VALLETTA, May 3 (Xinhua) -- The fifth edition of the Medieval Mdina Festival kicked off on Saturday in Malta's ancient city Mdina, also known as the "Silent City" situated on a hill in the centre of the island.
Artists and enthusiasts dedicated their time to the re-enactment of the Medieval way of life by authentically emulating the daily aspects of the period such as socializing, combat practice and playing of Medieval instruments. The Medieval Tavern was the main centre of recreational, entertainment, gambling and where hearty home cooked meal was always to be found.
Organised by Mdina local council, the two-day festival events consists the re-enactments by foreign and local groups, medieval music, an illusionist, a jester, falconry, lectures, concerts, food and drink, a medieval kitchen and a children's zone.
Confined within its walls, Mdina has witnessed sieges from the Arabs against the Byzantines, the Normans against the Arabs, the piratical attacks, the sieges of 1429 and 1551, and the attacks by the Maltese against the French in 1798.
The city still attracts visitors to its myriad of attractions.