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A programme full of music, culture and tradition! Here’s what’s going down in Gozo this October
A look at Gozo’s events in October.

Emma Galea

As October graces the island of Gozo with its gentle touch, an array of captivating events unfolds, making this picturesque haven in the heart of the Mediterranean an even more enticing destination.

From the soaring notes of opera to the flickering glow of lanterns, and from international folk melodies to rock classics, October in Gozo is a symphony of diverse experiences that celebrate culture, music, and the island's rich heritage.

Here are some of the things to do during October while you are in Gozo:

Opera is Gozo: A Month-Long Melodic Journey

Gozo's annual opera season is upon us, bringing vibrant life to its two opera houses. Victoria's cultural pulse quickens as the stages prepare for two enchanting opera productions. These cultural highlights have earned global acclaim, thriving on the dedication of passionate volunteers, engaged in a friendly rivalry between the island's opera venues. The forthcoming operatic delights include the revival of Madame Butterfly, gracing the Aurora Theatre on October 14th, and Astra Theatre presenting Verdi's Rigoletto on October 26th and 28th. These stellar performances anchor a bustling October calendar celebrating the island's Opera Season. Anticipation builds as volunteers craft costumes, and international vocalists ready themselves to enrich Gozo's cultural tapestry once more. Visit www.teatruaurora.com.mt and www.teatruastra.org.mt for further details.

opera gozo

Daniel Cilia

Ewfonija Grand Operatic Concert

On October 7th, the Ditch Citadel in Victoria hosts the Ewfonija Grand Operatic Concert, inviting attendees to indulge in the magic of opera amidst a backdrop of historical significance. The concert features overtures and arias from various operas, creating an exquisite evening that seamlessly blends music with heritage.

Fjakkolata: Illuminating Traditions and Tastes

The evening of October 8th sees the village of Santa Luċija in Kerċem come alive with the Fjakkolata celebration. Admire the traditional Fjakkolata lanterns on Għar Ilma hill while savouring local culinary delights and drinks in the hamlet’s square. It's a chance to witness local traditions illuminated by lantern light and engage in the heart-warming camaraderie that defines Gozo's communities.

Fjakkolata

Daniel Cilia 

Symphony of Lights

On October 13th, Santa Luċija in Kerċem hosts the Symphony of Lights. This event features a concert by the St Gregory Band, set against a beautiful backdrop of fireworks and light spectacles. It's a night where music and visual artistry intertwine, painting the sky with vibrant colours while melodies fill the air.

symphony of lights

Kite and Wind Festival

From October 13th to 15th, the San Dimitri Chapel area in Għarb hosts the Gozo International Kite and Wind Festival. Experience the thrill of flying kites against the backdrop of Gozo's stunning landscape. The festival promises family-friendly entertainment, complete with local food stalls that offer a taste of the island's flavours.

kite and wind festival

Aurora International Folk Festival

From October 20th to 22nd, the Cittadella in Victoria will become a hub of traditional music, dance, and local produce during the Aurora International Folk Festival. This festival, honouring the feast of St. Ursula, encapsulates Gozo's unique vernacular heritage while fostering a sense of community through shared cultural experiences.

Rock Classics of the 60s & 70s: A Timeless Fusion

On October 27th, the Aurora Opera House in Victoria hosts the "Rock Classics of the 60s & 70s" concert, featuring the Gozo Youth Orchestra and local singers. This symphonic fusion of rock hits promises a night of nostalgia, celebrating the enduring appeal of these iconic decades.

rock festival aurora

Matthew Hush 

October in Gozo is a time when melodies, traditions, and cultures intertwine, creating a harmonious tapestry that enriches the senses and warms the heart. From the grandeur of opera to the simplicity of lantern-lit hills, each event encapsulates the island's spirit, inviting both residents and visitors to partake in a month-long celebration of life, art, and community.

rock festival aurora

Matthew Hush 

More info on www.eventsingozo.com

Daniel Cilia & Matthew Hush 

17th September 2023


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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