EVENTS: Scheduled activities for November

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During the month of November, Wirt iż-Żejtun will be concluding this year’s activities which focused on the commemoration of the 400th year anniversary of the last Ottoman raid on Malta which happened on the 6th July 1614. On Sunday 2nd … Continue reading

NEWS: Our second publication – “The Turkish Raid of 1614″

Wirt iż-Żejtun has launched its second publication, this time gathering the proceedings of the Symposium organised last July.  The title of this publication is “The Turkish Raid of 1614″.MAR_0029The 104 page book includes eight chapters in all and is printed in full colour on art paper.  Giulia Privitelli presents the research which she carried out through different archives when she tried to unveil the true story of the Turkish raid. Charles Debono gives an historical account on what happened after the Turks left Marsascala Bay and how they have landed at Mellieha before sailing to North Africa.  Sandro Debono shares the information which he gathered on three altar paintings which somehow are related to this historical event.  Dr Anton Bugeja presents his research about Clement Tabone which is thought to have been one of the local heroes during the assault against the Turks at Buleben.

Fiona Vella shares her thoughts and writings about the folkloristic myths gathered around the story of this last raid.  Godwin Vella analises the impact of frequent raids by the Turks and corsairs on the shaping of the rural community living in the south east of Malta in the early 17th century.  Profs Stanley Fiorini, in a very logical manner, presents his findings on how the people living in the south east of Malta tried to defend themselves from these frequent incursions.  Dr Stephen Spiteri describes how the Hospitaller Order improved the coastal defence of the island after this raid.

You may purchase this publication for the price of €15 form the Wirt iż-Żejtun desk during the festival of Żejt iż-Żejtun to be held on the 27th and 28th September.


NEWS: Wirt iż-Żejtun Exhibition 2014

On Friday 19th September, the Hon Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Councils opened this year’s exhibition being organised by Wirt iż-Żejtun at the APS bank, Żejtun.

DSC_3266The theme of this exhibition is the “Last Turkish Raid of 1614″ and gathers highlights from presentations made during last July’s Symposium.  These are accompanied by a number of artefacts coming from the National Collection, thanks for the co-operation of Heritage Malta and the National Library.  The exhibition also includes a documentary prepared and presented by Dr Stephen C. Spiteri.

The exhibition will be open for the public during the bank office hours and during the Żejt iż-Żejtun festival to be organised on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September.

This exhibition is being financially supported through a grant from the Local Cultural Initiatives Fund managed by the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Councils.

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EVENTS: Symposium 2014 – The Turkish Raid of 1614

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It was a very interesting morning at the Old Parish Church of iż-Żejtun, when on the 5th July a sizeable audience met to listen to eight different historians presenting their researched work on this particular event in Maltese history. The … Continue reading


NEWS: The Executive Committee meets Minister Bonnici

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On the 25th June, the Executive Committee of Wirt iż-Żejtun met the Hon Dr Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government.  The meeting was held at the Ministry’s Office in Valletta. During the meeting, the committee presented its … Continue reading


EVENTS: The South East Malta Coastal Defence

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On Sunday 18th May, Wirt iż-Żejtun held another event as part of its activities to commemorate the 400th Year Anniversary from the Turkish Razzia of 1614.  This was consisted of a visit to a number of coastal fortifications found along … Continue reading


EVENTS: On the Turks’ Trail – 1614

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On Thursday 1st May, Wirt iż-Żejtun organised again the heritage trail “On the Turks’ Trail – 1614″, this time intended for children.  This is one of a series of events which Wirt iż-Żejtun is holding throughout this year to commemorate … Continue reading


NEWS: Official Inauguration of St Gregory’s Restoration

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In a windy and a rather cold evening, on Tuesday 22nd April, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, unveiled the restored statue of St. Gregory, situated in the square right in front of the Old Parish Church of St … Continue reading