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The Chief Minister delivered HM the Queen’s personal card to Mr Hector Cohen MBE on his 100th birthday. Mr Picardo conveyed the congratulations of the whole of Gibraltar in wishing Mr Cohen a happy birthday.


Heritage awards call for entries

The Gibraltar Heritage Trust has invited nominations from the public for this year’s round of Heritage Awards. 

The Heritage Awards have been presented annually by the Gibraltar Heritage Trust since 1993. The awards will be made for outstanding sensitivity or contribution to Gibraltar’s heritage. They may be made to an individual (including juniors under the age of 16), group, team, club, firm or company for a positive contribution, of any kind, that has enhanced Gibraltar’s heritage, or for exceptional, successful efforts in preserving a part of Gibraltar’s heritage.

The object of the awards is to recognise heritage conservation projects and developments and encourage the involvement of the community in achieving high standards of restoration of buildings, structures and monuments in Gibraltar, thereby promoting public recognition and awareness of Gibraltar’s rich heritage and history. 

Here are four categories of award:

  1. Junior Heritage Award: for projects carried out by a school, youth group or individual under the age of 16
  2. Group Heritage Award: Awarded to companies, groups or developers
  3. Individual Heritage Award: Awarded to projects undertaken by private individuals
  4. Special Commendation: Awarded at the discretion of the Board of the Heritage Trust to individuals, groups or companies felt to have contributed to the positive promotion of heritage issues

For entry forms or to find out more, visit gibraltarheritagetrust.org.gi 


Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture has announced several cultural events in London as part of the National Week Celebrations. A Cultural Soiree to celebrate Gibraltar’s identity kicks off things on Monday 5th September.

This is being organised by GCS together with 2021 Cultural Ambassador recipient, Gabriel Moreno, bringing together musicians, poets, novelist, and creators amongst others to explore Gibraltar’s uniqueness. This event at Tower Theatre promises musical performances, shared ideas, poetry, and togetherness.

Tickets – which are free – can be obtained on Buytickets.gi

A networking breakfast follows the next morning at Gibraltar House. This is aimed at professionals working in the cultural and artistic fields so they may connect, share ideas, and possibly find ways to collaborate.

The evening of Tuesday 6th September will see the launch of a special art exhibition at Bermondsey Project Space. The Minister for Culture, The Hon Prof. John Cortes will open the show.

Nine artists have been selected to form part of the initiative, exploring Gibraltar under the title a ‘Sense of Place/ A Sacred Place’. The nine are a mixture of established and up and coming artists, providing a varied exhibition which includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, and video installations. The exhibition will run for three weeks putting Gibraltar on the map in the capital.

Whilst in London, the Minister will also visit art studios in Greenwich to see first-hand how this idea has been developed in the UK. He will be accompanied by GCS CEO Seamus Byrne. This will allow them to explore the concept of artists’ studios further in a bid to be able to deliver this on the Rock.

For more details, call 20041961 or email development@culture.gov.gi

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