The Spazju Kreattiv 2022-2023 programme, unveiled last September, is a significant milestone in Fondazzjoni Kreattività’s ongoing commitment to fulfilling its remit. The artistic vision of Spazju Kreattiv is based on the principle of ‘Il-Qalba tal-Kreattività’ (The Heart of Creativity) and aims to elevate the standard of artistic expression, foster partnerships with international organisations and stakeholders, and strengthen relationships between the core and wider communities. In order to achieve these goals, the programme has been carefully crafted to include a diverse range of events and activities, each of which has been designed to showcase the best of Maltese and international talent. From concerts and exhibitions to workshops and educational initiatives, the programme is designed to cater to audiences of all ages and interests. At the same time, the Fondazzjoni Kreattività recognizes the importance of collaboration and partnerships in realizing its goals. To that end, the Foundation has established relationships with key stakeholders both in Malta and internationally and has been working closely with them to develop projects and initiatives that will have a positive impact on the general public. Over and above, it also strives to reach the high levels of excellence expected of Malta’s National Centre for Creativity. With a commitment to creative quality, community outreach, and international development, the programme represents the Foundation’s ongoing journey to fulfil its mandate and contribute to Malta’s

arts and cultural sector. Additionally, the Foundation has mapped objectives to achieve its well-outlined strategy and mission. At the core is the aim to enhance the physical experience for those who attend projects at our venues. The previous programme established an online platform, which allowed for digital experiences for individuals who were unable to visit in person, particularly during the pandemic. Also, the programme continues utilising innovative communication approaches to expand its reach and reinforce its branding, thereby reaching a bigger audience. All of this leads to the dedication and hard work put forth by the Foundation and its staff, which have undoubtedly resulted in the successful fruition of the Foundation’s long-standing vision to act as a catalyst for creative expression. This is evident in the establishment of Spazju Kreattiv as a platform through which the arts, creativity, and innovation have become significantly more accessible and relevant to audiences. This includes not just those in the creative sector, but also the general public, both locally and internationally. The Foundation’s efforts have ensured that the arts and creativity are not only a part of people’s daily lives but also play an important role in shaping Malta’s cultural identity and contributing to the population’s social well-being.

Apart from the holistic Spazju Kreattiv programme, Fondazzjoni Kreattività has been producing the ŻiguŻajg Festival for the past twelve years. The ŻiguŻajg Festival which had been interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic in the last couple of years, has since returned to its regular operations. The Festival in 2022 included an impressive 17 projects, of which 3 digital international shows. The projects covered a wide range of genres, including musicals, art exhibitions, dance, theatre, cinema, and more, providing something for everyone. Additionally, the ŻiguŻajg Season, forming part of the Spazju Kreattiv programme has generated an increase in participation with curated events and performances for children and their families, taking place between December 2022 and July 2023. This season was packed with a diverse array of experiences, including various performances and events that were sure to excite and engage audiences. The return of the ŻiguŻajg Festival and ŻiguŻajg Season represents a significant milestone in the Foundation’s commitment to promoting the importance of arts and creativity for children and young people. To bring things to a close in this prologue, the Fondazzjoni Kreattività’s team, united and driven, through its unwavering determination and motivation, has managed to come together and successfully navigate forward with a positive mindset. For this

reason, we take pride in all of the successes that have been achieved during the past year. The 2022-2023 Annual Review serves not only as a way to look back on the past year and reflect on its accomplishments but also as a stepping stone towards our future aspirations. It serves as a reminder of another landmark in our journey, a testament to our collective hard work and dedication. This review serves as a source of inspiration, reminding us of what we have accomplished so far, and encouraging us to continue pursuing our vision with renewed vigour and determination.

Communication: The Key to Success

The team responsible for the Marketing & Communications department employed a highly focused approach in tailoring their channels to effectively communicate the organisation’s message to its targeted audiences, leaving an indelible impact on the Fondazzjoni as a whole. The objective of this comprehensive communications strategy was to seamlessly integrate the organisation’s narrative and story within its brand, thereby reflecting these elements through various means such as social media content, website alignment, and diverse public relations tactics.

The Spazju Kreattiv Art Collection: The Importance of Preservation & Documentation

The Spazju Kreattiv art collection stands as a testament to the ever-evolving nature of contemporary art in Malta. Comprising a selection of artworks varying from paintings, sculptures, installations, multimedia pieces, and documentation material from performance art events, the collection is a treasure trove and spectrum of creative output.

As we reflect on the past year, it becomes increasingly evident that the preservation of these artworks is not only crucial for the artworks in and of themselves and the intellectual obligations towards the artists but also for the organization’s legacy.

In the past years, extensive research and documentation efforts have taken place, uncovering the historical context, artistic intentions, and technical aspects of these artworks. This information is continuously being updated in the Spazju Kreattiv database for ease of reference and future use. Along the way, there have been a few challenges which the team have tried to mitigate over the past year.


1. Cultural and Historical Significance: The collection represents a snapshot of contemporary culture and society, documenting the ideas, perspectives, and artistic expressions of our time. By conserving these artworks, we ensure their availability for future generations, enabling them to study and appreciate the cultural legacy of our era.

2. Artistic Integrity and Authenticity: Conservation work safeguards the original artistic vision and material authenticity of contemporary artworks. It ensures that future viewers can experience the artworks as intended by the artists, maintaining their aesthetic impact and emotional resonance.

3. Fragility and Material Decay: Many contemporary artworks incorporate unconventional materials or ephemeral elements, making them vulnerable to degradation over time. In some cases, the remnants of performance pieces are retained via digital photographic/ video documentation, whilst certain other tangible elements, such as props, are retained in secure storage.

4. Technological Obsolescence: Contemporary art often incorporates technology, which rapidly evolves, rendering older formats and equipment obsolete. Preserving and conserving these technological components is vital to maintain the artworks; integrity and ensure their accessibility to future audiences.

5. Changing Display and Installation Requirements: Contemporary art frequently challenges traditional display methods, requiring innovative installation techniques. As a result, we at Spazju Kreattiv adapt our practices to meet the specific display needs of each artwork, this goes for both the Spazju Kreattiv art collection as well as, of course, the ongoing events which take place within the building. This leads us to the importance of conservation work which is paramount for the long-term preservation and accessibility of the collection. There are several reasons why conservation is crucial:

6. Education and Research: Preserving the collection facilitates scholarly research, encouraging the exploration of artistic techniques, themes, and cultural contexts. When looking through the Spazju Kreattiv database, and considering the conservation and preservation efforts taking place, this all generates valuable data and insights, contributing to the advancement of art history, conservation science, and related disciplines. The Annual Review of the Spazju Kreattiv Art collection highlights its achievements, ongoing challenges, and the indispensable role of conservation work in safeguarding these irreplaceable artworks. By prioritising documentation and preservation, we ensure the appreciation of cultural heritage, promote artistic excellence, and facilitate future research and education. Continued investment in conservation practices and expertise is crucial to guarantee the longevity and eventual further accessibility of the Spazju Kreattiv Art Collection for generations to come.

Anna Dumitriu

BioArt: Alchemy

“I was honoured to exhibit my solo exhibition “BioArt Alchemy” in the evocative space of Spazju Kreattiv. The exhibition was a fusion of cutting-edge biotechnology research, visual arts, textiles, and history. Works included a dress impregnated with plague DNA, CRISPR modified yeast that makes 3D printing filament, and a necklace exploring cellular reprogramming impregnated with a gene present in stem cells. Working with the gallery was a wonderful experience and I am hugely grateful to the curatorial, technical and publicity teams, as well as all the visitors who attended and participated in events, plus the Science in the City team who helped bring the event to life.”

Ana Baer Carrillo and Heike Salzer

Latent Spaces Reframed Malta

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit a version of Latent Spaces at Spazju Kreattiv. Having developed our newest work HinterTerra in Malta, it was important to us to be able to premiere the piece in the country of its origin. Being offered the time, space and excellent support from the curators and the technical team at Spazju Kreattiv to exhibit our work, meant we were able to engage in a meaningful and in depth process of expanding our practice. The venue of Spazju Kreattiv offered intriguing possibilities to install our site specific landscape films, connecting with the architecture and specific atmosphere of the spaces. We are grateful about this extraordinary opportunity and excited about the traces it has left, which consequently will inform our future practice.”

Chiara Callegri with Simone Lugio and Giovanni Santangelo

L’Ultima Estate Falcone e Borsellino – 30 Anni Dopo – Directors

“In Spazju Kreattiv “L’Ultima Estate, Falcone e Borsellino 30 anni dopo” found a home, a home capable of amplifying the importance of the memory of the two Judges murdered by the Mafia in contemporary artistic language. The Show and the space have shaped each other, creating a site-specific in a constant dialogue between actors and the public. In addition, the strong association with the story of the journalist Galizia Caruana has made even more emotional and powerful every single word, consolidating the contiguity, not only geographical, between Italy and Malta, and reaffirming, as only art can do, that in thirty years there are still too many things to change.”

Dr Charles Paul Azzopardi

150 Richard Ellis | Senior Curator of Photography

“When I started planning the milestone exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Richard Ellis photography dynasty and archive, the choice was obvious on where I wanted to implement Spazju Kreattiv. Having worked with Spazju Kreattiv, I was certain of the level of commitment, professionality and efficient execution which would ensure the full success of the project. I am extremely satisfied with the support received from Spazju Kreattiv throughout all the phases of the project and would recommend this cultural hub to all creatives for future projects, without reservations.”

Veronica Stivala

ŻiguŻajg Festival, Belinda and the Blue Bigilla | Writer and Producer

“Bringing Belinda to life on stage has sentimental value as both my mother and my grandmother told their children stories about her. It was particularly special to see the story take shape thanks to the vibrant costumes, quirky props, evocative music and, of course, talented actors. The cherry on the cake was watching young audiences speak to Belinda, and laugh and sing with her.”

Miguel Formosa

KomduSkomdu | Actor

“My and Lee-N Abela’s involvement in KomduSkomdu kicked off with a number of workshops for R&D, followed by co-producing an original, devised theatrical work, scripting the piece, finding the character, creating the props and the set, liaising with fellow artists to create the music and the animations projected during the show, and ultimately, reaching out to as many people as we can via social media and live art in the streets. More so, the collaboration that we had with Spazju Kreattiv not only allowed us to reach a wider spectrum of audiences. But it also helped us to challenge new boundaries especially in terms of space and vision.”

Ray Calleja

KWIJNS: Director

“Working on KWIJS with all of the Spazju Kreattiv Team was truly inspirational, not only for achieving a first in the genre but mostly because of the support the whole team offered throughout the process. The nature of the performance stretched and tested boundaries otherwise not reached if they were not challenged. It truly was an exercise in perseverance which ultimately paid off for all of us.”

Joseph Galea & Carlos Farrugia

Fit-3PM | Producers

“This year, we once again produced our annual theatrical project in collaboration with SpazjuKreattiv. This year’s theatre piece ‘Fit- 3pm’ was written by emerging playwright Lon Kirkop. Our cast included a mix of established and upcoming actors. Spazju Kreattiv ‘s artistic director Daniel Azzopardi, believes this approach is crucial for the future of the local theatre sector. The highly collaborative and hard working team within Spazju Kreattiv is surely an asset to the entity and producers alike. It is a great pleasure to work with such a dedicated team that really goes out of its way to help us producers and artists overcome our challenges and narrate our stories within such a beautiful space at the national centre for creativity.”

Alexandra Alden and Chris Riddell

On the Cosmic Shore

“I was extremely happy to have the chance to showcase my music in the intimate setting of the Spazju Kreattiv theatre.The whole team ensured that everything ran smoothly and efficiently for everyone involved. I appreciated their kindness and patience whilst helping make my artistic vision come to life. I hope we have the opportunity to collaborate together again in the not too distant future!”

Andrew Borg Wirth

A New Gothic | Curator

“Exhibiting at Malta’s National Centre for Creativity has been an incredible experience which I will cherish as my practice continues to progress. In the halls at Spazju Kreattiv I was invited to exhibit some of my most personal work from across the most formative experiences of the past few years and I believe this has really been received well by audiences who have encountered the works throughout the five- week period. A NEW GOTHIC was a multi-dimensional project which included interventions from different artists, and was part of the Spazju Kreattiv programme in April 2023. The facilities made available helped me showcase the breadth of my work and what it seeks to do, and I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to do this here

Collaborations play a crucial role in developing innovative creative endeavours and are thus especially vital for the framework of the Spazju Kreattiv season. The programme is shaped through partnerships with artists, organisations, private entities, colleagues, and other individuals. Spazju Kreattiv has established memoranda of understanding with public entities and collaboration agreements with voluntary organisations, which provide a formal structure for these collaborations to thrive. Building on existing positive relationships, many of which have developed informally over the years, Spazju Kreattiv continues to strengthen and maintain these relationships to coordinate various projects with different collaborators as part of our program.

Memoranda of Understanding facilitate collaboration between Spazju Kreattiv and other entities, allowing them to work together within a long-term framework towards a shared objective. Currently, Fondazzjoni Kreattività has signed memoranda of understanding with Aġenzija Żg ħażag ħ and the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology (MCAST).

Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and Spazju Kreattiv have extended their collaboration to further their mission of creating and fostering a creative environment for young people through the Songcraft programme. In 2022 I 2023, both organisations built on the success of previous years by producing the fourth edition of Songcraft, where Alexandra Alden (solo artist, former X Factor Malta judge), Alison Galea (solo artist, Beangrowers, Etnika and The Shh), and Bettina Muchmore (The New Victorians) mentored six young participants, culminating in a showcase in July 2023. Furthermore, the collaboration with Aġenzija Żg ħażag ħ has extended to other projects as part of the Spazju Kreattiv 2022 I 2023 programme, including a joint effort to reach a wider audience through the theatre production of Thirst Trap.

This touring show, happening for the second consecutive year and devised in collaboration with Studio 18 for higher education institutions, aims to raise awareness about young people’s representation of their bodies on the internet. Similarly, both organisations partnered for the production of Teatru tal-Miskin which was staged in Gozo’s Aurora studio and later at the Spazju Kreattiv theatre to critical acclaim. The collaboration with Studio 18 expanded to include another version of the mentorship programme involving seven participants who attended specialised workshops in theatre production and stage management. Additionally, they had the opportunity to do curated placements with selected Spazju Kreattiv programme projects during the year. This initiative aims to create long- term pathways for individuals seeking

opportunities in the creative sector, to foster more direct career opportunities for emerging talents. As a testimony of its success, some of the participants from the first edition are now regularly engaged in professional productions. For another year, Spazju Kreattiv and MCAST continued their collaboration with the seventh edition of the MCAST ICA Festival, marking the fourth edition hosted at Spazju Kreattiv. The Festival, which took place in July, provided a platform for graduating students from the Institute of Creative Arts to showcase their creative work.

Also worth a mention, is the ongoing collaboration with the Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts at the University of Malta, with their end-of-year exhibition which included installations by five Master students, as well as a collective of graduates from the University of Greenwich in London. Furthermore, Spazju Kreattiv extended partnerships with other entities specialising in different areas of expertise. This included collaborating with The Malta Chamber of Scientists to host popular events to bridge sciences and the arts, such as Kids Dig Science, Malta Café Scientifique, and ĊineXjenza. The Malta Chamber of Scientists together with Esplora Interactive Science Centre were also partners in the produced solo exhibition by bio artist Anna Dimitriu entitled BioArt Alchemy. Along the same lines, Spazju Kreattiv worked with SACES, the Society for Architecture & Civil Engineering students at the University of Malta, for their collective exhibition Architecture Student EXPO 2021 held throughout the months of September and October 2022. The collaborative exhibition She said Darling With a “K”: Reimagining Katya Saunders with Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement aimed to raise awareness about LGBTIQ+ issues, showcasing the different facets of one of the first transgender women who pushed boundaries in terms of sexual diversity and inclusion in Malta. In addition, several projects at Spazju Kreattiv, including the exhibitions Inaction is a Weapon of Mass Destruction, Gabarrón | The Colours of Hope, Anamnesis and Backlot, as well as the operations of collaborative entities like Opening Doors and Electronic Music Malta, received funding from Arts Council Malta.

This year’s programme featured collaborative initiatives with various other Public Cultural Organisations. ŻfinMalta was among the collaborators this year, presenting the project ŻfinMade: New Futures as one of the company’s biennial signature events in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv. The project showcased a commitment to fostering and nurturing local artists, providing them with opportunities to collaborate with the country’s leading institutions. Additionally, the show sitt ġrajjiet u naqra għala spiċċajna (kif spiċċajna) was a collaborative effort between ŻiguŻajg Festival 2022 and ŻfinMalta, combining movement, poetry, music, and more to present a lyrical perspective on the significant issues impacting young people today. KorMalta – Malta National Choir was a collaborative partner for the second consecutive year, and their impact was noteworthy. The collaboration included three intimate concerts, starting with a heartwarming evening of carol favourites themed around the Christmas season, followed by another evening concert in March featuring vocal chamber music centred on the theme of Love and Life.

The choir was accompanied by the pianoforte, presenting a variety of chamber formations in an intimate and poetic space for reflection, coordinated by Bianca Simone, alto section voice leader of KorMalta. Lastly, in May, the choir performed a concert titled William Byrd – Mass & Motets, showcasing the works of this renowned English composer of the Renaissance period known for his sacred choral music, including Masses, motets, and anthems, as well as secular vocal and instrumental compositions. Spazju Kreattiv again joined forces with Festivals Malta for the Carnival programme, marking the third consecutive year of collaboration. The programme featured an exhibition of costumes by Carnival enthusiasts and the traditional performance of Il-Qarċilla, staged at our theatre. Furthermore, the longstanding artists’ residency programme continued to be at the core of the programming through partnerships with the Valletta Cultural Agency, Valletta Design Cluster, the Ministry for Gozo, and the Cultural Gozo Directorate. It resulted in four residencies in Valletta and two in Gozo, offering artists from five countries opportunities to research their ideas, connect with fellow creatives, and engage local communities through practice- driven initiatives.

This strand included a collaboration with an international consortium co-funded by Creative Europe under the name Maritima-Islands, which investigated the environmental and social problems of the islands within the Mediterranean region and showcased these in the final artworks created by artists in collaboration with other creatives coming from the fields of science and technology.

Spazju Kreattiv is always seeking collaboration arrangements with voluntary organisations to engage with different communities, fostering the exchange of knowledge and skills while providing support and artistic and administrative expertise. These strategic partnerships also contribute to diversifying the array of creative projects produced or contributed to by Spazju Kreattiv, drawing from a wide stakeholder base. Presently, collaboration agreements are in place 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 works with Spazju Kreattiv to promote electronic music in all its forms in Malta, including performance, composition, production, recording, engineering, and mastering. EMM also raises awareness about education, documentation, equipment restoration, and innovation in electronic music, as well as combining it with other art forms. During this season, EMM organised various events at Spazju Kreattiv, including the Circuits Festival, film screenings, vinyl listening sessions, and other initiatives to raise awareness about the electronic music industry.

Opening Doors Association is a voluntary arts organisation that provides opportunities for adults with diverse intellectual needs. The association hosts yearly performances showcasing the work developed by its artistic leaders and trainees, and provides regular arts training in different disciplines for its members. Spazju Kreattiv continues to collaborate with the Opening Doors Association by supporting their creative work and providing them with the physical and creative space to develop their ventures. This long-standing collaboration provides professional development to practitioners in the disability and artistic sector while raising awareness of the importance of inclusion and accessibility within the creative sector and beyond.

Wikimedia Community Malta is a wiki- user group based in Malta that encourages the uptake of wiki activity among Maltese communities through various wiki activities, projects, training, and outreach events. The group has been operating formally as a registered voluntary organisation since 2016 and has been officially granted user group status through the Wikimedia Foundation’s Affiliations Committee. Spazju Kreattiv regularly collaborates with Wikimedia Community Malta through Wiki Loves Monuments, the annual international photographic contest that aims to promote and share knowledge about heritage sites worldwide. 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 focused on archiving and digitisation processes to make art more accessible through various activities and networks. Together with Spazju Kreattiv, they are exploring methods of engaging different communities and providing upcoming artists with different means of expression.

The development and cultivation of relationships with diverse international organisations, artists, and entities are crucial for the evolution of a contemporary arts programme. Through carefully selected international collaborations, Spazju Kreattiv has been able to enhance its international profile as part of its long-term approach to play a key role in arts policy-making and the creation of projects with a focus on the Euro- Mediterranean diaspora.

Spazju Kreattiv proudly showcases a range of international alliances during the 2022 I 2023 season. Collaborations with embassies and diplomatic representations in Malta have played a vital role in the Spazju Kreattiv programme, particularly in the areas of cinema and visual art projects, contributing significantly to its success. The European Film Festival, organised by EUNIC Malta in October 2022, was one of the first major international events of the year. The second edition of this Festival featured a selection of nine films that centred around the theme of sustainability, encompassing social, economic, and environmental aspects. EUNIC, which stands for European Union National Institutes for Culture, serves as a network of European networks of organisations engaged in international cultural relations.

In November 2022, Spazju Kreattiv Cinema played a significant role in several prominent European events. As part of the seventh edition of the European Arthouse Cinema Day 2022, Spazju Kreattiv Cinema joined numerous cinemas worldwide in celebrating the richness of European cultural diversity through film. Additionally, Spazju Kreattiv Cinema, in collaboration with the Creative Europe Desk Malta, the Ministry for Education, and the Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts, and Local Government, had the honour of hosting the European Film Academy Young Audience Awards 2022. This event took place at the Valletta-based Spazju Kreattiv Cinema and witnessed the participation of over 30 Maltese teenagers, who, alongside thousands of their European counterparts, constituted the largest Film Jury in the world. Furthermore, Spazju Kreattiv Cinema actively participated in the European Cinema Night 2022. This special cinema night was organised in partnership with Europa Cinemas, Creative Europe-MEDIA, and the European Commission, emphasising the collective effort to promote and celebrate European cinema. The Film Days have fostered strong connections with various embassies and cultural institutions, resulting in a flourishing relationship. Throughout the year, the series of Film Days offered a diverse range of cinematic experiences.

The Spanish Embassy presented the Spanish Film Days, providing an opportunity to explore the richness of Spanish cinema. Likewise, the collaboration with Alliance Française de Malte-Méditerranée continued with the French Film Days, a monthly screening series featuring French films. In November, the Estonian Film Days made a return in collaboration with the Estonian Embassy in Rome. This edition showcased four arthouse films, including an animated film for children, a documentary, and live-action films, offering a glimpse into Estonian cinema. The month of February marked the commencement of the Italian Film Days, which focused on contemporary Italian cinema.

This initiative, organised in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute in Valletta, the Faculty of Arts, Master in Film Studies of the University of Malta, and under the patronage of the Italian Embassy, aimed to highlight the richness of Italian filmmaking. Spazju Kreattiv’s partnership with the Malta China Cultural Centre continued to thrive for 2022 I 2023, demonstrated by the successful Chinese Happy New Year Film Festival 2023. This Festival featured five screenings, including acclaimed films such as The Bravest and The Climbers, offering audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in Chinese cinema. Similarly, the collaborations between Spazju Kreattiv and the Lithuanian Embassy and the Irish Embassy in Malta continued to flourish. The Lithuanian Film Days, now in its second edition, presented a captivating film series comprising four films that celebrated the works of renowned filmmaker Jonas Mekas and showcased the talent of contemporary Lithuanian filmmakers. Likewise, the second edition of the Irish Film Days introduced four new titles that had never been showcased on the big screen in Malta before. This collaboration allowed Maltese audiences to experience the richness and diversity of Irish cinema in an immersive cinematic setting.

Furthermore, in mid-June, as part of World Refugee Day, Spazju Kreattiv collaborated with UNHCR Malta to screen two film premieres, which shed light on those forced to flee their homes. Beyond the film spectrum, Spazju Kreattiv’s programme included a collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Malta for three projects during this season, two exhibitions, namely Gabarrón | The Colours of Hope and Transparencies of the Soul, as well as the international premiere of the verbatim theatre piece I will Celebrate my Death (Celebrarè mi Muerte). The latter is a play based on the real-life experiences of Dr Marcos Hourmann. A surgeon who lost his medical licence after assisting a terminally ill patient in ending their life. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Malta were an integral partner during this season in the hosting of the critically-acclaimed children’s show Hermit staged in February 2023 as part of the ŻiguŻajg Season. Insular, a photographic project that focuses on the everyday life and destiny of young men from the African diaspora, who recently settled on the island of Malta, was another visual art project in collaboration with the French Embassy in Malta and the Alliance Française de Malte-Méditerranée. Insular was the result of Cédrine Scheidig’s 2021 artist’s residency stay with Spazju Kreattiv in collaboration with the Valletta Design Cluster and the Ministry for Gozo. On the same lines, our visual arts commission When Moon Waxes Red, involving sixteen creatives, was also possible thanks to the support received by several diplomatic bodies, including the Austrian Embassy in Malta and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Rome.


Throughout the 2022 I 2023 season, Spazju Kreattiv retained its membership in several prominent international networks. Establishing and nurturing long-standing as well as new partnerships on an international level has become a cornerstone of the organisation’s strategic approach.

Spazju Kreattiv Cinema is proud to once again be a part of the Europa Cinemas network, thanks to an increased number of films in our cinema programme.

The objective of Europa Cinemas is to provide operational and financial support to cinemas that showcase a significant number of European non-national films, while also offering events, initiatives, and promotional activities targeted at Young Audiences. Spazju Kreattiv Cinema actively participated in the 27 Times Cinema call, promoting this opportunity to our audiences on social media. In addition, Spazju Kreattiv took part in European Arthouse Day 2022, a day dedicated to European film, through a collaboration with the International Confederation of Art Cinemas (CICAE).

CICAE is a unique international association of art house cinema theatres, serving as a valuable source of information and professional training for independent cinemas. In the 2017-2018 season, Spazju Kreattiv joined various prestigious international networks, including IETM, a global network of over 500 performing arts organisations and individuals.

This collaboration resulted in the establishment of new contacts and the development of projects as part of the programme. Additionally, Spazju Kreattiv is a member of the European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC), which focuses on capacity building, networking, and advocacy through conferences, training, research, and data-gathering. Our Artistic Director, Daniel Azzopardi, also serves as a board member for ENCC, allowing Spazju Kreattiv to actively participate in international policy-making and collaborate on creative initiatives with foreign entities. Membership in ResArtis, an international network of over 490 centres, organisations, and individuals, has enabled Spazju Kreattiv to connect with Artists’ Residencies worldwide and further develop our Artists’ Residency program framework.

Being a part of ASSITEJ, the international network of professionals working for children and young people, has greatly benefited our ŻiguŻajg Festival and season through contact building and networking with over 90 international centres and organisations. This involvement has been crucial in staying updated on fellow practitioners’ efforts to ensure the sustainability of arts for children. Likewise, ŻiguŻajg has maintained its relationship with the Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) label, an international festivals network initiated by the European Union. Lastly, Spazju Kreattiv is part of the Anna Lindh Foundation, an international organisation that promotes intercultural and civil society in the Mediterranean region with continued efforts to strengthen dialogue between Europe, Africa and the Middle East through arts and creativity.


Another exciting season has come to an end, and as the curtain closes on the 2022-2023 season, we are incredibly grateful for the continued success of the Fondazzjoni Kreatività. Throughout the past year, the foundation reached new heights in the realm of the arts and creativity, offering a diverse range of projects that showcased the commitment to artistic excellence and community building, which was filled with diverse and impactful artistic content. The Annual Review serves as a powerful reminder of the impact the programme had on the cultural and dynamic sector in Malta. As we flip through the pages, we are taken on a journey and reliving the moments of the artistic expression and creative collaboration that took place throughout the past year. From renowned performances to community-driven events, the Spazju Kreattiv’s wide-ranging remit in the arts and creativity provided opportunities for individuals to connect, learn, and grow through their shared love of the arts.

It was truly another remarkable year for the Fondazzjoni Kreattività, even in the face of some obstacles along the way. Despite these challenges, the foundation was able to overcome them and deliver a successful programme. At the core of the foundation’s success is the unwavering commitment and dedication of its employees. Each and every individual plays a crucial role in making the programme a success, bringing their unique talents and skills to the table. The collective effort and drive of the team have enabled the foundation to present a rich and diverse programme of events that have captivated audiences and left a lasting impact. The employees at Spazju Kreattiv, year after year have demonstrated their passion for the arts and creativity, working tirelessly to ensure that every event is executed to the highest standard. Given their steadfast commitment and dedication, a sincere appreciation goes to all the employees of the Fondazzjoni Kreattività for their contributions to the foundation’s success.

Furthermore, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the various stakeholders who have made our programmes a success. Our public cultural organisations, voluntary entities, international collaborators, local artists, and independent creative sector operators have played a crucial role in bringing our programmes to life. Their contributions have added a unique and diverse perspective to our programmes, making them complete and enriching the cultural sector in Malta. We are proud to have formed partnerships with such talented and creative individuals and organisations, and look forward to continuing to work with them in the future. We also want to express our deep appreciation to our highly esteemed patrons who support and value our endeavours. Their support has been instrumental in helping the foundation expand its impact on the community. Spazju Kreattiv would not be where it is today without their great support, and we are grateful for their continued belief in our mission and vision.

The end of one journey is always the beginning of another, and as we look forward to being back in the theatre, admiring the artistic works in exhibition spaces, and the sounds of the projector, there is nothing quite like the excitement of launching a new programme. At Fondazzjoni Kreattività, we provide a platform for the arts and creativity, and we are confident that this season will be filled with memorable moments and opportunities for growth, and we cannot wait to unveil what we have in store in the coming season, the start of another jam-packed programme of creative events for 2023-2024. Here’s to another successful season and we look forward to continuing working with all our partners and our esteemed artists to create a vibrant and thriving cultural landscape in Malta.

A Hero
Adieu les cons (French Film Days)
Anatomy of a Viral Landscape
Antoinette dans les Cévennes
Architecture Student EXPO 2021
Are not all angels MINISTERING SPIRITS sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
Art Additives 2021/22
Australian Film Days – Mabo
Australian Film Days 2022 | Ladies in Black
Away from the Comfort Zone – Year 2 Retrospect
Bambinella (Brodu concert)
Between Two Worlds
Bidla: Preview Screening
Bill Murray\, Jan Vogler & Friends New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization
Blat: The Island Fortress
Blood on the Crown
Bolshoi: Jewels (Live)
Bolshoi: Spartacus (Live)
Bolshoi: Swan Lake (Encore)
Bolshoi: The Nutcracker (Encore)
Bolshoi: The Pharaoh’s Daughter (Live)
Buxtehude – Membra Jesu Nostri
C’est ça l’amour (French Film Days)
Carnival Costumes Exhibition
Cats of Malta Special Preview Screenings
Cinema Italia a Malta 2022
ĊineXjenza: Radioactive
ĊineXjenza: Seaspiracy
CineXjenza: Sex\, Murder and Covid
ĊineXjenza: The Father
ĊineXjenza: The Man Who Knew Infinity
ĊineXjenza: To the Bone
Circuits 2021 | Festival Day 1
Circuits 2021 | Festival Day 2
Conditioned Comforts
Dance Festival Malta
Dante Alighieri – a choral celebration
Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and The Legendary Tapes
Developing Dramaturgical Skills. Critical Chapters in Creative Processes
Documents of Socially Engaged Art
Elektronika | Past – Present – Future
Elektronika | Tmiem l-Ewwel Fażi
Elektronika Session 3: Promotion
Ennio: The Maestro
European Arthouse Cinema Day 2021
European Cinema Night 2021 | Undine
European film festival brought by EUNIC Malta
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Everything Went Fine
Exhibition on Screen – Cézanne Portraits of a Life
Exhibition On Screen: Easter In Art
Exhibition On Screen: Encore Frida Kahlo
Exhibition On Screen: Pissarro: Father of Impressionism
Exhibition On Screen: Raphael Revealed
Exhibition On Screen: Sunflowers
Exhibition On Screen:The Danish Collector: Delacroix to Gauguin
Fab Fantasy Fables
Faces of Europe
French Film Days – L’Homme de Rio
George Michael Freedom Uncut
Ġiraffa Ħarbet minn Kastilja
Girl in the Machine
Great Freedom
Happy Chinese New Year Film Festival 2022
Her Say
Il-Klus ta’ Clews
Il-Qarċilla 2022
Improvizza! Malta Improv Festival
In Arden
In Between
International Day for Persons with Disability – Diversity in Performing Arts and Culture
International Day of Persons with Disability – ‘Diversity in Performing Arts and Culture’
International Women’s Month
Irish Film Days – Deadly Cuts
Irish Film Days – Redemption Of a Rogue
Is-Siġra tat-Tin
Is-Sriep Reġgħu Saru Velenużi (A Viper’s Pit)
Italian Cinema and its authors
Jazz on a Summer’s Day
Kabul\, City in the Wind
Kartolina Milied
Kids Dig Science at Science in the City
Kisbiet Minsija
Kiss & Cry (French Film Days)
KorMalta Female Ensemble – French Choral Music
LA PIETÀ – a videodance installation by Ruben Zahra
Les hirondelles de Kaboul (French Film Days)
Licorice Pizza
Lithuanian Film Days 2022
Little Moods
LUX Audience Awards Screenings 2022
LUX Audience Week screening: Quo Vadis\, Aida?
Machination Premiere Screening + Q&A with Filmmakers
Malta – Tunis – Marseille
Malta Cafe Scientifique – 3D Printing in structural engineering
Malta Cafe Scientifique – Designing Medicine using our own genes
Malta Cafe Scientifique – Everyday Statistics
Malta Cafe Scientifique – Pollution: In and Out
Malta Cafe Scientifique – Space Biomedicine
Malta Cafe Scientifique – Stratospheric: Malta’s first space balloon
Malta Café Scientifique: Studying Roofs from Space
Malta Dance Festival
Malta Indie Shorts │ April Edition
Malta Indie Shorts │ December Edition
Malta Indie Shorts │ February Edition
Malta Indie Shorts │ January Edition
Malta Indie Shorts │ July Edition
Malta Indie Shorts │ June Edition
Malta Indie Shorts │ March Edition
Malta Indie Shorts │ May Edition
Malta Indie Shorts │ November Edition
Malta Indie Shorts │ October Edition
Malta Indie Shorts │ September Edition
MCAST ICA Festival 2022
MedFilm in Malta 2022
MET Encore: Ariadne auf Naxos
MET Encore: Boris Godunov
MET Encore: Cinderella
MET Encore: Don Carlos
MET Encore: Eurydice
MET Encore: Fire Shut Up in My Bones
MET Encore: Hamlet
MET Encore: Lucia di Lammermoor
MET Encore: Rigoletto
MET Encore: The Magic Flute
MET Encore: Turandot
MET Live: Ariadne auf Naxos
MET Live: Boris Godunov
MET Live: Cinderella
MET Live: Don Carlos
MET Live: Eurydice
MET Live: Fire Shut Up in My Bones
MET Live: Hamlet
MET Live: Lucia di Lammermoor
MET Live: Rigoletto
MET Live: Turandot
Migratory Birds in Malta: A Street Art Guide
Mogħdija ta’ Tifkiriet – Tislima lil Poeta
MPO Series | Concert 1
MPO Series | Concert 2
MPO Series │ Concert 3
MPO Concert 4
MUŻE X- Shaping Museum Futures
Nacido en Siria/Born in Syria
National Theatre Live | Cyrano de Bergerac (Encore)
National Theatre Live | Henry V (Encore)
National Theatre Live | Henry V (first screening)
National Theatre Live | Hex (Encore)
National Theatre Live | Hex (first screening)
National Theatre Live | La Belle Sauvage (Encore)
National Theatre Live | La Belle Sauvage (first screening)
National Theatre Live | Leopoldstadt (Encore)
National Theatre Live | Leopoldstadt (first screening)
National Theatre Live | Prima Facie (Encore)
National Theatre Live | Prima Facie (first screening)
National Theatre Live | Straight Line Crazy (Encore)
National Theatre Live | Straight Line Crazy (first screening)
National Theatre: Romeo and Juliet
Natural Light
Night of Ideas: Creating Together
Ninni Ninni
NUTRICULA | Impossible Actions
Open Singing Christmas
Opening Doors Inclusive workshops
Papicha (French Film Days)
Parallel Mothers
Past Continuous
Petit Paysan (French Film Days)
Precious Ivie
Red Rocket
Rediffusion jippreżenta…
REFRACTION x Soura Film Festival: Queer Stories from the SWANA Region
Refugee Week Malta
SAAI Factory – Exhibition on Art and AI (Malta Edition)
Santa & Cie (French Film Days)
Sea Sunset Moon – Variations on Solitude
Shifting Contexts II
Sisters with Transistors
Skald @ Spazju Kreattiv
Snow White – The Adult Panto
Solitary Bee
SongCraft 2022
Spaces in Suspension
Spanish film Days: Campeone
Spanish film Days: Felices 140 / Happy 140
Spanish film Days: La isla mínima / Marshland
Spanish film Days: Las ovejas no pierden el tren / Sheep don’t miss the train
Spanish film Days: Loreak/Flowers
Spanish film Days: Sé quién eres
Special screening of Collective by Alexander Nanau – LUX AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER 2021
Storbju DIY Synthesizer Building Workshop
Storbjużi Gathering
Such Stuff as Worlds are Made On
The 17th edition of Kinemastik Short Film Festival
The Doors: Live At The Bowl ’68 Special Edition
The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
The Evil Dead – 40th anniversary screening
The French Dispatch
The Humans
The Lost Leonardo
The Nobodies
The Ordinary Lives of Women
The Ordinary Lives of Women Film programme\, curated by Nicole Bearman
The Quiet Girl
The Streak – Isabelle Borg Retrospective
The Trail Valletta
The V&A presents Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
Thirst Trap
Through The Eyes of A Friend
Tikka Arti
Train the Trainer – Inclusive Practice in Performing Arts
Variety Drag Show
Wake Up Punk
Where are you, Toby?
Wiki Loves Monuments 2021
Wolf Walkers
ŻfinMalta: A Midsummer Night’s Dream