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  • 5 things to escape to

    5 things to escape to

    5. Find the Glitch Shrouded in mystery and touted as a one-of-a-kind musical experience, the enigmatic two-day Glitch Festival, taking place in Malta for the first time later this year, is drawing interest from house and techno enthusiasts around...

  • The return of the Qarċilla

    The return of the Qarċilla

    Immanuel Mifsud is penning this year’s Qarċilla, an irreverent and satirical performance of a mock wedding that has traditionally formed part of Carnival revelry. Ramona Depares asks him what we can expect. How do you describe the Qarċilla and...

  • The city we almost forgot

    The city we almost forgot

    Giovanni Bonello: Valletta – Lost City.Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, 2016.364 pp Just after the Great Siege of 1565, Valletta first rose from virgin fields, almost over-night, and has since then lived, ailed, grown, staggered, fallen and rebounded.

  • Echo of the soul

    Echo of the soul

    Undoubtedly, an artist who literally lives art is Nadine Micallef-Grimaud. Many times her name is associated with floral art, because during the years she became a leading exponent of this art form which, unfortunately, in Malta is not so...

  • A contemporary fable in 14 prints

    A contemporary fable in 14 prints

    In my most recent encounter with the work of Ryan Falzon, a series of 14 lino prints telling an allegorical story, I have decided to use an unusual analogy and compare it to an onion. Yes, an onion. Not because it makes you cry, but because of the...

  • Challenging the borders of music

    Challenging the borders of music

    Experimental musician Renzo Spiteri performs original composition, Quintessence, as part of the Open Works Lab series of events. Johnathan Cilia learns all about what promises to be an immersive sound experience. With Valletta 2018 now peeping at...

  • From Berlin to Malta

    From Berlin to Malta

    Music producer Dean Demanuele returns from a successful three-year stint in Berlin to his homeland. He tells Ramona Depares about the challenges particular to the local underground music scene, before flying off to Prague to play a Dazed &...

  • A darkly comic look at history

    A darkly comic look at history

    The Big ShortDirector: Adam McKayStars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan GoslingDuration: 130 minsClass: 15KRS Releasing Ltd The global economic market crash of 2008, whose effects are still being felt today, was certainly no joke, especially...

  • Gut-wrenching and gripping

    Gut-wrenching and gripping

    The RevenantDirector: Alejandro G. IñárrituStars: Leonardo diCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will PoulterDuration: 156 minsClass: 15KRS Releasing Ltd Not content to sit on his laurels following his Best Picture and Best Director wins at last year’s Academy...

  • Call for auditions for Grease

    Call for auditions for Grease

    The Astra Theatre is holding auditions for its first live musical production, Grease – The Musical. Regarded as one of the most popular musicals of all time, and one of the longest running productions in Broadway, this is the production that...

  • Comedy and controversy

    Comedy and controversy

    Staġun Teatru Malti’s 2016 season opens at the Manoel Theatre on February 12, with Simon Bartolo’s new play Ħabbilini Ħa Nirbaħ. The title and the poster – featuring four pregnant school girls, has already irked some and made others chuckle, in...

  • Patricia Salamone radioshow brings new reviews to Campus fm

    Campus fm has announced its schedule of new programmes for the February-May quarter.Among others, this schedule will see the return of a programme produced by Patricia Salomone who, this time will be reviewing the book The Hare With Amber Eyes, by...

  • Launch of first animation community in Malta

    An Animation Community community has been launched in Malta aimed at those that are interested in all aspects of film animation. The goal of Animation Malta which has been set up by a group of young talented Maltese animators is to help bring...

  • Charlotte Rampling says Oscars controversy comments 'misinterpreted'

    Charlotte Rampling says Oscars controversy comments 'misinterpreted'

    Actress Charlotte Rampling says her comments about the Oscars diversity controversy have been "misinterpreted". Rampling, 69, who is nominated in the best actress category, had said that the uproar over there being no black actors on the Oscars...

  • Will Smith joins Oscars’ boycott

    Will Smith joins Oscars’ boycott

    Hollywood actor Will Smith has vowed to join a growing number of stars in boycotting this year’s Oscars. The Academy has been subject to criticism and calls for a boycott over its all-white line-up of acting nominees. Smith, who many expected to...

  • Schwarzenegger’s daring bike ride

    Schwarzenegger’s daring bike ride

    Arnold Schwarzenegger proved he is as indestructible as a Terminator by cycling down the wrong side of the road in Edinburgh. The Hollywood actor, who won critical acclaim for his famous role in The Terminator in 1984, was spotted riding into...

  • Adele fastest to reach one billion views on YouTube

    Sorry, Psy, Adele has outpaced the South Korean pop star on the race to one billion views on YouTube. The streaming service announced her music video for Hello greeted its one billionth view in 87 days, breaking the 158-day record held by Psy’s...

  • James Bond's Aston Martin DB10 among spectre memorabilia up for auction

    James Bond's Aston Martin DB10 among spectre memorabilia up for auction

    James Bond fans will have the chance to get hold of film memorabilia when items including the first ever Aston Martin DB10 to go on public sale go under the hammer. Twenty-four lots, including Q's laptop and an Omega watch, will be up for auction...

  • Renzo Spiteri to present solo tour work at St James Cavalier

    Renzo Spiteri to present solo tour work at St James Cavalier

    Well-known percussionist Renzo Spiteri will be presenting his solo tour work next week at St James Cavalier. The work, titled Quintessence, is a unique experience that captivates audiences with sounds created through the use of sampling and live...

  • Hello - Adele is fastest to reach 1 billion views on Youtube

    Hello - Adele is fastest to reach 1 billion views on Youtube

    Sorry, Psy, Adele has outpaced the South Korean pop star on the race to 1 billion views on YouTube. The streaming service announced her music video for Hello greeted its 1 billionth view in 87 days, breaking the 158-day record held by Psy's...