Nobody wanted to leave

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This review was first published on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. Two recent acoustic performances by Scottish post-punk band The Twilight Sad at St James Cavalier, Valletta, did a lot to restore my faith in local demand for what I like to call non-popcorn music events. The band, which won the award for […]

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Best Scottish album winners in Malta

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Their latest album, Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, won the title of best Scottish album of 2014 and has been hailed as probably their most significant work to date. Mixed by Pete Katis, producer of The National, Jonsi and Inter-pol, the album signifies a return to the band’s unadulterated, edgy […]

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2014: could do better

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The highs and lows on the local arts scene throughout this past year. This feature first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section.  Some of the artistic projects that came to fruition during the past year. As 2018 and everything it should bring with it race towards us, it’s been a colourful year […]

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Comics as an educational tool

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There’s a drive to include comics in the country’s national drive for literacy and it’s all thanks to the people behind the Graphic Novels Library Malta. It all started with Batman, Graphic Novels Library Malta (GNLM) co-founder Luke Caruana tells me with a smile. “A number of us realised that we had a love for […]

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Prompting involuntary memories

The entry of Charles Balzan’s art into the public consciousness couldn’t have been more successful with his winning entry for /ru:t/ leaving a definite mark. I interviewed him to find out more. This interview first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section.  When the winner of /ru:t/, a collective exhibition to commemorate the 10th […]

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Not all culture is creative

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I interviewed Toni Sant, the recently-appointed artistic director of St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, about the road ahead. This interview first appeared on the Sunday Times’ Culture section. His appointment as the first artistic director at St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity is one of the few recent cultural appointments that was not met with political controversy. The […]

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Music as a social commentary

For Strings Inn (Herman Spiteri on vocals and guitars, Ryan Abela on drums, Kim Farrugia on guitar and Aaron Dimech on bass)are back with a new album, Feathers and Stones. This interview first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. What has the band been doing since we heard you guys last? Herman […]

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Post-apocalyptic Malta

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Valletta as we know it has been destroyed and so have a number of beloved local landmarks. Luckily, this is only happening in David Dhalia’s and Alan Stealth’s imagination, translated to art. I interviewed the duo about their current exhibition and their participation in Malta Comic-Con. This interview first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. […]

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Maltese marauders archipelago of pirates

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This feature first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. The photo on top was taken at the Beer Festival by Max. Mention the word pirates and chances are you will elicit one of two opposite reactions – either the lightweight, “shiver me timbers” sort, inspired by the whole Pirates of the Caribbean […]

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A sonic kind of equilibrium

Photo: Marija Grech

This interview was first published on the Sunday Times of Malta Culture section.Photo is by Marija Grech.  Many may be unfamiliar, as yet, with the name Jane Doe but do not let this fool you into thinking that this is a band made up of newbies. Even if you listen to their debut EP, the […]

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