From acrobats to puppets, The New Victorians to ŻfinMalta, life-size pop-up books to underground vaults, ŻiguŻajg very literally has something to please theatre lovers of all kinds.
Now in its eighth Edition, this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. For those of you who might not know what ŻiguŻajg is, it’s basically a theatre festival for children and young people that takes place over around 10 days in the city of Valletta. Performers from Malta and all over the world will take up residence in our capital city, with multiple performances, screenings, and workshops happening throughout the day.
This year the festival is expected to be visited by around 20,000 audience members – 8,000 of which will be school children – with 27 projects happening over the 10 days.
Although ŻiguŻajg is mainly aimed at children and youths, the performances come in such a vast range of styles and media that they can definitely be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Performances in the mornings have been booked up by schools, but there are loads of afternoon, evening and weekend performances that are open to the public. Tickets go on sale now and always sell out in hours (in fact over 5,000 tickets have already been sold), so read through the programme here and take note of the shows you’re interested in to avoid missing out, and then head on over to ŻiguŻajg’s website to grab your tickets!
We’ve picked out six events that caught our eye, just in case you needed some inspiration.
1. Amahl and the Night Visitors
An opera for children by the Manoel Theatre.
An interactive dance performance by ŻfinMalta.
An immersive underground performance by Studio18.
An interactive dance performance that uses light, by tout petit from Belgium.
5. Rave & Behave
A music theatre performance by The New Victorians.
A puppetry performance by Catherine Wheels from the UK.
Once you’ve booked your tickets, you can mark down your venues on this nifty map, also available inside a programme that you can pick up from Spazju Kreattiv!
Will you be attending ŻiguŻajg this year? Let us know which performances you catch.