• Watch: Who should bail out the banks? (ARTE)

    Watch: Who should bail out the banks? (ARTE)

    Between 2008 and 2011, the aid plan for European banks accounted for 37 percent of the Union's GDP and was a serious tax burden on European citizens. But have the banks changed their practices? Vox Pop takes a look at the situation in Italy and...

  • Watch: From poverty to universal income (ARTE)

    Watch: From poverty to universal income (ARTE)

    An American association, Give Directly, funded by Silicon Valley giants, has chosen Kenya to set up a unique experiment. Give Directly plans to do just that: the NGO is paying a universal basic income to Kenya's poorest for 12 years and observing...

  • Roger Moore dies, aged 89

    Former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has died in Switzerland at the age of 89 after a short battle with cancer, his family has announced. A message shared on the actor's official Twitter account read: "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share...

  • Watch: Solidarity in the face of an economic war (ARTE)

    Watch: Solidarity in the face of an economic war (ARTE)

    Sofia Nefeli decided to help refugees by taking over a disused hotel, the City Plaza, in the heart of the city. The building now houses some 400 Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi refugee families, without any help from the Greek government.

  • Watch: Art and surival (ARTE)

    Watch: Art and surival (ARTE)

    This art could be described as "social plastic": it is as far from art for art's sake as it is possible to be. What is art used for? Can it make our lives better? Athens is one of those cities that are struggling to find an answer to this question.

  • Mozart visits Valletta at midnight

    Mozart visits Valletta at midnight

    How did the idea to hold this concert at midnight arise? Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) marketing director Maria Blanco came up with the idea to present a programme in this particular way following some passionate discussions with the MPO ...

  • Finding the right beat

    Finding the right beat

    Drumming and creating rhythm and beat can be considered to be the root of music, and a good drummer can truly set the pace, in more ways than one, for the direction his or her band is willing to take. Angelo Zammit, 40, a podiatrist from Żurrieq,...

  • Photographer Joe P Smith in international exhibitions

    Photographer Joe P Smith in international exhibitions

    Maltese photographer Joe P Smith recently returned from Brussels where his photographic exhibition The Texture of Memory had a very successful month-long run at the European Economic and Social Council as part of the external cultural programme...

  • A hackneyed thriller

    A hackneyed thriller

    Unlocked3 starsDirector: Michael AptedStars: Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Toni ColletteDuration: 98 minsClass: 15KRS Releasing Ltd Swedish actress Noomi Rapace forged a career in Hollywood on the back of her astounding turn as one of the most...

  • The sleazy side of politics

    The sleazy side of politics

    Miss Sloane4 starsDirector: John MaddenStars: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-RawrDuration: 132 minsClass: 15KRS Releasing Ltd We’ve all heard the terms ‘lobby’ in politics-speak – the tobacco lobby, gun lobby, anti-abortion lobby, and...

  • Extra-ordinary


    La Reggia Marsaxlokk Food: 9/10Service: 8/10Location: 8/10Value: 9/10Overall: 9/10 I was happy to be here. Deliriously happy. The confidently named Reggia restaurant in Marsaxlokk serves up dishes that delight, amaze and captivate the senses.

  • Fuzzhoneys in the UK

    Fuzzhoneys in the UK

    Nottingham went a bit Femmetastic last month as Maltese rock duo Fuzzhoneys took their unique blend of blues and rock to England – the latest leg of their tour after a successful concert held at the Salesian Theatre in March. “Femmetastic has been...

  • Picasso-Giacometti exhibition in Qatar

    Picasso-Giacometti exhibition in Qatar

    I was privileged to be invited to the opening of a superb art exhibition in Doha, Qatar, to celebrate two great artists – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). Drawing on loans from the Musée National Picasso and the...

  • Watch: Rapper with a message (ARTE)

    Watch: Rapper with a message (ARTE)

    MIA gained international recognition in 2007 thanks to Paper Planes. She continues to lobby for a world without walls, and without borders, through her songs.

  • Of superb endings

    Of superb endings

    The last three concerts in this year’s Gaulitana Festival in Gozo had a link between them. It began with the violin and piano recital by the Gran Duo Italiano, consisting of Mauro Tortorelli (violin) and Angela Meluso (piano) at the Gozo Ministry...

  • Walid Nabhan wins EU prize for literature

    Walid Nabhan wins EU prize for literature

    Small is beautiful, but tougher going than for the big guns. As a small country with great national aspirations, Malta constantly strug­gles and craves for success and recognition, as can be seen by the yearly debate on our Eurovision showing and...

  • Wholesome flavours

    Wholesome flavours

    Makes 10 crescent rolls For the dough3¾ cups plus 1 tbsp (500g) all-purpose flour 3 tbsp granulated sugar 1 (¼-ounce/7g) envelope fast-acting yeast 1 tsp fine sea salt ¾ cup plus 3 tbsp (220ml) whole milk, lukewarm3 tbsp (40g) unsalted butter,...

  • Knights in white satin

    Knights in white satin

    Rhodes’ Old Town holds its secrets close – ancient tales of faith, conquest and resistance. Mike Sweet visits the former home of the Knights of Malta to reveal its hidden treasures – and a sublime refuge. More than two million international...

  • New tapas lounge at Le Méridien

    New tapas lounge at Le Méridien

    Le Méridien St Julian’s Hotel & Spa has just opened its terrace doors to summer with a new Spanish tapas bar called Pincho’s. Located on the hotel grounds, bang in the centre of Balluta Bay, Pincho’s is the perfect place if you are seeking to...

  • Mark Scerri wins first Red Bull Beat It

    Mark Scerri wins first Red Bull Beat It

    Mark Scerri has won the first ever Red Bull Beat It edition in Malta, after a thrilling final against Cheryl Lofreda. With Pjazza Teatru Rjal as the backdrop, 16 finalists danced it out in front of a sizeable crowd, who had to decide who would...