Winter Salon 2014 (22 Nov 2014 – 19 Dec 2014)

Winter Salon 2014

As part of their ongoing projects and exhibitions, Studio 104, Fine Art Space, Valletta, proudly announce their first ‘Salon’ style exhibition entitled ‘Winter Salon 2014’. The idea behind this exhibition is to invite a relatively large number of artists, and invite them to exhibit one or two works each at a fixed price and no gallery commission on sold works. This supports the artists to sell at their normal studio prices while giving them the opportunity to exhibit in a gallery in Valletta during the festive season.


The artists were given total freedom with regards to subject matter portrayed in their artwork as no theme was set for this exhibition, thus aiming to have an eclectic outcome of styles and subjects from so many different artists.


Participating artists:


Mario Agius, Victor Agius, Arthur Aquilina, Hazel Ashley,

Ray Axiaq, Gabriella Azzopardi, Maria Borg, Alex Cachia,

Carl Caruana, Emmanuel Caruana, Mariz Cassar, Nathalie Debono,

Arthur Dutton, Henry Falzon, Louise Fenech, Francis Galea,

Nicolette Galea, Lara Manara, Franco Navarro, Lara Pace,

Mario Sammut, Darren Tanti, Maria Tonna & Lewis Wirth


Opening hours:

Wednesday & Thursday 16:00 – 19:00

Friday & Saturday 11:30 – 19:00



Circus on Ice 2014

For the first time in Malta, The International Martino presents Circus on Ice, held in Marsa.

Dazzling ice dancers, trapeze artists, beautiful contortionists, crazy comedy, magicians and bouncing buffoons promise a thrilling breathtaking experience filled with music, colour, incredible costumes and unbelievable acrobatics, leaving the audience sat on the edge of their seats.

There will be two fantastic shows on two rings: A traditional ring and a real ice ring,

Information kiosks are open daily at 10am at City Gate or from Marsa.

Visit our website for a full schedule.

Parking is available as is central heating.


Dates: 6th December 2014 to 4th January 2015


Price – Children €5 / Adult from €10

Call – 9999 1771 or 7949 4106







Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem 2014 (6 Dec 2014 – 5 Jan 2015)

Bethlehem f’ Għajnsielem is an animated nativity village spread on 20,000sqm of land. It offers naturalistic reproduction of the environ of Bethlehem and the timeless story of Nativity every December at ‘Ta Passi’ fields in Ghajnsielem.


Somewhere, on a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean, a group of young people are busy constructing a Nativity village, which during the month of December will come to life with about 150 actors animating the crib, including three newborns. The nativity village is situated in the small village of Għajnsielem in Gozo, Malta just 5 minutes by walk from Mgarr Harbour. The ‘animated crib’ which spans over 20,000sqm of fields on a stretch of land known locally as Ta’ Passi was appropriately called “Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem”. It promises to bring the timeless Christmas story to life as never before. The atmosphere will simply be unique… horses turn mills, villagers go about their jobs, shepherds inhabit caves, animals roam in enclosed spaces and a poor unknown couple tend their newly-born in a grotto.


It is worth mentioning that until October of 2008, Ta’ Passi was just an abandoned piece of land. During that period, the villagers of Għajnsielem decided to make an experiment and convert the area into a mini-Bethlehem. It turned out to be such a huge success that in the space of just a few weeks, the nativity village managed to attract tens of thousands. The event is sponsored by the Għajnsielem Local Council with the assitance and support of the Ministry for Gozo the village and NGO’s.


Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem promises a naturalistic reproduction of the environ of Bethlehem of 2000 years ago. On entrance, a map is given to all visitors to enhance the overall experience. Attractions include the carpenter and blacksmith’s dwellings, the bakery, a market selling natural fruits, fresh fish and vegetables, a tavern, a local crafts area and a barn. Each dwelling is inhabited and animated by whole families, to remind everyone that Christmas is a celebration of the family. The tavern offers local food and wine. A picnic area will offer the unique surroundings for a family outing on Sundays while oil lamps will be distributed for those who want to visit Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem by night. Fresh water will be flowing along these structures through a small stream with various water features. The main attraction is certainly the grotto, with baby Jesus in the caring hands of Mary assisted by Joseph with a donkey and a cow close by.


Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem will also include re-enactments of the ‘trip’ from Nazareth to Bethlehem of Joseph and Mary as well as the Adoration of the Magi on the Epiphany (first Sunday after New Year’s day) when the three Wise Men will depart on horseback from Malta to Cirkewwa terminal where they will board a ferry in mid-afternoon before making the triumphal entrance to the nativity village.


‘Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem’ will once again bring this timeless nativity story to life in a unique experience not worth missing!


NOTE: The village is animated on weekends and public holidays. For a detailed schedule, visit



Jazz Moods – A Passage Through Time (5 Dec 2014)

Three established and dedicated musicians,

Tony Sammut (Piano) and his brother Simon Sammut (Bass) along with young Joseph (Bibi) Camilleri (Drums), join their musical forces to get into the mood for an evening of Jazz. They will be presenting a selection of jazz numbers associated with some of the great Jazz legends who were the stalwarts behind the further development of Jazz as we know it today. The Trio will cover works by Thelonius Monk, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and others.


This event is supported by Charles Grech & Co Ltd and St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity.



The Real Ice Rink

Get your skates on! Bay Street will host to the only real ice rink in Malta this winter, giving Bay Street visitors the chance to enjoy real ice-skating.

To ensure that customers of all ages and abilities can enjoy the ice, we have a range of aids, from twin blade ice shoes to help little ones get their balance on the skating surface, and up to ten fun skate penguins.

For customers with reduced mobility, a special support frame will be available, as well as dedicated sessions for wheelchair users.

Schools and community organisations can arrange a private hire booking.

The real Ice rink is open until January 5th 2015.

Skating times & rates:

10am-10pm Monday-Sunday (Last entrance to rink at 9.15pm).

20 minutes skating including skate hire: €5 per skater.




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Patches Christmas Fair 2014

The sweet and spicy scents of vanilla and cinnamon are already filling the air and the recurrent warmth of the kitchen oven in many Maltese homes should be enough signs that Christmas is fast approaching. But what would Christmas be without the Patches Christmas Fair?

Date: Sunday 30th November

Time: 12.30pm – 8pm

Location: Magazino Hall, Valletta Waterfront

After a successful summer fair, the Patches team have yet again carefully selected 60 talented makers, old and new, to set-up their colourful and heart-warming stalls jam-packed with ceramics, jewellery, textiles, food and more great ideas that make ideal gifts for this special season.

The chosen participants are: Sue Mifsud Ceramics, Trash Treasure, Firecrafted Handmade Jewellery, Valerie Cauchi Inglott, Dragonlord Creations, kiki’s creations, Lilacat Designs, Kevin Morris Porcelain, fransina, Soap Cafe, Sweet Blossoms, Nadège Renée Exclusive Jewellery, RMA Fashion Studio, Ro Art Ceramics by Robbie Mazzaro, Alexandra Aquilina – Screen Printing & Design, Mandali, Sew Crafty by Marisa Attard, My Funny Valentine, Fabric Arts by Stephanie, Charlot Cassar – Ceramics, createhope, Bottonati, Aroma & Therapy by Stephen Cordina, Samantha’s Designs, Ivan’s Fretwork Decorations, DeeXart, B Joux by Carla, The Yello Studio, Avocadoo, Can or Can not?, Vasko Tsvetkovski, Ces Buz Jewelery, Joanne Zammit Beadwork, The Secret Rose, Monstri Boo, Pom Pom Pomme, Kevin Attard, WEAVING & LACE CRAFT and One Foot in the Mud by Michela.

For all lovers of vintage: “Hey Birdie-pie!” Vintage & Secondhand and Paradise & Lunch will be setting up their stalls, too.

Kali’s Kitchen, Martha’s Cake’n’Bake, Gooding, Manna, my MACARONS by MARY V, Misrah Qawsalla, With Love From Our Kitchen by Andrea, The Cake House, Ne me quitte pas, Emma’s Kitchen Project, Dust & Bells, Becky’s Treat, Zemos – Tasty Street Food, Anurakti – Passion for real food and i.n.i bites will cosy up the atmosphere and satiate your hunger with a medley of traditional and seasonal, healthy or diet-breaking, gluten-free and raw treats, which will surely take visitors across the four corners of the world.




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Before Thanksgiving Day: Joey Chestnut devours turkey to win eating contest

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut has won a turkey-eating contest in Connecticut, setting a record by devouring an entire bird.

Ten contestants vied to see who could eat the most of a 20-pound (9-kilogram) turkey in a competition Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Chestnut ate 9.35 pounds (4.24 kilograms) of meat off the bone in 10 minutes. According to Major League Eating, the food equivalent of the National Football League, he bested the previous record, which was held by Sonya Thomas, who ate 5.25 pounds (2.38 kilograms) of turkey in November 2011.

Chestnut, a San Jose, California, resident who turns 31 on Tuesday, is ranked the top competitive eater in the world.

Chestnut took home a $5,000 check. The remainder of the $10,000 purse was divided among other contestants.




The Malta Independent


Al Bano Carrisi & Band

CMC Promotions will be presenting, by general request a second concert by Italy’s popular and much loved Artist, Al Bano Carrisi on the 8th of December 2014, at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. The first concert which will be held on 7th December, also at the MCC, is sold out. With much pleasure of the artist himself, another chance will be given to his fans to attend and watch their favorite singer showcasing some of his popular songs, such as Felicita’, Nel Sole, Sharazan, Nostalgia Canaglia, Liberta and many other great successes. All those present will be sharing Al Bano’s talent and humbleness which made him popular and a favorite to many. Tickets for the first concert were sold out in a short time so many lost the chance to attend. Tickets for the second concert are available online from – Infoline 9982 1250.


Location: Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC), Mediterranean Street, Valletta
Start Date: 7 December 2014
End Date: 8 December 2014
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Between Lands – Photography and Verse Exhibition

A stunning selection of Black and White images of the Maltese Coast using long exposure techniques on exhibition at the Villa Bologna gift shop in November.

Photography by fine art photographer: Elliot Nichol

Verse by Writer: Kriss Nichol

Elliot creates imagery that provides glimpses into another world; calming rough seas, currents and waves change into ethereal formations as clouds streak across distilled skies, capturing all the magic, mystery and mythology of the Mediterranean.

Throughout the exhibition opportunities abound to see into another world – a tranquil, purely surreal, untouchable place…a place of legends. The term Mediterranean derives from the Latin word mediterraneus, meaning “in the middle of earth” or “between lands”




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ZiguZajg Festival 2014

ŻiguŻajg is an annual International Arts Festival for children and young adults, which has as its vision that of positioning the creative arts for children and young people at the core of Malta’s creative ecology.

The festival aims to do this by showcasing professional arts specifically designed for children and young people in various disciplines at a high level of excellence. It does this through the development of a national repertoire of works for children and young people and by creating an accessible and inclusive artistic programme which increases cultural participation.

ŻiguŻajg Arts Festival is organised by the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, a catalyst for the contemporary art scene in Malta, which aims to become a hub were people of all ages and from all walks of life can join in the enriching act of creativity. Through ŻiguŻajg Arts Festival and other events, the Centre fosters aesthetic and cultural awareness amongst the younger generation.

Please contact the ŻiguŻajg team on for more information.

Various performances will be taking place at St James Cavalier, The Manoel Theatre, MITP, Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Auberge de Castille, Pjazza la Valletta and the Phoenicia Hotel Ballroom. Kindly consult the official programme of events (HERE) for full details.



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True Love Lies



Author: Brad Fraser
Production: Unifaun Theatre Productions
Director: Toni Attard
Cast: Ray Calleja, Jes Camilleri, Pia Zammit, Joe Azzopardi, Bettina Paris
Dates: 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 October, 1, 2 November 2014 at 8pm
Ticket Prices: €18, Concessions: €15, 23 and 30 October shows : €12

From the team that brought you Philip Ridley’s TENDER NAPALM, and from top Canadian playwright Brad Fraser, comes another hit show.

Madison is looking for a job. She applies for a position in a restaurant only to discover that the owner, David, was in a sexual relationship with her father when the two men were younger.

Sparking a series of further revelations, the sudden reappearance of David exposes suppressed emotions and desires in everyone and the family must renegotiate their relationships with each other and, ultimately, redefine their family. In sharp, non-stop dialogue, Brad Fraser brings each of his characters to life with a depth, humour, and emotion that tears open the nuclear family and finds the heart that is often lost and forgotten.

Written by Brad Fraser, directed by Toni Attard and starring a stellar cast, this production will have you questioning the true meaning of love long after the curtain comes down.

Fraser’s play is a brilliantly cutting dissection of a supposedly ideal nuclear family founded on a tissue of deceit. But it is notable for the depiction of a post-Aids generation for whom sexuality has become an increasingly fluid concept. Madison’s fascination for David is founded on the Freudian minefield of having sex with a man who penetrated her father. Though he’s resistant at first, she assures him that as far as her peers are concerned: “Gay is so over – it doesn’t mean anything any more. It’s like Negro or Jewess. It’s all just sex.” – The Guardian



Drawing the Dance



A six session art course by artist Jeni Caruana, who has years of experience in working with figures in motion, and in teaching art.

This intensive course will take teenagers aged 14 to 16 from learning how to draw models to working with live dancers. You will learn the skills of measuring, gridding, gesture drawing and building spatial awareness. You will also explore different media in the form of paint, pastels and charcoal. Classes will take place at the Teatru Salesjan Studio, Triq Ġużè Howard, Tas-Sliema, on Thursday evenings from 6 – 8 pm, beginning on Ocober 23rd.

The final session will be held on Friday 28th, during a dress rehearsal for a Flamenco performance at the Theatre. A selection of the works produced will be exhibited in the Theatre foyer during the dance performances on 29th and 30th October. The course will be taught in English. An apron or old clothes are recommended.

The whole course will cost 80 euro, including all materials. No previous experience of figure drawing is necessary.

For more information or to apply for this journey email us on