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  • Illustrating the World Cup

    Illustrating the World Cup

    As the whole of Malta gathers for the eagerly-awaited final, Iggy Fenech chats to illustrator Nadine Noko, whose series of original World Cup pictures have created a viral storm. Be it verbalised, in print or in pictures, social commentary is an...

  • Light and atmosphere

    For six weeks every year, for the past 15 years, BOV has promoted the life and work of local artists who they believe deserve to be commemorated through a retrospective exhibition. So far, some 22 artists have received this honour. Between the end...

  • The creativity of camouflage

    The creativity of camouflage

    Whether for show-sopping events or incredible on-screen effects, body painting is one of the must-have make-up techniques of the moment. Jo Caruana meets world champion body painter Carolyn Roper ahead of her seminar in Malta. You may have...

  • The rationality in the magic

    The rationality in the magic

    Exuberant, extravagant, powerful and monumental are the epithets that immediately come to mind when confronted by Reaching to the Sky, a collection of works by Ray Piscopo. The horror vacu has disappeared as if by magic and, instead, there is...

  • One night in Venice

    One night in Venice

    The MADC returns with its eagerly-awaited annual outdoor Shakespeare production. Jo Caruana interviews director Joe Friggieri and actor Manuel Cauchi to find out why this long-standing cultural tradition never fails to pull crowds. From Shylock’s...

  • Celebrating Malta’s historic pipe organs

    Celebrating Malta’s historic pipe organs

    Much of Malta’s rich heritage can be found in the island’s churches. The visible treasures seen by the visitor include the paintings and the fabric of the building, but one aspect is usually only given a cursory glance which, like an iceberg, is...

  • Football final and music for a good cause

    Hard Rock Cafe Malta joins the rest of the world celebrating the highly-anticipated World Cup 2014 final today, by screening the match live complete with half-time entertainment, live DJs and giveaways, as well as food and bar service until the...

  • Junior College Orchestra performs in Nice, France

    A selection from the Junior College Orchestra recently participated in Le Printemps des Lycéens et Apprentis, a renowned arts festival held in Nice, France. This festival brings together students from all over France and many other European...

  • Recording our heritage

    Recording our heritage

    Ten years ago, Dominic Galea launched his own label and released the double album Tribute. He tells Michael Bugeja why he felt the need to reissue the album. An homage to the swinging pioneers of Malta, the Tribute double album released through...

  • Pink Floyd show at beer festival

    Pink Floyd show at beer festival

    Malta Rock Movement (MRM) will be holding a show to celebrate the music of Pink Floyd, Wish You Were on the Dark Side, during this year’s edition of the beer festival. Focusing on two of the band’s best-known albums – Wish You Were Here and Dark...

  • Second edition of Sliema Street Art Festival

    For the second year running, the Sliema Local Council and Add More Colours are holding the Sliema Street Art Festival, bringing together a host of local and foreign street artistes to showcase their best works of art. The festival will be spread...

  • If music be the food of love …

    If music be the food of love …

    Thus uttered Count Orsini the famous phrase in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. So did the audience that was present at Palazzo De Piro in Mdina for an Evening of Chamber Music, organised by breast cancer support group Europa Donna Malta to...

  • Celebrating cultural ties between Ireland and Malta

    Celebrating cultural ties between Ireland and Malta

    Irish ambassador Jim Hennessey and his wife recently hosted an event at their Ta’ Xbiex residence to celebrate the close cultural ties and exchanges between the Maltese and Irish republics. Among the guests were the Friends of the Waterford...

  • Sea-themed films at Teatru Rjal

    Sea-themed films at Teatru Rjal

    Director Rebecca Cremona tackles her first project after the shooting of Simshar to curate Pjazza Kino: Sea Stories, as part of the 2014 Malta Arts Festival. This is a collection of three films screened in the open air, that are all very different...

  • A very amiable family comedy

    A very amiable family comedy

    ChefDirector: Jon FavreauStarring: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson114 mins; Class 15; KRS Releasing Ltd Jon Favreau takes on writing, producing, directing and acting duties as the titular chef, where he plays Carl Casper, a...

  • From the graphic to the very explicit

    From the graphic to the very explicit

    Nymphomaniac: Vol. IIDirector: Lars von TrierStarring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Willem Dafoe123 mins; Class 18; Eden Cinemas Release And so we come to the second and final volume of Lars Von Trier’s opus Nymphomaniac. Volume I...

  • A money-making exercise

    A money-making exercise

    Transformers: Age Of ExtinctionDirector: Michael BayStarring: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer165 mins; Class 12A; KRS Releasing Ltd How can such an assault on all our senses, something so ear-splittingly loud and unrelentingly...

  • Newcomers shine in Emmys race

    Newcomers shine in Emmys race

    Television newcomers True Detective, a crime drama from HBO, and Orange is the New Black, a dark prison comedy from Netflix, racked up a dozen Emmy nominations each in a challenge to stalwarts like Breaking Bad and Modern ­Family. Online streaming...

  • Planet of the Apes sequel marks digital lib for actors

    Planet of the Apes sequel marks digital lib for actors

    It’s not easy playing an ape, even a highly intelligent one, but if Andy Serkis succeeds in captivating moviegoers, he will be thanking the obscure world of motion capture, a digital technology that accurately translates performance into...

  • Tasteful comedy

    Tasteful comedy

    Chef (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 114 minutesDirected by: Jon FavreauStarring: Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey, Jr, Amy Sedaris, Emjay AnthonyKRS...

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