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Finalists for first national arts awards announced

The Arts Council Malta has announced the list of nominees for the first edition of the national arts awards which celebrate the achievements of the cultural and creative sectors.

Il-Premju għall-Arti acknowledges excellence in artistic work premiered during the preceding year.

“These awards celebrate the best artistic work in the country at a time when culture has never been so vibrant,” said Culture Minister Owen Bonnici at the nominees night  on Friday night.

The nominees – spread over eight categories – were selected by a jury of sectoral experts and Arts Council Malta representatives from the nominations submitted through an open call. The winners of these categories as well as three other awards - the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ambassador of the Arts and the People’s Choice Award - will be announced at the awards night on March 23 at the Manoel Theatre.

The awards covers projects, productions or activities in the cultural and creative sectors which have been premiered or presented between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017.

Winners will receive a prestigious award, a sculpture in glass and ceramic, by Maltese artist Kane Cali.

The awards are set to become a yearly appointment for artists and all those involved in the cultural and creative sectors.

Minister Owen Bonnici during the nominations night.Minister Owen Bonnici during the nominations night.

“We are working so that these awards provide a reference point for excellence across the sector,” said Arts Council Malta acting chairperson Annabelle Stivala.

Meanwhile, the public will also have the opportunity to reward their preferred artistic production of the year through the People’s Choice award. Voting instructions and nominees are available on www.artscouncilmalta.org. Voting can be done online or by phone.

Nominees:

Best project in the community

Aħdar id-Deżert
Opening Doors Association

Equality in Music
Radio Valo Team, Down Syndrome Association

Setting up our social enterprise
Nicholas Agius

Darba Waħda
Anna Formosa

B’Tal-linja Jaqbillek Żgur
Sean Buhagiar

Best International Achievement

From Home with Love
ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble

Vengeance
Gordon Calleja

Charlene Farrugia’s international performance
Charlene Farrugia

Malta. Land of Sea
Heritage Malta

Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’ by Ludwig van Beethoven
The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Best work for young audiences

Pietru u l-Lupu
The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Fanfare Family Concert
The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Ineż Kienet Perf(etta)
Studio 18

Shakespeare in pieces
Teatru Manoel

Shakeshorts presents A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Chris Dingli

Best Artistic Programme or Season

ŻiguŻajg Arts Festival for Children and Young People 2016
Fondazzjoni Kreattività

The Valletta Film Festival 2017
The Film Grain Foundation

The Malta Jazz Festival 2017
Festivals Malta

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Season 2016-2017
The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Toi Toi Education Programme - Season 2016-2017
Teatru Manoel

Best Creative Enterprise

Fablab Valletta

Anvil Game Studios

MARIE GALLERY 5

Young Artist of the Year

Luke Zammit
Stefan Calleja
Isaac Lucas
Laura Buhagiar
Matthew Schembri

Artist of the Year

Luke Zammit
Mikhail Basmadjian
Moveo Dance Company (Dorian Mallia, Diane Portelli)
Jonathan Dunn

Production of the Year

Magic Mouse
Luke Zammit

Diaspora
Contact Dance Company

Venus in Fur
Masquerade Theatre Company

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
MADC

Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Europe Day Concert
The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

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