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  • Cumberbatch would go on playing Sherlock

    Cumberbatch would go on playing Sherlock

    Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch said he could still be playing the super sleuth as a pensioner. The 38-year-old actor, who has become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars since taking on the role, said the plot for next year’s Christmas...

  • Leonardo restoration sheds light on genius as young man

    Leonardo restoration sheds light on genius as young man

    If there is any mind an art restorer would die to get into, it would be that of Leonardo da Vinci, the master painter, architect, engineer and inventor whose genius epitomised the brilliance of the Renaissance. That is the unique opportunity...

  • 28 productions for Żigużajg

    28 productions for Żigużajg

    With 28 productions and some 200 performers, this year’s edition of Żigużajg International Children’s Festival promises to offer young ones another magical arts experience with a multi-disciplinary approach. “This year we have an even bigger...

  • Setting the stage for style

    Setting the stage for style

    Those of you who love food, music and Valletta will probably have already heard of the restaurant Aziamendi, the brainchild of British millionaire philanthropist Mark Weingard which has been set up in the heart of our capital city for 100...

  • Opium of the classes

    Opium of the classes

    Mark Mallia might just be the most promising artist to emerge from Malta. In December he is exhibiting in the US at the Miami Art Basel, a major international hub for art dealers, collectors and enthusiasts, with subsequent exhibitions planned in...

  • Baroque music in perfect setting

    Baroque music in perfect setting

    The Eight Languages of the Knights of Malta was the appropriate title for one of the concerts at this year’s Malta International Organ Festival. The recital was given by the Sicilian organist, Diego Cannizzaro, a specialist in interpretation on...

  • The golden Goldbergs

    Sometimes you listen to a recording, and right away you feel it is going to be different. Some-times one simple chord is all it takes to give you that feeling. Joanne Camilleri’s recently-released CD of Bach’s Goldberg Variations is one such...

  • Concert to be held on restored organ

    The recently-restored Mascioni pipe organ that at the church of St Francis in Valletta will be the focus of a concert that will be held during this year’s Notte Bianca. Built in 1932, the organ is listed as Opus 443, one of 12 found in Malta (the...

  • Norwegian wood

    Norwegian wood

    “I first played the Bruch Violin Concerto at 15, in Rio de Janeiro.” Bruch in Rio? Playing concertos at the age of 15? Charlie Siem belongs to a new generation of musicians who offer a curious blend of traditional and new. Playing concertos in...

  • It’s għana, but not as we know it

    It’s għana, but not as we know it

    Guitarist and teacher Evan Plumpton tells David Schembri how, on Notte Bianca, 35 guitarists of different abilities are going to play with folk singers – but in a different style. Every Sunday, after Mass, a young Evan Plumpton – aged around 10 –...

  • Red lights on a white, swinging night

    Red lights on a white, swinging night

    Back in the good, old days of Malta as a navy base and the ancillary trades this brought with it, Valletta’s Strait Street was the place to go for a good time. Now, the street is showing very positive signs of life, with classy restaurants rubbing...

  • For whom the bells toll

    For whom the bells toll

    Bellophone will see visitors to Notte Bianca choosing what music to play on a number of Valletta church bells, using a central console to control the notes. Ramona Depares asks Mario Sammut, who ­originated the concept, to explain more. On...

  • Festival Mediterranea returns to Gozo

    Teatru Astra has announced the 13th edition of Festival Mediterranea, a series of concerts and events that bring together Italian opera and traditional music with other cultural events. This year’s pride of place goes to the production of Verdi’s...

  • Airport Impressions win US competition

    Airport Impressions win US competition

    Rock band Airport Impressions’ single Berlin won first place in the Adult Album Alternative category of this year’s edition of Unsigned Only. Unsigned Only is a music competition for solo artists and bands who are unsigned to a major label. Some...

  • Theatre writing course to open in October

    A scriptwriting course for theatre is being organised by the Arts Council Malta, the University of Malta and St James Cavalier Centre of Creativity. The course, which forms part of the national theatre scriptwriting award Premju Francis Ebejer,...

  • Sculptor Ġanni Pace at Notte Bianca

    Sculptor Ġanni Pace at Notte Bianca

    Sculptor Ġanni Pace will be mounting an exhibition at the Valletta local council premises for Notte Bianca on Saturday. The Valletta-born artist will be exhibiting sculptures in wood, terracotta and local stone. Some of Pace’s works, apart from...

  • Manoel Theatre new season

    Teatru Manoel officially starts its 2014-2015 season with a concert by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday. The concert, a joint production between the Manoel and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, will be conducted by Brian Schembri and...

  • A story to sink your teeth into

    A story to sink your teeth into

    A Walk Among The TombstonesDirector: Scott FrankStarring: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour113 mins; Class 15;KRS Releasing Ltd In A Walk Among the Tombstones, Liam Neeson has finally found a story he can really sink his teeth into,...

  • Dull, lame, sexist, very predictable

    Dull, lame, sexist, very predictable

    Let’s Be CopsDirector: Luke GreenfieldStarring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle104 mins; Class 15;KRS Releasing Ltd Just when I thought the ‘buddy cop movie’ had hit rock bottom early this year with Ride Along, it actually succeeds in...

  • Of quirks and eccentricities

    Of quirks and eccentricities

    Life of Crime is a story full of eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists. An incredible cast of actors bring the characters to life in writer/director Daniel Schechter’s adaptation of legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The...

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