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Medieval Medina

Mdina comes to life during the Medieval Mdina Festival weekend, which has become an annual event since the first edition in 2009. During the entire weekend, the silent city casts off its eerie stillness and gives way to the rowdy and festive series of performances and activities related to the era.

Visitors can enter the city for free to step back in time and experience all things Medieval, from sword fights to falconry and everything in between. Adults and children alike will enjoy walking through the narrow streets of the city to encounter medieval music, jesters, lectures, concerts, food and drink, medieval markets, a medieval kitchen and a children’s area. The little chapels scattered throughout the city usually host impressive exhibitions.

Participants of the festival perform all day long in various nooks and crannies of Mdina. Re-enactments include battles, skirmishes and realistic acts of all the typical elements of a city during the Medieval era, such as the town crier, a slave market, archery, a medieval tavern, magic shows, live music, birds of prey fights, parades, flag throwing shows and sword-fights.

The festival serves as a cultural exchange between local talents and foreign groups, spreading the cultural heritage of medieval times. Visitors will also discover much of what there is to learn about the city of Mdina. During the festival, all tourist attractions extend their opening hours and offer reduced prices, while a good number of food and beverage outlets will offer a special menu with a range of medieval-style food. 

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