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CALL FOR ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY 2019 - ŻfinMalta - National Dance Company

ŻfinMalta - National Dance Company and Esplora Interactive Science Centre are coming together to offer five artist in residency programmes in Malta between March & June 2019.

Dance artists currently undertaking choreographic work are invited to bring their research to this melting pot of cultures, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, currently benefiting from the legacy of Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018.

These residencies are for both experienced and emerging local and European choreographers who need the time and the space to focus on the creation and development of their choreographic work.


  • ŻfinMalta, in collaboration with Esplora Interactive Science Centre is offering five residencies between March and June 2019 for local and European dance practitioners to further develop their choreographic research/practice. Each residency will last for 7 days.
  • These residency programmes are designed for choreographers, regularly creating work, who have an idea to research which will push the boundaries of their practice.
  • Choreographers from all dance backgrounds are encouraged to apply; whether their research is interdisciplinary, community-based, or dance practice based.


  • This residency will be split between two equipped studios at two separate locations on the island. In the first half of the residency, ŻfinMalta will host the selected artists in the island's capital, Valletta. The second half of the residency will occur at Esplora Interactive Science Centre, Kalkara, right across the harbour. Both locations enjoy the inspiring view of the Grand Harbour, defined by a coastline of forts and churches in yellow limestone.
  • Esplora's Activity Centre welcomes selected artists to work in their space between 12pm - 7pm
  • ŻfinMalta's studio is available between 10am - 6pm
  • Both studios are equipped with a sound system, air conditioning, storage space, bathroom, shower and kitchen facilities as well as WiFi access.
  • We regret that ŻfinMalta's studio is currently not wheelchair accessible, whilst the studio space offered by Esplora is fully accessible. In the case of wheelchair accessibility being crucial, arrangements can be made to spend the whole residency at Esplora Interactive Science Centre


  • An informal presentation or sharing of work in a format which suits the artist's practice. The audience will be facilitated by ZfinMalta and Esplora and the approach discussed with the artist. The company believes that this interaction with an audience is fundamental in the research stages of creating work.
  • Residency artists will lead at least one workshop, session or class for undergraduate students and/or dance professionals during their residency. The artist could use this in order to investigate choreographic or dance practices further.
  • Permission for ZfinMalta and Esplora to film agreed parts of the residency
  • Inclusion of ZfinMalta and Esplora Interactive Science Centre logos and/or ŻfinMalta and Esplora Interactive Science Centre word credit on publicity (print and digital) for any future work which is developed from research undertaken during this residency.


  • ŻfinMalta and Esplora offer a token of €1000 for each residency. €500 will be offered as a first token, to cover the cost of accommodation and flights for artists based outside Malta, whilst another €500 will be offered for use of travel in Malta and other expenses necessary for the duration of the residency.
  • 5 residencies are currently available, one residency per month for the months of March - May, and 2 residencies in the month of June. The duration of each residency should fall between:

11th - 24th March 2019 
1st - 14th April 2019 
6th - 19th of May 2019 
3rd -23rd of June 2019


Read further guidelnes here:

Find and complete the AiR application form here

apply by the Deadline 31st January 2019


Friday 11 January, 2019
Thursday 31 January, 2019
ŻfinMalta - National Dance Company
Venue Address
Mediterranean Conference Centre, Hospital Street, Valletta, Malta, VLT 1645.

National, Valletta, Kalkara

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