ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People is coming up in November

23 October 2019

Preparations for the ninth ŻiguŻajg Festival are well underway! The 10-day festival is promising to be jam-packed with fun events and projects for children and young people, and will surely delight children and their families alike. Performances vary from large contemporary circus events playing to a large audience, to small, intimate acts and workshops for small groups of children.

Coming up this year is a street-promenade, telling the story of three birds that have migrated to Malta, and encounter Tingo the Tuneless bird – why won’t he sing and where did he come from? Also outside will be an acrobatic performance by Canadian performers FlipFabrique, and the amazing contemporary circus performance from UK performers Motionhouse.

Theatres in Valletta will be taken over by the festival! At the Manoel Theatre, there’s an opera for children – The Impresario – a comedy of silly characters, with music by Mozart. In the Spazju Kreattiv Theatre, there’s the story of JamBoy – an unlikely superhero in the making, who will save his school from a new headteacher. City Theatre will host a performance by the National Dance Company, ŻfinMalta, with Get Loose – an imagined dance-off between aspiring stars. And Suite Curieuses is a beautiful adaptation of a well-known tale, told through dance and movement.

For children who like getting their hands dirty, Wonder Waters, with Italian artist Alessio de Girolamo, offers an opportunity to take part in an artistic performance. And ħożż il-ħsejjes will allow children to explore the beauty of clay, sound and nature in interactive workshops.

Small children have plenty to keep them busy with the light installation Lumi, which will create a magical space for very young babies. Woodpecker, for children up to 2 years, is an interactive installation which encourages music and play. And Home is a beautiful performance for children over 2, that awakens their natural curiosity.

And the festival definitely hasn’t forgotten about its teen audience, with a hard-hitting re-adaptation in collaboration with Teatru Malta of Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange – Larinġa Mekkanika – strictly for over-fourteen-year-olds, as well as Fight Girl – a film telling the story of a teenage girl finding strength in kick-boxing.

With 21 productions, 9 creative forms and around 200 separate events, the ŻiguŻajg Festival will entertain children, teenagers and their families.

 

ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People is on between 15 and 24 November, in Valletta and around Malta and Gozo. More information and tickets can be found on www.ziguzajg.org 


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