What's on this Christmas?

Austin Camilleri

Austin Camilleri

A selection of handpicked events for the coming week leading to Christmas:

Visual Arts

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Parallel diversity

An collective exhibition of works by Manuel Caruana, David Xuereb and Saviour Baldacchino is showing at Gallery Last Touch, Mosta.

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China in the eyes of a Maltese

A photographic exhibition by Patrice Peyre is showing at the China Cultural Institute, Melita Street, Valletta.

Till December 25

Gozo still lifes

An art exhibition by Anastasia Ponyatovskaya Pace is showing at the Arteforte gallery, Gozo. Call 9942 3775 or 2156 1188 for more information.

Till December 29

Turġien u Taraġ Ieħor

An evocative photographic exploration and exhibition of Malta’s stone stairs by Bernard Bonnici and Gordon Pace Flores is showing at Cavalieri Hotel, Water’s Edge, Spinola Road, St Julians.

Till December 31

Shadows of the Past

An exhibition of photographs by Reuben Chircop is showing at Bir Mula Heritage in Cospicua.

Till January 2

MCA16: Austin Camilleri

The Malta Contemporary Art Foundation presents a solo exhibition of paintings by Austin Camilleri. Showing at the upper galleries, St James Cavalier.

Till January 3

Celebration of Colour

An exhibition of paintings by Dolores Ebejer is showing at Cafè Premier, Valletta.

Till January 6


Local artist, Emma Borg s showing her latest pieces will be exhibited at the Marina Hotel at the Corinthia Beach Resort, St Georges Bay, St Julians.

Till January 8

Carmel Cachia, Rupert Cefai, Andrew Diacono and Victor Spiteri display their works in a collective exhibition at art..e Gallery in Victoria. Art..e Gallery is open daily between 9.30 a.m. and 12.15 p.m. For private viewing call 2155 7911 or 9980 4774 or e-mail: [email protected].

Till January 9

Rock Dreams

An exhibition of works by French artist Guy Peellaert is showing at the lower galleries, St James Cavalier.

Till January 10


An exhibition of modern neo-expresssionist paintings and digital works by artist, Raphael Labro is showing at Palazzo Glorianna, 39 Mrabat Street, Sliema, Malta.

Till January 29

Alfred Chircop's latest paintings

An exhibition of recent paintings by Alfred Chrircop is showing at the PN Headquarters, Herbert Ganado Street, Pietà.

Till February 28

Women in Art: A Collector’s Perspective

A collection of artworks in various mediums is showing at SO Galerie, Dun Karm Street, Iklin. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Till February 28

Mixing the Old with the New

Mary Clare Albanozzo is showing a collection of work at her private studio, 51A Tigne Street, Sliema. For more info. contact: [email protected]



Tramuntana and the Wild Rider

A modern fairytale for the young and the young at heart: Based on music in Schumann’s Album for the Young comes an animated musical narrative about a little orphan girl Tramuntana, a mysterious Wild Rider and the cruel mayor of the village Mr Xlokk. With Sarah Spiteri (narrator) and Alex Vella Gregory (piano) showing at St James Cavalier at 4 p.m.

XFM 100.2 presents Piazza Tigne Unplugged

Pjazza Tigné is hosting live acoustic sessions with young performers every Wednesday night from 6.30 p.m. The next session features Matt, Pete and Ivan from Red Electrick. Entrance is free. For more information, e-mail [email protected].

Christmas in the capital city

The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts will be organising the following activities for this festive season in Valletta.

  • Tomorrow Christmas programme and varied activities with the participation of bands, dancers, singers and animators in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund in the Palace courtyard between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Tomorrow Official opening of Milied Flimkien by HE George Abela President of Malta, the Hon. Lawrence Gonzi Prime Minister, HE Mons. Paul Cremona OP Archbishop of Malta and the Hon Dr Joseph Muscat leader of the Opposition at the Palace Courtyard at 6 p.m.
  • December23 The Malta Police Band: Quick march in Republic and Merchants Streets followed by a concert with local singers at Great Siege Square at 11 a.m.
  • December 23 National Baby Jesus procession in Merchants and Republic Streets followed by a socio-religious programme by the Society of Christian Doctrine (MUSEUM) in Great Siege Square at 6 p.m.
  • December24 Christmas programme by the Band of the Armed Forces of Malta and local singers in Great Siege square at 11 a.m.
  • December24 March in Republic Street and annual Christmas concert by the Malta Police Band with the participation of local singers at Great Siege Square at 6 p.m.


Marie Therese Vassallo Voice Studio

Marie Therese Vassallo Voice Studio is keeping its annual Christmastide appointment by presenting a programme of Christmas music in the Parish Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Balluta Bay at 7.15 p.m.

Till December 24

Milied Mellieħi

Mellieħa Council is organising a week of Christmas activities, in aid of Dar tal-Providenza, Siġġiewi, in Mellieħa’s Main Square. The family-friendly activities will include music and art activities as well as an exhibition of cribs. There will also be stands selling books and jewellery, as well as traditional Christmas food, such as imbuljuta, mulled wine, honey rings and imqaret. There will be a play area for children as well as live music and all activities will take place under a large tent. Entrance is free.


Till December 26

The St Andrew's Club in a joint effort with the Lija local council, is organising the 5th edition of the Live Crib which is held in St Andrew's Street, Lija. The crib is open between 5.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays including Christmas Day.

Till January 2, 2011

Talent Mosti is organising a traditional Christmas exhibition at Ir-Razzett tal-Markiż Mallia Tabone, Triq Wied il-Għasel, Mosta. Open daily between 5 and 9 p.m. Sundays and public holidays from 9.30 a.m. till noon and 5 till 9 p.m.

Till January 2, 2011

An exhibition of 30 Christmas cribs by Rosalino and Ignatius Saliba will be on show at La Rosa Mansions Garage C, Good Shepherd Avenue, Balzan between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.

Till January 7, 2011

The Malta Tourism Authority, together with the Għaqda Ħbieb tal-Presepju will be organising a Maltese Crib and Christmas Art Exhibition at the Auberge D'Italie (premises of the Secretariat for Tourism and the Environment) Merchants Street, Valletta.

Till January 4, 2011

A static crib is showing at 405, Triq il-Kbira, Mosta. The crib will be open for public viewing between Monday and Friday from 5.30 p.m. till 8.30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10 a.m. till noon and 4 till 8.30 p.m.

Plays and pantos

Sunday, December 25-26

January 1-2

Salvani Zorro Salvani

Bronk Productions’s panto will be held at Sir Temi Zammit Theatre, University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq

December 22-23, 26-30

January 2-9, 2011

Scrooge – A Christmas Panto

This Christmas MADC’s Panto will be staged at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, MFCC, Ta’ Qali. This annual pantotakes on Charles Dicken’s classic story of A Christmas Tale. The script is by Alan Montanaro, who is also donning the push-up bras and high heels of the Dame this year. Scrooge is played by Colin Willis, the baddie Mach A. Villain is played by Adrian Gatt and Isabel Warrington plays Mrs Cratchitt. The director is Nanette Brimmer.

December 26-30,

January 2-9, 2011


FM Productions present Cinderella with Edward Mercieca and Toni Attard as the dames at the Manoel Theatre, Valletta.

December 26, 29-30

January 2, 2011

Dingle Bells Malcolm Smells: A night of adult Christmas comedy!

Malcolm Galea, Chris Dingli and Wesley Ellul perform Dingle Bells Malcolm Smells as an adult comedy alternative to the Christmas pantomime. The show, featuring an original mixture of sketches, songs, monologues and elements of stand-up comedy, will run at St James Cavalier, Valletta, next Sunday and on December 29 and 30, and January 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets from St James

Useful contacts

Manoel Theatre

2124 6389

[email protected]

St James Cavalier

2122 3200

[email protected]


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