Culture customised for children, teens
November will once again see the capital being transformed into a cultural playground for children and teenagers with the second edition of the żigużajg International Arts festival. It includes music, storytelling, animation, film, dance and theatre events that will capture the imagination of the audience in a befitting celebration of the festival’s quċċija.
The festival includes 24 productions by artists from the Maltese arts scene, as well as performers from Australia, the UK, Italy, Germany, France, Holland and Portugal.
Festival artistic director Toni Attard explained that in a drive for enhanced accessibility for patrons attending performances, żigużajg this year also features an inclusive platform, including performances in sign language. The programme has also been tailored for schoolchildren to attend performances in the morning; all shows will also take place in the evenings during the week of the event and the weekend.
żigużajg events will be held at St James Cavalier, Auberge de Castille, the National Library, the Manoel Theatre, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Mediterranean Conference Centre and MITP. St George’s Square will host Frulli Frilli, a walk-through experience inspired by the book Il-Każ Kważi Kollu Tal-Aħwa De Molizz, while a celebratory puppet parade will animate Republic Street on the last day of the festival.
A żigużajg fringe festival featuring young bands, ensembles, theatre groups and artists will be held from November 16 to 18.
Tickets are free but subject to booking via the festival website.