Published on Friday 6 May 2022

Arts Council Malta has just announced the 29 shortlisted nominees for the Premju għall-Arti 2022.

Now in its 5th edition, il-Premju għall-Arti is a celebration of the main achievements of the Maltese cultural and creati ve industries.  As highlighted in the National Cultural Policy 2021 this is a high-profile national event awarding excellence in the field of culture and the arts, while encouraging more professionalism and distinction within the sector. This aligns with ACM’s first guiding principle as stipulated in its Strategy 2025 which is to champion the advancement of the status of the artists, and cultural and creative practitioners.

Nominations were open until noon of the 28th of February 2022, whereby around 350 applications were submitted, out of which 104 nominations were eligible and accepted.  The submitted applications were then processed and evaluated according to the established criteria and questions per each category, by external evaluators and Arts Council Malta representatives. The evaluators were selected on the basis of their professional experience related to the categories and specific art forms.

The nominations were announced in no particular order, with the winner of each category to be announced on the Premju għall-Arti night in June.

The shortlisted nominees are:

Best project in the community

fuse Elyse Tonna, produced by the Valletta Cultural Agency

Il-Pożittivi Written by Simon Bartolo, directed by Toni Attard, produced by Culture Venture in collaboration with Chris Vincent Jung, AMASS University of Malta & MGRM

L-Imbuljuta: A Panto in the Dark Written & Directed by Vikesh Godhwani & Marta Vella. Produced by Spazju Kreattiv in Collaboration with Teatru Malta and Esplora.


Best work for young audiences

Alice in Wonderless Land Teatru Malta for Żigużajg

ħożż il-ħsejjes Raffaella Zammit & Elyse Tonna from the Gabriel Caruana Foundation, Wen Chin Fu from Instrument Inventors Initiative, Marvin Zammit from Mighty Box & Andrea Pullicino, for ŻiguŻajg

The Secret Garden Valletta Cultural Agency and Lignin Stories


Best artistic programme or season

Toi Toi Season 1st October 2019- 14th March 2020 Teatru Manoel

Toi Toi Season 1st October 2020-30th September 2021 Teatru Manoel

Spazju Kreattiv - September 2020 to August 2021 Fondazzjoni Kreattività


Young artist of the year

Anna Calleja, Homebound

Marvic Monreal, Mezzo Soprano

Pearl Calleja

Production of the year

Min Hi? Teatru Malta, Ruben Zahra and Trevor Żahra

PROĠETT XX Pierre Portelli commissioned by Spazju Kreattiv

They Blew Her Up ­Co-produced by Herman Grech and Spazju Kreattiv

Written and directed by Herman Grech


Artist of the year

Francesca Tranter, Art can set us free

Brodu with albums Blu and Bambinella

Claire Tonna


Best creative enterprise

Culture Venture

Stephanie Borg


Innovation award

Alice in Wonderless Land Teatru Malta for Żigużajg

ŻfinMade ŻfinMalta, in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv and Valletta Cultural Agency

Zoom Tyrone Grima, Joseph Galea and Keith Chetcuti


Best international achievement

Charles Paul Azzopardi

The Nobodies A Chalk Line Theatre production, 'The Nobodies' written by Amy Guyler

Victoria International Arts Festival  Victoria International Arts Festival Foundation


Audience’s choice

Ħax-Xjuħ Teatru Malta, Josette Ciappara and Tony Cassar Darien

Larinġa Mekkanika Teatru Malta for Żigużajg

Threaded Fine ŻfinMalta, in collaboration with Valletta Cultural Agency


The public can vote for the Audience’s Choice category on until noon of Thursday the 9th of June 2022. Each person will be entitled to one vote on the basis of their ID card number.

The Premju għall-Arti 2022 awards night will be held on the 15th of June 2022 in the evening, which will also be livestreamed on the Arts Council Malta and Premju għall-Arti social media platforms.