu Fest, the electricity which normally lights up the streets at night will be replaced by no less than 32,000 candles. Vittoriosa Mayor John Boxall said that a good number of volunteers and residents are giving a helping hand in preparation for this activity.

“It’s so nice to see the people’s involvement, and this reflects the popularity of this activity,”  Boxall explained.

Activity in Vittoriosa will be boosted prior to this event, as preparations are under way to add character to this city which had been the home of the Knights before Valletta was built.

Mayor Boxall said that this would be a special edition, as by agreement with the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation, the Indian Diwali Festival of Light will also be celebrated at Vittoriosa.

Vittoriosa by candle-light is just one element of Birgu Fest.

“Bruno Santori, one of the San Remo maestros, will be giving a concert on the piano together with Ira Losco in the square. There will be an Italian element, folklore dancers from Portugal, a band from Turkey thanks to the memorandum of understanding with the town of Bodrum, and also a delegation from their council.”

A twinning agreement will also be signed with Vignanello, in central Italy.

Birgu Fest activities kick off on Friday morning with the participation of students, and end on Sunday with a historical representation about the Knights.

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