What We Do
ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children & Young People is the only festival in Malta specifically aimed at children & young people, presenting an enticing programme of internationally acclaimed productions and new commissioned work, annually.
Since its inception in 2011, the 10-day festival programme of ŻiguŻajg has grown from strength to strength to become a cornerstone of the cultural calendar both in Malta and internationally.
In 2019, in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv, ŻiguŻajg is launching a full season of activities of high artistic excellence, aimed at schools, children and their families.
In 2018 the Festival registered over 21,000 attendees, of which 8,200 were school students from 45 different schools in Malta and Gozo. We presented a programme consisting of 27 projects and 147 shows by 159 international and local artists – a total of 11 different countries in 18 different venues around Malta and Gozo. We also hosted 2 delegate programmes with 15 international delegates.
ŻiguŻajg is organised by Fondazzjoni Kreattività, a catalyst for the contemporary art scene in Malta.
Our vision is to position the creative arts for children and young people at the core of Malta’s creative ecology. We do this by:
- Presenting an annual programme of high-artistic excellence that celebrates creativity and diversity in the arts;
- Nurturing audience development and active participation through our practices;
- Providing professional development opportunities for artists seeking to work in the sector;
- Developing a national repertoire of creative work for children and young people;
- Championing social inclusion and accessibility in the creative industry;
- Establishing international networks and collaborations with strategic partners.
ŻiguŻajg is proud to be a member of a number of international networks that focus on developing programmes and events for children and young people. Thanks to the talent and effort of the ŻiguŻajg team and our collaborators, we have received a number of awards recognising the hard work that everyone has put in over the years.
ŻiguŻajg is a member of ASSITEJ International Association of Theatre for Children & Young People – which unites theatres, organisations and individuals throughout the world who make theatre for children and young people. ASSITEJ is dedicated to the artistic, cultural and educational rights of children and young people across the globe and advocates on behalf of all children regardless of nationality, cultural identity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion.
ŻiguŻajg in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv is a member of IETM – the main international network for contemporary performing arts, with over 500 members worldwide. The membership gives our team access to exclusive material as well as opportunities for networking and professional development.
ŻiguŻajg was awarded the European Festival Association (EFFE) Label for the year 2019-2020. It is an important acknowledgement that makes ŻiguŻajg part of the international Festival community and provides online visibility of the Festival on www.effe.eu for audiences globally interested in the arts of all kinds.
ŻiguŻajg 2016 was awarded the Premju għall-Arti 2018 (National Arts Award) for Best Artistic Programme. The awards acknowledge excellence in artistic work premiered during the preceding year and are unique in their focus on culture and the arts. by Arts Council Malta in 2018.
Have a look at what our supporters, collaborators and audiences have to say about ŻiguŻajg!
“ŻiguŻajg is a wonderful festival. Its staff works tirelessly to bring amazing international art experiences to Malta’s children, while at the same time, working hard to strengthen the infrastructure of arts in education throughout the country. We have performed a number of times in the festival, and each time we are struck by everyone’s dedication and belief.”
Erik Kaiel Artistic Director, Arch 8 (Netherlands)
“I attended ŻiguŻajg festival for children 2017… The shows were very diverse, surprising and extremely creative. All shows were full house and I was observing the happiness of the children who were very well prepared by the festival team. ŻiguŻajg is one of the best children’s festival around the world now. Congratulations!”
Mohamed El Ghawy, Artistic Director and Founder at AFCA for Arts and Culture (Egypt)
“The British Council is proud to support the ŻiguŻajg theatre festival: the only theatre festival in Malta for children and young people. The artistic programme is always varied and on a high level… We simply cannot imagine Malta’s cultural calendar without ŻiguŻajg: the benefits of exposing young people to performing arts are huge.”
Ingrid Eomois, British Council
“We are avid followers of this festival both as a school and personally with our families. The hard work and dedication to your work is most evident in the crowds you pull and the quality of the performances you organise. This year’s ŻiguŻajg Festival was the perfect mix of talent, artistic planning and grind!”
Hilary Caruana, Managing Director, Kidstart Childcare & Development Centre