A spectacular opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting has been held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. President of the Commonwealth Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened this ceremony.

Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, who is hosting the meeting, Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon and President of Nigeria Obasanjo also addressed the opening of the Commonwealth meeting.

The 19 Prime Ministers and 18 Presidents who will be taking part in the Commonwealth meeting will now continue with their scheduled programme. Out of the 53 members of the Commonwealth, only eight countries will not be presented during the CHOGM 2005.

An opening spectacle depicting Malta's history and culture was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. The music has been composed for the occasion by the noted Maltese composer Phillip Vella and the choreography is in the hands of Felix Busuttil and his YADA  Dance Company. 

The opening ceremony was then followed by a photo group of all participants with the head of Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Strait Street

In the past, the YADA Dance Company has produced shows that celebrated the mind or the soul. This time YADA is glorifying the human form, the body supreme. The show is strongly called STRAIT STREET and will be staged on the 21st (Preview Night at reduced prices to students and senior citizens), 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th April and the 1st of May 2005 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.

STRAIT STREET is YADA's 12th yearly spectacle and as usual it boasts of a cast of over 120 dancers with an incorporation of a stunning 35-male strong cast. With choreographers such as Felix Busuttil, Justin Roy Barker,Daron Galea,  Vivienne Fielding Refalo, Kristina Schranz, Mario Grech, Nina Winter, Catherine Strawbridge, Fiona McKeown and  and the voices of Olivia Lewis, Glen Vella, Fabrizio Faniello, Claudette Pace, Julie and Ludwig, Christina Casolani and Debbie Scerri, without a doubt, STRAIT STREET will be produced to dazzle. Taking part is also Georgina Streisand, one of Malta's top drag artistes.

STRAIT STREET is not a scrupulous historical re-account of events that have happened in this infamous narrow stretch of land in our capital city. It is a fantastical journey into the world of erotica, sizzle, glam and glitz that reflect the ambience that once shone in this street.

Today, Strait Street has grown old and wrinkled and through this production, the popular dance company will breathe some fresh spirit not into its events or into its three-dimensional existence but to its name, its aura, its important and undisputed gossip that surrounded and still surrounds this blessed street.