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  • Opera and pop under the stars

    Opera and pop under the stars

    Ever since its inception in 2002, The Gozo Youth Wind Band & Orchestra has been performing a wide stylistic repertoire. The orchestra is made up of musicians from Gozo, and is enriched with proficient guest musicians, including foreign residents...

  • When dance becomes the focus of your life

    When dance becomes the focus of your life

    Gone are the days when professional training was impossible for locally-based dancers. Jo Caruana visits the Malta Youth Ballet Foundation, now celebrating two years since its first intake of full-time students. It’s 9.30 on a Monday morning and I...

  • Getting to the Pointe

    Getting to the Pointe

    An innovative dance programme has been designed to give local dancers clear insight into the demands of professional ballet. Jo Caruana goes beyond the tutus to find out more. From the outside, the world of ballet looks like a beautiful and...

  • Not just a tribute

    Not just a tribute

    Loud-mouthed Irish matriarch Agnes Brown may be familiar with some Maltese viewers thanks to the odd YouTube video of her and her antics doing the rounds on Facebook and the like. Brown is the protagonist of the UK/Irish sitcom Mrs Brown’s...

  • Yet another brilliant summer sequel

    Yet another brilliant summer sequel

    Dawn Of The Planet Of The ApesDirector: Matt ReevesStarring: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis130 mins; Class 12; KRS Releasing Ltd Overall, it’s been a very good summer for sequels thus far. X-Men: Days of Future Past proved to be one of the...

  • Better seen on the stage

    Better seen on the stage

    Jersey BoysDirector: Clint EastwoodStarring: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda134 mins; Class 12; KRS Releasing Ltd One of the most admirable aspects of Clint Eastwood’s directorial career is his eclectic choice of material. That the...

  • Kinemastik Turns 10

    Kinemastik Turns 10

    There is no denying that Malta’s cultural scene and repertoire are growing at an impressively fast rate, and it’s no secret why. Long before Valletta was nominated as a European Capital of Culture for 2018, many had grabbed the reigns of our old...

  • One for the fans

    One for the fans

    Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie (2014)Certified: 12Duration: 94 minutesDirected by: Ben KellettStarring: Brendan O’Carroll, Nick Nevern, Eilish O’Carroll, Paddy Houlihan, Jennifer Gibney, Danny O’Carroll, Dermot Crowley, Robert Bathurst, Dermot O’Neill,...

  • Beyoncé, Eminem, Azalea lead MTV Video Music Awards nods

    Beyoncé, Eminem, Azalea lead MTV Video Music Awards nods

    R&B singer Beyoncé and rappers Eminem and Iggy Azalea led the nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards, one of the industry’s top televised showcases, the cable TV network said. Beyoncé garnered eight nominations and will go up against Azalea in...

  • Gone Girl to kick off New York Film Festival

    Gone Girl, director David Fincher’s film adaptation of the bestselling book starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, will have its world premiere and open the 52nd New York Film Festival, organisers said. It is the second film by Fincher to start...

  • Next Captain America will be African American

    An African-American character will soon strap on the star-emblazoned shield and step into the red, white and blue uniform of Captain America in the pages of Marvel Comics. The character of Captain America first appeared in 1941, as a super soldier...

  • Tom trumpets jazz festival

    Tom trumpets jazz festival

    Award-winning jazz trumpeter Tom Harrell performs during the Malta Jazz Festival at Ta’ Liesse in Valletta. The three-day festival comes to a close this evening with the Joseph Camilleri Trio, Francesca Galea Quintet, the Brecker Brother Band...

  • Montreux gets soulful

    Montreux gets soulful

    Motown legend Stevie Wonder gave a soulful two-hour concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival, blending his hits with covers of the Beatles and Michael Jackson for an audience that included producer Quincy Jones. The African-American singer and...

  • Ron Howard to direct documentary on the Beatles

    Oscar-winning director Ron Howard said he will produce and direct an authorised feature-length documentary about the Beatles, covering the Fab Four touring years from 1960 to 1966. The as-yet-untitled film will be made with the cooperation of Paul...

  • Floored Rocky show throws in the towel

    Floored Rocky show throws in the towel

    Broadway musical Rocky is hanging up its gloves after being battered at the box office. Producers said the show would play its final performance at the Winter Garden Theatre on August 17, after playing 28 previews and 188 regular...

  • Ben Affleck delights children at party

    Ben Affleck delights children at party

    Ben Affleck and his actress wife Jennifer Garner stopped off at Detroit Kid City in Southfield, Michigan, and asked if they and their two-year-old son Samuel could join the fun. The actor who plays the caped crusader in the upcoming Batman v...

  • Marvel unveils Thor as a woman

    Marvel unveils Thor as a woman

    Comic book superhero character Thor, who first appeared in 1962 and is based on the Norse hammer-wielding god, will now be a woman, publisher Marvel Comics said. The publisher said the female Thor is an effort to bring new readers and to appeal to...

  • Apes strike back

    Apes strike back

    Dawn of the Planets of the Apes (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 131 minutesDirector: Matt ReevesStarring as humans: Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jocko Sims, Kirk Acevedo, Enrique Murciano, Kevin Rankin, Keir...

  • Musical trip to the 1960s

    Musical trip to the 1960s

    Jersey Boys (2014)Certified: 12Duration: 134 minutesDirected: Clint EastwoodStarring: John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda, Erich Bergen, Christopher Walken, Renee Marino, Mike Doyle, Barry Livingston, Freya Tingley, Erica Piccininni,...

  • Love at first sound

    Love at first sound

    Franco TartagliaFounder and bandleader of Tact You belong to me I was given a guitar at the age of five. It was kept safely on top of a wardrobe until my curiosity got the better of me. I started private lessons aged six and almost immediately...

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