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Ramona Depares

  • The Pub does Shakespeare

    The Pub does Shakespeare

    It’s that time of year again, when The Bard gets a beered up makeover by director Philip Leone Ganado. Interview by Ramona Depares. This is the third edition of Shakespeare at The Pub – how was the idea born? I was, for no particular reason,...

  • Daphne's laptop: Why the fuss?

    Daphne's laptop: Why the fuss?

    I am finding it very difficult to find a shred of logic behind the motivation of this sudden “Where is Daphne’s laptop” political campaign. I can totally see why access to the murdered journalist’s laptop would be likely to shed light on the...

  • 6 things I learnt from the cartoon saga

    6 things I learnt from the cartoon saga

    A cartoon by Seb Tanti Burlo commenting about the Żurrieq double-decker bus tragedy in a very brutal manner opened the floodgates of popular opinion. The whole thing fast descended into mass hysteria, as is the wont of many things that slightly...

  • Hush no more

    Hush no more

    As I write this, Hush – the new Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre musical – today (Tuesday) finishes its run to packed audiences. Part of the Toi Toi children’s programme, the original musical was written and directed by Denise Mulholland, with music...

  • Beats by The Busker

    Beats by The Busker

    The guys from The Busker share some thoughts about touring to promote their debut album Telegram and their upcoming concert, which they have deemed ‘massive’. Interview by Ramona Depares It’s been a busy past year for The Busker. Can you give us...

  • Azure Window lives on in art exhibition

    Azure Window lives on in art exhibition

    It’s almost a year to the date when exposure to the elements took an irreversible toll on what was one of Malta’s most iconic landmarks – the Azure Window. But, with numerous tourism websites still showing the natural rock formation that had put...

  • Nuna Palk comes to town

    Nuna Palk comes to town

    There’s a new children’s artistic programme in town, with a variety of productions being organised by Culture Venture and Teatru Salesjan. Ramona Depares interviews Toni Attard, the brains behind it. How was the idea for a children’s programme at...

  • The PN's radical obsession with abortion

    The PN's radical obsession with abortion

    I haven't really written about the (non) debate that is abortion in Malta, mostly because it's such a personal topic and everyone has their views anyway. But at this point I'm too concerned not to comment about a recent statement made by the...

  • 'Everything is seen through a political filter - I'm sick of it'

    'Everything is seen through a political filter - I'm sick of it'

    Valletta 2018 Artistic Director for Special Events Mario Philip Azzopardi talks about elitism in the arts, sustainability and the scope of a European City of Culture. Interview by Ramona Depares. It’s been a week since Valletta 2018 officially...

  • Enabling gender violence?

    Enabling gender violence?

    It’s official. This country’s political system has not only lost the plot but also the entire script to sanity. So prurient is our MPs' obsession with abortion – and anything related to sex or procreation, for that matter - that it has caused...