Robbie Williams in Malta
International pop star Robbie Williams is performing at the Granaries in Floriana on August 24 as part of his XXV European Tour 2023.
The former Take That singer will perform some of his most popular hits from his 25-year career such as Angels, Let Me Entertain You, Rock DJ and She’s the One.
The concert is being organised by NnG Promotions and Greatt.
General standing tickets are still available from showshappening.com.
Malta International Piano Festival
The Piano Academy is organising the Malta International Piano Festival at the Malta Society of Arts seat, Palazzo de la Salle, in Valletta, until August 22.
The festival continues this week with a classical piano recital by Anthony Caccio (Italy) on August 21. The closing concert Dance in Music, on August 22, will see performances by pianists Bojana Sovilj (Norway), Sandra Stojanovic (Italy) and Milica Lawrence (Malta).
For more information and tickets, visit pianoacademy.mt.
A percussion concert showcasing unique combinations of dance and music is taking place at Villa Rundle Gardens in Victoria on August 23 from 8pm onwards.
It will include performances by talented percussions from The Clef House, dancers from Danza C and the Cordia String Quartet.
Entrance is free.
The Malta Concert Orchestra is performing in a tribute concert to the legendary British band The Beatles at Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta on August 25.
The orchestra will be under the direction of Joe Brown.
Tickets are available from ticketline.com.mt.
Rock in the Forest
The annual live rock concert will take place on August 25 at Chateau Buskett, limits of Rabat. Proceeds will this year go in aid of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Fundraising Malta and its awareness and fundraising initiatives.
Once again, the concert will be offering classic, modern and contemporary rock hits from bands and artists such as Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Queen, Maneskin, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Green Day, Paramore, Blondie, Muse, U2, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Eurythmics, Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Tina Turner and many more. The set list will also include a number of surprise additions.
Fourteen local singers and musicians will perform, including guest star artists Gianni Zammit (RUG) and guitarist Wayne Camilleri, as well as resident singers Jeanelle Newell, Sarah De Marco, Simaria Galea, David Ellul Mercer, Georgius Mifsud and the event founder David Perotti.
The Rock in the Forest core band features Kristina Perotti (drums), guitarists Carl Tanti, Georgius Mifsud (Checkmate MT), Mario Saliba (Bletchley Park, Explicit) and Gianni Zammit, bassist Cliff Smith (Rising Sunset) and drummer Franco Aloisio (who, together with Cliff Smith, were former members of Corkskrew), as well as keyboardist Sergio Bellizzi.
Doors open at 7.30pm. For tickets, visit showshappening.com.
Ricky’s Tribute Series
Il-Gazin, Vilhena Band Club, in Floriana, is presenting the first night of a series of musical events on August 26 from 9pm onwards.
The first one pays tribute to the music of jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, featuring musicians Patryk Cutajar on guitar, Luke Briffa on drums and Alan Portelli on bass.
Entrance is free. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival
The Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival, organised by Inizjamed, will be held between August 21 and 26.
Seven writers from five countries are reading at the festival, which also features poetry films, a jazz band, local singers, a book stall curated by Mallia & D’Amato, drinks and a selection of food.
The authors participating in this edition are Tanja Bakić from Montenegro, Adania Shibli from Palestine, Joelle Taylor from the UK, Karin Tidbeck from Sweden and Claudia Gauci, Maria Grech Ganado and Simone Inguanez from Malta.
Readings will be mostly in Maltese and English, but some short works will also be read in their original language.
All events are going to be held at the Valletta Design Cluster and Fort St Elmo, in Valletta.
The first edition of KampuSajf is taking place at The Malta College of Arts, Science, and Technology (Mcast)’s Paola Campus on August 25-28 and at the Mosta Campus on August 30. The festival will be under the artistic direction of Stjanu Debono.
Among others, the programme includes alternative bands, dance and jazz music, an animation showcase and a multi-disciplinary project highlighting translated texts from Greek to Maltese.
The festival will serve as a new and enriching experience for college students and staff, especially those studying and working within the creative sectors, but it will be open to the general public.
For a detailed programme, visit the event’s Facebook page. Tickets are available from ticketline.com.mt.
Ħassle Mejjet Theatre Collective is presenting the play Popolazzjoni: 4 at the Malta Society of Arts in Valletta on August 26 and 27.
Directed by Gianluca Mifsud, the show follows four individuals in their early-to-mid 20s, who, for very different reasons, have grown tired of the modern way of life and decide to move to Filfla to experience ‘off the grid’ living.
The cast features Annalise Ebejer, Bertha Farrugia, Matthew Dimech Genuis and Brendon Thearle.
The performance, which is in Maltese and English, is certified 15+. Click here for tickets.
Summer Chinese Film Festival
The China Cultural Centre is hosting a film festival over consecutive Thursdays this month.
Monster Hunt 2 is showing on August 24. The fantasy comedy adventure film is about a little monster named Wuba who sets up on a journey through the monster realm. Little does he know that the darker forces of the evil monster king are in search of him.
The festival continues on August 31 with My Other Home, an inspirational true story of Stephon Marbury, a former professional basketball players in the NBA league.
The films are showing at the China Cultural Centre, located at 173, Melita Street, Valletta. The public is welcome to attend. Entrance is free. Seats can be reserved via e-mail email@example.com.
Malta Cine Circle National Competition screenings and awards
The winning films of the 63rd edition of the National Film Competition, organised by the Malta Cine Circle, will be screened and awarded at the Amphitheatre Hall, the Marriott Hotel, Balluta, on August 26 at 7.30pm.
The Black Pebble, produced by Chris Zarb, won best production, while Darb’oħra, directed by Sarah Zammit, clinched the award for cinematography.
The direction award went to The Maestro (Jonathan Backman), The Next Chamber won the award for editing (Clive Brincat) and L-Għarusa (Beloved), produced by Melchiore Farrugia, won the scriptwriting award.
As regards acting awards, Stephen Oliver for the award for best male performance for his role in the film The Black Pebble, while Simone Spiteri won the best female acting performance for her role in The Maestro.
Admission is open to the public free of charge.
For reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 9946 0866.
André Rieu's 2023 Maastricht Concert: Love Is All Around
The Eden Cinemas in St Julian’s is showing the annual summer event hosted by ‘the King of Waltz’ André Rieu at the iconic Vrijthof Square in Maastricht on August 26 and 27.
The concert, which features the Johan Strauss Orchestra, the Gospel Choir and surprise guests, includes heart-warming pieces, covering classics, popular sing-alongs, and delightful waltzes.
Tickets are available from edencinemas.com.mt.
Disney’s 100th anniversary celebration
KRS Releasing Ltd, in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company and in partnership with all local cinemas, is celebrating Disney’s 100th anniversary with a programme of films this summer.
These include classic, ground-breaking Disney films selected from almost every decade of the centenary such as the original animated versions of Bambi, Peter Pan and The Jungle Book.
Bambi (1942) is showing until August 24. Cinderella (1950) is then being screened from August 25 to 31.
For more information, visit the KRS Releasing Facebook page.
Malta lbieraħ u llum
The Pembroke local council is organising a summer event for all the family at Ġnien Pembroke and the adjacent parking area on August 26 from 6pm to midnight.
There will be traditional food and sweets, local produce such as oil and honey, strolling folk musicians, traditional and contemporary artisans and a children’s area.
Special guest performers are the Maltese folk fusion band Kantera and comedian Joe Demicoli.
Entrance is free. The event is supported by the Eastern Regional Council. Look up the event on Facebook for more information.
Elementi Xtajta Tlellex
Street Elements in collaboration with Xgħajra local council are holding a two-day event for all the family on August 26 and 27 starting at 7pm.
Taking part in the event are hip-hop artists Street Elements, Kapitlu Tlettax, Owen Leullen, Ike and Kaya, Liston, 3MG, Tenishia, Bongailas Band, Lisa Marie Tabone, Drakard, Sheron and Giosue.
The event, being held in front of Milord area along Dawret ix-Xatt, Xgħajra, also includes a maypole, a car show, a fireworks display and children’s games.
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Green City: From Floriana to Mdina
A collection of recent paintings by Danish artist, sculptor and architect Rune Bo Jakobsen is gracing the Palm Court Lounge at The Phoenicia Malta throughout the month of August.
Green City: From Floriana to Mdina features a collection of land and streetscapes with the aim to draw attention to the available greenery of the Maltese islands..
In a subliminal way, the exhibition conveys an important urgent message: 'We can choose to make Malta green’, Jakobsen says.
Also significant to this exhibition is a 2.8-metre-high sculpture titled Green Heart which is exhibited in the gardens of hotels.
Green City: from Floriana to Mdina is open until August 30.
Francesco Zahra (1710-1773) 250th Death Anniversary
Il-Ħaġar Museum in Victoria is commemorating the death of Francesco Zahra, generally considered to have been the greatest painter in Malta during the 18th century, in a landmark exhibition until September 3.
No fewer than 62 works by Zahra are on display. The exhibition also includes works by Buhagiar’s father and brother, his artistic rival Enrico Regnaud and the Rome-trained French artist Antoine Favray, who arrived in Malta in the 1740s.
The exhibition, curated by Keith Sciberras, forms part of the 26th Victoria International Arts Festival, an event co-sponsored by the museum, which came to an end on July 10.
The museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Entrance is free. For more information, visit the museum's Facebook page.
Read more about the exhibition in this Times of Malta review.
An exhibition is bringing together four Maltese artists, Ryan Falzon, Madeleine Gera, Anna Grima and Paul Scerri at Bureau Iniala in Valletta.
This collective exhibition is a cohesion of four artistic languages; the artists were not limited thematically in an intentional curatorial decision. The term 'context' gives purpose and order through a standardisation of parameters that are supposed to have withstood the test of time.
In a context of togetherness, these four artists are exploring a poetic recontextualisation of sorts, in a warlike post-pandemic world that is thirsty for an aesthetic recalibration.
Context is a Times Events and Bureau Iniala collaboration, hosted at 37, Old Treasury Street, Valletta. It is open until September 5.
Xara Art Collection 2023
A collective art exhibition is being held to raise funds for Id-Dar tal-Providenza.
The exhibition was launched during an annual charity dinner taking place at the Xara Lodge, l/o Rabat, on July 26, but it is now on display at the atrium of The Xara Palace in Mdina for four weeks.
The nine participating artists, Andrew Borg, Paul Camilleri, Mary de Piro, Rachel Galea, Carmel Grixti, Lawrence Pavia, Wibke Seifert, Sophie Stilon and Kenneth Zammit Tabona, will donate 20 to 50 per cent of the sale of proceeds of their art to the Siġġiewi home.
The event is held under the distinguished patronage of Mgr Joe Galea Curmi, Auxillary Bishop of Malta, and Fr Martin Micallef, the director of Dar tal-Providenza.
Soap to Think With
Norbert Francis Attard is holding a solo exhibition at Gozo Contemporary at 11, Triq Mongur, Għarb.
Curated by Ann Dingli, the exhibition features works made out of soap and soap boxes besides other materials to highlight links between massive events in national history that we might otherwise have not made.
A catalogue featuring critical essays by Paul Sant Cassia, Ann Dingli and Nikki Petroni and a prologue by Gabriel Zammit accompanies the exhibition, which is dedicated to Marisa Vella (1960-2020).
Soap to Think With can be viewed by appointment by calling on +356 7904 1051 or sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Read more about the exhibition in this Times of Malta interview with the artist and curator.
The Wind Blows… Waves in All Directions
Spazju Kreattiv is hosting an exhibition as part of the EuroPride 2023 programme.
Using Maltese and Tunisian contexts as parallel bases for this exhibition, artists and activists from 11 Mediterranean countries reflect on the past, present and future, as well as their community and their own identities with running themes of resistance through activism, gender expression, sexual liberation and self exploration throughout the exhibitions.
The exhibition, which opens on August 11 and runs until October 29, is co-curated by Bobb Attard & Mohamed Ali Agrebi. For more information, click here.
Ancient Tea With New Glamour
The China Cultural Centre in Malta is hosting a new exhibition under the theme of 'Tea for Harmony', co-organised with the Xi’an Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism.
Featuring intriguing displays, artefacts, paintings and photographs from the city of Xi’an, this new exhibition opens a window into the enduring significance of tea in Chinese culture.
A Tang-style gilded tea set made of bronze gold and silver is the main attraction. Other exhibits include a batch of royal teaware items that were unearthed in 1987 at the ancient Buddhist Famen Temple in northwest Shaanxi and a modern reprinted thread-bound edition of The Classic of Tea, considered to be the first known monograph on tea in the world, written by Lu Yu between 760 CE and 762 CE, during the Tang Dynasty.
One may visit the exhibition, which will remain open until the end of this year at the China Cultural Centre, 173, Melita Street, Valletta. The centre is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to noon, and from 1.30 to 4pm. Entrance is free. Reservation is advised for group visits at firstname.lastname@example.org.