School children in Maltese primary and middle schools have been competing over the past few weeks on the theme "Italy: language and music”. Presenting songs, musicals or short plays with a musical theme, the students, between the ages of 8 and 13, have helped each other to promote the cultural, folklore and artistic aspects of Italy and its music. On 12th May, at 9.30 a.m. at the Kullegg San Benedittu in Kirkop, a small village in southern Malta, the awards will be presented for the competition launched with the support of the Italian Embassy and organised by the Maltese Ministry of Education and the Faculty of Education of the University of Malta and the Italian Institute of Culture in Valletta. During the morning, three awards will be presented for individual works and three awards for group work, thanks to the cooperation of Edilingua.
The Italian Institute of Culture, founded in February 1971, had its provisional headquarters at the Italian Embassy. In 1974, it was transferred to its current offices in Valletta. Built in 1602 by Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt, the building was used as an armoury and then to store the documents of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, taking on the name and functions of the Order's Chancellery. A stone plaque at the entrance recalls the work done by Grand Master Wignacourt to install the Order's weapons and official documents in the building. The Italian Institute of Culture is also the Cultural Office of the Italian Embassy in Malta.