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  • Pleasure and pain of shoes explored in London museum

    Pleasure and pain of shoes explored in London museum

    From Cinderella’s glass slipper to the sky-high purple platforms that caused super model Naomi Campbell to stumble on the catwalk, more than 250 pairs of shoes went on display at a London exhibition detailing both the pleasure and pain of...

  • Romantic street art replaces love locks on Paris bridge

    Romantic street art replaces love locks on Paris bridge

    Panels of street art have been installed on Paris’s Pont des Arts to replace the hundreds of thousands of ‘love locks’ that weighed down the bridge’s balustrade until the city began removing them on June 1. The temporary exhibition on the theme of...

  • Who really discovered the Cantilena?

    Who really discovered the Cantilena?

    Now that, alas, both Michael Fsadni and Godfrey Wettinger have passed away, the truth can finally be told as to who really discovered Peter Caxaro’s famous Cantilena on September 22, 1966. To immediately cut to the chase, I categorically believe...

  • At the edge of reason

    At the edge of reason

    An exhibition by Majka, Sense, is currently showing at The Splendid in Valletta. Sense is intended to offer an experience of inner space. By means of texture and different techniques, the artist shows the viewer that some things are not possible...

  • Malta’s scenery in art

    Malta’s scenery in art

    Andrew Micallef’s ninth solo exhibition, Birdscapes and Other Works, is showing at the National Museum of Natural History in Mdina. The exhibition features around 44 acrylic paintings which portray a small section of bird species which migrate...

  • All rise for Her Majesty

    All rise for Her Majesty

    Life is full of questions that rarely bear any answers and, Her Majesty, a contemporary visual arts project, aims to raise even more unanswerable questions about life. Iggy Fenech interviews Pawlu Mizzi, the artist behind the project, to find out...

  • Dance Hybrid Malta returns

    Dance Hybrid Malta returns

    Celebrating its 14th season, the international Dance Hybrid Malta, led by artistic director Francesca Abela Tranter, this year features two international guest artists: Yen-Ching Lin from Taiwan and Anton Lachky from Slovakia. Dance Hybrid Malta,...

  • New exhibition and crowd-funding project

    New exhibition and crowd-funding project

    A collective exhibition, New Weapons, is being held at Blitz in Valletta in collaboration with Central Saint Martins University of the Arts, London. It offers an exploration of the proliferation of the networked image in an online environment and...

  • Maltese academics honoured

    Maltese academics honoured

    Richard England and Lino Bianco were both awarded prizes by the International Academy of Architecture on the occasion of the XIV Interarch Triennial held last month in Sofia, Bulgaria. England’s recently completed Dar Il-Ħanin Samaritan Complex...

  • First successful Do Malta theatre programme

    First successful Do Malta theatre programme

    A class of children from Għargħur Primary School received their achievement diplomas for attending a development drama course sponsored by the NGO Drama Outreach (DO) Project and the Helen O’Grady Academy. Titled Do Malta, the course followed the...

  • Its greatness is its fortress

    Its greatness is its fortress

    If painting is silent poetry and poetry is painting that speaks, then it would be interesting to see what Plutarch would have to say about poetry which has been turned to physical theatre, Trap-ease: a Physical Poem being the latest example. Based...

  • Reel to real

    Reel to real

    For the first time this year, the University of Malta will offer a degree dedicated completely to film studies. Sandra Aquilina talks to the programme coordinator Gloria Lauri-Lucente. When she returned from the University of Michigan several...

  • Cinema festival kicks off in Valletta

    Cinema festival kicks off in Valletta

    Tomorrow, the curtain rises on the Valletta Film Festival, which until next Sunday transforms the city into a cinema, where feature films, documentaries and short films from all over the world will be screened in five venues across the...

  • Two films shot in Malta premiere this month

    Two films shot in Malta premiere this month

    Barely a year from the release of their first feature film Saul: The Journey To Damascus, which was aired on Rai prime time and attracted 2.88 million viewers, Cittadella Films Malta Ltd has just delivered two more Maltese films, produced with...

  • With no false sentimentality

    With no false sentimentality

    In Your ArmsDirector: Samanou SahlstrømStarring: Lisa Carlehed, Peter Plaugborg;88 mins In Your Arms is a road movie of sorts, featuring Maria (Lisa Carlehed), an introverted and taciturn nurse, and Niels (Peter Plaugborg) a man suffering from a...

  • Life’s struggles

    Life’s struggles

    WanjaDirector: Carolina HellsgårdStarring: Anne Ratte-Polle87 mins Anne Ratte-Polle stars as Wanja, a woman who has just been released on parole after a seven-year stint in prison for bank robbery. She is assigned a flat, a probation officer, and...

  • Elvis got there before

    Elvis got there before

    Orion – The Man Who Would Be KingDirector: Jeanie FinlayStarring: Anne Ratte-Polle89 mins On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died, casting a world into mourning. In 1979, a masked singer named Orion appeared on the scene, spawning screaming...

  • Melissa McCarthy is the spy

    Melissa McCarthy is the spy

    In 2011 the comedy Bridesmaids was a smash hit, both critically and commercially and it pretty much provided the breakout role for comedian Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy stole every scene she was in as the loud and gregarious Megan, a role for which...

  • In search of something better

    In search of something better

    God Loves the FighterDirector: Damian MarcanoStarring: Darren Cheewah, Zion Henry, Simon Junior John104 mins God Loves the Fighter is a grim and gritty look at the lives of a handful of desperate people who live on the wrong side of the tracks in...

  • Convincing on the scares

    Convincing on the scares

    UnfriendedDirector: Levan GabriadzeStarring: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson83 mins; Class 15;KRS Releasing Ltd Just as the found-footage genre breathes its last breath, along comes Unfriended which gives it a bit of a new...

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