Programmed within six months, the first festival was held between the 14th and 20th November, under the artistic direction of Sarah Spiteri. She was supported by Christopher Gatt, who as General Manager for St James Cavalier – Centre for Creativity, oversaw the Festival’s organisation, in collaboration with Project Coordinator Jean-Marc Cafa’.

At the time, admissions to all ŻiguŻajg Festival events and performances were free. The festival boasted 100 shows with over 20 companies performing, including the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dance Council.

“Many of the children who had attended the Festival back in 2011 are now parents themselves!”

– Sarah Spiteri, Artistic Director 2011

In 2011 ŻiguŻajg commissioned the following shows:

  • The Orchestra Battle
  • Colourtastic
  • One Funny Ballet
  • Magic Science
  • Fruit Wars
  • When Paintings Talk