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  • As extreme as ever

    As extreme as ever

    Most concerts are raucous affairs, and a metal concert no less than expected. Push all sentiments of suspicion and derision of metal aside, though; as I walked into Kordin’s Sergeants’ Mess, a beautiful,historic building somewhat reminiscent of...

  • Two-day jazz bash in Valletta

    Two-day jazz bash in Valletta

    A two-day jazz bash featuring established and up-and-coming names is being organised in collaboration with Jazz on the Fringe. The event will feature two different trios on each day, with F Trio’s Manuel Pulis and Alan Portelli being a common...

  • French dub producer to perform in Malta

    French dub producer to perform in Malta

    Bass Culture welcomes to Malta Panda Dub, one of the top French dub producers and live acts of the moment. Since 2007, Panda Dub has been conquering Europe with a perfect blend of ethnic samples, edgy and powerful electro tunes and heavy rhythms.

  • Making a difference through song

    Making a difference through song

    With her infectious smile and a calming presence which imbues her soft but strong vocals, it’s not hard to see why newcomer Debbie Stivala (better known as De Bee) placed second in this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest, surpassing many...

  • An enjoyable, if also challenging, concert

    An enjoyable, if also challenging, concert

    As part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, the New Choral Singers presented a choral and orchestral concert at St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta. The choir’s musical director, Robert Calleja, devised an enticing programme which included early...

  • Four bands and a DJ

    Four bands and a DJ

    Nosnow/noalps, Cable35, Sempliċiment tat-Triq and Fuzzhoneys will be performing together at Razzett l-Aħmar, with a DJ Set by Michael Bugeja. Sheffield-based trio Cable 35 are currently in Malta as part of their Afro Tour 2014, which has taken the...

  • A Maasai family and me

    A Maasai family and me

    Doing volunteer work with children while living with a Maasai tribe can be a life-enhancing experience for everyone involved. Svetlana Busuttil shares the story of her unforgettable time in Africa with Melanie Vella. From an early age, Svetlana...

  • Valletta International Baroque Ensemble play to packed house

    The Valletta International Baroque Ensemble (Vibe) gave a concert at a packed All Souls church in Valletta. The programme included Purcell’s Chacony in G minor, Michel’Ang Vella’s Sonata a tré No 6, Handel’s Musette from Concerto Grosso Op 6,...

  • Youths’ project will blast into orbit

    Youths’ project will blast into orbit

    Hundreds of young Scots have taken part in a week-long space school run by former Nasa astronauts. About 200 pupils aged 14 to 17 from Renfrewshire joined Mission Discovery, an international educational programme brought to Scotland for the first...

  • You say goodbye, I say cello

    You say goodbye, I say cello

    “This is not a serious classical concert,” the 2Cellos musicians told the full house at the opening concert of the Malta Arts Festival at Pjazza Teatru Rjal on July 14. “You can scream and dance, come and dance on stage,” they said. No-one danced...

  • UK’s eight potential locations for its first spaceport unveiled

    UK’s eight potential locations for its first spaceport unveiled

    Space tourists could be blasting into orbit from one of eight sites named as possible locations for Britain’s first spaceport in just four years’ time. Six of the sites shortlisted for the spaceport, due to open in 2018, are in Scotland. They...

  • Getting messy in public

    Getting messy in public

    Ed eats Badass Burgers46, Old Theatre Street,Valletta Food: 7/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 6/10Overall: 7/10 Once in a while I revisit a restaurant I’ve reviewed in the past and, when I feel it is warranted, I review it again. This is...

  • Road safety and the arts

    Road safety and the arts

    Following on from the success of Ċaqlaq! last year, another high-energy performance was devised to help teenagers learn important life lessons. This time, the focus was on road safety. Today’s teenagers face a whole plethora of challenges that we...

  • Chinese welcomed by je ne sais quoi

    Chinese welcomed by je ne sais quoi

    It might come as a shock to some but France is seen as the most welcoming country in Europe. The accolade has come from Chinese tourists who were asked to name the country showing the most hospitality to travellers. Australia topped the...

  • Some cultures like it hot

    Some cultures like it hot

    Some cultures like it hot while others, like me, prefer food on the wimpish side of warm. I do like the flavour that chillies add to food like curries and Mexican dishes, but I just can’t take the heat. Some chilli aficionados will tell you that...

  • Opera and pop under the stars

    Opera and pop under the stars

    Ever since its inception in 2002, The Gozo Youth Wind Band & Orchestra has been performing a wide stylistic repertoire. The orchestra is made up of musicians from Gozo, and is enriched with proficient guest musicians, including foreign residents...

  • US clothing icon in Malta

    US clothing icon in Malta

    Brooks Brothers has landed in Malta. This icon of clothing, the oldest retail company of its kind in the US, is now going to be firmly placed on one of Valletta’s most prominent street corners. The brand is being introduced to Malta by the Halmann...

  • Flight delays the biggest holiday gripe

    Flight delays the biggest holiday gripe

    Holidaymaker hassles are more about travelling to and from a resort than difficulties once there, according to a Which? study. Flight delays or cancellations topped the list of grumbles, followed by long waits to reclaim baggage, the survey of...

  • The concept behind Aziamendi’s 100 nights

    The concept behind Aziamendi’s 100 nights

    As Eneko Atxa, the youngest Michelin three-star chef in Spain, sets up shop for 100 nights in Valletta, Ramona Depares speaks to the team who are working hard to make the concept a success. The pop-up project has a lot of firsts going for...

  • When dance becomes the focus of your life

    When dance becomes the focus of your life

    Gone are the days when professional training was impossible for locally-based dancers. Jo Caruana visits the Malta Youth Ballet Foundation, now celebrating two years since its first intake of full-time students. It’s 9.30 on a Monday morning and I...