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  • Second concert of the MCI season

    Second concert of the MCI season

    The Malta Cultural Institute is presenting its second concert for the 2014/2015 season on Sunday, November 2, at Le Méridien St Julian’s Hotel and Spa at 7pm. The concert will feature the Malta University Junior College Orchestra under the...

  • Classical arias for gala evening

    Classical arias for gala evening

    The Classique Foundation, a non-profit cultural organisation that aims to promote music culture, is presenting another concert in its Grand Operatic Concert series. Grand Operatic Concert 2014 is a gala evening with a programme line-up that...

  • Brad Pitt educates children about war

    Brad Pitt educates children about war

    Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt revealed the importance of educating his children about the effects of war as his latest movie Fury brought the BFI London Film Festival to a rousing close on Sunday. The 50-year-old actor, who is father to six...

  • Blunt: My hit song became annoying

    Blunt: My hit song became annoying

    Chart star James Blunt has declared his own bestselling hit You’re Beautiful was “annoying”. The 40-year-old singer admitted the tune was over-exposed and alienated a lot of people after being marketed to win over female fans. In an interview with...

  • A beer that rocks

    Rock veterans Status Quo are celebrating after achieving their first million-seller for decades – as their beer brand struck a chord with drinkers. The group launched their Piledriver ale – named after one of their classic albums – earlier this...

  • A man ‘who will never die’

    A man ‘who will never die’

    How do you make an exhibition about a man who never existed? The Museum of London show on Sherlock Holmes, which opened on Friday after two years of preparation, acknowledges the conundrum with its title, The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never...

  • Masters’ works under one roof

    Masters’ works under one roof

    Highlights from The Dresden Picture Gallery, considered one of the seven wonders of the art world, are on show in Munich. Veronica Stivala is awed by the collection. The Dresden Picture Gallery is one of the world’s most famous mu-seums and houses...

  • The artisan behind the oil paintings

    The artisan behind the oil paintings

    Landschaft 2014 is a collection of landscapes that are boldly reinterpreted through Jesmond Vassallo’s paintbrush. Marc Buhagiar finds out more. An exhibition by Jesmond Vassallo titled Landschaft 2014 is on display at the German-Maltese Circle,...

  • Gorillaz SFX man and Neil Gaiman illustrator at November comic con

    Gorillaz SFX man and Neil Gaiman illustrator at November comic con

    Now in its sixth year and attracting hundreds of fans to St James Cavalier, the Malta Comic Con has become an established name on the events calendar. This year’s guests include Rufus Dayglo, one of the animators responsible for the Gorillaz music...

  • Performing on the write track

    Performing on the write track

    Most children do not have time to write and are not encouraged enough to be creative. Kit Azzopardi and Leanne Ellul, the brains behind Kul, tell Veronica Stivala about their creative writing project at the upcoming ŻiguŻajg festival. Most...

  • A single theme that has been flogged to death

    The present revival of Trevor Zahra’s Minn wara ż-Żipp, by Unifaun at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, was first performed six years ago and reviewed by me then at some length. The current version does not differ greatly from the original text, the main...

  • Three palaces, two pianists, one piano

    Three palaces, two pianists, one piano

    Pianists are generally solitary creatures. The piano is not an orchestral instrument, excluded from most ensembles, and most pianists shy away from accompaniment and chamber music. Locally, very few pianists actually take the bold step and build...

  • Doom festival returns to Buskett

    Doom festival returns to Buskett

    Bringing together a host of bands from across the world and some of the top names in Malta, the Malta Doom Metal (MDM) festival is back with two days of doom metal this weekend. Organiser and Forsaken bassist Albert Bell explains that for this...

  • From the classics to the modern greats

    From the classics to the modern greats

    Clarinettist Roman Kuper-schmidt will be performing at the Manoel Theatre together with the Gershwin Quartet with a highly eclectic programme that includes both iconic classics from the great composers and modern pieces from more contemporary...

  • A taste and feeling of true Russia through music

    A taste and feeling of true Russia through music

    The ninth concert in the series of recitals featuring international organists during the Malta International Organ Festival was given by Russian organist Vladimir Shlyapnikov. The concert contained works ranging from the 12th century through to...

  • The sound of metal in Gozo

    The sound of metal in Gozo

    The first thing a Maltese metalhead would say, if asked about the local underground scene, would be: “It’s small.” This, of course, is not entirely untrue, so I was curious to know the answer when you put the same question to a fan of the genre...

  • Taking London by song

    Taking London by song

    Not for the first time, I’m sitting in a plane on my way to a concert in London. This time however, I’m going to see a concert featuring Maltese bands and artists, not foreign ones. This is not a new experience either. I did the same thing last...

  • New single from Norbert

    New single from Norbert

    Singer Norbert released his latest track Find a Way together with accompanying video during a live performance featuring both cover versions and original material. Accompanied by Jason Xuereb on piano, the singer entertained fans and media before...

  • Putting the gore in fun

    Putting the gore in fun

    They’re cheesy and they’re certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but gore films – or splatter films, as they are better known in the US – have an undeniably strong fanbase, including in Malta. With cult classics like Andre de Toth’s 1953 House of...

  • A journey of film and music

    A journey of film and music

    “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” In black, Sir Isaac Newton is addressing the scientific community on the physical laws of motion; but in white, he addresses the human community on the physical laws of emotion. Of...

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