NEWS: New Executive Committee visits HE President of Malta

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During the Annual General Meeting of the organisation Wirt iż-Żejtun,which was held on Sunday, 25th January 2015, Ruben Abela was confirmed as President, TraceyAnne Cumbo as Secretary, Jesmond Cutajar as Treasurer, Marcelle Cannataci as PRO and Samuel Falzon, Michael Aquilina … Continue reading


NEWS: Donation of Wirt iż-Żejtun publications for Public Libraries

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On Friday 5th December committee representatives of Wirt iż-Żejtun presented the Minister of Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo, in the presence of the Permanent Secretary, Mr Joseph Caruana and the Director of the National Archives, Mr Oliver Mamo, with 100 … Continue reading


EVENTS: Remembrance Day

On Sunday 23rd November, Wirt iż-Żejtun commemorated remembrance day. This year’s special commemoration was given to Clement Tabone.

Mass was celebrated at St Catherine’s Parish Church and was attended by the local civil society and the Zejtun Scouts and Guides group.  Following mass a cortege proceeded towards St Clements Chapel where the executive committee of Wirt iż-Żejtun laid flowers.  This chapel was built by Clement Tabone.



EVENTS: “Imħabba fit-Taqbida”

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Imħabba fit-Taqbida was the name of the drama produced by Wirt iż-Żejtun and the Juventutis Domus Sacra Familia at the theater of the Juventutis Domus on the 8th and 9th November. This drama was written and directed by Joseph Agius and … Continue reading


EVENTS: On the trail of the Turkish raid of 1614

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In a rainy Sunday morning, on the 2nd November, Wirt iż-Żejtun had organised its last tour for this year.  The tour followed the trail of the Turkish raid of 1614 from the Old Parish Church to the church of St … Continue reading


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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