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Capital transformed into a haven for young people

A puppet parade down Republic Street in Valletta will cap off seven days of festivities for young people next week in the second ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival.

Music, story-telling, animation, film, dance and theatre performances have been scheduled to fit around school times for younger audiences.

Festival director Toni Attard said: “ŻiguŻajg is proposing no fewer than 24 productions, brought to us by some of the best in the Maltese arts scene, as well as performers from Australia, the UK, Italy, Germany, France, Holland and Portugal.”

St George’s Square will host Frulli Frilli, a walk-through experience inspired by the popular Maltese book Il-każ kważi kollu tal-aħwa De Molizz.

This year’s edition of the International Arts Festival for Children and Young People, which runs from November 19 to 25, also includes some performances in sign language.

All shows are in the evenings and venues include St James Cavalier, Auberge de Castille, the National Library, the Manoel Theatre, the Italian Cultural Centre, the Mediterranean Conference Centre and the MITP.

A free fringe festival will run between November 16 and 18 when bands, theatre groups and artists can present work to teenage audiences.

Funk da Cirque and The Music Collective from the Roundhouse Theatre in London will get the fringe started and seats will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets are free but subject to booking via www.ziguzajg.org.

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