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Calling all art enthusiasts! Gozo Arts Weekend to highlight the works of Guzeppi Briffa
The exhibitions will be held between the 27th and 29th January.

Emma Galea

The annual Gozo Arts Weekend is being held once again this January where the beautiful works of the local artist Guzeppi Briffa (1901 – 1987) will be celebrated.

Guzeppi Briffa’s exquisite work will be found within many churches in Gozo including Kerċem, Gharb, Ghajnsielem and Victoria, for all to see and appreciate.

Here’s the full programme of activities:

Friday, 27th January Ta’ Pinu National Shrine, l-Għarb:

7:30pm | Vocal concert by soloists from Schola Cantorum Jubilate followed by the opening of an exhibition of paintings by Ġużeppi Briffa inside the sacristy of Ta’ Pinu National Shrine.

Saturday, 28th January:

9am- 5pm | An exhibition of paintings by Gużeppi Briffa at the Museum Il-Hagar, St George’s Square, Victoria.

10am-5pm | Churches displaying paintings by Ġużeppi Briffa will be open to the public.

Churches and places in Gozo displaying paintings by Gużeppi Briffa: 

Ta’ Kercem – Parish Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and St Gregory the Great

L-Għarb -Ta’ Pinu National Shrine

Għajnsielem – Church of St Anthony of Padova Victoria – Church of St Augustine’s Convent

Victoria – Il-Hagar Museum

Sunday, 29th January:

9am-5pm | An exhibition of paintings by Ġużeppi Briffa at the Museum Il-Hagar, St George’s Square, Victoria.

10am-1pm | Churches displaying paintings by Ġużeppi Briffa will be open to the public.

4pm | Church of St Anthony of Padua, Ghajnsielem A vocal concert by Baritone Charles Buttigieg accompanied by Pianist Amy Rapa.

So who was Guzeppi Briffa?

Guzeppi Briffa was born right at the start of the 20th century, on the 12th May, 1901 in Birkirakara.

He showed artistic talent early on in his life and managed to go to Rome to study at the prestigious Regia Accademia di Belle Arti.

He came back to Malta and continued to work here. The most profilc piece of art he ever completed was when he was commissioned to paint the Isla dome and ceiling. Unfortunately, this was all destroyed during the bombing of Malta in World War II.

However, many of his other works around many churches in Malta and Gozo have still thankfully survived.

Facebook/Ta' Pinu National Shrine

24th January 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 my films as she possibly can!

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