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  • Local and foreign authors converging in Malta this week

    Local and foreign authors converging in Malta this week

    The 10th edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival, organised by Inizjamed, will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at Fort St Elmo, in Valletta. Eleven writers from eight countries are reading at the festival, which also...

  • Calvin Harris lights up V Festival

    Calvin Harris lights up V Festival

    Calvin Harris lowered the curtain on an eventful V Festival weekend with a set that electrified Hylands Park, Essex. The Scottish DJ produced a headline set which was defined as much by spectacular lighting and pyrotechnics as it was by his...

  • One Direction to split for year after new album

    One Direction to split for year after new album

    The hugely successful boy band One Direction will take a year-long break next year so that members can pursue separate interests, a report in a British newspaper said today. The break will come after the band, reduced to four members following the...

  • Gang rape movie helping women halt sexual abuse

    Gang rape movie helping women halt sexual abuse

    Aisha, an ambitious young businesswoman living in the city, returns to her home village for her younger sister’s wedding and reconnects with her past, meeting family and friends. Perhaps because she stands out, dressing differently, working far...

  • Band Aid single promoted in ‘cold and calculating’ way

    Band Aid single promoted in ‘cold and calculating’ way

    Former Ultravox frontman Midge Ure said the way he went about obtaining the Christmas number one for Band Aid was “cold and calculating”. In an interview with Reader’s Digest, Ure recalls making the song with Bob Geldof, and details the process of...

  • Belka and Strelka: space dog pioneers

    Belka and Strelka: space dog pioneers

    A pioneering mission by the first dogs in space is celebrated in a new exhibition at London’s Science Museum. On August 19, 1960, Belka and Strelka made history by circling the earth 18 times on the Soviet Korable-Sputnik 2 spacecraft. Their trip...

  • British Museum in Lonely Planet must-see list

    London’s British Museum has been named as a global must-see spot, alongside some of the world’s most prestigious heritage sites. In an ultimate travel list drawn up by travel website Lonely Planet, and dominated by members of Unesco’s World...

  • Reality digitally reinvented

    Reality digitally reinvented

    During the recent Malta Street Art Festival in Valletta, digital artist Toni Gialanze got together with street artist Bond Truluv to create what is probably the first project involving graffiti video projection mapping in Malta. Toni walks us...

  • 5 things to escape to this season

    5 things to escape to this season

    5. Enjoy some world music For the second time this summer, Mundo Muzika presents a mix of traditional music and fusion from around the world, including (but not limited to) Arabic, Middle Eastern, Gypsy, Indian, African, Spanish and Latin American...

  • Whatever it takes

    Whatever it takes

    Talk about coincidences. I’m pretty sure that when director Joe Depasquale chose to stage James Johnson’s psychological drama The Audition as part of this year’s Evenings on Campus, he had no idea that it would be performed right in the middle of...

  • Calling all metalheads

    Calling all metalheads

    It’s time for the second edition of Raging Waters. Mark Debono gets ready for some poolside headbanging and brings us a behind-the-scenes preview. Raging Waters is back for round two and this year the metal-themed pool party will again be loaded...

  • Bewildered by big deal

    Bewildered by big deal

    Michael Bugeja speaks to Big Deal’s Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe ahead of their performance at Pjazza Teatru Rjal as part of the Bewildered Music Festival. Signed to the prestigious Mute indie record label, UK duo Big Deal – made up of...

  • 5 reasons to go to Kelma Kelma, Nota Nota

    5 reasons to go to Kelma Kelma, Nota Nota

    5. It’s the only place you can meet be-loved folklore characters like Kunċett and Marinton. The last series of concerts that took place in July centred around the topic of... coffee mornings, dedicated to women. The terrible two – who were born of...

  • Giving wings to their music

    Giving wings to their music

    Pop opera trio Il Volo is set to delight their legions of fans with a concert in Malta that promises to be a celebration of all the songs that brought fame, festival wins and multiple awards to the young singers. Made up of Piero Barone, Ignazio...

  • Vintage Gluck

    Vintage Gluck

    A lot of work must have gone into the production of Gluck’s Il Parnaso Confuso, of which Ian Peter Bugeja was both artistic and music director. It was a pity, too, that this enjoyable romp, featuring an Apollo quibbling with three of his muses,...

  • The artwork on the wall

    The artwork on the wall

    With the first edition of the Malta Graffiti Youth Mural Project now complete, Malta and Gozo have gained three bright and beautiful murals. American street artist Damien ‘Dmnology’ Perdue tells Jo Caruana why street art deserves to be seen as a...

  • Fun escapism

    Fun escapism

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.Director: Guy RitchieStars: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia VikanderDuration: 116 minsClass: 12KRS Cinema Releasing The spy genre has always been widely popular with audiences from the early days of cinema until today.

  • Summer evening

    Summer evening

    The Malta Artisan Market, organised by The Definitive(ly) Good Guide Co., will be held next Sunday from 6 to 11pm at Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar. A variety of original and hand-made arts and crafts, as well as delicacies using fresh local produce,...

  • Casting call of confusion

    Casting call of confusion

    TheatreThe AuditionAtriju Vassalli, University of Malta, Msida Plays exposing the inner workings of the theatre business itself have been around for a quite a while, and can often give their audience a closer look at the intimate behind-the-scenes...

  • Sir Elton John ends Dolce and Gabbana boycott after IVF comments apology

    Sir Elton John has said he has forgiven Dolce and Gabbana for their comments about IVF children and is looking forward to wearing their clothes again. The singer called for a boycott of designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in March after...

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