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  • Tom Hanks returns as Langdon in Inferno

    Tom Hanks returns as Langdon in Inferno

    Tom Hanks reprises the role of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in the film version of Dan Brown’s thriller Inferno, unlocking more mysterious codes as the world-famous character he describes as “the smartest guy in the room”. Inferno, which...

  • Cumberbatch misses out

    Cumberbatch misses out

    Sherlock might have won a gong but Benedict Cumberbatch again missed out on a television Bafta for his much-loved portrayal of the master detective. Instead, the leading actor role went to Jason Watkins for his performance as the murder accused in...

  • Witherspoon pursues polar opposite in film

    Witherspoon pursues polar opposite in film

    If Reese Witherspoon showed she can go raw and unglamorous in the drama Wild, in her new comedy, the actress dons sensible shoes and big underwear to play the uptight cop to Sofia Vergara’s voluptuous widow in teetering heels. Hot Pursuit, which...

  • No Gibson in new Mad Max

    No Gibson in new Mad Max

    Australian director George Miller has said having Mel Gibson star in the fourth Mad Max movie would be like “seeing Sean Connery appear in a Daniel Craig Bond film”. Miller was speaking about his new blockbuster, Mad Max: Fury Road, at a Los...

  • Amazing mini-Waterloo

    Amazing mini-Waterloo

    Willy Smout spent 40,000 hours and around €150,000 over the past 40 years to recreate an epic model of 1815 battle being commemorated next month “The nearest run thing like the battle itself in Wellington’s pithy verdict, Willy Smout’s epic model...

  • Prada mixes fashion, art and Wes Anderson bar in Milan

    Prada mixes fashion, art and Wes Anderson bar in Milan

    Prada – the Devil’s favourite fashion brand, as the film and book would have it – has launched a giant multi-disciplinary arts complex on the edge of Milan that it hopes will attract tens of thousands of visitors a year. The Italian fashion house...

  • Art as an emphatic response

    Art as an emphatic response

    Falling squarely under new genre public art, the Deep Shelter Project is an exhibition with a humanitarian scope. Jo Caruana talks to digital artist Pamela Baldacchino about her inspiration behind this community-focused exhibition. Art is an...

  • A champion to the arts

    A champion to the arts

    Opera singer Paul Asciak passed away on April 21. Joseph Cassar writes about a lesser-known aspect of the tenor’s life as champion to Maltese contemporary artists. The news of tenor Paul Asciak’s demise on April 21 affected many, both in Malta and...

  • A flair for fingerstyle

    A flair for fingerstyle

    Revered as one of the world’s finest acoustic guitar players, his success is perhaps all the more significant for the effective way he has brought an otherwise acquired taste to the attention of the masses. A uniquely influential artist, Andy...

  • Events to commemorate Great Siege

    Events to commemorate Great Siege

    Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) is organising a series of events to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta. Activities open on Saturday with a seminar ‘The Great Siege as seen through the frescoes of Matteo Perez...

  • An evocative offering

    An evocative offering

    The church of St Francis of Assisi in Valletta was recently the scene for a concert which featured the Ghislieri Choir and Consort. Directed by Giulio Prandi, the Ghislieri Choir and Consort is the ensemble-in-residence at the historic Ghislieri...

  • Folk experiences shared at Għanafest

    Folk experiences shared at Għanafest

    From the sitar to the kora, the highland pipes, the fiddle and the bodhran, this year’s edition of Għanafest brings together a host of musical styles from Commonwealth countries. It is quite ironic that folk music, which was the music of the...

  • An orchestra that’s going places

    An orchestra that’s going places

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) is an orchestra going places. Under Brian Schembri, their galvanic Russian-trained, Paris-based chief conductor and artistic director, their cleverly programmed centenary Anzac Day concert contrasted two...

  • Falcon’s Flying Circus at Django

    Falcon’s Flying Circus at Django

    Falcon’s Flying Circus has finished recording their new album and will be celebrating with a live set on Saturday at Django’s Jazz Bar, Valletta. The band was formed in 2005 and, after a number of line-up changes, has evolved into a band with...

  • Tenishia and Red Electrick for charity

    Tenishia and Red Electrick for charity

    DJ duo Tenishia and alternative rockers Red Electrick will be teaming up for a live performance in aid of Puttinu Cares on Saturday at Dome Club, Aria, San Ġwann. For the event, the artistes are infusing their particular sounds together into one...

  • Tuck into this music menu

    Tuck into this music menu

    The unique, genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo Tuck and Patti are back to woo Maltese audiences with their skilful guitar playing and soulful jazz. “We don’t sing or play a single note that doesn’t come from our hearts.” These are Patti’s...

  • New funding scheme aims to improve TV’s cultural content

    New funding scheme aims to improve TV’s cultural content

    A new fund aims to support the development of cultural and creative content on private broadcasting stations in order to enhance the quality of television programming in Malta. With an annual budget of €280,000, the fund – called KulturaTV – aims...

  • Bir Miftuħ celebrates the classics

    Bir Miftuħ celebrates the classics

    Patrons who will be attending the Bir Miftuħ Festival, which this year runs in its 19th edition, will have the privilege of enjoying quality music in the unique medieval surroundings of the chapel of Santa Marija ta’ Bir Miftuħ. The chapel,...

  • Rediscovering George Onslow’s music

    Rediscovering George Onslow’s music

    The second concert at this year’s Bir Miftuħ Festival features the String Ensemble Cincievski, made up of Vincenzo Picone and Matteo Colombo on violin, Matthew Fenech on the viola, Mario Psaila on the violoncello and Gjorgji Cincievski on the...

  • Get that studio feeling

    Get that studio feeling

    With auditions for the next intake of Studio 18 members just around the corner, Jo Caruana interviews creative director Jean-Marc Cafà to discover how this programme is changing the way young people learn through the arts. A lot can be achieved in...

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