The finalists of the 10th Anniversary Photography Competition launched earlier this year by Casa Antonia Nursing and Residential Home in Balzan have been selected. The competition attracted 126 entries submitted by 40 participants ranging from professionals, artists and photo enthusiasts.
Participants were invited to capture pictures of elderly persons on the theme “The Elderly – positive aging”. The best 13 entries of the competition will have their work featuring on Casa Antonia’s 2014 Annual Calendar, giving the finalists an exciting opportunity for artistic exposure.
The finalists are (in alphabetical order): Ray Agius, Jonathan Borg, Anthony Rizzo, Denise Scicluna, Joe P. Smith, Bertram Vella, Sandra Vella, Darrin Zammit Lupi, and Z.I. Photography.
The prize award ceremony of Casa Antonia Photo Competition will be held later this month. The winner of the most original photograph will receive €1,000 and a trophy. The second and third placed will receive weekend breaks for two persons at Qawra Palace Hotel on half board basis, while the 4th to 13th placed will receive €50 each.
Opened in 2003, Casa Antonia has established itself as one of Malta’s top nursing and residential homes, offering long-term care, short-stay convalescence, and respite care.
GO is sponsoring Festival Mediterranea 2014, the highlight of which will be two performances of Verdi’s much loved Opera, Nabucco. These will take place at Gozo’s Teatru Astra on 23 and 25 October. In addition, Festival Mediterrannea 2014, organised by Socjeta Filarmonika La Stella, will also include numerous other musical and cultural activities at different locations across Gozo between 23 October and 24 November.
The production of Nabucco, will feature baritone Piero Terranova in the title role, together with soprano Silvia dalla Benetta (Abigaille) and world-famous bass Carlo Colombara in the role of Zaccaria. Maltese tenor Cliff Zammit Stevens will make his debut on the islands with a lead role in opera singing Ismaele. Maltese baritone Louis Andrew Cassar will sing the role of the Gran Sacerdote while Gozitan soprano Dorienne Portelli will tackle the role of Anna. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be under the direction of the Festival’s and Teatru Astra’s Artistic Director, Joseph Vella.
Teresa Rizza, Marketing Communications, Events and Sponsorship Manager at GO, said, ‘Festival Mediterranea 2014 offers a rich programme of musical and cultural events, from classical recitals to historical talks and tours in various locations in Gozo and of course, the much anticipated performance of Nabucco. GO has always been committed to supporting Maltese musical talent for which Festival Mediterranea will undoubtedly be a great showcase.’
More information on Festival Mediterranea 2014, including the full programme of events, can be obtained from the website http://www.mediterranea.com.mt/.