This year Cospicua is comme­morating the 75th anniversary of the national pilgrimage that took place between Birkirkara and Cospicua in 1944.

When World War II broke out in Malta, Cospicua’s titular statue and painting of the Immaculate Conception were taken to Birkirkara for safety reasons and parishioners vowed that should no harm befall the church, they would bring the statue back home in pilgrimage.

The church withstood the aerial bombings and the parishioners kept their promise as the statue and the titular painting were brought back home to Cos­picua in celebration on November 19, 1944

On the anni­versary of this historic event, Cospicua is this weekend hosting an audiovisual spectacle called Taħt Ħarstek Nist­kennu, scripted by Ġorġ Peresso.

The spectacle tells the story of Cospicua – its origins and people and that of the woman who stood by her people and whose name is synonymous with the city – Mary the Immaculate Conception.

The spectacle will showcase diverse forms of art ranging from theatre to dance to original music pieces composed by maestro Joe Brown, as well as synchronised fireworks and 3D projection mapping.

Taħt Ħarstek Nistkennu is taking place at Dock Number 1 in Cospicua on Saturday at 9.15pm.Admission is free. More information may be found on the Facebook Page ‘Taħt Ħarstek Nistkennu 1944 - 2019’.

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