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Italian singer-songwriter Zucchero to perform at MFCC

Music Hall Events recently announced that Italian singer-songwriter Zucchero will be playing a full-scale concert at the MFCC Open Air Grounds in Ta’ Qali on Saturday 5 August. As part of his Black Cat World Tour 2017, the singer will be performing songs from his 2016 album, Black Cat, as well as some of his […]

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MADC to Stage Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

As all the world’s a stage, so San Anton Gardens will once again be transformed into a theatre for the Malta Amateur Dramatics Club’s annual Shakespeare performance. In fact, rehearsals are already underway for the retelling of the Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew, which will be staged from 14-23 July and directed by the […]

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F5 Magazine Launched at The Jazz Cave Restaurant

Last Thursday, on the 18th of May, The Jazz Cave Restaurant hosted the official launch of F5, a magazine published by Communications students from the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences at the University of Malta. The magazine’s name is a nod to the refresh button (F5) on the keyboard, and it focuses on the […]


Malta Fashion Week 2017 Details Announced

Valletta 2018 Foundation Chairman Jason Micallef said Valletta 2018 is proud to have the Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week included in its European Capital of Culture Programme in the run up to 2018. It attracts crowds of over 13,000 people to attend and participate in Malta’s most prestigious fashion event. Malta Fashion Week is, with every […]

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London Drama Students to Perform Grand Hotel!

Musical theatre fans are in for a treat next month when the Margaret Howard Theatre College (MHTC) returns to Malta to present Grand Hotel The Musical, featuring a cast of both Maltese and British drama students. The college – which counts a number of Maltese performers among its current students and alumni – first brought […]

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Piano is the most popular instrument among music students

Starting this Monday 8 May and going on until the 22 May, the Malta Society of Arts (MSA) will be hosting its bi-annual practical music examinations with the London College of Music (LCM), which is the largest specialist music and performing arts institution in the UK. The MSA has been the representative of the LCM […]


Malta Welcomes 8,000 Visitors for AMP Lost & Found Festival

Malta has once again proved its worth as a thriving upmarket festival destination, as 8,000 revellers chose to make the trip here to enjoy last weekend’s AMP Lost & Found Festival. Locally organised by 356 Group, the event is the first and largest of its kind on the island with a jam-packed itinerary that spanned […]


Underground Cisterns to Open for the Valletta Green Festival

Underground cisterns located underneath the Archbishop’s Palace will be open during the Valletta Green Festival which will be running from the 25th April till the 30th April, Valletta 2018 Chairman Jason Micallef announced earlier today. The underground caves house fresh running water which has been around since before Valletta’s construction and which flows to this […]

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Send Bad Dad Chris Dingli to North America!

Actor, writer and comedian Chris Dingli is taking his one-man comedy Bad Dad on tour to North America. To help cover the cost of the tour, Dingli has launched a crowdfunding campaign throughout the month of April. Anyone backing the project can choose from a multitude of rewards in exchange for their support including tickets […]


The 11th Edition of International Spring Orchestra Festival Launched!

Featuring strong Viennese elements in Karl Fiorini’s programme for the 2017 edition of the ISO Festival. Starting on 28 April and ending on 9 May, this year’s International Spring Orchestra Festival (ISO) will boast 12 concerts, held in various venues all over the capital, including at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Our Lady of Victories Church, Auberge de Castille, Palazzo […]

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Launch of Mediterranean Culinary Academy’s First Gastro Pop-Up

Pollen will showcase the MCA’s unique approach to innovative and sustainable food in the region, over a six-course dinner with drinks pairings. Foodies in Malta are in for a gastronomic treat later this month, with the launch of the Mediterranean Culinary Academy’s pop-up dining concept, Pollen. This first-in-a-series event will take place over three evenings […]


Local music talent you should definitely check out

Our goal is to shine the spotlight on individuals and brands who take something ordinary, and make it extraordinary. We want to appreciate, celebrate, and open the doors to luxury. And what is art – what is music – if not the transmutation of the ordinary into magic? Malta is itself undergoing a transformation – […]

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GALA SPA AWARDS 2017: This year’s nominees for the renowned beauty and spa award have been confirmed

On March 25th in Hamburg, the GALA SPA AWARDS will be held for the 21st time. This year the award will once again honor the best luxury hotels, most beautiful spa locations, most innovative beauty products and the most unusual treatments. Only first-class care products and hotels that meet the award’s promise of being “sanus per […]


Maltese-Japanese Cultural Links Strengthened Through Valletta 2018 Foundation

Valletta 2018 Chairman Jason Micallef earlier today gave account of a recent visit to Tokyo while also announcing a series of cultural exchanges taking place between Tokyo and Valletta from now till the end of 2018. As part of this exchange, 100 Japanese athletes that have participated in last Februarys internationally-renowned Tokyo Marathon in Japan […]

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Open call for an interdisciplinary production

€10,000 inclusive of VAT will be awarded to the chosen application.       The Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union in collaboration with the Malta International Arts Festival are announcing an open call for an interdisciplinary production (theatre, dance, music, new media) linking one or more of the themes of the […]


First Edition of the Malta World Music Festival to take place this May

Arts Council Malta announced the launch of the Malta World Music Festival (MWMF), with its first edition being held on the 19th and 20th May at Fort St Elmo, Valletta. At the heart of the Mediterranean sea, Malta has always been at the crossroads of diverse peoples, where the presence of different traditions and influences […]

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Valletta 2018: A driver for Culture, Business and Tourism

Research shows that Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture is driving improvements in the organisation of cultural events in the capital city, the development of its urban fabric as well as business, tourism and the city’s international visibility. The findings, from a series of quantitative and qualitative research studies carried out by the Valletta 2018 […]


And the Oscar goes to..

What a night! The 89th Edition of the Oscars will surely be remembered for the years to come, with an unprecedented gaffe when they pulled a Steve Harvey and announced the wrong winner. I’ll be honest here, I was gutted to learn that La La Land, a tell-tale movie of passionate dancing, lost the Best […]


Carnival 2017: a step away from making the Carnival Project a dream come true

The programme for the Carnival celebrations was announced today during a press conference at Pjazza Teatru Rjal addressed by the Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Dr Owen Bonnici, Festivals Director Ms Annabelle Stivala Attard, Carnival Artistic Director Mr Jason Busuttil and the Chair of the Valletta 2018 Foundation Mr Jason Micallef. This year’s […]

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LA LA LAND – The Prelude of Times Gone By

“A treasured memory is the lasting gift of time well spent” – Tim Fargo Growing up and spending a great deal of time with my grandparents captured my imagination about what it must have been living in the Golden Age of post-war era. Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby became my childhood pals more than any […]


First impressions of Malta

Malta is well known for its party scene and beach culture in the summer months. But, is there more to the islands than this? Yes of course, Malta a lot more going for it as I have been discovering in the last month. I am in Malta as part of my programme of studies and […]

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There’s more to a cave than stone – Dinner and a show at the Jazz Cave

The 40s through 70s boasted a variety of options for what is known as the dinner show. Around 5 decades later, the long-forgotten experience of sophisticated dining in an elegant restaurant while being serenaded by a charming vocalist on the front stage, is being brought back to life. Enter The Jazz Cave; The resulting combination […]

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5 things you didn’t know about Mdina Glass

We Maltese always proport to be experts on all our national treasures. Ok maybe expert isn’t the right word. It’s more like know-it-alls. Recognised by all who live in and visit our islands, Mdina Glass is one of those national treasures that we all feel capable to giving the tour guide spiel about. But are […]


5 Unmissable Landmarks in Budapest

In recent years, Budapest has been gaining a lot of attention; Thanks to its rich history and abundance of stunning landmarks, Hungary’s capital is considered by many to be the “Paris of the East”. Whether you’re planning a short getaway to this fascinating spot, or want to stay for longer and soak up the city, […]


The international flavours of Carnival

The Carnival is a celebration of individuality, creativity, and hedonism. It is a time when we get to shed our persona and take on another, albeit for a brief interlude. Malta and Gozo put on two very different Carnival celebrations, one colourful and one grotesque. But what about the rest of the world?   Carnaval […]

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Valletta 2018 Announces Major Exhibition

Valletta 2018’s largest contemporary art exhibition will be launched at the beginning of the European Capital of Culture year. The exhibition curated by international curator Maren Richter, consisting of an indoor exhibition as well as installations and interventions in public spaces, explores Malta’s relationship with its closest neighbour – the sea. Richter said “I feel […]


Christmas by Arts Council Malta

Check out the events laid on by Arts Council Malta this Festive Season Christmas 2016 activities at Castille Square organised by Festivals Malta within Arts Council Malta     Wednesday 21st December 6.00 to 8.00pm:  Christmas concert by Santa Marija Accordian Band   Thursday 22nd December 6.00 to 8.00pm:  Christmas Carols and Dance extravaganza by Annalise […]

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What’s the Craic with Victor Calleja?

When I went to meet Victor Calleja to interview him about his new book, I figured it would be like most of the interviews I have conducted before. Informative, interesting, but quite formal. On the contrary…it was a series of giggles, inspiration and anecdotes from beginning to end.  The tone of the entire conversation was […]

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Masha and the Bear comes to life in Malta this Christmas

‘Happiness Chest’ is full of magic, dancing, singing and games for children aged three and over. The live-action musical based on the Russian animated series created by Oleg Kuzovkov is taking a break from its UK tour to head to Malta for five highly-anticipated performances. Taking place within the Grandmasters Hall at the Hilton Hotel in […]


An unmissable New Year’s Eve in Valletta

Following the success of the last few years, Valletta now boasts a New Year’s Eve national celebration on par with other capital cities, in Europe and beyond. The event aims to bring the magic and festive atmosphere throughout most of our capital city on this special night. The celebrations are being organised by the Valletta […]

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Our Festive Season Party Looks from the Pink Fashion Show

Well they definitely did it again. The 2016 winter edition of the Pink Fashion Show by Times of Malta reached new heights of creativity. Walking into the Teatru Manoel to find a catwalk extending into a cleared auditorium was a sight to behold. Somehow, the 18th century theatre felt even grander, stripped back. I’m sure […]

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Valletta 2018 Conference Opens

Valletta 2018’s conference ‘Cities as Community Spaces’, which explores the power of community spaces in transforming cities and the everyday lives of their residents, was opened earlier today at the King’s Own Band Club by Valletta 2018 Chairman Jason Micallef, together with the Head of European Commission Representation in Malta Elena Grech. Valletta 2018 Chariman […]


Christmas gift guide for her

The run up to Christmas is the season when people are likely to start getting most excited, with Christmas parties, celebration meals, and gift giving on the cards. In fact, receiving gifts, especially from a loved one, is always a special moment. Selecting gifts is also an enjoyable activity for some people, but for others, […]

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New Schedule of Courses Announced at the Malta Society of Arts

The extensive list of courses taught at the MSA in Valletta will enter its second semester this February Applications are now open for the Malta Society of Arts’ (MSA) new schedule of Winter Courses in the Visual, Applied and Performing Arts, and people of all ages are encouraged to apply. Students who are already enrolled […]


5 ways to experience Korea

The exotic, beautiful sights and delicious food of Korea annually attract thousands of visitors from across the globe. Typically, the best way to cover all the things that you really should see, is probably by booking a private tour. However, in addition to that, here are 5 suggestions on some ways to experience a different […]


Recap: Malta Design Week 2016

As part of the V18 European Capital of Culture Programme, November’s first weekend saw the launch of the 2016 edition of the Malta Design Week, co-sponsored by DEX Workspaces. It is an annual event that bridges the world of design, art, and architecture to the public, and offers a space for discussion through a network […]

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Divergent Thinkers: Winner of Japan Residency Announced

The winning artist of the Divergent Thinkers exhibition and competition, Sarah Maria Scicluna was announced recently at the Malta Maritime Museum. The exhibition, which is organised by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ in collaboration with the Valletta 2018 Foundation, features the works of nine young local artists and one Japanese artist. The artists taking part in the exhibition […]

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Trees, art and the power of creativity

From my first couple of exchanges, I could already feel the passion that English born artist Jeni Caruana has for her craft. Our path at tappintomalta had already crossed a couple of times with Jeni, so her work isn’t new to me. However, I did feel that her latest collection, Arbor Vitae, has a new […]


What is the Maltese Islands Festival?

I’ve seen the Maltese Islands Festival logo on my Facebook feed a few times over the past couple of months, but I have to admit, I really wasn’t sure what it as all about until I met Festival Manager, Cathy Lawlor, for a chat. Being new to Malta both in terms of event and format, […]


5 of the best Christmas markets in Germany

The run up to Christmastime is one of the best seasons to visit Germany. Most of the cities hold Christmas markets from late November till Christmas, and sometimes longer. These are 5 cities in Germany that will transport you into a Christmas fairytale and really put you in the Christmas spirit.   1. Berlin (November […]

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Taking Malta to the West End – An interview with Ben Darmanin

I’ve spent many a night sat in the rows of London’s theatre district imagining how much excitement there must be back stage. I have definitely harboured my own secret (till now) fantasies about treading the boards in some way.  When I walked in to the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa to interview Ben Darmanin, I […]


The Stockholm International Film Festival

Sweden is famous for its superb standard of living, idyllic, natural panoramas and a rich history of music and artistic endeavours, with something for all generations from ABBA to Avicii. This November there will be yet another reason why you should opt for an autumnal vacation in Sweden: the annual International Film festival, held in […]

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Valletta will be buzzing with activity like never before!

Imagine: 2000 light bulbs over a block of buildings in Republic Street which can all be controlled by you! Festuni – light-bulb festoons that traditionally decorate rooftops and village squares during festa time – will be given a make-over fit for 2016 in an installation by Andrew Schembri, Festa Festun, which will consist of spectacular […]


Ferrari 250 GT SWB to participate in Malta Classic

A rare Ferrari 250 GT SWB will participate in the 2016 edition of the Malta Classic (6-9th October). The 250 GT Berlinetta SWB—of which only 176 examples were built—was one of the most notable GT racers of its time. In 2004, Sports Car International placed the 250 GT SWB seventh on a list of Top […]

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Malta: What a pleasant surprise!

I came to Malta for a few months because I wanted to explore a country that is in many ways different from my home – France. There were some aspects of Malta that I had been aware of – others that were genuinely new to me.   The Maltese: Children of the sun It is a scientifically proven […]


The 7 most beautiful European locations you must visit in Autumn

We think of autumn and picture bright, orange and yellow leaves curled on the ground, the crunching sound they make beneath our feet, their hypnotising feather-like dance as they fall from the trees, the rich earthy scent of soil and flowers, the chill in the air, the extra layer of clothing, and the dreamlike, hazy […]

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Notte Bianca 2016

Notte Bianca, Malta’s beloved nightlong arts and culture festival, is all set to take over Valletta on Saturday the 1st of October. Organised by the Notte Bianca team and the Arts Council Malta, this year’s festival will once again see the capital’s streets and cultural venues come alive thanks to a carefully designed programme of […]


Valletta 2018 Curatorial School Opens

The week-long Valletta 2018 Curatorial School, which includes lectures and workshops by top international curators, was opened earlier today at the University of Malta – Valletta Campus. Directed by Dr Raphael Vella, the Curatorial School is intended for practitioners and students in a variety of related areas including fine arts, art education, arts administration, curation and […]

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World’s largest photography contest comes to Malta

Wiki Loves Monuments, the Guinness World Record holder for the largest photography contest, is coming to Malta for the first time in 2016. The contest brings together photographers from around the world to take stunning pictures of our cultural heritage to be shared on Wikipedia. The contest begins on 1 September and the deadline for […]

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7 Places you must visit in Japan

Many describe Japan as the window into the future, achieving a coveted, unique balance between technology and nature. The skyscrapers, bright neon lights, and advanced lifestyle so keenly associated with cities like Tokyo can be easily juxtaposed with the dream-like beauty of places like Mount Fuji, the idyllic bamboo forest, and the multitude of temples […]


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