The Malta Independent 18 June 2024, Tuesday
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First edition of ‘Rabat Sacrum’ to be held this month

Monday, 18 September 2023, 17:16 Last update: about 10 months ago

The Rabat local council will organize the first edition of a new cultural activity called 'Rabat Sacrum'.

Rabat's mayor Sandro Craus explained that Rabat Sacrum will open the town's historic centre, allowing the public to enjoy the religious, historic, and cultural experience. Through this programme, visitors will have the opportunity to explore historical venues free of charge - including some locations that are not typically open to the general public. Rabat Sacrum will also include multiple concerts, exhibitions, and flower displays inside local churches and convents.


This event shall have the theme 'Hidden treasures within Rabat's Temples' and will be held over the weekend of 23-24th September. The programme will commence on Saturday 23rd September from 6pm onwards and will continue until that Sunday from 9am till noon, The Tourism Ministry and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Local Government.

This will be organised by Rabat's local council across various streets within the Maltese locality. It will be partly financed through the funds provided by the government's Annual Cultural Activities Scheme.

Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo remarked his belief that Rabat has potential to be a centre for religious tourism.  "This locality possesses a cultural and religious heritage that should serve as an opportunity for us to attract more visitors towards these parts of our country", said Minister Bartolo. He also said that his Ministry - through strengthened collaboration with the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) - aims for all Maltese and Gozitan localities to serve as cultural showcases for all Maltese and tourists who pass through them.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government Alison Zerafa Civelli mentioned that cultural activities give life to their relevant localities while contributing to the improving wealth and development of local communities.

She said that "the government will continue to acknowledge and give its support in favour of socio-cultural activities in the heart of localities". She also iterated her belief in their potential to foster a vibrant society while offering local artists a platform to share their talents. Zerafa Civelli also praised the Rabat local council for its initiative within this project.

More information on this cultural event can be found on the Facebook page of Rabat's local council.

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