Owing to the extraordinary times that we are living in due to the spread of COVID-19, the awards ceremony was live-streamed for the first time on Arts Council Malta’s Facebook page. The live-streamed event was hosted by Ray Calleja, Artistic Director of Premju għall-Arti.
The winners, of the ten competitive categories and three non-competitive honours, included Charles ‘Ic-City’ Gatt receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and Bank of Valletta who received the Honour for Cultural Promoter for the Arts. The Audience’s Choice Award, which was voted by members of the public, was won by André Agius for his production of 2.0 Watts in the Dark. Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, received the Best Production Award for Music in Malta - From Prehistory to Vinyl Exhibition.
Other categories included Best Creative Enterprise, Best International Achievement, Young Artist of the Year and Best Artist of the Year. The categories were selected according to Arts Council Malta’s strategic priorities as outlined in the Council’s Strategy2020, its five-year plan for the cultural and creative sectors.
During the stream, Minister Dr Herrera stated that “The Malta Arts Awards is a very important occasion where today, given the circumstances we are living in, we are still honouring artists’ successes for this year. I take this opportunity to encourage more Maltese and Gozitans to become more involved in this prestigious sector.”
The winners were selected by a jury of sectoral experts and Arts Council Malta representatives from the nominations submitted through an open call.
The Awards covers projects, productions or activities in the cultural and creative sectors which have been premiered or presented between 1 September 2018 and 30 September 2019.
The winners will receive a prestigious award, a sculpture in glass and ceramic, by Maltese artist Kane Cali. This sculpture is a new edition and its design has evolved from the previous two editions.
“Having come face-to-face with the challenges that are threatening us, resilience and a positive attitude should serve as guidelines for us. Keeping this in mind we found a way for the show to go on and, thanks to the electronic platform, the 2020 Malta Arts Awards is not being binned. It is very important for the cultural and artistic sector to recognize the artist for his work at any cost, especially in these times” said Arts Council Malta’s Executive Chairman Mr Albert Marshall.
Nominations for Premju għall-Arti 2021 are accepted through www.premju.mt
Il-Premju għall-Arti is an initiative of Arts Council Malta under the patronage of his excellency President Dr George Vella, through the National Fund for Artistic Excellence within the Ministry for Local Heritage, Arts and Local Government. Il-Premju għall-Arti is proudly supported by Teatru Manoel.
The full list of winners are:
BEST WORK FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
Trikki Trakki – Youth Theatre Festival – Teatru Malta
BEST PROJECT IN THE COMMUNITY
Nimxu Mixja – Kristina Borg, Raffaella Zammit, Gabriel Caruana Foundation and Kulleġġ Santa Tereża Skola Primarja Birkirkara
BEST ARTISTIC PROGRAMME OR SEASON
Valletta Design Cluster 2018/2019 – Valletta Cultural Agency
PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR
Music in Malta: From Prehistory to Vinyl Exhibition - Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
BEST CREATIVE ENTERPRISE
Moveo Dance Company
YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Julian Mallia (Julinu)
AWARD FOR INNOVATION
GawGaw A Panto in the Dark – Teatru Malta
2.0 Watts in the Dark – Andre’ Agius
During the award ceremony, three non-competitive honours were announced:
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Charles ‘Ic-City’ Gatt
HONOUR FOR CULTURAL PROMOTERS
Bank of Valletta
HONOUR FOR ARTISTIC LEGACY
L-Għaqda Każini tal-Baned