First edition of Festalingwi

Maltese band Djun to headline the musical part of the festival.
Djun will be headlining the festival concert. Photo: Elisa von Brockdorff

The European Commission Representation in Malta, in collaboration with the University of Malta, announced the inaugural edition of Festalingwi, a one-day festival commemorating the European Day of Languages. The event will be held on September 24 at the University of Malta’s Valletta Campus and admission is free of charge.

Festalingwi promises an engaging and diverse experience with over 20 captivating activities, complemented by an array of informative stands. This festival will serve as a grand celebration of linguistic diversity and cultural exchange, catering to individuals of all ages and backgrounds.

For younger attendees, Festalingwi offers an enriching program featuring a captivating theatrical performance titled The History of Malta and Maltese by More or Less Theatre, the thrilling final of the Żanżan Kelma Maltese spelling bee as well as French classes especially tailored for children.

The festival also emphasises the importance of language education with introductory courses on Maltese Sign Language and Maltese for foreigners. Moreover, an enlightening introduction to the Basque language will be on offer.

Language is not only a means of communication but also a tool for stimulating meaningful discussions. Festalingwi will address pertinent topics, including local attitudes towards Maltese and English, as well as the role of Maltese in an increasingly multicultural society. Local NGO Inizjamed will lead a literary workshop, while the Department of English Students Association (DESA) will be testing attendees’ literary knowledge at their stand. 

The festival will culminate in a concert featuring Djun, one of the premier local acts performing in Maltese. The musical programme will commence with a captivating performance by Mariele Żammit and Christian Borg, who will enchant the audience with Maltese songs and traditional għana infused with a jazzy twist.

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