The tremendously popular award-winning festival returns with an exciting programme of 27 productions from 11 different countries. After its official launch last week, its map of activities and visual teasers of its rich programme are on display at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta. As the festival’s young dancers filled the corridors of the venue at the launch, they offered a taste of what the festival is going to be about – bringing energy and dynamism to the usual as well as untypical spaces.

This is the eighth edition of the ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People. Aimed at children aged six months and upwards, the productions cover an eclectic range of performance arts, including theatre, puppetry, music, dance, film, opera, workshops, and much more with performers coming from 11 different countries.

Photo credit: Daiva Repečkaitė / Eve

This year’s edition of the festival will also focus on the professional development of some local theatre practitioners within the industry, while also developing an eco-friendly strategy to raise awareness among audiences and the creative sector on the importance of an environmentally sustainable plan.

ŻiguŻajg is now an awardee of the Premju għall-Arti, having won the Best Artistic Programme award; it has also received international recognition from the European Festival Association (EFFE) for being “…strong in artistic quality and scoring high in European and international engagement and community involvement.” Speaking at the launch, Minister for Justice, Culture, and Local Government Owen Bonnici reminded that this year the festival will sprawl out of Valletta: “It will again reach out to audiences in Gozo, this year placing two projects on our sister island.”

Minister Bonnici is choosing where to attend ŻiguŻajg. Photo credit: Reuben Piscopo / DOI

“For its eighth edition we will be presenting a unique celebratory experience with activities on the streets, interactive installations in main squares, and other artistic works in over 20 different locations,” says festival director Daniel Azzopardi. “During the year that we are celebrating the European Capital of Culture, Valletta will serve as the stunning backdrop for our programme, which seeks to strengthen the quality and excellence of the creative sector.”

ŻiguŻajg is produced by Fondazzjoni Kreattività and will run from the 16th to the 25th November 2018. More information is here.

Further reading:

Interview with festival director Daniel Azzopardi