Gibraltar’s galleries to close as coronavirus continues to spread

GEMA at Montagu Bastion, the Fine Arts Gallery at Casemates and the Mario Finlayson Gallery at John Macintosh Square will shutr their doors from Monday.

A total of 10 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Gibraltar, with two patients fully recovered, forcing hte cancellation of many large cultural events.

Gibraltar Cultural Services is now putting in place measures to move cultural education, entertainment and information online.

For example, a virtual reality tour of the Mario Finlayson Gallery while the gallery remains closed, will display information on artists and artwork.

Online storytelling sessions for children will be also uploaded onto the GCS social media, as will previously unseen footage, photos and interviews of artists and exhibitions of both the GEMA and Fine Arts Gallery.

Gibraltar’s National Museum and Europa Advance Battery Observation Platform closed their doors earlier this week to increase social distancing.

And the Gibraltar Drama Festival was cancelled.

Minister of Culture John Cortes said “cultural services is finding a way to take Gibraltar culture into the home,” adding “we are ensuring that we keep in touch with who we are through all those hours when many of us, especially the elderly, will be at home”.


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