Arts & Entertainment

  • Disingenuous loyalties

    Disingenuous loyalties

    TheatreKing LearPjazza Teatru Rjal Misplaced trust is terrible to experience. It undoes you completely, both because of the consequences it may have on the outcome of your ventures ­– economic, political and emotional – and because it undoes the...

  • Winds of Change

    Winds of Change

    “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry...

  • Strong echoes

    Strong echoes

    Earth to Echo (2014)Certified: PGDuration: 89 minutesDirected by: Dave GreenStarring: Teo Halm, Brian Bradley, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt, Jason Gray-Stanford, Cassius Willis, Sonya Leslie, Kerry O’Malley, Virginia Louise Smith, Peter...

  • Cute animation magic

    Cute animation magic

    The House of Magic (2013)Certified: UDuration: 85 minutesDirected by: Jeremy Degruson, Ben StassenVoices of: Murray Blue, Emily Blunt, Edward Asner, Cinda Adams, George Babbit, Shanelle Gray, Ewan McGregor, Ron Perlman, William ShatnerKRS...

  • Apes rules US box office

    Apes rules US box office

    Sci-fi sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes beat a new horror flick, an animated family film and an adult comedy to keep its grip on the US and Canadian box-office title for a second straight weekend. Apes collected $36 million in domestic ticket...

  • Ed Sheeran sets 2014 record on British chart

    Ed Sheeran sets 2014 record on British chart

    Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran topped the British album chart for a fourth consecutive week on Sunday, setting a record for the longest run in the top spot this year, the Official Charts Company said. British sales of Sheeran’s second full-length...

  • Ben Whishaw is new voice of Paddington

    Ben Whishaw is new voice of Paddington

    Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington in the upcoming film. The actor is taking over after The King’s Speech star quit last month, admitting that he was having trouble finding the voice of the Peruvian bear. Whishaw, 33,...

  • Festival ‘friend finder’ tested out

    An alcohol company is developing a music festival tracking device to help revellers find their friends in the all-too-common event of having no mobile phone signal. The Festival Friend Finder is being tested at UK events this summer. The gadget...

  • Guardhouse becomes a tiny venue for Cold War art project

    Guardhouse becomes a tiny venue for Cold War art project

    A German artist has turned a tiny surveillance booth used by the communist regime in the former East Germany to monitor citizens into an art exhibit and venue, which will be installed in a museum near Los Angeles dedicated to the Cold War. The...

  • WWI comes to life

    WWI comes to life

    Warplanes hanging down from the ceiling of the Imperial War Museum in south London. The new permanent exhibition brings the war to life through personal possessions, priceless artefacts, military hardware and films.

  • The Lucca Prodigy experience

    The Lucca Prodigy experience

    If The Prodigy set during the Lucca Summer Festival last week is any indication, fans can expect a high-octane performance in Malta in three weeks’ time, with The Prodigy delivering a rousing mix of classic favourites, tracks from their latest...

  • As extreme as ever

    As extreme as ever

    Most concerts are raucous affairs, and a metal concert no less than expected. Push all sentiments of suspicion and derision of metal aside, though; as I walked into Kordin’s Sergeants’ Mess, a beautiful,historic building somewhat reminiscent of...

  • Two-day jazz bash in Valletta

    Two-day jazz bash in Valletta

    A two-day jazz bash featuring established and up-and-coming names is being organised in collaboration with Jazz on the Fringe. The event will feature two different trios on each day, with F Trio’s Manuel Pulis and Alan Portelli being a common...

  • French dub producer to perform in Malta

    French dub producer to perform in Malta

    Bass Culture welcomes to Malta Panda Dub, one of the top French dub producers and live acts of the moment. Since 2007, Panda Dub has been conquering Europe with a perfect blend of ethnic samples, edgy and powerful electro tunes and heavy rhythms.

  • Making a difference through song

    Making a difference through song

    With her infectious smile and a calming presence which imbues her soft but strong vocals, it’s not hard to see why newcomer Debbie Stivala (better known as De Bee) placed second in this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest, surpassing many...

  • An enjoyable, if alsochallenging, concert

    An enjoyable, if alsochallenging, concert

    As part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, the New Choral Singers presented a choral and orchestral concert at St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta. The choir’s musical director, Robert Calleja, devised an enticing programme which included early...

  • Four bands and a DJ

    Four bands and a DJ

    Nosnow/noalps, Cable35, Sempliċiment tat-Triq and Fuzzhoneys will be performing together at Razzett l-Aħmar, with a DJ Set by Michael Bugeja. Sheffield-based trio Cable 35 are currently in Malta as part of their Afro Tour 2014, which has taken the...

  • Valletta International Baroque Ensemble play to packed house

    The Valletta International Baroque Ensemble (Vibe) gave a concert at a packed All Souls church in Valletta. The programme included Purcell’s Chacony in G minor, Michel’Ang Vella’s Sonata a tré No 6, Handel’s Musette from Concerto Grosso Op 6,...

  • You say goodbye, I say cello

    You say goodbye, I say cello

    “This is not a serious classical concert,” the 2Cellos musicians told the full house at the opening concert of the Malta Arts Festival at Pjazza Teatru Rjal on July 14. “You can scream and dance, come and dance on stage,” they said. No-one danced...

  • Road safety and the arts

    Road safety and the arts

    Following on from the success of Ċaqlaq! last year, another high-energy performance was devised to help teenagers learn important life lessons. This time, the focus was on road safety. Today’s teenagers face a whole plethora of challenges that we...