The Queen's Baton Relay is a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games and symbolises the coming together of all Commonwealth nations and territories in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sport and culture.
The Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay is the curtain-raiser to the XX Commonwealth Games. Over a period of 288 days the baton will visit 70 nations and territories, cover 190,000 kilometres and involve a third of the world's population, making it the world's most engaging relay.
On 9 October 2013 the Queen's Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace, at a ceremony where Her Majesty The Queen placed Her message to the Commonwealth into the baton.
The baton will be relayed by thousands of people throughout the Commonwealth, each one honoured by their own nation to participate in this unique tradition. Magical memories will be created on this journey across continents, terrains and time zones. From Sydney Harbour Bridge to the forests of Rwanda; from Pacific Islands to the Rocky Mountains of Canada, the baton will showcase each nation and territory in the Commonwealth.
The finish line is in the host nation Scotland just in time for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Glasgow, where Her Majesty The Queen will read aloud Her message to the Commonwealth.
The Baton will arrive in Gibraltar on the 9th May 2014 and on Saturday 10th May it will be relayed around our streets by members of our sporting organisations.
The ceremony will start from Casemates Square at 10.15am ending also at Casemates at about 1.30pm. There will be several legs to the relay.
We hope that as many locals as possible join in the festivities and turn out to cheer our batonbearers which will involve past and present athletes.
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as well as at the door on the day of the event.
The on Thursday this year is the “blue lady sings” a colourful cabaret by Tricity Vogue.
Friday is the songwriter night. This starts off with Gibraltarian Dr. Keith Vinnicombe playing flamenco fusion guitar. Followed by “just moved to GIB” Paddy Taylor playing his own compositions as well as covers, just the guitar and him.
Friday night ending with Gareth Owen and Band - showcasing all new material.
Saturday is the Johnny Cash Tribute, followed by The Australian band “the Dopes” and the Naughton Sisters, an Irish/Brazilian sisters duo.
Sunday is the family show “Globe Azul”, especially for families and kids, a piece about our planet and the magical place we live in, reminding us to look after it.
A Celebration of Opera
St Michael’s Cave
Arranged on behalf of the Ministry of Culture by the Gibraltar Philharmonic Society
Tickets at £20 on sale as from Monday 21st April 2014 from Sacarello’s Coffee Shop, Irish Town and the Silver Shop at 222 Main Street
Tickets at £10 for Senior Citizens and Students available from the Silver Shop, 222 Main Street, and the John Mackintosh Hall reception
This year's Miss Gibraltar Beauty Pageant will be held at the Queen's Cinema on the 7th of June 2014. For information on the Miss Gibraltar Pageant please visit: http://www.missgibraltar.gi/
Gibraltar’s summer of 2014 is set to shine down rays to all of you music lovers and festival goers with that one thing we can but not possibly live without…. ‘LOVE’!! A festival set to transform any bank holiday weekend and leave you yearning for more…
The open air Bayside Sports Complex better known as the MUGA and adjacent areas will proudly host the First edition of ‘Gib Love Fest’ on Sunday 15th June.
Doors open at 15.30 and the aim is to create an event for all ages to enjoy right through until 1 am.
The Confirmed line up so far is:
ASWAD: No new comers to the Rock and one of Britain’s best and loved reggae bands over the last two decades.
Rebecca Ferguson: British Singer-Songwriter 2010 X-Factor runner up, her debut album Heaven was certified two times platinum in the UK and platinum in Ireland. She was nominated in 2012 for the MTV Europe Music Award.
R.I.O: (Lead singer Tony T) comes all the way from Germany and is a top German dance band with hit singles such as shine on, after the love and like I love you.
Nalaya Brown: Considered one of the top Spanish voices in the European dance circuit. She forms part of one of the most important Ibiza parties SUPERMARTXE and is at present the resident singer of Privilege Ibiza. She performed in 2011 Rock In Rio and shared stage with big names such as Lady Gaga, Rita Ora and big international DJ’s.
Guy Valarino: Born and bred locally, an acoustic, pop/rock with soulful melodies that speak of live, live, sand and sea. He was a top twenty contenders at MTV’s brand new unsigned for 2013. Guy’s ‘Couch surf tour has seen him play for fans in their living rooms around the UK, Europe and a couple of dates in the US.
Local bands will also be invited to form part in a specially designed competition over the next few weeks and the winner will open up the Gib Love Fest.
There is still one more International big act to be announced shortly!
The Festival will also invite members of our community to set up stalls and sell their products and there will also be attractions for children
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Gibraltar World Music Festival is proud to announce that the famous composer and producer Nitin Sawhney will be the main artist of this year’s GWMF, now in its third edition, with the theme ‘Chindia’. Nitin will perform at St Michael’s Cave the 19th of June featuring guest performances from the extensive vocal talents of Nicki Wells and percussion skills of tabla maestro Aref Durvesh, an intimate show that the audience could see later in Womad (July) and at the London’s Royal Albert Hall in September.
Gibraltar World Music Festival is a space of fusion, ethnics and traditional themes that proposes the best artists of the genre and masters of ancient instruments and in its third edition will come to you with China and India.
Nitin Sawhney has had a career that spans decades of solo albums, film scoring, video game soundtracks, work for dance, theatre, radio broadcasting and live performances around the world with his band from the Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House. Following on from the release of his live album ‘ONEZERO’, cut direct to vinyl, and his full band sell out show at London’s Roundhouse, this trio gave their debut performance on KCRW in Los Angeles where they gained huge response from listeners and Youtube audiences worldwide. Also this year, the audience can sees Nitin at the airing of the third series of his BBC Radio 2 show “Nitin Sawhney Spins the Globe”.
For the above, Sawhney has received a MOBO, 2 Ivor Novello nominations, a Mercury prize nomination, a Southbank show award, a BAFTA nomination, 2 BBC Radio 3 world music awards, a New York Bessie and 15 other major national and international awards. Sawhney also holds 5 Honorary doctorates from 5 separate British universities and is a fellow of LIPA and Southbank university. He turned down an OBE in 2007 for ethical reasons.
Before his concert, the audience will have the opportunity of have a taste of oriental ancient music with the performance of Guo Gan and Mieko Miyazaki. This duo was born and evolved in France of the meeting of two professional musicians (one from Japan, the other one from China) who would never have crossed had they remained in their native Far East... Yet the Japanese Koto and plucked stringed Chinese Erhu were made for each other. Geography and history have separated the Chinese and Japanese cultures, one inspired by the great outdoors and the other born of the confrontation between the mountains and the ocean.
Both artists have been trained in different musical traditions, both at the highest level of excellence and virtuosity. But their openness and curiosity drives them to enrich their practice ‘classic’ by an external supply. Their mutual listening and friendship let their modes of expression to merge to give new life to traditional melodies of the two countries, and to create compositions.
Between them, the Israeli percussionist Itamar Doari will make a bridge linking both styles of music. Itamar was born in Israel 1985. He began his musical training when he was only six years old, playing traditional percussion instruments such as Frame Drums, Darbuka, Riq and more. During the years He had the honour to learn from some of the greatest music teachers in hand-drums and percussion from Israel and abroad - include Zohar Fresco, Glen Vallez, Sallem Darwish and Ahmed Taher.
Playing in some of the most well-known stages and festivals in Israel and around the world, Itamar has become a strong force in the percussion scene world-wide. He does so, playing different percussion instruments and collaborating with artists from different styles and origins world-wide. Itamar toured for 3 years with Avishai Cohen including 3 records together. Their latest album "Seven Seas" which Itamar also Co-produced was nominated for the French Grammy award and listed as top1st playlist in France, Germany, Sweden and Spain.
Also, the internationally renowned professional dancer and choreographer Nathan Conroy (http://www.artinmovement.net/) will be creating a show based on Chinese and Indian dances. He trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance before embarking on a long diverse international career. From working with numerous classical dance companies, dance theatre and contact companies, to break dance and commercial experiences working with Wyclef Jean, Spice Girls, Brian Harvey to name but a few. Nathan has also spent many years touring world wide with the internationally acclaimed hit ‘STOMP’.
This year’s Festival has started with a China day at Cervantes Institute in Gibraltar on the 10th of February (together with Confucius Institute). The GWMF aims to become a must in the calendar of other prestigious Music and Cultural festivals and forums in the world. It has already welcomed artistic directors and founders of the Sacred Music Festival of Fes (Morocco), Babel Med (in France), founders of the Womex (World Music Exhibition), etc...
The Gibraltar World Music Festival started its first edition with the Sephardic Divas in 2012, the biggest Sephardic event ever produced in the world. The second edition in 2013 was focused on Minor Asia and called Passage to Asia with 70 artists involved from Israel, Iran, Greece, and Turkey.
Festival's program of World Music, Art and Culture will be shared with the population under the patronage of the Chief Minister and the support of the Government of Gibraltar, The Bonita Trust, SG Hambros, Hyperion Group of Companies, Margaux Philanthropy, BIH, Hassans, Deloitte, Matanel, Famous for Media and Instituto Cervantes in Gibraltar.
• Full ticket price for the first day £30.00; for students and senior citizens £25.00.
• All tickets include a return shuttle service to St Michael’s Cave from Public Market and Elliot’s Way at 19.00 hours. Please show your ticket to the driver.
• Tickets will be available at the Gibraltar Productions office (92 Irish Town), at Sacarello’s Coffee and Restaurant since 12th May and online in www.milentradas.com.
• More details available by phoning 00350 200 68899
• For further information please check www.gibraltarproductions.com
8pm to 1am
‘CALENTITA – Tastes from the Melting Pot’
A Celebration of Gibraltar’s Multi-Cultural Community
Organised by Word of Mouth for the Ministry of Culture
The Ministry of Culture was pleased to announce the details of last year’s National Week Beer Fest, which was held on Friday 30th August 2013. The event was staged at the Bayside Sports Complex between 7pm and 12 midnight.
Tickets, priced at £20, were on sale at Lewis Stagnetto Ltd at 41 Main Street from Monday 5th August 2013.
The ticket price included 10 x 35cl beer vouchers and live entertainment provided by Jetstream and The Noiz.
Dates for the 2014 edition of the beer festival are on the 29th of August.
Dates yet to be announced
Festival of Lights
The Ministry of Culture has announced that this year’s Festival of Lights
will take place on December. The events are being
organised by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Gibraltar Electricity
Authority (GEA) and shall be held at John Mackintosh Square.