Tuesday, April 5, 2011:
Excellent reception for excellent design
Saturday 26 March 2011 was surely another red-letter day in the road towards the realization of the dream launched by the Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria: the museum and cultural centre entitled Il-Ħaġar, as part of the project The Making of a People, partially funded by European Regional Funds.
This was the date when the design prepared by the UK-based specialist consultant firm Bright White Ltd was officially presented by director Chris Walker. The parish centre’s Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia overflowed into St Michael’s Hall with supporters who accepted the invitations distributed by various Foundation volunteer members.
The assembly was led by Acting President Anton Tabone, Victoria Mayor Dr Samuel Azzopardi, Parliamentary Secretary Dr Chris Said, Gozo Culture Head Kevin Sciberras, Archpriest Mgr Pawlu Cardona and the La Stella President Paul Zammit. Project Manager George Papagiorcopulo and Architect Saviour Micallef – who, in his honorary FBV professional role, prepared the plans for the Mepa process – were also in attendance.
Project Leader Antoine Vassallo brought the meeting to order and invited Project Co-ordinator Mgr Joseph Farrugia to delve into our concept. It was then Mr Walker’s turn to explain – with the aid of a series of projected photos – how they have succeeded in putting this into a very practical proposal: practical but innovatively artistic. He actually thanked Mr Micallef for providing such an interesting “setting” which offers so many possibilities. Heritage Malta’s Joe Said also uttered a few most encouraging words. Mr Vassallo expressed appreciation for Mr Said’s support, mentioning also Dr Azzopardi’s co-operation and the fact that Dr Said’s Secretariat had accepted the Foundation’s application in the Co-Financing Fund.
A most attractive “artist’s impression” of the museum produced by Bright White was displayed, together with a banner prominently “advertising” the fact that this one-million-euro-and-more project is ERDF-funded as to 85% of eligible expenditure. While giving strongly enthusiastic views, various guests took the opportunity to contribute their €150 to acquire FBV life membership. It can be added that quite a few looked over the site, much bigger than it appears from the outside, the next morning.
Mr Walker’s visit, together with co-director Adam Stanning, served as the occasion for the finalisation of certain procedures, for technical meetings with Working Group members and for a short session on community radio Leħen il-Belt Victoria.
Photos: Andrew Formosa
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