The Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry for Culture, has announced the programme of events for this year’s Spring Festival.

The official launch was held on Tuesday at the John Mackintosh Hall where the winning entry for the 2016 Spring Festival Logo, designed by Stuart Barea, winning £300, was displayed, together with all the entries received.

With 124 artists submitting entries and the high standards received, the panel decided to grant a further 7 highly commended awards as follows:

  • Maddy Hill                    Loreto Convent
  • Shelli Abudarham          Hebrew Primary School
  • David Tapiero               Gibraltar Boys' Secondary School
  • David Benady               Gibraltar Boys' Secondary School
  • Adina Malka Spier         Gibraltar Girls' High School
  • Sofia Diez Homatyano   St Bernard's Middle School
  • Ryan Clinton                St Joseph's Middle School

The Minister for Culture, the Hon Steven Linares presented the awards and commenting on the launch of the 2016 Spring Festival, Minister Linares said "‘It gives me a great pleasure to present the full and varied programme of events that comprise this year’s Gibraltar Spring Festival. Most of these events have been organised by or on behalf of the Ministry for Culture, whereas others were planned privately and have chosen to come under the Spring Festival umbrella. Regardless of the method of inception and production, they all share one common purpose in promoting the arts and culture within our community.

By forming part of the Spring Festival these entities ensure that for over seven weeks commencing on the Sunday 1st May with the ‘May Day Celebrations’ and ending on the Saturday 18th June with ‘Calentita’, visitors to the Rock and locals alike, can enjoy an intense period of cultural and other related activities. I wish you all a most enjoyable and entertaining Spring Festival."