GRTU Survey with Local Councils - Full report - As previously mentioned in GRTU's Newstring, we have conducted a survey to determine the different trends within each locality in the way they prepare for the festive season. The following is a full report of the results gathered:
93% of the localities in Malta and Gozo decorate the main streets or squares of their locality. Most of the Council's finance these activities 100% and they engage contractors to decorate.
A large number of localities plan activities for the children and elderly residents, which range from outings to parties. Some localities are however developing a growing interest in the festive season and are putting in a great deal of effort and through in preparing that special thing that makes them different from other localities, that appeals to their residents and others outside and makes it that bit more special.
Nadur Local Council
Organization of an open market and have invited ABBA GOLD from the UK to perform in the locality.
Qala Local Council
Each year they perform plays and read poetry with direct reference to Qala traditions.
Poala Local Council
They have yet again created a festive activity called ‘Milied f'casal'. One this night the main square is closed off to traffic and food stalls are placed around the square.
Mellieha Local Council
They have prepared for their annual 4 day event known as ‘Milied Melliehi'.
Qormi Local Council
Christmas concert and their local marching bands perform in the streets
Rabat (Gozo) Local Council
Concert is in the main square where local artists perform such as Winter Moods, Ira Losco and so on.
Gzira Local Council
A Christmas Village and a live crib
Floriana Local Council
Will yet again hold a New Years Eve event at the Fosos in collaboration with Valletta Local Council.
These are just a few of the localities questioned. It was also determined that 39% of the Local Councils have increased their initiative to further develop festive activities, however some have also stated that it has become difficult to engage and find support within the business community. Most of these localities have also mentioned that there is an increasing number of residents that have volunteered to help with these activities.