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  • Architectural space translated to music

    Architectural space translated to music

    Valletta is as an outstandingly unique city with its glorious baroque architectures, magnificent palaces and quaint side streets. Music is central to the city, not least because of its theatres that have become a second home to many of today’s...

  • Emirates Holidays pairs with ROCS to relaunch brand

    Emirates Holidays pairs with ROCS to relaunch brand

    Emirates’ tour operating arm is relaunching in Malta and has appointed ROCS Travel as its preferred sales agent ROCS Travel is opening a dedicated Emirates Holidays store in St Anne Street, Floriana, to cater to travel trade and direct customers,...

  • A triumph of an opera

    A triumph of an opera

    Indeed it was. When I first heard that there was going to be a re-interpretation of Donizetti’s perennial favourite L’Elisir d’Amore, I wondered what director Denise Mulholland would do with it. She transformed the location from the rural 1830s to...

  • Egypt tightens visa conditions for individuals

    Egypt tightens visa conditions for individuals

    Egypt is tightening rules for visas by requiring individual visitors to obtain them at embassies instead of on arrival at Egyptian airports, the Foreign Ministry has said, a move that may make it harder to revive the tourism industry. Security...

  • Still got the blues

    Still got the blues

    They are, almost certainly, the most popular blues band on this little island of ours, their live gigs an energised display of thumping melodies and rhythmic flow that always has their audience on its feet and  getting its groove on. In the five...

  • Students at Berlin travel fair

    Students at Berlin travel fair

    Twenty-six students from the University of Malta’s Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture visited ITB, the world travel and tourism fair in Berlin earlier this month. They also participated in the World Travel and Tourism Congress held in...

  • Malta International Music Festival is back

    A line-up of internationally acclaimed musicians and professors will be performing and conducting masterclasses at the Malta International Music Festival and Competition 2015. Organised by the European Foundation for Support of Culture, the...

  • Museum bans selfie sticks

    Millions of museum visitors in the US capital will no longer be able to take pictures of themselves in front of a T-Rex dinosaur using a camera mounted on a rod. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC has banned the use of so-called selfie...

  • Mellieħa bells anniversary

    Mellieħa bells anniversary

    The Mellieħa parish, dedicated to Marija Bambina, is today marking the 90th anniversary of the baptism of its bells with an open day where people can climb to the steeple to see the bells between 9am and 5pm. On their way to the belfry, which...

  • A Knight to remember

    A Knight to remember

    There is an atmosphere to Thornbury. It is hard to pin down, until the staff explain. It’s a combination of boiled-up molehills, mashed conkers, gin and brown ale. A former staff member, who enjoyed upholstery and respected history, used to make...

  • First edition of Kotra

    With a line-up that promotes non-mainstream music in Maltese and various other forms of art, the first edition of Kotra promises to be an eclectic affair. Jeremy Grech, one of the organisers from the Rejects Crew, explains the idea behind the...

  • Survival of the fittest

    Survival of the fittest

    Ed eats Legligin119, St Lucia StreetVallettaTel: 2122 1699 Food: 7/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 8/10Overall: 7.5/10 By and large, we’re not an entirely original nation. If something seems like a good idea, particularly if the whiff of money...

  • Holiday home is your castle

    Holiday home is your castle

    If Thornbury is not to your taste but you still fancy living like royalty ­– if only for a week – Veronica Stivala picks her five favourite palatial hotels. Parador de Oropesa, Oropesa, Spain The Parador Museo de Oropesa dates back to the 14th...

  • Contemporary theatre in Strait Street

    Contemporary theatre in Strait Street

    Kristu fi Strada Stretta, a contemporary theatrical performance based on an original script in Maltese by actors/directors Carlos Farrugia and Joe Galea, is set to take place this week. The performance will be at Splendid House in Strait Street,...

  • All steamed up

    All steamed up

    This week I concentrate on what I call the wet methods of cooking – steaming, poaching and cooking by absorption, of which the paella and risotto are the best examples. No special equipment is required, although naturally there is much specialist...

  • On the trail of Poland’s Solidarnosc movement

    On the trail of Poland’s Solidarnosc movement

    In a prospering port city that attracts tourists with a Baltic location and nightlife, Pawel Lapinski discovers there are still a few traces of its past. Gdansk, the biggest city in northern Poland, seaside destination and party zone, was once a...

  • Liberating tales from down under

    Liberating tales from down under

    Produced by Palazzo Pereira as part of the Mara – Perspettivi calendar of events celebrating women, Eve Ensler’s piece (I prefer not to call it ‘a play’) has been stirring up equal measures of controversy and awareness since its inception way back...

  • All in green for St Patrick’s

    All in green for St Patrick’s

    Green was the colour of the day on Tuesday, as people around the world celebrated St Patrick’s Day. The cultural and religious feast, dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland, is associated with a heavy consumption of beer, especially Guinness,...

  • Liam Neeson’s still-rising star

    Liam Neeson’s still-rising star

    “I’ve done terrible things in my life. Things for which I can never be forgiven. I decided long ago that when the night finally came for me to pay for the things I’d done, I wouldn’t protest. . . But the night didn’t go as planned. And they didn’t...

  • A very stark crime drama

    A very stark crime drama

    HyenaDirector: Gerard JohnsonStarring: Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell112 mins; Class 18;Eden Cinemas Release Hyena is the story of a gang of corrupt police officers led by the charismatic Detective Inspector Michael Logan (Peter...

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