Arts & Entertainment

  • Fun Factory returns

    Fun Factory returns

    School’s almost out and parents will be scratching their heads while considering the various options available to their children over the summer holidays. They want something for their children that’s educational, creative, and, above all,...

  • Rising from the underground

    Rising from the underground

    Beaches bustling with people by day, clubs and bars buzzing with activity by night, summer in Malta offers up endless opportunities for those who like one or the other, or both. One particular event will combine the two, thanks to an innovative...

  • Jazz nights at Marsascala waterpolo pitch

    Jazz nights at Marsascala waterpolo pitch

    Trumpet player Adrian ir-Russu Brincat and pianist Harry Eddleston are performing as a jazz duo every Tuesday at the Marsascala waterpolo pitch at 8pm. Brincat is well known for his contribution to the local scene, as a member of The Rifffs and...

  • Tracking local talent

    Tracking local talent

    Music has always been a part of 25-year-old Ben Vincenti’s life, the reason behind it most likely being that he comes from a family that totally loves music. While most of his relatives all play the piano or the guitar, he cites his parents, and...

  • Bridging the distance

    Bridging the distance

    Dutch ensemble Windstreken will be performing in Malta for the Malta Arts Festival. Alex Vella Gregory talks to composer Ruben Zahra, who will be joining them. First came Amadeus, and we all thought composers wore wigs and make-up and had a...

  • Windows to the soul

    Windows to the soul

    French artist Denis Pondruel tells Veronica Stivala his concrete structures are like heads, and this is why he is letting Caravaggio’s The Beheading of St John the Baptist inspire his creation for the 2015/16 Mdina Biennale. You’d be forgiven for...

  • Greenery and flowers

    Greenery and flowers

    Pauleen Micallef firmly believe that, sometimes, artists need to close up from the rest of the world and work in solitary confinement to discover their next dimension of evolution. After a hiatus of two years, Micallef is back with Contrasts, a...

  • A collection of summer photography

    A collection of summer photography

    A varied collection of sculpture, painting and photography by seven local and foreign exponents is currently on show at Lily Agius Gallery, Sliema. They are Amelia Saint George, Duška Maleševic, Elisa von Brockdorff, Jimmy Grima, Federico...

  • Perfect thing for a midsummer treat

    Perfect thing for a midsummer treat

    Currently celebrating its 26th anniversary, the Central Academy of Ballet will be presenting the ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is the academy’s ninth full-length ballet, with past productions including The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and My...

  • A trip back to the 1950s

    A trip back to the 1950s

    The Lollipop 1950s Party has been spreading all over Italy and is now happening even in Malta: with live music by The Creepers playing the best 1950’s rock & roll and rockabilly, a DJ set by The Krays and Chris Radium and burlesque by Undine La...

  • Beautifully depicted period story

    Beautifully depicted period story

    BelleDirector: Amma AsanteStarring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson104 mins; PG; KRS Releasing Ltd A 1779 painting of two women (which is unsigned but believed to be by German artist Johann Zoffany) hangs at Scone Palace in Scotland.

  • Never exploitative, always touching

    Never exploitative, always touching

    The Fault In Our StarsDirector: Josh BooneStarring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff126 mins; Class 12; KRS Releasing Ltd “We have a choice in this world about how to tell sad stories,” says Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) at the...

  • Costner coasts along smoothly

    Costner coasts along smoothly

    3 Days To KillDirector: McGStarring: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen117 mins; Class 12; KRS Releasing Ltd Kevin Costner was one of the biggest stars of the late 1980s and early 1990s, a Hollywood fixture from his early roles in the...

  • Summer at the cinema

    Summer at the cinema

    Summer is very much with us and with it we are promised a sizzling season of cinematic choices for those who want to seek refuge from the sun and catch up on the latest big screen output. Once more, KRS Releasing Ltd has a number of titles on...

  • Preaching to the ­converted only

    Preaching to the ­converted only

    God’s Not DeadDirector: Harold CronkStarring: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, David A.R. White113 mins; PG; Eden Cinemas Ltd God’s Not Dead tells the story of freshman college student and devout Christian Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper). During Josh’s...

  • Transformers raid Hong Kong

    Transformers raid Hong Kong

    Transformers: Age of Extinction debuted in Hong Kong cinemas yesterday, where audiences had been waiting to see giant shape-shifting aliens try to destroy their own city. The film, the fourth instalment in the Transformers franchise, is expected...

  • Roots of discrimination

    Roots of discrimination

    Belle (2013)Certified: PGDuration: 104 minutesDirected by: Amma AsanteStarring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw,Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Sam Reid, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Tom Felton, Alex Jennings, James Norton, James...

  • A paradise for the mind and senses

    Surrounded by breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, Paradise Bay Resort Hotel promises a relaxing day to remember. The hotel boasts of four seawater swimming pools, with the main large pool having a shallow paddling pool for small children.

  • Star Wars creator chooses Chicago for his museum

    Star Wars creator chooses Chicago for his museum

    Star Wars creator George Lucas has picked Chicago to host his much-anticipated museum of art and movie memorabilia, in a major victory for the nation’s third-largest city. San Francisco and Los Angeles also had sought the museum. Lucas said in a...

  • Emin raffles neon work for Old Vic

    Artist Tracey Emin has donated one of her neon works – which can go for five-figure sums – for a raffle to raise money for the Old Vic Theatre. The artwork, which spells out the words ‘wanting you’ in green and turquoise neon tube lights, could be...