Call for ziguZajg 2018

Interested in showcasing your project/s at ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People?

The Festival organised every November has grown from strength-to-strength since its inception in 2011 to become a cornerstone of the cultural calendar both in Malta and internationally. The ten-day multidisciplinary programme attracts annually over 20,000 people and 150 artists.

Moreover, the organised ŻiguŻajg festival international delegates programme draws numerous delegates from across the globe thus creating opportunities for discussions, collaborations and networking.

Most projects presented as part of ŻiguŻajg are selected and invited after being watched by the Festival Director and/or representatives of the Festival creative team. Nonetheless, since watching projects in person is not always possible due to time and cost constraints the Festival has a yearly open call for proposals which is made available at the end of each edition. The ŻiguŻajg 2018 call is open from Monday 27th November 2017 till Monday 22nd January 2018.

Those interested in pitching their creative project/s for the Festival are kindly asked to send a proposal to with the following details:

  • Name of Project
  • Creative Team bios
  • Project Concept
  • Photos of the project (if applicable)
  • Trailer/s and/or Video/s of the full project (if applicable)
  • Technical Rider
  • Budget forecast

Decisions on the received proposals are at the sole discretion of the Festival creative team and made in consideration of a number of factors namely the yearly programme thematic/s, artistic quality, budget, technical requirements and other logistics. If the project proposed is considered of interest for inclusion in the Festival programme you will be duly informed by email.

The 8th edition of ŻiguŻajg, being presented as part of the Valletta 2018 programme, is scheduled from the 16th – 25th November 2018 in Valletta and Gozo. More information about the Festival can be found on our website and Facebook page


The festival is generally strong in artistic quality and scores high in European and international engagement and community involvement”.
– European Festivals Association (EFFE)

ŻiguŻajg’s remit is not only of providing a yearly platform where children and their families enjoy the arts but also in making sure that creative engagement and participation becomes a custom rather than a luxury”.
– Simone Spiteri, Playwright

Our visit in Valletta was really inspiring and we loved seeing how fast the theatre sector is growing and how keen everyone were to soak up new influences from all the visiting companies. We are all excited about the next ŻiguŻajg and about seeing more high quality Maltese work for children!
– Daphna Attias, Theatre Director

The energy is immense, the quality of work goes from strength to strength and the vibe is colourful and full of life. Children and young people are being given an invaluable opportunity to experience the arts in an environment which is accessible and many times interactive or immersive”.
– Jean-Marc Cafà, Theatre Director

Having been actively involved both as an artist as well as part of the audience for most of their editions, I can truly say that this festival is a true Ambassador of the arts for both the young and the old. On the other hand, as a mother of a 7 year old, I believe ŻiguŻajg is one of the biggest local initiatives engaged in bringing the arts to children on such a broad scale”.
– Diane Portelli – Dancer and Producer