The Malta Tourism Authority is once again organising the Cribs and Christmas Art Exhibition at the Auberge d'Italie, Merchants Street, Valletta.
This grand exhibition of cribs and a variety of artistic objects has a great variety of artistic work, the product of numerous enthusiasts involved in the art of crib making. These works are will also be accompanied by colourful floral decorations all of which are related to the Nativity theme.
The exhibition will be open to the public from 15 December to 6 January (except the following dates: 25 December and 1 January).
Opening hours for visitors are as follows:
Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 09:00 – 16:00
Sundays: 09:00 – 12:30
HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS CRIBS IN MALTA
The tradition of crib making in Malta dates back to the early 17th Century when Maltese merchants and nobles used to buy Nativity scenes made out up of papier mâché, known as presepji in Maltese, from Naples or Sicily.
The cribs produced today in Malta are varied and made up of a combination of material, whether papier-mâché, polysthyrene, rocks, wood etc. Some cribs have mechanised figurines that animate them cribs. The main ambience theme surrounding the nativity scene is typically rural and depicts daily life of old.
The Maltese in general love to exhibit cribs in their own home, whether to be admired seen from behind windows or else from outside glass doors. Others opt to go for something bigger and even convert their garage or sitting room into an enormous crib that fills the room for the admiration of invited guests.
A whole list of such exhibitions is will be available from the tourist information offices.