ŻiguŻajg Arts Festival for Children and Young People
ZiguZajg 2012 registered an attendance of 16,500 people, 4,466 of which were schools children and youth. The Festival presented events in 15 venues, with 316 artists (244 Maltese; 72 International) presenting a total of 153 shows and 34 workshops.
This year, the festival, organised by St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, celebrated its first birthday “quċċija”, during which the capital city was once again transformed into a haven for the arts for children and young people. Music, storytelling, animation, film, dance and theatre were just some of the exciting ingredients designed to capture the imagination of the young and young at heart.
The festival programme boasted a rich variety of Maltese and international productions designed for young audiences, including specially commissioned works, which made for an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. Żigużajg 2012 presented no less than twenty-five productions, brought to us by some of the best in the Maltese arts scene, as well as groups from Australia, the UK, Italy, Germany, France, The Netherlands and Portugal.
In a drive for enhanced accessibility for patrons attending performances during the festival, the ŻiguŻajg Arts Festival this year also featured an inclusive platform, including a selection of performances in sign language.
Through ZiguZajg we aim to position the creative arts for children and young people at the core of Malta's creative ecology.
- To showcase professional arts in various disciplines, specifically designed for children and young people, at a high level of excellence;
- To increase cultural participation;
- To develop a national repertoire of works for children and young people;
- To establish Valletta as a festival city;
- To create an accessible and inclusive artistic programme.
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ŻiguŻajg Lab - Pitch your Idea!
19th December 2012
After this year’s success, with a total of 9 Maltese commissioned works, 198 artists and an investment of €54,642, ŻiguŻajg is proud to present the ŻiguŻajg Lab ‘Pitch your Idea event’! Preparations for next year’s Festival are well underway, and we are looking for interested artists to pitch their creative ideas to a selected committee during a 5 minute presentation, held on the 30th of January 2013 . The best ideas will receive a grant to further develop their concept. Each grant, awarded at the discretion of the committee, will not exceed €200. The selected artists will then be invited to submit their final proposal by the 10th of April 2013. If accepted, their work will be commissioned by the ŻiguŻajg Festival to be included in the programme for ŻiguŻajg 2013! Pitch your idea and confirm your attendance via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th January 2013.
4th December 2012
More than 16,500 people attended the approximately 140 performances presented as part of the second edition of the ŻiguŻajg Arts Festival for Children and Young People, of which 4,500 were schoolchildren who attended the morning performances. The festival, which was organised by St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, was held between the 19th and 25th of November in eight venues throughout Valletta, as well as in Gozo.
26th November 2012
A spectacular celebration parade wrapped up the second edition of the ŻiguŻajg Festival for Children and Young People, which took place in various venues throughout Valletta between the 19th and 25th November.