Faqa’ Oħt – Salvaged Beginnings

Parascandalo gives streetwear its sexy back. SALVAGED BEGINNINGS – The new collection from Parascandolo possesses all the designer’s trademark cool and then some more, with an intriguing backstory that points towards his quintessentially Maltese identity and a childhood growing up… Read moreFaqa’ Oħt – Salvaged Beginnings

3 reasons you need to visit this Grand Christmas Market

Grand Christmas Market at Palazzo Parisio

Gifts, food & seasonal cheer! Malta Artisan Markets will be holding a Grand Christmas Market at Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December from 10am to 6pm (last entry 5:30pm). And, if you love shopping, quirky gifts and… Read more3 reasons you need to visit this Grand Christmas Market

Malta International Organ Festival moving to a gran finale

Malta International Organ Festival

Undoubtedly, one of the largest events during this time of the year for lovers of art and classical music is the Malta International Organ Festival. This year, the festival kicked off on November 22 and runs till December 6, offering a total… Read moreMalta International Organ Festival moving to a gran finale

Italian-made collection of fashion designs on show in Valletta

Chamber of Fashion Malta Charles & Ron

Chamber of Fashion Malta celebrates 5 years The Chamber of Fashion Malta Foundation last week celebrated its fifth year anniversary, and the event at the Chamber of Commerce dripped style – just as would be expected from our fashion leaders…. Read moreItalian-made collection of fashion designs on show in Valletta

‘Stemming from a crisis of faith’

Alex Vella Gregory Sacred Sonata

For years, a personal crisis of faith had caused pianist and composer Alex Vella Gregory to approach religion with “anger, bordering on self-destructive disdain”. Today, instead, he creates beautiful sonatas, replete with symbolism, and described as a “catalyst for personal… Read more‘Stemming from a crisis of faith’

These guys built a massive musical instrument for ŻiguŻajg

Gabriel Caruana Hoss il Hsejjez

And anyone who visits Ħożż il-Ħsejjes exhibition can have a go on it! By the clicking of our thumbs, something different this way comes. This year’s ŻiguŻajg Children’s Festival includes an interactive exhibition and installation – Ħożż il-Ħsejjes – which… Read moreThese guys built a massive musical instrument for ŻiguŻajg

Migration: Malta tactics ‘clumsy’

a state of limbo

Currently showing at Spazju Kreattiv, A State of Limbo is artist James Micallef Grimaud‘s latest exhibition. Showcasing a collection of large-scale paintings, sculpture, installations and a collection of Lino prints, it is a reflection of the ineffectual way the authorities… Read moreMigration: Malta tactics ‘clumsy’

‘Every child is different and this is 100% acceptable’

JamBoy Ziguzajg

Chiara Hyzler is directing JamBoy, part of the ŻiguŻajg Children’s Festival. She explains how the play targets the competitive element we foster in today’s students. What was your first reaction when you read the script?  As a member of the… Read more‘Every child is different and this is 100% acceptable’

‘If you run an education system that suppresses creativity, don’t be surprised when that’s what it does’

ŻiguŻajg‘s Jamboy takes to task the current school system. With more focus being placed on learning things by rote and studying for exams rather than for actual learning the subject, playwright Denise Mulholland feels that it is no surprise that… Read more‘If you run an education system that suppresses creativity, don’t be surprised when that’s what it does’

‘Mozart’s music literally changed my life’

Ensemble DeNOTE Manoel Theatre

Ensemble deNOTE founder and pianist John Irving shares some thoughts ahead of the Mozart-themed performance taking place at Teatru Manoel that will feature an actual Broadwood. Ensemble deNOTE made waves across the UK for bringing 18th-century music to 21st audiences… Read more‘Mozart’s music literally changed my life’

Appuntamenti – so did it really change the game?

Malta’s theatre – a state of play We are all in agreement that Simone Spiteri’s seminal work Appuntamenti was a game-changer on the Maltese theatre scene. Only… was it, really? It certainly opened up the gates for potential change. It… Read moreAppuntamenti – so did it really change the game?

A Sicilian and a Maltese walked into a kitchen…

A Michelin-star dinner at Corinthia Palace Corinthia Palace’s indefatigable Chef Stefan Hogan recently invited Sicilian Chef Pino Cuttaia to deliver a unique, Quattro Mani dining experience at The Villa. I received my invitation with no small degree of excitement. Not… Read moreA Sicilian and a Maltese walked into a kitchen…

Masquerade takes on powerful political satire

Masquerade Death of an Anarchist

All-female cast for Accidental Death of an Anarchist When Masquerade stages the famous political farce Accidental Death of an Anarchist this November, it will be difficult for the audience not to draw parallels between the real-life event that Nobel Prize-winning… Read moreMasquerade takes on powerful political satire

After street performances, Min Hi to hit Realto stages

Teatru Malta Min Hi

‘Certain demographics are not exposed to art, and do not distinguish between an artistic statement and reality’ Reuben Zahra, the artistic director and composer behind Teatru Malta‘s upcoming stage production Min Hi? explains he has always been fascinated by grotesque… Read moreAfter street performances, Min Hi to hit Realto stages

When prostitution is the only way to live

More or Less Theatre Wahda Minnha

Overhearing a woman casually describing her teenage daughter’s suicide opened the eyes of theatre power-couple Angele and Malcolm Galea to a life that was completely alien to them. The result is a real-life play that tackles three generations of Maltese… Read moreWhen prostitution is the only way to live

This food and beverage pairing experience gets my thumbs up

Taro The Villa

Bubbles & Surf at Taro Bubbles are some of my favorite things. I could happily drink champagne, instead of water, if it weren’t so expensive. Whoever came up with that quote, thank you. You are my spirit animal. When Taro… Read moreThis food and beverage pairing experience gets my thumbs up

‘It’s our responsibility as National Theatre to take risks’

Teatru Malta Min Hi

Remember that creepy woman bashing dolls in Zebbug? Well, here’s the real story… Public reaction to a series of appearances by a masked woman in Żebbuġ and other villages was rather… disturbing. After I uploaded a video on this website’s… Read more‘It’s our responsibility as National Theatre to take risks’

Notte Bianca rolled by again last Saturday and my, were the crowds ready for it.

Notte Bianca 2019

This was director Antoine Farrugia‘s first outing and I am sure he is satisfied with the outcome. The couple of hours I spent there, I planned well and managed to catch a number of performances and events and bumped (literally)… Read moreNotte Bianca rolled by again last Saturday and my, were the crowds ready for it.

Does the idea of an exclusive Meike Peters recipe make you happy?

Meike Peters banana bread

Sticky Banana Gingerbread From the new book 365: A Year of Everyday Cooking, no less. Rather than showing off the fruit in all its baked beauty on top of the loaf, Meike Peters‘ sticky banana gingerbread swallows it instead. It… Read moreDoes the idea of an exclusive Meike Peters recipe make you happy?

‘You don’t want Malta to look like any other island’

Valletta skyline

We’ve already established I’m in love with Valletta. This week’s main write-up is also dedicated to our gorgeous capital. Meet writer, sailor, woman-extraordinaire Clare Francis. She sailed the Atlantic single-handedly back in 1976. Her novel Night Sky reached Number One… Read more‘You don’t want Malta to look like any other island’

underGrain refined dining is rather amazing

dessert at underGrain

Valletta’s newest restaurant reviewed What: underGrainWhere: The fine dining restaurant in the heart of the city Why: An invitation to review. When the lovely Gordon Borg, marketing head at AX Hotels, invited me over to try out Grain I didn’t… Read moreunderGrain refined dining is rather amazing

The darkness in his sexuality

Artist Gabriel Buttigieg’s latest collection. On the last edition of the Sunday Times of Malta I ran a feature about artist Gabriel Buttigieg‘s latest collection, which he is showing in Gdansk, Poland. The Beach is a 13-strong collection of paintings… Read moreThe darkness in his sexuality