Vodafone is one of the main sponsors of the Mediterranea Festival, organised by the La Stella Band Club in Gozo. Events kicked off last Friday and will come to an end on Sunday, November 6.

The highlight of this year's edition is the much-awaited opera, La Boheme, to be staged on Thursday and Saturday, featuring Malta's celebrity tenor Joseph Calleja.

"One of Vodafone's core values is the enrichment of culture, and Festival Mediterranea deserves all our support," Michael Darmanin, Customer Value senior manager at Vodafone Malta, said.

"Vodafone aims to be an integral part of the communities in which it operates and this sponsorship shows Vodafone's continuous involvement in the Gozitan community."

The festival was officially inaugurated with a classical music concert by the Amatørsymfonikerne Orchestra at St George's Basilica.

Other events include classic jazz concerts, on-site talks in various historic venues around Gozo, such as Victoria, the Citadel, Borg in-Nadur and the cart ruts, the Xaghra Stone Circle and Ggantija, art talks at various Gozitan churches, art exhibitions, an exhibition of prestigious silver artefacts, a Baroque music concert, a Maltese food and wine festival with the participation of local folk artistes featuring traditional music and dance, and an international conference 'Tarxien to Rome' by David Trump.

The festival comes to an end with La Stella Band's annual concert and High Mass with the participation of the Laudate Pueri Choir at St George's Basilica.

"This year's festival features another rich cultural programme that is not only intended at promoting Gozo as a cultural destination but also aims to foster better appreciation for the arts and heritage locally," Dolindo Cassar, president of the La Stella Band Club, said.

"The efforts of the theatre's management are directed towards bringing together elements of Gozo's heritage, arts and traditions to a festival of culture and we thank Vodafone and all the sponsors for supporting these efforts."

For more information and the full programme of events visit the festival's Website www.mediterranea.com.mt.

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