At the church of Sarria in Floriana, in the presence of the President of the Republic Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and the Minister of Culture Owen Bonnici, a ceremony was held to enhance the loan from Malta to the Sicily Region of the opera by Mattia Preti.
The loan was facilitated following the official visit to Sicily by the President of the Republic last June. The work of Mattia Preti will be exhibited at the "Santa Rosalia e la peste" exhibition starting September 3, 2018 at the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo. The Cultural Councilor of the Maltese President, Rosette Fenech, will be present at the inaugurating ceremony.
The President wanted to underline the high symbolic value of the donation which confirms the historic friendship between the Italian and Maltese peoples.
During the ceremony, one of the restorers of the Opera, Giuseppe Mantella, illustrated to the audience the intense restoration work carried out at the church of Sarria made possible by the contributions of private individuals facilitated by the work of the Maltese NGO Din l-Art Helwa.