ŻiguŻajg is an annual International Arts Festival for children and young adults, which has as its vision that of positioning the creative arts for children and young people at the core of Malta’s creative ecology.
The festival aims to do this by showcasing professional arts specifically designed for children and young people in various disciplines at a high level of excellence. It does this through the development of a national repertoire of works for children and young people and by creating an accessible and inclusive artistic programme which increases cultural participation.
Statistics may reveal the impact of the festival but no data captures the pride of parents marking their toddlers’ first visit to the theatre with photographs and videos.
No feedback form can truly reflect the unstinting efforts of teachers who use the festival as a unique opportunity to present the arts for the first time to some of their students. Nothing replaces the laughter of siblings sharing the same joke during a performance with simultaneous interpretation in sign language.
These are the stories that inspire an inclusive and accessible festival, motivate an enthusiastic team and generate excitement to present the artistic excellence children and young people truly deserve.
We leave no stone unturned in our search for the best artistic events. When we do not find what we want, we commission new work and help it develop into national repertoire. With full houses throughout the festival we are not happy with simply retaining our audience figures. We plan to introduce new genres, strengthen national repertoire and welcome more newcomers to the arts.
All this within the capital city Valletta, the 2018 European Capital of Culture.
ŻiguŻajg Arts Festival is organised by Fondazzjoni Kreattività, a catalyst for the contemporary art scene in Malta, which aims to become a hub were people of all ages and from all walks of life can join in the enriching act of creativity. Through ŻiguŻajg Arts Festival and other events, the Centre fosters aesthetic and cultural awareness amongst the younger generation.
Please contact the ŻiguŻajg team on this e-mail address for more information.