The Malta Tourism Authority is once again organising the Cribs and Christmas Art Exhibition at the Auberge d'Italie, Merchants Street, Valletta.
There will be a number of cribs and a variety of artistic objects on display side by side with colourful floral decorations all of which will be related to the Nativity theme. As in the past editions of the exhibition, some of the items on display will come across as a surprise, since the works of arts will have been created using unusual materials. and extraordinary creativity.
The exhibition is open almost daily from Monday, December 21 until Wednesday, January 6.
The days when the exhibition will not be open are: December 25, and January 1.
On Thursday, December 31, the exhibition will be open from 9 until 12.30 hrs.
Opening hours for visitors are:
Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 18.00 hrs
Saturday: 9.00 - 16.00 hrs
Sunday: 9.00 - 12.30 hrs
For further information please phone 22915440 / 1.
HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS CRIBS IN MALTA
The tradition of crib making in Malta dates back to the early 17th Century when merchants and nobles used to buy Nativity Scenes when travelling to Naples or else when doing business with Sicily.
The cribs produced today in Malta are varied and made up of a combination of material, whether papier-mâché, polysterene, rocks, wood etc. Some cribs have mechanised figurines that animate them . The nativity scene is typically surrounded by a rural and while at the same time it depicts daily life in Malta of olden centuries.
Innumerable self-made craftsmen love to exhibit cribs in their own home, whether behind a ground floor window or else behind glass doors. Others opt to go for something bigger and so they convert their sitting room or their garage into an enormous crib that fills the room just so that they may enjoy their work and let others visit it too. It is worth considering to visit some of these cribs when visiting the Maltese islands during the Christmas period. You will, in so doing, immerse yourself into the real Christmas spirit that is so predominant and important for the Maltese.