Clas­sic Mal­tese nov­els and sto­ries brought to life at this year’s Ziguzajg

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

Ziguzajg is an an­nual fes­ti­val aimed at bridg­ing Mal­tese tra­di­tions and arts in a mod­ern artis­tic con­text. This year’s edi­tion will be the sixth and the num­bers of at­ten­dees has in­creased year af­ter year.

“The pro­fes­sion­al­ism with which per­for­mances are de­liv­ered, at­tracts thou­sands of peo­ple and the qual­ity is get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter,” Pro­gramme Man­ager Daniel Az­zopardi told The Malta In­de­pen­dent.

As per pre­vi­ous years, this year’s edi­tion will be packed with ex­hi­bi­tions, per­for­mances and work­shops through­out a 10-day pro­gramme.

With no less than 14 dif­fer­ent venues round the streets of the cap­i­tal, the fes­ti­val is aimed at young peo­ple and chil­dren. Daniel Az­zopardi ex­plained that Ziguzajg is, in fact, the only fes­ti­val on such a large scale which caters for these ages.

This year, Ziguzajg was in­spired by Mal­tese nov­els, such as Inez Far­rug.

“It’s quite in­cred­i­ble to look at young chil­dren who had never heard of this book be­fore, singing and play­ing around with the main pro­tag­o­nist of the book,” he told this news­pa­per as he showed us round a room where chil­dren stuck small pa­per fig­ures of Inez Far­rug all over the walls. One of the ex­hi­bi­tions fo­cus on this book and those who at­tend get to play “Where is Inez?” as the story is essen­tially about the dis­ap­pear­ance of Inez Far­rug. How­ever, Ziguzajg’s mod­ern ver­sion of Inez de­picts the lit­tle girl fac­ing young teen clans in Val­letta, like the Perfs.

But what makes Ziguzajg spe­cial is the pro­fes­sion­al­ism by artists per­form­ing in front of thou­sands of chil­dren.

“We brought in­ter­na­tional artists from seven dif­fer­ent coun­tries and chose only the best pro­pos­als by Mal­tese per­form­ers. It’s a show essen­tially for chil­dren, but even adults can ap­pre­ci­ate how much work and time is needed to create such pre­sen­ta­tions.”

Some 150 artists will be tak­ing part in 14 dif­fer­ent venues all in Val­letta. Around 24,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend.

In an at­tempt to reach var­i­ous au­di­ences in Val­letta, or­gan­is­ers de­cided to spread the events in every cor­ner of the city. So Daniel and his team or­gan­ised var­i­ous shows at the Man­der­ra­gio and the pri­mary school in Val­letta.

To keep up with the de­mand and take care of 14 dif­fer­ent venues with mul­ti­ple ac­tiv­i­ties go­ing on, Ziguzajg is manned with 80 peo­ple, in­clud­ing vol­un­teers.

Ziguzajg is be­ing held be­tween 11 and 20 Novem­ber. The pro­gramme of events can be ac­cess through their web­site www.ziguzajg.org.

Photo: Jonathan Borg

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