The Youth Section of Mqabba's St Mary's Band Club each year organises a Live Crib, in the quiet village of Mqabba, a quiet village which is located in the south of Malta.
The Live Crib is always set with spectacular scenes that includes around one hundred participants all dressed in period customs, a water stream and different types of animals within 1,400 square meters of farmland. The land will be given a traditional Maltese village look giving it a three-dimensional perspective.
This year (2012), the Live Crib was open from Friday 21st to Friday 28th December between 5.30pm and 9.00pm in Hal-Kirkop Road which is adjacent to Triq il-Konvoy ta’ Santa Marija, Mqabba Bypass. An animated Christmas narration was delivered twice every evening at 7.00 pm and 8.00pm. The narration took about 30 minutes and starts from the national census, taken place at that time, to the visit by the three wise men. Visitors will be able to go around the Crib to have a closer look at the various animators living the traditional life together with their animals.
The official opening of the event took place on the 21st December 2012 with a musical concert given by the King George V Band Club under the Patronage of the Prime Minister of Malta, Dr. Lawrence Gonzi.
This year the Live Crib was made possible through the participation of 100 youths and a large number of organisers from the Youth Section of Saint Mary within the Society of Saint Mary and King George V Band Club, all giving their time and expertise on a voluntary basis.
The Live Crib was the largest Crib in the Maltese Islands for the year 2012, attracting to it a large number of local and foreign visitors. One of the Live Cribs organised, way back to 2007, won the competition for the best Live Cribs organised by the Malta Council for Culture and Arts.
Author: Jeremy Mercieca