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Arts & Entertainment

  • Top artists for Gaulitana’s Tosca

    The highlight of this year’s Gaulitana: A Festival of Music will undoubtedly be the full-scale production of Puccini’s masterpiece, Tosca – a collaboration between the local festival and the prestigious Taormina Festival. The opera will be...

  • Brian Schembri’s engagements

    Brian Schembri, who was recently appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, has a number of prestigious international engagements lined up for this year. On April 3, he will be conducting the...

  • The making of a true musician

    With her new single Liars charting at Number 4 on iTunes, Lauren Aquilina’s star is definitely on the rise. Iggy Fenech finds out how the Maltese-born singer is fast becoming one of the hottest names on the London music scene. Most of us rarely...

  • Contemporary rhythm and form

    The variety of musical styles which prevailed over the past decades make it rather difficult to suggest a clear definition of contemporary music. However, one may easily recognise specific traits such as rhythm, harmony, form and contemporary...

  • Beyond classical music

    A few years back, pianist Clifford Borg had approached me with a mock-up of a double album he was planning to release. It was an ambitious project to undertake for a budding musician with just one album to his name, but an exciting one too. For...

  • Armani’s Endless Flame

    Endless Flame is the latest release from international Maltese DJ and producer Joseph Armani. Featuring vocals from notorious club kid Cazzi Opeia, the single was given a worldwide release earlier this month via Smilax Records, which is one of the...

  • Music & Steel festival on Sunday

    As part of the programme of national celebrations being overseen by the Fondazzjoni Ċelebraz­zjonijiet Nazzjonali (FCN), the former Malta Shipbuilding shed will today week be transformed into a music venue; its last stand before being taken over...

  • Demo recording from Deluge of Sorrow

    They’ve been around in some form or other for more than a decade, but it is only now that Deluge of Sorrow have finally got round to recording their music. On Oceans of Failure is the first of what is hoped are many demos to follow; a track that...

  • Faces, faces everywhere

    Collective art exhibitions can be difficult to comprehend, especially when they lack a unifying theme, or when the theme is loosely interpreted. This was definitely not the case at Xebgħa Nies, an exhibition of over 60 pieces of contemporary...

  • The toppling of a patriarch

    Festen (based on Thomas Vinterberg’s film production, adapted for the stage by David Eldridge) was a good choice for the inauguration of Masquerade’s intimate stage space, Blue Box at M Space, in Msida. As directed by Stephen Oliver, it requires...

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to be staged in Victoria

    One of the most popular family musicals of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, is being put up by the Helping Hands Group. The production will include a live orchestra playing authentic West End arrangements. The orchestra,...

  • New student theatre festival

    A student theatre festival is being organised by Ġ.F. Abela Junior College and Troupe 18:45 to offer young theatre professionals and adolescents the opportunity to work alongside students from different countries by means of various theatre styles...

  • Who runs the world?

    Celebrating some of the most iconic women in entertainment history, Yada’s Divas promises to be one of the most spectacular shows of the year. Felix Busuttil tells Jo Caruana all about it. Yada has long been renowned for its extra-vagant, lavish...

  • Dance department open day

    The University of Malta’s Dance Studies Department of the School of Performing Arts is holding its annual Open Day, offering prospective students to the full-time, three-year Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Studies the opportunity to learn more about...

  • Calling all film and TV geeks

    The US Embassy, Euro Media Forum and Eden Cinemas are holding a discussion on Captain America: The evolution & legacy of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s First Avenger to coincide with the released of the new Captain America film. Captain America was...

  • The definitive rom-com

    It is difficult to believe that the seminal romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral celebrates the 20th anniversary of its release this month. It’s been 20 years since the film seemingly came from nowhere to set the standard for the modern...

  • Cinema Day for children on April 5

    A selection of recently-released children’s films will be screened at reduced prices during this year’s edition of Children Cinema Day. This year’s selection of films include genres that vary from action to comedy, family adventure to action fantasy.

  • Johansson urges spin-off film for Marvel character

    Actress Scarlett Johansson has called for a spin-off film for her Marvel character, the Black Widow, as Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiered in the UK. The 29-year-old, who is reportedly pregnant with her first child, showed off her...

  • Screening of Game of Thrones draws throngs of fans to Brooklyn

    Spring is finally in the air, but the Game of Thrones fans who descended on New York’s Barclays Centre on Thursday evening know differently: winter is coming. The fourth season of HBO’s increasingly popular medieval fantasy-drama will premiere on...

  • Chris Martin to help on The Voice

    Coldplay singer Chris Martin is bringing his expertise to the US version of the music competition show The Voice. The NBC network said Martin will participate in the Battles round that begins on March 31, advising singers on vocal technique and...

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