PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR NATIONAL HERITAGE, THE ARTS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT An opportunity for Maltese and Gozitan cribs to be exhibited in Washington DC

The Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government, through the Directorate of Culture, has in recent months been in negotiations with the internationally renowned Museum of the Bible in Washington DC. An agreement has been reached so that a number of cribs can be exhibited in this museum between November 2020 and January 2021, with the eventuality that the crib that places first will have the honour of remaining on display forever inside the same museum.


The Directorate of Culture is launching a competition in order to select no more than ten (10) Maltese and Gozitan cribs, with the aim of giving Maltese and Gozitan crib-artists further international recognition for their skills.


Cribs entering this competition must be ready and delivered to the place indicated by the Directorate of Culture by Tuesday 15th September 2020. The Ministry has also reached an agreement so that one crib-artist for each selected crib will have the trip between Malta-Washington-Malta paid on an Economy Class basis.


“Through this exhibition, we will be giving the opportunity and opening this tradition to Maltese and Gozitan crib-artists, so that Maltese works and traditions are more recognised around the world, especially in the field of religious tourism," Minister Herrera said.


Those interested in participating can write to until the 31st July 2020. On Sunday, 2nd August 2020 at 10.00 am, an information meeting will be held for all those interested in participating in this exhibition. The venue where the meeting will take place will be communicated to those who contact the Directorate of Culture. We encourage all interested parties to attend this meeting.