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  • Organ festival kicks off

    Organ festival kicks off

    As the first edition of the Malta International Organ Festival kicked off to a great start, music lovers are enjoying a wide variety of unique performances from some of the world’s leading organists in the remarkable acoustical space of several of...

  • Writing from the female perspective

    Writing from the female perspective

    Child sexual abuse, the fragility of body, giving birth, Syria... The topics of female writers at this year’s Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival are all weighty subjects. Making something beautiful out of a hard topic is a challenge these...

  • Creating one’s own world

    Creating one’s own world

    In less than a month’s time, Malta marks the 50th anniversary since its independence and the end of British colonial rule. But the influence of that rule – starting from the language this very article is being written in – is far from gone. Malta...

  • Artists, activism and visibility in the Arab world

    Artists, activism and visibility in the Arab world

    The terraced hills of Amman, Jordan, spin on my screen as Khadija El Bennaoui shows me her surroundings off her iPad as we’re about to start our interview over Skype. She’s in Jordan for Dewan, a symposium retreat with a focus on contemporary...

  • Helping launch indie film

    Helping launch indie film

    It has long been said that director Steven Soderbergh’s seminal 1989 film Sex, Lies, and Videotape (styled as sex, lies and videotape) was the film to launch the independent movement. Granted, the concept of independent cinema (fluid though that...

  • Indonesia massacre and Iran sanctions impact Venice films

    Indonesia massacre and Iran sanctions impact Venice films

    Films about a 1960s massacre in Indonesia and the harsh conditions in Iran under present-day international sanctions and how they affect ordinary people struck sombre notes at the Venice Film Festival. A French caper based on a fictionalised...

  • Gold-dusted parties

    Gold-dusted parties

    There may be no more breathtaking place than Venice to throw a big party. That must be why, to open the festival, there were two of them – back to back, dripping with glamour, gourmet food and a cocktail made with gold powder. Francesca Rocco, a...

  • Joan Rivers is ‘resting comfortably’ at hospital

    Joan Rivers is ‘resting comfortably’ at hospital

    Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers “rested comfortably” at a New York hospital where she was admitted after she suffered a cardiac arrest and stopped breathing during a vocal cord procedure, a spokeswoman said. There was no change in...

  • Cyrus’s MTV date turns himself in

    The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who was sought on an arrest warrant has turned himself in. Jesse Helt, 22, went to the Polk County Jail in Dallas, Oregon, was booked on a probation violation...

  • Shakira pregnant with second child

    Shakira pregnant with second child

    Shakira is pregnant with baby number two. The Colombian singer, who made the announcement on her Facebook and Twitter pages, wrote: “Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!” Shakira and FC Barcelona footballer...

  • Shakira pregnant again

    Shakira pregnant again

    Shakira is pregnant with baby number two. The Colombian singer, who made the announcement on her Facebook and Twitter pages, wrote: "Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!" Shakira and FC Barcelona footballer...

  • Keaton in fine form in Venice festival opener

    Keaton in fine form in Venice festival opener

    Former Batman star Michael Keaton gave a soaring start to the 71st Venice Film Festival on Wednesday as a crestfallen superhero in Birdman, a film its Mexican director Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu called an experiment that could have failed...

  • Kate Bush hits spot – but not Heights

    Kate Bush hits spot – but not Heights

    Kate Bush has made a sensational return to the concert stage. At 56, she may no longer be able to hit the high notes of her teenage years and she might have cut back on the dancing, but she still has the trademark long dark hair, and she still...

  • ‘Spellbinding’ show wows critics

    Kate Bush’s return to the stage wowed the critics, who have called her first live performance for 35 years “spellbinding”, “stunning” and “incomparable”. Andy Gill, for the Independent, gave Bush a five-star review, saying: “It’s quite stunning,...

  • Miley Cyrus' MTV awards date wanted on probation violation

    Miley Cyrus' MTV awards date wanted on probation violation

    The young homeless man who accepted Miley Cyrus' MTV Music Video Award has a warrant for his arrest in Oregon on a probation violation, his probation officer said. Lee Warren, the Polk County probation officer of 22-year-old Jesse Helt, said local...

  • Emmys exalt TV’s old favourites over newcomers

    Emmys exalt TV’s old favourites over newcomers

    For all the talk about newcomers raising the game of television, the industry chose to bestow its top Emmys on the long-running shows Breaking Bad and Modern Family and long-time television actors who held off challenges from film stars. Breaking...

  • A cosmic tribute

    A cosmic tribute

    The 66th annual Primetime Emmys took a sombre turn towards the end to remember Robin Williams, the versatile actor and comedian who died two weeks ago in an apparent suicide at the age of 63. With a lump in his throat and a tremble in his voice,...

  • The storm rages on big screen

    The storm rages on big screen

    Into the Storm (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 89 minutesDirected by: Steven QualeStarring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Jeremy Sumpter, Nathan Kress, Max Deacon, Kyle Davis, Scott...

  • In Betweeners go Down Under

    The In Betweeners 2 (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 96 minutesDirected by: Damian Beesley and Iain MorrisStarring: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas, Emily Berrington, Freddie Stroma, David Field, Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Tamla...

  • Venice Film Festival still a cinema lifeline

    Venice Film Festival still a cinema lifeline

    Saverio Costanzo, the Italian director of the New York City-set low-budget drama Hungry Hearts that will compete for the top prize at the Venice Film Festival opening today, sees the exposure his film will get as a godsend. “For a movie like this...

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