75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SANTA MARIJA CONVOY
12th August – 75th Anniversary of the Santa Marija Convoy performance in Senglea
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Santa Marija Convoy – the great episode of Maltese history in which the Ohio tanker and its escort barely made it to Malta during the Second World War. The convoy provided vital supplies to save Malta from surrender.
Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar will be holding a once in a lifetime commemoration of this event at the Senglea waterfront on the 12th of August. The commemoration will take the form of a Son et Lumiere performance. This narrative, written by Alfred Mallia, will feature never before seen diaries, letters and interview footage to be read out and given life by personalities, including Marquis Nicholas de Piro, and projected onto the bastions. Re-enactors will also participate, as will the Police of Malta in a ceremonial capacity and members of the veterans’ association.
Violin prodigy Lorenzo Meraviglia will be performing with his Stradivarius as part of the performance, and re-enactors will breathe life into this ultimate moment in the history Malta shares with the many other countries which contributed to the convoy.
The performance will be followed by a reception in the Gardjola Garden of Senglea, where the Police Jazz Band will be performing, and where light refreshments will be offered.
14th August – Santa Marija Convoy Concert in Valletta
As part of the unique commemoration of the Santa Marija Convoy Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar will be holding a concert at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral. This joint concert will feature two musical performances – one by Stradivarius playing prodigy, Lorenzo Meraviglia, and the other shall feature a musical piece about the Santa Marija Convoy itself. This musical piece is currently being written for this special occasion by two composers – one American, and one Maltese. The students of these composers John Kennedy and John Galea will bring the Santa Marija Convoy to life alongside the famous Lorenzo Mervagilia.
16th August – World War II Exhibition by Raymond Agius in Cospicua
Opening at the Band Club of St. George, Cospicua, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar will enjoy presenting the art of the famous Raymond Agius. His scenes of the convoy and of the war promise to delight. This exhibition will be preceded by a war re-enactment in the square.
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Above: The Ohio