Published on Friday 12 March 2021

This year’s edition of Premju għall-Arti is set to recognise the resilience of the cultural and creative sectors, turning its focus on the outstanding work produced by artists and creatives during a time of increased challenges and difficulties.

Addressing a press conference during which 10 nominees were announced for the two special awards,  Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera recognised Premju għall-Arti as the most prestigious artistic event in our cultural calendar as it celebrates the achievements of Malta’s cultural and creative sectors. “This year Premju għall-Arti gains additional relevance as it is celebrating the resilience of our artists and creatives who despite the challenges continued to create, engage, and entertain. This is a crucial time for the sector to be inspired and collectively work together to continue growing and contributing to our society and economy”, said the minister.

Arts Council Malta Funding and Strategy Director Mary Ann Cauchi highlighted how the awards give recognition to individuals and organisations that have excelled in their contribution to the advancement of Malta’s cultural and creative sectors. Ms Cauchi added that Arts Council Malta is excited to celebrate the local creatives, artists and technical staff who are contributing to the award-giving ceremony. This will truly be a celebration of our industry and its various operators.

During this fourth edition, nominees are being recognised not only for the quality of the work but also their resilience, innovative approaches, and efforts to engage with the community despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a bid to recognise these achievements this special edition of Premju għall-Arti will accord two competitive awards: The Best Initiative during COVID-19 pandemic and the Best Production during COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, four non-competitive honours will also be awarded: The Honour for Lifetime Achievement, the Honour for Cultural Promoters, the Honour for Artistic Legacy, and the Ambassador of the Arts who retains the title for three years.  The winner of each category will be announced on 7 April 2021.

The nominees for the special edition of Premju għall-Arti 2021 were announced in random order.

Best Initiative during COVID-19 pandemic

Maria Galea, Artz ID

Davinia Bugeja, Stejjer waqt il-Kwarantina

Schola Cantorum Jubilate, Song Reborn

Tricia Dawn Williams, Toy Piano Project: OUT OF THE CAGE and other performances

Tyrone Grima, Mill-Kċina ta’ Connor

Best Production during COVID-19 pandemic

Luke Azzopardi, Transformations and Translations 

Victoria International Arts Festival Foundation, Victoria International Arts Festival

Il-Malta Philarmonic Orchestra, b’kollaborazzjoni ma’ Festivals Malta taħt il-patronaġġ tal-President tar-Repubblika ta’ Malta, Il-Kunċert tal-President għas-Sena l-Ġdida

Fondazzjoni Kreattività, Festival Żiġużajg 2020

Il-Malta Philarmonic Orchestra, Chamber Fridays

Press Release by the Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government.