Fondazzjoni Kreattività will always remember 2020 as a celebration of the twenty years since its inception. Even though the celebrations were overshadowed by the events happening during these extraordinary times, and the COVID-19 pandemic had a considerable impact on our operations, we continued to cater to the creative sector’s needs. This is evidenced in our maintaining our intentions to present both  the Spazju Kreattiv 2020|2021 programme and the ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children & Young People in an enticing way.

‘Il-Qalba tal-Kreattività’ (The Heart of Creativity) is the ethos upon which Spazju Kreattiv has established its artistic vision for the upcoming years. Spazju Kreattiv’s 2020|2021 programme which was launched last September, is part of a continuous process by the entity that seeks to promote artistic excellence, a direct activity with the core and broader communities, and collaborations with international stakeholders. These are the strategic principles that in essence our work is based on to reach the desired levels expected by the national entity for creativity.

This has brought about a fresh vision with the required energy and enthusiasm to implement the set goals whilst maintaining the strategy and main vision of the Foundation –– being the principal catalyst of creativity in all its forms.

During our development plan, whilst we’ve put all our efforts to improve the physical experience for those who attend to the projects in our premises, this year we have successfully presented an online platform which has been offering an interactive opportunity for those who prefer to experience the activities in a virtual way, especially during the pandemic. In addition, with a new communications strategy in place along a holistic brand concept and a newly launched website, the programme succeeded in reaching a wider audience.

All things considered, our long-standing vision has turned into reality. Our hard work has come into fruition sooner than expected to truly become the platform where arts and creativity is much more accessible and of relevance not only for the creative sector but also to the general public both local and international communities.

In the past year, things differed quite a bit for the ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children & Young People. Despite having a series of hurdles, there was never any intention of letting the pandemic put a stop to our plans, especially on its tenth anniversary. The 10-day-long ŻiguŻajg Festival reached out to its audience with a twist. All events were made available to view online from the comfort and safety of one’s own home. This edition boasted brand new events; ranging from musical theatre, opera, DIY and non-verbal theatre.

As the saying goes, hard work really does pay off. This was not only confirmed by great response we received from the public, but also through Fondazzjoni Kreattività being awarded the Premju għall-Arti Award for Best Production during COVID-19 for ŻiguŻajg Festival 2020, an award presented by Arts Council Malta. Undoubtedly the spirits of everyone who was involved in the creation of this year’s festival, and brought back memories of the days where the team has worked tirelessly against all odds to organise and launch the festival.

As ŻiguŻajg Festival turned ten, ŻiguŻajg Season turned two. ŻiguŻajg Season made its first steps in 2019 with the aim to continue to provide children and their families with the opportunity to engage with professionally made artistic events throughout the year. In spite of having to cancel and postpone shows due to the pandemic, this strand remains part of our long-term plan to nurture new young audiences while creating a strong artistic repertoire.

Amidst the uncertainties that emerged through the past months due to the COVID-19 predicament, we at Fondazzjoni Kreattività remained resolute and persevered with our set goals. As a unified team, our determination and motivation to one another helped us to keep going ahead with an optimistic mind. For all of this, we are proud of all the successes achieved during the 2020|21. Whilst reminiscing through the continuous progress, the Annual Review 2020|21 serves as a stepping stone to remind us of another landmark. 

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Communication: The Key to Success

An approach that left a remarkable impact on the
Fondazzjoni during the past year was the way Spazju
Kreattiv adjusted its communications strategy to reach
wider audiences. This new formula, alongside different
public relations tactics, was successfully implemented for
the first time, taking our creativity to another dimension
by including an exclusive touch.

art collection

The Spazju Kreattiv Art Collection book essentially captures some of the main aspects of the permanent art collection up until the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of Spazju Kreattiv as Malta’s National Centre for Creativity in September of the year 2000.

This publication by the former artistic director of Spazju Kreattiv, Toni Sant, is intended primarily as a point of reference for the permanent art collection, ensuring that the works contained within it remain as visible as possible to respective audiences.

The collection is made up of a considerable number of works which were slowly acquired throughout the years since St James Cavalier’s inception as the National Centre for Creativity in 2000. The works mostly stem from the practice where outlining that anyone whose art exhibition is hosted within a government or public building should donate one work from that exhibition to the national collection. This practice had been established since at least the early 1970s under Agatha Barbara as Culture Minister.  Inevitably, this acquisition method was carried forward into the standard operations of the millennium project that became the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, operated by Fondazzjoni Ċentru għall-Kreattività.

However, this practice was frequently questioned by artists and in 2015 with the rebranding of St James Cavalier National Centre for Creativity to Spazju Kreattiv, this obligatory donation policy was revised to allow for a better dialogue with visual artists and permit for selective acquisitions which fit the criteria of the permanent collection’s intended trajectory, namely to serve as an archival context for its activities and projects. This initiative has afforded Spazju Kreattiv the strength to serve as a key institution responsible for contemporary cultural heritage management in Malta. 

The art collection is administered as part of Malta’s National Art Collection, in association with Heritage Malta’s National Community Art Museum, MUŻA. Alongside the art objects themselves (such as paintings of all sizes in various materials, sculptures ranging from stone and ceramics to metal and cloth, etc.), the collection was also expanded through the addition of a number of exhibition catalogues, photos, posters, leaflets and other ephemera.

Moving forward with the idea of long-term sustainability and preservation of the works themselves, as well as other objects associated with their creation and exhibition, the collection is being organised into a holistic database. The data within this collections database will be made partially available for research purposes though the archive section of the Spazju Kreattiv Website, acting as a reference for contemporary art practices from 2000 onward.

When it comes to the storage of the permanent collection itself, Spazju Kreattiv’s team is setting the way forward not only for the preservation of contemporary artworks, but also for the accessible elements of such a collection for practising artists. Such a collection which is not only made up of physical works, but also digital and remnants of more ephemeral pieces (such as sound, or installation pieces) will set the standard not only for preservation, but also give the opportunity for the analysis afforded by the relationship between the act of creativity and the documents created in its wake.

Spazju Kreattiv during the times of Covid-19

The arts and the creative sectors are amongst the most affected during the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe and as any other creative organisation, Spazju Kreattiv is no exception. It has notably been impacted at so many levels. As the pandemic persisted into 2021, Spazju Kreattiv’s main premises St. James Cavalier closed its doors to the general public on the 11th March 2021, and re-opened in staggered mode as instructed by the health authorities. The National Centre for Creativity reopened to the public partially on the 4th May for exhibitions viewing only.

Prior to the semi-lockdown, Spazju Kreattiv kept going with the planned programme 2020|21 and in some ways, we felt a bit more prepared than the previous year. Spazju Kreattiv ensures all Covid safety measures are adhered to, including monitoring the temperatures of employees and visitors at the entrance, with the appropriate social distancing measures and sanitiser made available around the premises. As soon as our doors re-opened, two high calibre exhibitions: Nothing Really Matters and SURA were all completely set up and exhibited in our galleries; with Space A and Space C respectively waiting with anticipation to welcome audiences. All things considered the flurry of things happening around us, we were incredibly pleased to see that these highly anticipated projects finally got to see the light at the end of the tunnel at the eleventh hour. However, during the shut down, Spazju Kreattiv’s team ensured to keep its communication channels strong through its digital platforms as well as making an online display of these exhibitions on our website.

Consequently, the 8th of June marked another curtain up to the only arthouse Cinema programme on the Maltese Islands and the round Theatre. On the first day of re-opening these strands, Spazju Kreattiv welcomed its patrons back to the New Zealand Film Days showing Boy and Kaxxa Infernali: Explosions, a theatre co-production with Spazju Kreattiv and the rubberbodies collective by Jimmy Grima, followed by a filmed discussion of our in-house discussion series, Taħdita Teatru.

Whilst our doors were closed, some interesting projects had no alternative but to be postponed to next season which include, amongst others, the theatrical productions Vari and Taralalla. A concert from the local band Brodu as well as the Artist’s Residency programme were also rescheduled.

With audiences in isolation at home, venues shuttered, events cancelled, the creative and arts industry which operates almost completely within public spaces, has continued to adapt to these hard times by adapting and shifting to online platforms. In fact, the circumstances made the industry more resilient and adaptive. Even though online platforms have been part of the art world for a while, virtual means have suddenly become a top priority for any art institution to retain a connection to its audiences. Whilst the pandemic was a setback for the industry at large, we feel that Spazju Kreattiv has turned this obstacle into an opportunity. Plans to take theatrical productions and live concerts online were already present before the pandemic, but this step towards making our programme more accessible was put on the fast-track when COVID-19 hit and was first implemented in the 2020|21 launch. This accessible tool, the first in the local industry, has left a positive impact amongst our audiences and has proven to be a successful venture that has taken the heart of creativity to people’s homes.

ProjectTitleStart – End DateNumber of shows cancelled/postponedProposed Date Venue/sCreative TeamCollaborators
Artist in ResidencyWINDS / IRJIEĦFebruary – March 20212021-12-01 00:00:00Artist – Noah Jordon Country of Origin – Canada
ŻiguŻajg Season Batucada05-03-2021 – 07-03-20213Studio A Producer/Director: Luke Baldacchino
Performing ArtsThey Blew Her Up11-03-2021 – 14-03-20214TheatreWritter and Director: Herman Grech Actors: Alan Paris, Kim Dalli, Jes Camilleri, Charlotte Grech and Joe Azzopardi.Co-production with Spazju Kreattiv
Visual ArtsPalettes12-03-2021 – 25-04-2021Space BArtist: Katarina Radovic
Performing ArtsThe Nobodies15-03-2021 – 21-03-2021613-09-2021 – 19-09-2021TheatreCast: David Angland, Lucy Simpson, Joseph Reed
Produced by Chalk Line Theatre
Written by Amy Guyler
Co-directed by Sam Edmunds and Vikesh Godhwani
Arts Council England, COMMON, Pleasance Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, The New Diorama and The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
ŻiguŻajg Season Messy Goes to Okido20-03-2021 – 17-07-20213CinemaCreated by: Okido Studio
Visual ArtsThe Trail Valletta20-03-2021 – 21-03-2021Atrium & Atrium ApproachAlluraParliament of Malta, La Valette Philharmonic Society Band Club, China Cultural Centre, Malta School of Art, Valletta Design Cluster, Russian Centre for Science and Culture, German-Maltese Circle & Iniala
ŻiguŻajg Season Solitary Bee25-03-2021 – 28-03-2021817-01-2022 23-01-2022Studio A, Spazu Kreattiv and Science Theatre, Esp;oraProducer: GreenhouseEsplora
Visual ArtsAnatomy of a Viral Landscape26-03-2021 – 09-05-2021Atrium & Atrium ApproachRebecca DiDomenicoUnited States Embassy in Malta
Performing ArtsVari25-03-2021 – 03-04-2021726 March 2022 – 3 April 2022TheatreScript – Trevor Zahra
Production & Direction – Joseph Galea & Carlos Farrugia
Cast – Joseph Galea , Carlos Farrugia, Cynthia Zaffarese, Kimberley Ancilleri, Petra Camilleri, Alexia Micallef, Jamie Mifsud
Artist in ResidencyINSULARMarch – April 202123rd August- 19th September 2021Artist – Cédrine Scheidig Country of Origin – France
FilmNT Encore: War Horse11 March – 14 April210 and 20 JuneCinemaNational Theatre Live
FilmSlalom12 – 18 March3cancelledCinemaCurzon
FilmDear Comrades!2021-03-12 00:00:001cancelledCinemaCurzon
FilmBidla (Preview screening)2021-03-13 00:00:001September (event not on sale)CinemaAmanda Eke – film director
FilmDeux2021-03-13 00:00:0012021-06-11 00:00:00CinemaAlliance Francaise
FilmAsia2021-03-16 00:00:006cancelledCinemaCurzon
FilmLes hirondelles de Kaboul / The Swallows of Kabul2021-03-17 00:00:001cancelledCinemaAlliance Francaise
FilmMLK/FBI10 – 28 March3cancelledCinemaDogwoof
FilmThe Last Shift20 March – 17 April7cancelledCinemaKRS
FilmHunt for the Wilderpeople2021-03-23 00:00:0012021-06-15 00:00:00Cinema New Zealand Consulate in Malta
FilmMy Rembrandt27 March – 20 April4cancelledCinemaDogwoof
FilmBolshoi Encore- The Flames of Paris2021-03-28 00:00:001cancelledCinemaBolshoi
Children & Young PeopleNinni Ninni01-04-2021 – 04-04-2021811-04-2022 17-04-2022Studio ACreative team: Curator, Co-Writer & Vocalist:Christian DebonoDrummer:Luke BriffaBassist:Oliver DegabrielePianist, Guitarist & Music Supervisor:Noah FabriDirector of Animation & Co-Writer:Inez Kristina BaldacchinoAnimator:Magda Azab, Isabelle Bernard ThulstrupAdditional Animation:Jesper Andkjaer PoulsgaerdArt Department:Leo ChircopProduction Coordinator:Ann-Marie Camilleri
ŻiguŻajg Season Kids Dig Science10-04-2021 – 01-05-20212Studio BCreative TeamProducer:Edward DucaCoordinator:Karen FioriniPerformers:Sean BriffaJeremy GrechMartina MifsudCollaborators:Science in the CityMalta Chamber of Scientists
ŻiguŻajg Season Gus Petitoiseau, grand Voyage2021-04-11 00:00:001CinemaCreated by: Christian De VitaStarring:Gus: Arthur DupontDelf: Sara ForestierKarl/Le Hibou: Bruno SalomoneAlliance Francaise
Visual ArtsOur Legacy Through the Lens of Art and Environment Preservation14-04-2021 – 27-06-2021AtriumArtist: Yulia Shtern
ŻiguŻajg Season Fab Fantasy Fables with Chucky16-04-2021 – 18-04-2021514-03-2022 20-03-2022Studio ACreated by: Director:Vikesh GodhwaniDevised by:Vikesh Godhwani & Chucky BartoloPerformer:Chucky BartoloLight Design & Stage Management:Sam EdmundsDesigner:Andrew Borg Wirth
Performing ArtsTaralalla30-04-2021 – 09-05-20216TheatreScript – Lara Calleja Direction – Lee-N Abela
FilmMalta Indie Shorts – April2021-04-01 00:00:0012021-08-05 00:00:00CinemaAndrew Bonello
FilmNew Zealand Film Days- Boy2021-04-06 00:00:0012021-07-06 00:00:00CinemaNew Zealand Consulate in Malta
FilmExhibition on Screen – Easter in Art2021-04-09 00:00:001cancelledCinemaExhibition On Screen
FilmUndine11 April – 6 May7cancelledCinemaCurzon
FilmSpanish Film Days – Nacido en Siria2021-04-14 00:00:001cancelledCinemaSpanish Embassy
FilmNT Encore: Follies15 April – 9 May213 and 29 JuneCinemaNational Theatre
FilmSimple Passion17 April – 8 May7cancelledCinemaCurzon
FilmLes Drapeaux de papier / Paper Flags2021-04-21 00:00:0012021-06-23 00:00:00CinemaAlliance Francaise
FilmNew Zealand Films – They Shall Not Grow Old
2021-04-25 00:00:0012021-06-08 00:00:00CinemaNew Zealand Consulate in Malta
FilmLittle Girl29 April – 6 May4CancelledCinemaCurzon
ŻiguŻajg Season Ma maman est en Amérique, elle a rencontré Buffalo Bill2021-05-09 00:00:001CinemaCreated by: Marc Boreal & Thibaut ChatelStarring:Jean: Tom TrouffierFather of Jean: Marc LavoineYvette: Julie DepardieuAlliance Francaise
ŻiguŻajg Season Tales of Africa2021-03-13 00:00:003CinemaCreated by: Djilai BeskriStarring:Papa Nzenu – Denoune AbderrahmaneAlliance Francaise
ŻiguŻajg Season Spontaneous Spaces21-05-2021 23-05-20215Studio ACreative Team:Producer:Moveo Dance CompanyConcept & Choreography:Patsy ChetcutiPerformers:Moveo Dance CompanyDramaturgy:Jacob PiccininoAdministratorŻugraga Dance
FilmBolshoi – Coppélia
2021-05-02 00:00:0012021-06-27 00:00:00CinemaBolshoi
FilmVivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados2021-05-05 00:00:0012021-07-07 00:00:00CinemaSpanish Embassy
FilmExhibition on Screen – Cézanne Portraits of a Life2021-05-07 00:00:0012021-09-03 00:00:00CinemaExhibition on Screen
FilmMalta Indie Shorts – May2021-05-13 00:00:0012021-08-05 00:00:00CinemaAndrew Bonello
FilmBlanche comme Neige / Pure As Snow2021-05-19 00:00:001cancelledCinemaAlliance Francaise
FilmCinema Italia @Malta21 -29 May916-18, 23-25 JulyCinemaIstituto Italiano di Cultura
FilmBolshoi- La Bayadère2021-05-30 00:00:0012021-07-11 00:00:00CinemaBolshoi
Performing ArtsAdult Panto Snow White11-06-2021 – 29-06-20219TheatreScript & Director – Steve Hili Produced by Michael Fenech
Artist in ResidencyLand and PeopleMay – June 2021May/June 2022Artist – Lara Lepionka Country of Origin USA
FilmMalta Indie Shorts – June2021-06-03 00:00:0012021-09-02 00:00:00CinemaAndrew Bonello
FilmExhibition on Screen – Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing2021-06-04 00:00:0012021-06-18 00:00:00CinemaExhibition on screen
FilmBolshoi – Coppélia
2021-06-06 00:00:0012021-06-27 00:00:00CinemaBolshoi
Artist in ResidencySearching Traces2021-07-01 00:00:002021-07-01 00:00:00Artists – Thomas Busch & Sabine Kuper-Busch Country of Origin – Germancy & Turkey
Artist in ResidencyEPHEMERA. Fireworks and Other EffectsMay & August 2021End of July 2022 – 15th August 2022 Artist – Andrea Botto Country of Origin – Italy


Programme Team

Justin Galea, Cathleen Tanti, Ryan Paul Abela, Daniel Azzopardi, Sarah Borg, Elaine Felice Pace, Andre Mangion & Gabija Kazlauskienė

Marketing & Communications Team

Kristina Polidano, Luca Azzopardi, Andrew Deguara, Kylie Vella, Audrey Rose Mizzi & Matthew Deguara

Business Development Director, Chairman & Artistic Director

Edward Zammit, Rupert Cefai & Daniel Azzopardi

Projectionists Team

Alexander Fenech, Joseph Cavallo & Roderick Mifsud

Operations Team

Charlon Calleja, Charlie Spiteri, Michael Meilaq, Joe Bilocca & Martin J. Bonnici

Administration Team

Doreen Scicluna, Doreen Farrugia, Crystal Falzon, Marouska Sacco, Charmaine Bonnici, Anna Portelli & Edward Zammit

Collaboration is vital to contemporary creative expression and, more specifically, to Spazju Kreattiv’s Programme. The Programme is built through collaborations with artists, organisations, entities, colleagues and other individuals.

A number of memoranda of understanding with public entities, as well as collaboration agreements with voluntary organisations facilitate Spazju Kreattiv’s work. This framework allows for a formal structure under which these collaborations can flourish.

Building upon positive relationships that we have already established, many of  which developed informally over a long period of time, Spazju Kreattiv continues to hone and sustain these positive relationships, and to synchronise planning and programme with collaborators.

Memoranda of Understanding serve to allow collaboration between Spazju Kreattiv and other entities in order to work under a long-term framework towards a common goal.

Currently, Fondazzjoni Kreattività has a memorandum of understanding with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, Malta College of Arts Science and Technology (MCAST) and the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society respectively.

Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and Spazju Kreattiv collaborated to form a positive and creative environment for young people within the programme. During 2020|2021 both organisations continued to build upon the success of the previous year by producing the second edition of Songcraft. Last year, Alexandra Alden (solo artist,  X Factor Malta judge), Matthew James Borg (solo artist, MTeam), and Alison Galea (Etnika, Beangrowers and The Shh) mentored six young participants culminating in a showcase in September 2020. 

The Artivisti Programme organised by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ also came to fruition at Spazju Kreattiv through Conditioned Comforts, an exhibition by emerging artist Emma Fsadni in August 2021. 

This year, the collaboration between Spazju Kreattiv and MCAST continued after last year’s postponement with the MCAST ICA Festival in July. The festival showcases the creative work of graduating students from the Institute of Creative Arts was a success. 

We also collaborated on an informal basis with many other national entities. Namely, our work with The Malta Chamber of Scientists hosting popular events such as Kids Dig Science, Malta Café Scientifique and ĊineXjenza

The Esplora Interactive Science Centre collaborated with Spazju Kreattiv and Teatru Malta for Ġubliena: A Panto in the Dark. This project took to new heights this year collaborating with multiple radio stations to host the audio-based panto on their frequencies. Spazju Kreattiv is also collaborating with Esplora on a newly commissioned piece for the ŻiguŻajg Season by the name ‘Solitary Bee’ postponed to January 2022.  

The past season also marked a new collaboration with the Department of Arts, Open Communities & Adult Education at the University of Malta with a string of talks by foremost museum professionals under the name Muże.X which is meant to culminate with an international conference in October 2021. 

Building on the existing collaboration, the programme had the collective exhibition Ennead comprising final projects by the cohort of students reading for the MFA in Digital Arts degree programme organised by the Department of Digital Arts at the University of Malta. 

In conclusion, various projects at Spazju Kreattiv such as exhibitions Dehumaneation, and SURA, as well as the operations of collaborative entities like Opening Doors and Electronic Music Malta which were funded by Arts Council Malta

This year’s programme included initiatives with other Public Cultural Organisations. 

Spazju Kreattiv continues to collaborate with Teatru Malta and Teatru Manoel on Atelier Francis Ebejer. This atelier, which takes form as an artist studio works on bringing together creatives to discuss ideas for newer generations but also a space for mentoring them and challenging them. Discussions with Teatru Malta started this year, and both the in-person and online sessions will be moving to Spazju Kreattiv in the upcoming season.

ŻfinMalta was also one of the many collaborators this year, with Spazju Kreattiv organising ŻfinMade in November 2020. This new initiative brought together six Maltese emerging choreographers to each create solo works for ŻfinMalta’s company dancers. This project culminated in a two-day showcase which was later on aired on national television.  

The season also comprised the Marsa Junction Project showcasing the models of selected artworks to be built as part of various construction ventures by Infrastructure Malta. 

The anticipated Music Series, launched for the first time in the 2020|2021 programme saw a collaboration with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra with the Contemporary Music Series. As Malta’s leading musical ensemble, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra is Malta’s foremost musical institution.

In February 2021, a carnival costume exhibition in collaboration with Festivals Malta brought around new audiences to St James Cavalier. Visitors throughout that month had a chance to learn about Spazju Kreattiv as a cultural organisation and also what our programming is all about. Festivals Malta is a government agency responsible for 8 festivals and 5 national holidays and the purpose of this agency is to preserve the tradition, to encourage and foster a creative environment, as well as to stimulate cultural awareness in people.

Lastly, the long-running artists’ residency programme was further strengthened with our partnership with the Valletta Cultural Agency, through the Valletta Design Cluster, with three residencies in Valletta. Such projects are meant to serve as opportunities for artists to research their ideas, encounter fellow creatives, while also engaging local communities through practice-driven initiatives. 

Collaboration agreements with voluntary organisations allow Spazju Kreattiv to work more with communities, allowing an exchange of knowledge and skills, as well as providing support and artistic and administrative expertise. These agreements also diversify the broad range of creative projects produced or contributed to by Spazju Kreattiv, through a wide stakeholder base.

Collaboration Agreements exist between Fondazzjoni Kreattività and Electronic Music Malta, Opening Doors Association, Wikimedia Community Malta and the Gabriel Caruana Foundation respectively.

Electronic Music Malta (EMM) is a non-governmental organisation that promotes electronic music in all of its forms in Malta, including performance, composition, production, recording, engineering and mastering. EMM also raises awareness on education, documentation, the restoration of equipment, and innovation in this form of music, as well as combining electronic music with other art forms. During this season EMM organised various events at Spazju Kreattiv both before and after the Circuits Festival. These became known as the Circuits Programme and consisted of a number of film screenings, a vinyl listening session and several stages of the Away from the Comfort Zone project. Away from the Comfort Zone included the rehearsal sessions, filming and eventual screenings of the staged performances at Spazju Kreattiv Cinema.

Opening Doors Association is a non-governmental voluntary arts organisation that provides opportunities for adults with diverse intellectual needs. The association hosts performances on a yearly basis, showcasing the work developed by its artistic leaders and trainees. It also holds regular arts training in different disciplines for its members. Spazju Kreattiv continued to work with Opening Doors Association on a practical level, supporting their creative work, and allowing them the physical and creative space to develop their projects. During this season, the Association adapted and continued to hold their events and inviting collaborators, due to several restrictions. Other projects were also filmed at Spazju Kreattiv. In July, the project ‘Train The Trainer – Inclusive Practise in the Creative Arts’, provided continuous professional development to practitioners working with the disability and artistic sector. 

Wikimedia Community Malta is a wiki-user group based in Malta, that encourages the uptake of wiki activity amongst Maltese communities, through the implementation of various wiki activities, projects, and training & outreach events. The group started operating formally as a registered voluntary organisation in 2016 and subsequently Wikimedia Community User Group Malta was officially granted user group status through the Wikimedia Foundation’s Affiliations Committee. Spazju Kreattiv collaborates regularly with Wikimedia Community Malta through Wiki Loves Monuments, the annual international photographic contest aiming to promote and share knowledge about heritage sites across the world.  

The Gabriel Caruana Foundation promotes and preserves the artistic legacy of modern and contemporary art exponents, encourages and provides opportunities for established and emerging artists and raises awareness and promotes quality modern and contemporary art in the Maltese Islands and beyond. Currently, the Gabriel Caruana Foundation is focusing its efforts on archiving and digitisation processes, making art more accessible through a variety of activities and networks.

The development and nurturing of relationships with international and diverse organisations, artists and entities is fundamental to the creation of a contemporary arts programme. Strategically chosen international collaborations have allowed Spazju Kreattiv to continue to strengthen its international profile, as part of its long-term approach.

Spazju Kreattiv can boast of a series of international alliances during the 2020 | 2021 Season. The collaborations with various Embassies and diplomatic representations in Malta have contributed integrally to the Spazju Kreattiv Programme mainly through the cinema programme, which played a significant role in this respect.

Spazju Kreattiv Cinema was part of two major European events in 2020. European Arthouse Cinema Day 2020 joined together thousands of cinemas around the world for the fifth edition of the European Arthouse Cinema Day, to celebrate European cultural diversity through film. This would not have been possible without the contribution of the Embassy of Spain, Embassy of Ireland, Istituto Italiano di Cultura la Valletta and Alliance Française de Malte-Méditerranée for this cinematic celebration. 

The second major event was European Cinema Night 2020 with the exclusive preview of Another Round. This cinema night was organised by Europa Cinemas in partnership with Creative Europe-MEDIA and the European Commission. 

A relationship with the Estonian Embassy in Rome was created back in 2019 through Estonian Film Days, a series of fresh and contemporary Estonian films which were successfully shown during November 2020 after their postponement in 2019. The series of film days continued throughout the year with the Spanish Embassy, New Zealand Honorary Consulate in Malta and Alliance Française de Malte-Méditerranée. The collaboration with Alliance Française continues with French Film Days, a monthly cinema screening showing French Films. 

During the summer months, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Valletta through the initiative of Cinema Italia @ Malta. Moreover, Francophonie Week was adapted and organised to include films by the Irish Embassy, Alliance Française, the French Embassy, Istitut Francais, the Foreign Ministry, the Greek Embassy and the Tunisian Embassy.

Spazju Kreattiv’s relationship with Malta China Cultural Centre continued very positively during 2020 | 2021 through the Chinese New Year Film Festival 2021 with six screenings including Fist of Legend and Farewell My Concubine. 

Spazju Kreattiv also participated in a call for artists by MArteLive which is an international contest and festival for young and emerging artists supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

In collaboration with Creative Europe Desk Malta in collaboration with the Ministry for Education and the Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government and European Film Academy Young Audience Awards, Spazju Kreattiv Cinema hosted the Young Audience Awards where young participants between the ages of 12 to 15 participated as a jury to select a winner amongst the nominees. With over 30 participants applying for the call and attending the sessions required, this event was a major success. 

At the end of June, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Malta organised cinema screenings on the occasion of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 80th birthday (June 27, 1941) and the 25th anniversary of his death (March 13, 1996). 

Spazju Kreattiv’s programme included a collaboration with the Australia Council for the Arts for Variable Depth, Shallow Water by Izabela Pluta including the cinema screenings organised which unfortunately were cancelled due to the March closure. The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. Their focus is on increasing the visibility of Australia’s vibrant arts and culture, and recognising the evolving way that Australians make and experience art.  

The photographic exhibition Goldin/Putz – Attitudes was another initiative in collaboration with the Austrian Embassy in Malta which is meant to consolidate our links with the international creative fora. Another such partnership is the collective exhibition Twilight zone – between analog and digital media presented in collaboration with the Faculty of Art at the Pedagogical University in Kraków, Poland.

Spazju Kreattiv also worked with the US Embassy this year to deliver Anatomy of a Viral Landscape, an exhibition by Rebecca DiDomenico. The project was due to open in March, however, due to Covid-19 related issues, the project was postponed to next season. 

The German Maltese Circle this year funded projects such as Kaxxa Infernali: Explosions and ABOUT ORDER. The latter also saw support from the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and Frank-Basten-Stiftung, Leipzig which continues to consolidate Spazju Kreattiv’s strategic vision of internationalisation. 

These international relationships brought gratification to Spazju Kreattiv, which in turn, attracted interest in various and international audiences in Malta.

During the 2020 | 2021 season, we were very pleased to maintain our membership of numerous and significant international networks. Having long-standing and building new partnerships internationally has become a fundamental element to the Spazju Kreattiv Programme.

After a very successful and rewarding year, Spazju Kreattiv Cinema has been reinstated as part of the Europa Cinemas network following an increase in the number of films for our cinema programme and registering a growth of attendees. Its objective is to provide operational and financial support to cinemas that commit themselves to screen a significant number of European non-national films, to offer events and initiatives as well as promotional activities targeted at Young Audiences. Spazju Kreattiv Cinema participated in the 27 Times Cinema call by promoting this opportunity to its audiences on social media. 

Spazju Kreattiv participated in European Cinema Day – a day of simultaneous film screenings with cinemas around Europe – through collaboration with the International Confederation of Art Cinemas (CICAE). CICAE is the only international association of art house cinema theatres of its kind, and is primarily a source of information and professional training for independent cinemas.

In 2017 / 2018, Spazju Kreattiv became a member of IETM – a network of over 500 performing arts organisations and individual members working in the contemporary performing arts worldwide. Other members include festivals, companies, producers, theatres, research and resource centres, universities and institutional bodies.

This year Spazju Kreattiv also joined the European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC). The network’s main focuses include capacity building, networking and advocacy through their organisation of meetings, conferences, training and staff exchanges, participate in research and data-gathering, create tools and publications, and connect our members with other actors from the cultural sector. Empowering cultural centres’ communities is our priority.

ResArtis is an international network of over 490 centres, organisations and individuals. Spazju Kreattiv’s membership of Res Artis allowed us to reach out to Artists’ Residencies worldwide and further develop our full Artists’ Residency programme.

The ŻiguŻajg Festival benefits from our membership of ASSITEJ, the international network of professionals working for children and young people through contact building and networking. The ASSISTEJ network boasts over 90 international centres and organisations with which ŻiguŻajg is now linked.

The ŻiguŻajg Festival maintained its relationship with the Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) label, since its 2017 edition was awarded the label. EFFE is an international festivals network, an initiative of the European Union, and operates primarily as a platform for encounters and exchanges of professional expertise within a festival spectrum.

Fresh Arts Coalition Europe (FACE) operates as a forum for ideas, experiences and professional exchanges promoting cross-disciplinary art forms, and offers support to its members and creative professionals. Membership of this platform allows Spazju Kreattiv to make contact with similar minded organisations from around the world.

Spazju Kreattiv, also forms part of the Anna Lindh Foundation, which is an international organisation working from the Mediterranean to promote intercultural and civil society dialogue notwithstanding growing mistrust and polarisation.


As we close the curtain on the 2020|21 Season, we can say with a great sense of gratitude that Fondazzjoni Kreattività has reached yet another significant milestone. Despite all the challenges we faced, resilience was key. This kind of forward-thinking has been reflected in the local artistic scene.

Our success story was entirely dependent on the commitment from all of us – Fondazzjoni Kreattività’s employees – with everyone’s talents and skills.  Through the incredible drive, dedication and the continuous effort of our team in the past year, we’ve achieved far more than expected. 

Our extended appreciation goes to the public cultural organisations, voluntary organisations, international collaborators, local artists and the various independent creative sector operators and to our highly esteemed patrons who support our endeavours.

As we count down the days to another year ahead wholeheartedly welcome artists both from the local and international scenes, we encourage you to join and connect with us as we welcome the new programme. The heart of creativity has much more to offer.

A Bump Along The Way
A Girl From Mogadishu
About Endlessness
Alice in Wonderless Land
Another Round
Are You Proud?
Atelier Francis Ebejer
Away From the Comfort Zone – Film Launch (EMM)
Baby Bobby’s Series – Spring
Baby Bobby’s Series – Summer
Baden Baden
Bolshoi – Coppélia
Bolshoi – La Bayadère
Bolshoi Encore – The Sleeping Beauty
Bolshoi: Romeo and Juliet
Bolshoi: The Lady of the Camellias
Bolshoi: The Nutcracker
Brikkuni: Il-Ħajja, il-Mewt, In-Nisa
Carnival Costumes Exhibition
Cézanne Portraits of a Life
Chasing Unicorns
Cinema Paradiso – Newly restored version
CineXjenza – Icarus
CineXjenza – Weed The People
Circuits EMM’s Annual Festival
Conditioned Comforts
Contemporary Music Series Concert 1
Dear Comrades!
EMM Installation (as part of Circuits)
Ennead MFA in Digital Arts Exhibition 2021
Erneste and Celestine en Hiver
Exhibition on Screen – Frida Kahlo
Exhibition on Screen – Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing
Exhibition on Screen – I, Claude Monet
Exhibition on Screen – Lucian Freud a Self Portrait
Exhibition on Screen – Michelangelo Love and Death
Fab Fantasy Fables with Chucky
Follow Fruit with Fig
Francophonie Week – Antoinette dans les Cévennes.
Francophonie Week – The Camino Voyage
French Film Days – Compartiment tueurs/ The Sleeping Car Murders
French Film Days – Deux / Two of Us
French Film Days – Les Drapeaux de papier / Paper Flags
French Film Days – Un amour impossible / An Impossible Love
Genes – Kids Dig Science
Get Out
Goldin/Putz – Attitudes
Handia/The Giant
Happy Chinese New Year Film Festival – Buddha Mountain
Happy Chinese New Year Film Festival – Farewell My Concubine
Happy Chinese New Year Film Festival – Fist of Legend
Happy Chinese New Year Film Festival – Once Upon a Time in Tibet
Happy Chinese New Year Film Festival – Shock Wave
Hope Gap
I am Greta
Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace
I’m Your Man
Insects – Kids Dig Science
Jazz On A Summer’s Day
Journeys – Messy goes to Okido Series
Kartolini Tal-Milied
Katherine Jenkins – Christmas Spectacular from the Royal Albert Hall
Kaxxa Infernali: Explosions
Kinemastik Festival
La Mano Invisibile
La Proxima Piel
La Reconquista
La vie scolaire
Les Courts des Grands
Lotte and the Lost Dragons
Love Child
Malta Indie Shorts – Alicia Kuzra As Yet Untitled
Malta Indie Shorts – August
Malta Indie Shorts – Lost Fort The Soapbox Earthworm
Malta Indie Shorts – Punchline The Maltese Fighter Lost Myself When I Found You
Manchester By The Sea
Marsa Junction Exhibition
Martin Eden
Max Richter’s Sleep
MCAST Institute For The Creative Arts Festival 2021 – Diversify
Messy Goes to Okido – Toddler Screenings – Journeys
MET Encore: Carmen
MET Encore: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Mascagni) /PAGLIACCI (Leoncavallo)
MET Encore: Der Fliegende Holländer
MET Encore: DON PASQUALE (Donizetti)
MET Encore: Magic Flute
MET Encore: MET Stars in Concert (Double bill) – Jonas Kaufmann and Renee Fleming
MET Encore: Porgy and Bess
MET Encore: RIGOLETTO (Verdi)
MET Encore: TURANDOT (Puccini)
Met Opera: Tosca
New Zealand Film Days – Boy
New Zealand Films – Hunt for the Wilderpeople
New Zealand Film Days – Vai
New Zealand Film Days – They Shall Not Grow Old
New Zealand Film Days – Waru
New Zealand Film Days – Whale Rider
Nighttime at the Station (short film) Le vent du nord (feature film)
Ninni, Ninni
Nothing Really Matters
NT Encore – All My Sons
NT Encore – Coriolanus
NT Encore Frankenstein (Cumberbatch as the Creature)
NT Encore – A View From the Bridge
NT Encore – Cyrano de Bergerac
NT Encore – King Lear
NT Encore – No Man’s Land
NT Encore – Present Laughter
NT Encore – The Lehman Trilogy
NT Encore – Follies
NT Encore – Hansard
NT Encore – Skylight
NT Encore – War Horse
Nowhere Special
Otto e mezzo
Paolo Conte: Via con me
Parasite: Black & White edition
Polish Embassy Film – Seven Women of Different Ages (short documentary) and Three Colours Red
Polish Embassy Film – Talking Heads (short documentary) and Three Colours White
Polish Embassy Film – The Double Life of Veronique.
Polish Embassy Film – Three Colours Blue.
Proġett XX
Quo Vadis, Aida?
Riley’s Manic Magic
Sarah and Duck – Animal Visits
Sarah and Duck Christmas Special
Sarah and Duck – Summer Collection
Sarah & Duck – Toddler Screenings – Animal Visits
Sarah & Duck – Toddler Screenings – Christmas Special
Songcraft 2020 Showcase
Spanish Film Days – Diamantes negros / Black Diamonds
Spanish Film Days – Silencio Roto
Spanish Film Days – Un Cuento Chino/ Chinese Take-Away
StorjaKanta tal-Milied
Summer of ’85
Happy Chinese New Year Film Festival – The World
Tales of Africa
The Beast Hunter
The Busker – In Transition (Live)
The Circle
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Time
The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch
The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone
The Great Composers – In Search of Mozart
The Great Composers – Concerto: A Beethoven Journey
The Great Composers – In Search of Chopin
The Great Composers – In Search of Haydn
The Grufallo’s Child
The Killing of Two Lovers
The Other Lamb
The Rise of the Synths
The Stage Door
The Whim Reapers
The Whimsical Adventures of Smart and Bart Series – The Maltese Flag
They Blew Her UP
Tour de France
Through the People’s Lens: A Quarantine Diary
Trouser Girl
Truth and Justice
Tu mourras à 20 ans
Twilight Zone – Between Analogue and Digital Media
Variable Depths, Shallow Water
Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing
Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados
Volevo Nascondermi
Whimsical Adventures of Smart & Bart
Who You Think I am