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Week-long ŻiguŻajg Festival to kick off on Monday
Monday 19th November is set to see the start of the second edition of the ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People.
The festival programme boasts a rich variety of Maltese and international productions designed for young audiences, including specially commissioned works, which will make for an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. Children will be enthralled by productions such as In a Fix, a delightful story about three birds who were once princesses, presented by Dutch company Stella Den Haag; The Frog Prince, by the German Meininger Theatre, a puppet show based on the fairytale by the Brothers Grimm; and Droplets, presented by Società della Civetta from Italy, a performance about water as an essential resource not to be wasted, but to be valued and loved. Meanwhile, in Mrs Stork’s Mysterious Egg, Maltese company The Rubberbodies Collective invites human beings to leave behind the world of grownups and go on an adventure to a totally different world. Featuring a wonderful blend of puppetry, storytelling and sumptuous visuals, Cloud Man is presented by the Ailie Cohen company from the UK. Young patrons will also be wowed by Bamboozle’s inventive show Crazy Hair, also from the UK.
Among the works specially commissioned for ŻiguŻajg one finds It-Torri Maġiku, presented by The Factory Media Group; the audio-visual experience Multinauti, a Mighty Box Games production; the dance extravaganza Flip Flop, Shapely Creatures and Blooming Creatures; Laughing Matters Ltd’s attempt at explaining science, Everything you need to know about Science (More or Less); and specifically for teens, the play written by Simone Spiteri Il-Ħajja xejn cool ta’ teenager jismu Julian. Ħrejjef, presented by Soundscape, has combined contemporary music and Maltese folktales within an interdisciplinary performance.
Teenage audiences also cannot miss the performance by critically acclaimed UK dance theatre company Gecko, who will be presenting Missing, a visually stunning, visceral, physical performance. And direct from sell-out seasons in New York, Sydney, and Auckland, the Perth Theatre will be taking us on The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, while Portuguese company Dobrar are presenting The Bright Day, a theatre performance with live music about a man who was once imprisoned and who now refuses to leave his asylum. Moving from theatre to film, ŻiguŻajg is proud to present Kauwboy, a Dutch film and winner of the inaugural European Young Audience Award earlier this year. Rick Lens, the young actor who plays the lead part in this film, will be in Malta for the movie’s premiere on Saturday 24th November.
Tickets to the ŻiguŻajg Festival are free of charge but subject to booking via the festival website at http://www.ziguzajg.org. Tickets can be collected from St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Castille Square, Valletta.