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  Folk group ASTRA

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The Astra Folk Group forms part of the La Stella Philarmonic Society of Victoria Gozo. Since its foundation way back in 1970, the Group has taken part in various shows held in theatres, hotels and clubs spread all over the Maltese islands, national and cultural shows as well as on special occasions for tourists in Comino.


The repertoire of the Astra Folk Group includes songs and dances written for the group by Mro. Joseph Vella and the lateMro Paul Arnaud and Mr Joseph Bezzina. The group has taken part in various folk festivals held in Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice, Alatri, Canicattini, Como, Lecce, Carpineto Romano) in Switzerland (Lugano), in England (Cambridge, Billingham), in Scotland (Glasgow), in France (Cháteauvallon, Fontblanceh, Marseilles, Haguenau and Angers), in Libya (Tripoli, Sebha and the Roman Amphitheatre of Sabrata), in Finland (Kaustinen), in Egypt (Cairo, Alexandria and Port Said), in Russia (Vorenezh, Moscow) in Hungary (Budapest) in Spain (Miranda de Ebro) and in Portugal (Faro).


The Group is continually kept busy during the winter when the opera is staged at the Astra Theatre. Its members take an active part in the whole set up thus acquiring a remarkable experience when they work together with well known opera figures.


The Artistic Director of the Group is Mr Anthony Zammit while Mr George Farrugia is in charge of the wardrobe. Together with previous directors including George Meylak, George Cassar, George Grech, John Bezzina Dolindo Cassar, Emmanuel Grima, they have contributed a lot to the group’s fame which has led the Astra Folk Group to present over the years a good number of spectacular shows for one and all.