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  • Why quench when you can provoke?

    Why quench when you can provoke?

    Pandering to audience’s wants is not Karl Fiorini’s style. He reveals to Veronica Stivala his aims behind the eclectic programme of this year’s International Spring Orchestra Festival. The musical journey of this year’s International Spring...

  • Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Schumann at the Manoel Theatre

    Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Schumann at the Manoel Theatre

    The next event in the Wednesdays at the Manoel series features a recital by Turkish pianist Ruya Taner. Titled West meets East, the recital features music by Schumann, Liszt, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Kodaly and Liapunouv as well as premieres of...

  • Invasion of the Zatopeks

    Invasion of the Zatopeks

    They formed back in 2001, more as a novelty side-project running parallel to their imaginatively-named 3½ Inch Floppy band than anything else. Over the years, however, Zatopeks became their main focus and, what started out as a joke, has taken...

  • Piling up the pressure

    Piling up the pressure

    Marmalja’s debut album, titled Demm Ġdid Vol. 1 Dissett, lands soon. Ramona Depares catches up with the hip-hop outfit to hear about which toes the no-holds-bar duo will be stepping on. When Claude ‘il-Lapes’ Agius’s and Andrea ‘Drinu’ Delicata’s...

  • Gaulitana music festival returns

    The Gaulitanus Choir, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, has issued the programme for the ninth edition of its annual Gaulitana: A Festival of Music. The festival, led by Gaulitanus founder Colin Attard as artistic director, includes 28...

  • The Maltese debut of a legend

    The Maltese debut of a legend

    St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral resounded to the tone of a 300-year-old Stradivari violin. Built in 1715 and named ‘ex Bazzini-De Vito’ after two of the owners of this instrument, it is one of 60 playable instruments produced by the master luthier...

  • Lucy’s Last back from the other side

    Lucy’s Last back from the other side

    Rock quintet Lucy’s Last have released their second single, titled The Otherside. Describing the track as a break away from the old school rock and roll that characterised their debut track Jenna, the band describe their new work as “reminiscent...

  • Eyes wide shut

    Eyes wide shut

    In the run-up to his theatre production Għajn Eye Three, Simon Bartolo talks to Sandra Aquilina about the importance of seeing in more than one way how teenagers can be wiser than adults – and how writing can be a substitute for fighting. A ghost...

  • New MA in theatre and performance

    The University of Malta’s Department of Theatre Studies will be holding an innovative MA programme in 21st-century studies in theatre and performance in October. The programme focuses on three principal areas: the challenges and evolving...

  • The ills of youth

    The ills of youth

    George Bernard Shaw famously quipped “youth is wasted on the young”. Youth showers us with such an abundance of gifts that we invariably fail to appreciate what a wonderful thing it is to be young. Time seems to move at a completely different...

  • Holy Week music

    The Manoel Theatre is presenting a concert for Holy Week at the church of St Francis of Assisi in Republic Street, Valletta. The concert will feature the renowned Ghislieri Choir and Consort, who will perform Leonardo Leo’s Dove fuggo, a che...

  • Call for artists to take part in Milan Expo

    Contemporary artists are invited to submit their work for presentation at the Milan Art Expo. Up to 30 artists will be selected to take part in the exhibition, which is being held just outside of Milan between April and December and is being...

  • Education through theatre

    Education through theatre

    On any given weekday morning you may find Mario, Julian and Daniel among an audience of teens happily (and figuratively) eating from the palm of their hands as the trio wax poetic and at times quasi-acrobatic on the matter of transport safety. The...

  • Why Seven Samurai remains relevant

    Why Seven Samurai remains relevant

    If you haven’t seen Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 seminal Seven Samurai film, then you’re really missing out. The premise is painfully simple. A group of bandits is extorting a 16th century village to the point of starvation. Desperate, the villagers seek...

  • Not exactly worth the hype

    Not exactly worth the hype

    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of WaterDirector: Paul TibbittStarring: Tom Kenny,Antonio Banderas, Bill Fagerbakke92 mins; Class TBA;KRS Releasing Ltd I was never a SpongeBob SquarePants fan. There, I’ve said it. I mean, in all fairness to me, I...

  • Nothing we haven’t seen before

    Nothing we haven’t seen before

    ChappieDirector: Neill BlomkampStarring: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman120 mins; Class 15;KRS Film Releasing Johannesburg, South Africa, in the not-so-distant future (2016, to be precise). The police force is reinforced by a series of...

  • A refreshing take on tradition

    A refreshing take on tradition

    CinderellaDirector: Kenneth BranaghStarring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madde105 mins; Class U;KRS Film Releasing Disney is on a roll. Well, Disney has been on a roll since Mickey Mouse first navigated himself onto the world stage in...

  • Clicking onto the big screen

    Clicking onto the big screen

    Following three successful seasons on television, fan favourite Il-Klikka makes its big screen debut. Produced by Martina Zammit and Rachel Cachia for V Squared Media Productions, the story revolves around a typical klikka, a group of friends who...

  • This robot has soul

    This robot has soul

    Chappie (2015)Certified: 15Duration: 120 minutesDirected by: Neill BlomkampStarring: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, Anderson Cooper, Brandon AuretKRS Releasing Ltd In...

  • Fifty Shades of Grey director bows out

    Fifty Shades of Grey director bows out

    Sam Taylor-Johnson has announced she will not be returning to direct the sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey. “Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful,” she said in a statement to...

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