2019 ŻiguŻajg Festival welcomes 21,000 audience members

Concluding its ninth year, this year’s festival continued to cement its reputation as the foremost festival of its kind in the region, and to build on its enduring popularity with audiences of all ages.

Photo Credit: ŻiguŻajg / Eliza von Brockdorff

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The 10-day programme brought together over 130 creatives from 11 countries, including Malta.

The repertoire consisted of 21 projects with five commissions and collaborations with six of Malta’s leading Public Cultural Organisations (PCOs). Altogether, this led up to a grand total of 112 performances, seven screenings, and 19 workshops spread over 12 different venues, with nine creative forms offering patrons a wonderfully-diverse range of performances to choose from.

Of the 21,000 people that attended the Festival, 8,500 were students from 45 schools across the Maltese islands.

Furthermore, ŻiguŻajg 2019 presented two delegate programmes and hosted 30 visiting international delegates, while strengthening its association with established networks such as ASSITEJ, the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People; IETM an international network for contemporary performing arts; and EFFE, the European Festivals Association.

Photo Credit: ŻiguŻajg / Eliza von Brockdorff

Expressing complete satisfaction at the outcome, outgoing ŻiguŻajg Festival Director Daniel Azzopardi said: “This edition of ŻiguŻajg has yet again exceeded expectations with respect to the quality and diversity of the programme, outreach and community engagement initiatives, the numerous creatives involved, the hard-working technical and logistic crews, administrative staff and numerous venue assistants; and of course high participation by schools and the general public. I now hand the ŻiguŻajg Festival baton over to my successor, as preparations for next year’s edition get under way.”

Photo Credit: ŻiguŻajg / Eliza von Brockdorff

ŻiguŻajg is produced by Fondazzjoni Kreattività. For more information about the festival and the ongoing ŻiguŻajg season events you may visit the website.