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  • Alzheimer’s documentary pushes for music therapy

    Michael Rossato-Bennett initially thought it was the worst job he had ever taken. The film-maker was flabbergasted when he entered a nursing home on a commission to film a few clips for a website. “I walked into these hallways with hundreds of...

  • A summer of metal

    A summer of metal

    Raging Waters is ready to rock the Maltese metal scene, merging hard hitting riffs and heavy drum lines with a relaxing day by the pool. Fans of metal music are expected to gather to experience an eclectic line-up featuring six top bands ready to...

  • Federica and Gaia in Għaxaq concert

    Federica and Gaia in Għaxaq concert

    Young singers Federica Falzon and Gaia Cauchi will be taking part in this year’s edition of The Għaxaq Music Festival, a three-day event featuring some of the best vocal talent in Malta. Organised by La Voix Academy, the concert will be supported...

  • Bieganski Art Festival kicks off

    The first edition of the Bieganski Art Festival is being organised by the Bieganski Foundation, Founded in 2013 by Zdzislaw and Halina Bieganski, the foundation is dedicated to promote the understanding and appreciation of art and other ...

  • Portia and Shylock take on Venice

    Portia and Shylock take on Venice

    The Merchant of Venice is a story of outsiders. Shylock, the great out-sider of Venice, sits at the heart of the play and embittered by opposition at every turn. Beside him is Portia of Belmont, affirming herself in a world all too ready to...

  • The prehistoric angle

    The prehistoric angle

    The Maltese islands boast of prehistoric sites of world heritage status. The Ġgantija Collaborative Project, which was launched a few years ago, is yet another tribute to these sites. The project also illustrates how Maltese artists seem to be...

  • All violence, no morals

    All violence, no morals

    The Purge: AnarchyDirector: James DeMonacoStarring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford103 mins; Class 15;KRS Releasing Ltd The year is 2022 and the US are governed by the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA), who can boast the lowest rates...

  • A fun caper

    A fun caper

    HerculesDirector: Brett RatnerStarring: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane98 mins; Class 12;KRS Releasing Ltd I would hazard a guess that Greek mythology enthusiasts turned up their noses at The Legend of Hercules, released earlier this year,...

  • ‘Godfather of make-up’ Dick Smith dies at 92

    ‘Godfather of make-up’ Dick Smith dies at 92

    Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning ‘Godfather of make-up’ who amused and fascinated moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations of Marlon Brando in The Godfather and Linda Blair in The Exorcist, among others, has died. He was 92. Smith, the...

  • One Direction lead British global sales

    Chart-toppers One Direction led the UK’s global sales charge last year which ensured home-grown acts accounted for one in every eight artist albums sold around the world, according to new figures. The group’s third album Midnight Memories was the...

  • Gibb’s last track

    Gibb’s last track

    The final song to be written by the late Robin Gibb, recorded in a bedroom using an iPad, is to be released on an album of previously unheard recordings by the Bee Gees star. The track, called Sydney, prompted tears from Gibb and his wife Dwina...

  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins

    This year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe officially got under way yesterday, with more than 3,000 shows catering for a wide range of tastes. Organisers say the arts festival – the largest in the world – will be the biggest in its history. There will...

  • James Brown biopic revels in dance moves

    James Brown biopic revels in dance moves

    At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to play the ‘Godfather of Soul’ in the new biopic Get On Up. From the gliding,...

  • Elusive Van Morrison to headline folk festival

    Elusive Van Morrison to headline folk festival

    When Cambridge City Council decided to hold a music festival in the historic English university town back in 1964, few expected it to be going strong 50 years later. But this year the Cambridge Folk Festival is celebrating its golden anniversary...

  • Alicia Keys pregnant with second child

    Alicia Keys pregnant with second child

    Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release - her second child.A representative for the Grammy-winning performer confirmed that the singer is pregnant.Keys posted a photo with her baby bump on Instagram today, which also marked her fourth...

  • Star Wars film-makers in row over island occupation

    Star Wars film-makers in row over island occupation

    Film-makers shooting the latest Star Wars blockbuster have clashed with conservationists over their occupation of a remote island off the coast of Ireland. As filming started on sea-swept Skellig Michael – 12 kilometres off Co Kerry – heritage...

  • ‘New’ Stairway to Heaven release

    ‘New’ Stairway to Heaven release

    An unreleased version of one of the most celebrated songs in rock, Stairway to Heaven, is to come out later this year – after sitting in the vaults for more than 40 years. An alternative take of the epic track, one of Led Zeppelin’s most famous...

  • Film studio apologises for tweeting Ninja Turtle 9/11 poster

    Paramount Pictures film studio yesterday apologised for a poster for its upcoming film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, showing the four characters jumping down from an exploding skyscraper underscored with a September 11 release date. The poster...

  • Levelling the law: the two faces of feminine ingenuity

    Levelling the law: the two faces of feminine ingenuity

    TheatreThe Merchant of VeniceSan Anton Gardens It has been over 20 years since MADC last put up The Merchant of Venice at San Anton Gardens as their traditional annual Shakespeare production; and a new airing of one of the Bard’s best crafted and...

  • An everyday hero

    TheatreKappillan ta’ MaltaFort St Elmo The staging of historical fiction and its adaptation into a play script is not an easy task, especially when presenting it to an audience which is more than a little familiar with the setting and half of...

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