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  • BMX bandits at contemporary art fair

    BMX bandits at contemporary art fair

    I was sitting on the floor, surrounded by a fashionable crowd squatting, or standing, in a large circle. Expectation was mounting by the minute. A few steps away from us Matti Hemmings, the acclaimed BMX champion, was calmly inflating a tire. Once...

  • Can creativity meet commerce?

    Can creativity meet commerce?

    Many international campaigns have shown that the worlds of business and art can link together successfully. Jo Caruana discovers one local example. Sleek, white cats wearing designer sunglasses, a magnificent horse inspecting a luxurious handbag...

  • Teens arts event under way

    Teens arts event under way

    The first edition of #malteen – a new arts event focusing on teens – is currently underway at St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity From music concerts to dance installations, from theatre productions and scriptwriting workshops to human board...

  • Disclosing our inner selves

    Disclosing our inner selves

    Xaxa Calleja’s latest collection explores how we are all the same, at least from the inside. She tells Veronica Stivala how she uses anatomy to reflect on inner life. How does a thought grow? Where does it originate from? How do colours influence...

  • Watercolour exhibition in Balzan

    Watercolour exhibition in Balzan

    Doranne Alden Caruana, is holding her seventh watercolour exhibition. The exhibition, titled Just 12, is a collection of 12 paintings produced over the last year and a half while holding water- colour classes and workshops both in plein air and...

  • All drama, little stress

    All drama, little stress

    It has certainly been a Bettina Paris kind of year on the Maltese theatre boards. She erupted on the scene, seemingly out of nowhere (only not quite, of course) with Unifaun’s staging of the infamous Tender Napalm. The production, which attracted...

  • Christmas concert with a difference

    Christmas concert with a difference

    How do you get a 60-plus choir to sing Gounod’s sublime 19th-century Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile beautifully? Choirmaster Hugo Agius Muscat tells Veronica Stivala that the success of such a concert is no random event. December is always a...

  • A culture, a music genre, a lifestyle

    A culture, a music genre, a lifestyle

    In what can only be described as a feast of Klezmer music designed to bring to the forefront a genre of music traditionally associated with Jewish weddings and other important celebrations, Klezmorimalta Nights left the audience captivated as we...

  • A musical collage of human passion

    A musical collage of human passion

    During the interval of the Grand Operatic Concert at the Aurora Opera House in Victoria, I casually remarked to a small circle of friends who, like me had earlier on crossed over from Ċirkewwa, that this was our third visit in almost as many...

  • Baroque Christmas Concert

    The Manoel Theatre has combined one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Malta with one of Europe’s leading ensembles to present a Baroque Christmas Concert. The programme includes French sacred music of the 17th century, which focuses on...

  • A worthy Christmas effort

    A worthy Christmas effort

    Get SantaDirector: David CronenburgStarring: Warwick Davis, Rafe Spall, Jim Broadben102 mins; Class U;KRS Releasing Ltd After the mediocre effort that was Nativity 3: Dude Where’s my Donkey last week, it is a relief to report that the latest...

  • Celebrating 75 years of the Caped Crusader

    Celebrating 75 years of the Caped Crusader

    Pandora’s Box and Euro Media Forum are celebrating 75 years of Batman with a themed event. The Batman mythos has always appealed to the hero in all of us. As the story goes it was a time primed for super heroes and one city needed a fearless...

  • A potential winner

    A potential winner

    Leviathan is a 2014 Russian film that is among the 83 submissions for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Academy Award. The film unflinchingly tackles the myriad social issues facing modern day Russia, as the film’s protagonist Kolia (Alexeï...

  • A triumphal Tolkien return

    A triumphal Tolkien return

    The Hobbit – The Battle Of The Five ArmiesDirector: Peter JacksonStarring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage144 mins; Class 12;KRS Releasing Ltd The release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to a close an epic and...

  • Five artists in different media exhibition

    Five artists in different media exhibition

    The Malta Society of Arts (MSA) is organising a first-time solo art exhibition featuring five artists who have expressed themselves in sculpture, painting and photo-graphy among other art genres. The artists are Aaron Bezzina, Gabriel Buttigieg,...

  • Mendelssohn’s symphony

    At the next music appreciation evening being organised by the German-Maltese Circle’s Classical Music, music lovers will be able to hear a recording of Mendelssohn's not very frequently played, but rousing , Symphony No. 2 (Hymn of Praise) with...

  • And it’s panto time!

    And it’s panto time!

    Coryse Borg has a chat with some of the key people taking part or working behind the scenes in this year’s pantos at the Manoel Theatre and the MFCC. Pinocchio – a blast and a half (and that’s no lie)! FM Theatre’s Pinocchio is being directed by...

  • All calm amid political storm at Interview premiere

    All was calm at the Los Angeles premiere of Sony Pictures’s parody film The Interview, which had been in the spotlight for sparking tension with North Korea and potentially prompting a major cyber hack on the company. Stars Seth Rogen and James...

  • Fontaine estate pulls Oscar sale under lawsuit threat

    The estate of actress Joan Fontaine, who died a year ago aged 96, withdrew her Oscar from a much-anticipated auction when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences threatened to sue over its sale, representatives of the estate...

  • Sheeran and Pharrell win BBC gongs

    Sheeran and Pharrell win BBC gongs

    Chart-topping star Ed Sheeran was named British artist of the year at the BBC Music Awards, to crown a year in which he has become one of the world’s biggest pop acts. But the big winner was Pharrell Williams, taking two of the three main awards,...

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