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  • Christie’s aims for auction record with $140m Picasso

    Christie’s aims for auction record with $140m Picasso

    Records look set to tumble at the big spring art auctions with Christie’s’ announcement of a Picasso oil poised to set the mark for the most expensive work of art in auction history. Les femmes d’Alger (Version O), a vibrant cubist work, last...

  • The picture behind the picture

    The picture behind the picture

    His supermodel shots are synonymous with an era and his commercial campaigns art. Ramona Depares reviews Arthur Elgort’s The Bigger Picture, showing in Milan. There are fashion photographers – and then there’s Arthur Elgort, the man who is known...

  • It’s a kind of magic

    It’s a kind of magic

    The world has become too real. We no longer believe that eclipses are caused by dragons eating up the sun, that eggshells must be broken ‘lest witches make boats thereof’ or that dog-headed people roam the villages of distant lands. Undoubtedly,...

  • Why quench when you can provoke?

    Why quench when you can provoke?

    Pandering to audience’s wants is not Karl Fiorini’s style. He reveals to Veronica Stivala his aims behind the eclectic programme of this year’s International Spring Orchestra Festival. The musical journey of this year’s International Spring...

  • Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Schumann at the Manoel Theatre

    Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Schumann at the Manoel Theatre

    The next event in the Wednesdays at the Manoel series features a recital by Turkish pianist Ruya Taner. Titled West meets East, the recital features music by Schumann, Liszt, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Kodaly and Liapunouv as well as premieres of...

  • Invasion of the Zatopeks

    Invasion of the Zatopeks

    They formed back in 2001, more as a novelty side-project running parallel to their imaginatively-named 3½ Inch Floppy band than anything else. Over the years, however, Zatopeks became their main focus and, what started out as a joke, has taken...

  • Piling up the pressure

    Piling up the pressure

    Marmalja’s debut album, titled Demm Ġdid Vol. 1 Dissett, lands soon. Ramona Depares catches up with the hip-hop outfit to hear about which toes the no-holds-bar duo will be stepping on. When Claude ‘il-Lapes’ Agius’s and Andrea ‘Drinu’ Delicata’s...

  • Smooth roads and good infrastructure

    Snug tightly in my aisle seat on my way to Madonna di Campiglio courtesy of YTC Travel, I came across an e-mail with a pdf of a recent study conducted by the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development of the University of...

  • Gaulitana music festival returns

    The Gaulitanus Choir, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, has issued the programme for the ninth edition of its annual Gaulitana: A Festival of Music. The festival, led by Gaulitanus founder Colin Attard as artistic director, includes 28...

  • The Spanish are lurking

    The Spanish are lurking

    Roads that perforce we use on a daily basis are crumbling into a zigzag of lines a couple of centimetres wide. Unfortunately, from time spent in the English Fens, where this is a common occurrence, the roads are being built on peat, which absorbs...

  • The Maltese debut of a legend

    The Maltese debut of a legend

    St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral resounded to the tone of a 300-year-old Stradivari violin. Built in 1715 and named ‘ex Bazzini-De Vito’ after two of the owners of this instrument, it is one of 60 playable instruments produced by the master luthier...

  • New Land Rover Discovery Sport defines family with better volume

    New Land Rover Discovery Sport defines family with better volume

    Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery Sport. The first member of the new Discovery family, Discovery Sport, features 5+2 seating in a footprint no larger than existing five-seat premium SUVs. Discovery Sport’s progressive new design approach...

  • Lucy’s Last back from the other side

    Lucy’s Last back from the other side

    Rock quintet Lucy’s Last have released their second single, titled The Otherside. Describing the track as a break away from the old school rock and roll that characterised their debut track Jenna, the band describe their new work as “reminiscent...

  • Great things come in small packages

    Great things come in small packages

    It might be a four-seat, family-orientated car but every model of the B Class will happily stretch beyond 160 km/h. Not only are they pleasantly fast but you choose the mill you want from a choice of course petrol or diesel. But there is a natural...

  • Eyes wide shut

    Eyes wide shut

    In the run-up to his theatre production Għajn Eye Three, Simon Bartolo talks to Sandra Aquilina about the importance of seeing in more than one way how teenagers can be wiser than adults – and how writing can be a substitute for fighting. A ghost...

  • Where are all the Chinese cars?

    Where are all the Chinese cars?

    China is one of the largest car markets in the world already and it’s expanding faster than any other. This is great news for car makers looking to sell cars within China, but what about the country’s domestic manufacturers who are looking beyond...

  • New MA in theatre and performance

    The University of Malta’s Department of Theatre Studies will be holding an innovative MA programme in 21st-century studies in theatre and performance in October. The programme focuses on three principal areas: the challenges and evolving...

  • As good as expected

    As good as expected

    Having seen the original concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Fair in the mid-1990s, it came as a most pleasant surprise to find the TT is still very much on the front burner and has now been transmuted into one of the most awesome road cars of the...

  • The ills of youth

    The ills of youth

    George Bernard Shaw famously quipped “youth is wasted on the young”. Youth showers us with such an abundance of gifts that we invariably fail to appreciate what a wonderful thing it is to be young. Time seems to move at a completely different...

  • SEAT unveils the 20V20

    SEAT unveils the 20V20

    SEAT has its eyes set on the year 2020. The Spanish carmaker revealed its strategic vision for the future in Geneva with the 20V20 showcar (meaning Vision 2020), an SUV that sets the stage for the brand’s future and new design language. “The 20V20...

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