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  • Maltese movie inspired by 1940s mystery

    The disappearance of schoolchildren in a tunnel in Malta in the 1940s has inspired a movie which has just started showing at Eden cinemas. The Maltese-language Il-Misteru tal-Għoġol tad-Deheb focuses on two cousins who, after finding an ancient...

  • This week at the cinema

    This week at the cinema

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)Genre: AdventureDirector: Jake KasdanStarring: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Rhys DarbyDuration: 119 minutesClass: 12AKRS Releasing Ltd The...

  • Why do you keep humming Christmas songs you hate?

    Why do you keep humming Christmas songs you hate?

    In the run-up to Christmas, we’re subjected to a daily barrage of festive music – on the radio and television, in shops, train stations, restaurants, pubs and bars. In the UK, old favourites by bands such as Slade and Weezer are doing their...

  • On the right tracks: bringing the railway back to life

    On the right tracks: bringing the railway back to life

    Part of the old Malta Railway came to life again in miniature over the weekend at an exhibition of model trains in Paola. A model of the Ħamrun railway station, once a crucial part of the train line running between Mdina and Valletta, was one of...

  • Changing mentality about art takes time, says Louvre chief curator

    Changing mentality about art takes time, says Louvre chief curator

    Getting people interested in cultural activities is no easy feat, Philippe Malgouyres says, noting that although Malta has made huge strides in highlighting the importance of art, change does not come overnight. Mr Malgouyres, the chief curator of...

  • Maltese singer makes it to Italian TV show

    Maltese singer makes it to Italian TV show

    An 18-year-old university student, Emma Muscat, has made it into this year’s edition of the long-running Italian competitive television show Amici, beating hundreds of Italian hopefuls to get there.  Ms Muscat signed up for the demanding,...

  • Life’s journey

    Life’s journey

    The dialogue between author and artist has always been a fascinating one, particularly when grouped within a stated theme. The book Journey, recently published by Horizons, is one such example. It is the latest, and certainly the most ambitious,...

  • A balance between hope and despair

    A balance between hope and despair

    Stronger is the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The film chronicles Jeff’s...

  • The Force lives on

    The Force lives on

    “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” Few can forget those very words when they first appeared in shiny blue on a black background before the now iconic Star Wars logo flashed up on screen for a few seconds, only to pull back as the strains...

  • Introspection in retrospect

    Introspection in retrospect

    One of the most awaited yearly exhibitions is unequivocally the BOV retrospective exhibition that has been held almost every year since the very first in 1999 that was dedicated to Antoine Camilleri. The Maltese artist being commemorated in what...

  • A playwright for all seasons

    A playwright for all seasons

    Although he is one of Malta’s most influential and respected living playwrights, Alfred Buttigieg has only written four scripts in 31 years. Now, as his plays are translated into English for the first time, Iggy Fenech sits down with the author to...

  • McCartney's enduring love for Mull of Kintyre

    McCartney's enduring love for Mull of Kintyre

    Paul McCartney has spoken about his enduring love for his song Mull of Kintyre as the festive hit marks its 40th anniversary this Christmas. Speaking to The Big Issue magazine, the Beatle said the song and the whole area of Kintyre and Argyll, was...

  • Swede living in Malta wins award at Travel Photographer of the Year

    Swede living in Malta wins award at Travel Photographer of the Year

    The close-up image of the left hand of a Japanese Snow Monkey captured the attention of the judges in the Travel Photographer of the Year 2017. Johan Siggesson, a Swede living in Malta, won the wildlife category with his image, “From the Abyss”...

  • Watch: Joseph Calleja joins Andrea Bocelli onstage at Madison Square Garden

    Watch: Joseph Calleja joins Andrea Bocelli onstage at Madison Square Garden

    Joseph Calleja has added Madison Square Garden to the long list of venues he has performed in, joining fellow tenor Andrea Bocelli onstage at the legendary New York City arena earlier this week.  Mr Bocelli invited the Maltese tenor to join him as...

  • A violinist’s Christmas dream

    A violinist’s Christmas dream

    Where are you based and have you ever performed in Malta before? I'm currently based in Brussels, and this will be my first visit to Malta, so I'm really looking forward to being there and performing with the MPO!   You will be performing Felix...

  • This week at the cinema

    This week at the cinema

    Star Wars: the Last Jedi (2017)Genre: Sci-fiDirector: Rian JohnsonStarring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Domnhall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd, Andy Serkis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Laura Dern, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Benicio...

  • Radioactive Man live in Malta

    Radioactive Man live in Malta

    Keith Tenniswood, better known as Radioactive Man and as half of acclaimed electronica duo Two Lone Swordsmen, will be playing a live set on hardward at Liquid Club, in San Ġwann, on December 15. The British producer is known for his work with...

  • The wonder that is Dickens

    The wonder that is Dickens

    The Man Who Invented Christmas4 starsDirector: Bharat NalluriStars: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan PryceDuration: 104 minsClass: UKRS Releasing Ltd I will readily confess to being a tad ‘bah-humbug-y’ when it comes to Christmas, though...

  • What lies beneath

    What lies beneath

    Wonder tells the story of a 10- year-old boy with facial differences. Jacob Tremblay stars as Auggie Pullman, whose birth defects and multiple surgeries have kept him out of school until now, as he embarks on an extraordinary journey. Published in...

  • By royal appointment

    By royal appointment

    The history of the King’s Own Philharmonic Society is a long and illustrious one, and anything organised by this club is bound to elicit interest and excitement. Their annual instrumental programme is a highly anticipated event, and this year’s...