More than 20,000 at­tend this year’s edi­tion of Żigużajg

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

More than 20,000 peo­ple at­tended this year’s edi­tion of Żigużajg, the an­nual fes­ti­val which caters to young peo­ple and chil­dren.

Un­der the di­rec­tion of Pro­gramme Man­ager Daniel Az­zopardi, this year’s at­ten­dance is proof that the fes­ti­val has been yet another suc­cess. Thou­sands of pupils from 50 dif­fer­ent schools par­tic­i­pated in the much an­tic­i­pated event, which fea­tured dozens of per­for­mances by 150 in­ter­na­tional artists over a jam­packed pro­gramme of ten days.

This year the or­gan­is­ers wanted to fo­cus on bring­ing Mal­tese nov­els and sto­ries into a mod­ern art con­text, in­clud­ing art ex­hi­bi­tions and vis­ual pro­jec­tions. The fes­ti­val – the only one cater­ing to this par­tic­u­lar age group – was spread around 14 dif­fer­ent venues, all based in Val­letta.

This year’s spe­cial­ity was Sillu, the gi­gan­tic toy horse which was seen won­der­ing the streets of the cap­i­tal. Żigużajg has been or­gan­ised for the past six years and, as Daniel Az­zopardi told this news­pa­per, the project in­volves a tremen­dous amount of work, which goes on all year long.

“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.

“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 adults can also ap­pre­ci­ate how much work and time is needed to cre­ate such pre­sen­ta­tions.”

The gen­eral pub­lic also had pos­i­tive com­ments on the so­cial me­dia. Both the or­gan­i­sa­tion as well as the var­i­ous per­for­mances that took place last week were en­joyed by both adults and chil­dren.

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