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Gib students in GWMF ‘Come to my home’ workshops

Students from local schools yesterday participated in a series of workshops organised as part of the Gibraltar World Music Festival. A series of events were held as part of this year’s ‘Obrigado’ celebrating the cultures of Portuguese speaking countries.

‘Come to my home’ music and dance sessions were held both at Casemates and the Piazza as part of event which saw the participation of both Westside, Bayside and Loreto students at the Piazza and at Casemates. Throughout the day students were given a taste of the music performed by the world musicians and artists taking part in this year’s event. The project, founded on the values of dialogue between different cultures and traditions, started in 2012. It was created by Driss Alaoui Mdaghri who is in Gibraltar for the festival and has proven successful in other events in Rome, Casablanca, Lucca, Marrakech, Boujad and Khouribga.

This will be a rich, artistic and cultural production that has already involved more than 150 artists from around the world.

Tuesday evening saw the start of the festival celebrations with a tribute to Madiera where both Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia and Culture Minister Steven Linares attended a dinner at the Caleta Hotel.

Addressing those present Dr Garcia thanked the people of Madeira for their hospitality towards Gibraltarian evacuees during World War II.

Present at the dinner were some 100 former evacuees and guests including Maria Madalena who is a city councillor from Funchal and Professor Alberto Vieira from the Centre for Atlantic Studies in Funchal.

The dinner was hosted by Gibraltar Productions the organisers of the Gibraltar World Music Festival.

Last night a Rio Carnival-like event discovering Brazilian culture was held in the centre of town.

The main concert will be this evening on St Michael’s Cave and will see such world music artists as Carmen Souza, Marcio Farac and Carminho.