2022 summer festivals launched by Festivals Malta and Arts Minister

 - Art - Apr 29 SHARE ON:
2022 summer festivals launched by Festivals Malta and Arts Minister

Festivals Malta has unveiled its programme of events for this summer’s cultural calendar, with four summer festivals taking place between June and July. 

RITMU, formally known as Għanafest, The Malta International Arts Festival, The Malta Jazz Festival and the recently launched Dance Festival Malta will form part of this schedule. 

Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Owen Bonnici said that “we all have a role and a part to take in promoting our national culture and cultural heritage. The activities listed in this program are clear proof of this.”

“The aim remains to nurture awareness and appreciation for the Maltese identity and culture, and embrace the cultural values in people’s lives,” Minister Bonnici said.  “Not only does this program contains numerous events where the public can enjoy and take part in various activities , but it will also offer the opportunity for both local and international artists to showcase their talents, as well as give an economic boost to the country.”

Festivals Malta CEO Annabelle Stivala explained that it has been an eventful year for Festivals Malta so far, with extremely rewarding results and a very exciting cultural offer for the summer months. 

She said that after two years of abridge programmes, ‘ we are really looking forward to producing our festivals in their original format. It has been a busy year for Festivals Malta already, and we hope that through our summer events, we keep providing opportunities for our artists as well as high-level events for our audiences.’ 

RITMU will kickstart the summer calendar of events on the 10th and 11th of June, featuring Maltese cultural foods and music. These include Għana, Kantera, Albaluna, Mimmo Cavallaro, and more. 

The Malta International Arts Festival will take place between the 18th June and 3rd of July and will include a multidisciplinary programme of arts featuring the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The Malta Jazz Festival will take place between the 11th and 16th of July and will have an eclectic line up featuring many notable artists. Following this, the Dance Festival Malta closes off the season between the 28th and 31st July through a four day festival of workshops and performances. 

Tiziana Calleja, Ruben Zahra, Sandro Zerafa and Francesca Tranter will spearhead the four festivals respectively. 


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Alex Agius Saliba represents EU during Meta, Apple and Google meetings

 - International - Apr 29 SHARE ON:
Alex Agius Saliba represents EU during Meta, Apple and Google meetings

Dr Alex Agius Saliba will be part of a delegation meeting on behalf of the EU parliament with tech giants Meta, Apple and Google. 

From the 23rd and 27th of May, a delegation from the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will visit headquarters of these massive companies. 

Agius Saliba was nominated by his Socialist and Democratic group as one of 8 parliamentary members to form part of the delegation. The aim of the initiative is to assess the latest digital developments in the US and EU. 

Some of the main areas of concern are artificial intelligence, consumer production, online platforms as well as economic collaborations. Agius Saliba said that he will have the privilege of meeting with leaders within these global giants who constantly shape the worldwide landscape. 

The delegation will also be visiting Airbnb, eBay, PayPal, HP, Cloudflare and Electronic Frontier Foundation. Through a marathon of meetings in Silicon Valley, Agius Saliba and his team will be trying to understand how to negotiate and understand the aims of these massive companies for the future of the EU.

He highlighted how the delegation meetings come at a very peculiar moment as deals which concern new digital regulations have been struck. These  aim to give back EU control of its digital landscape, preserving democracy and create clear rules to minimise any potential harm. 


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University of Malta ranks 1,702 out of 19,788 universities in the world

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University of Malta ranks 1,702 out of 19,788 universities in the world

The University of Malta has placed in the 1,702nd place out of a list of a whopping 19,788 universities from around the world. 

The Centre for World University Rankings has just released its official classification for the best universities prospective students can strive to attend. 

Among them is Malta’s very own educational institute UOM, which also placed in 570 when it comes to European universities. The island’s university received a score of 66.8, with the ranking assessing education, faculty, research and employment levels. 

The university which got the highest score at a full 100 was Harvard University, located in Massachusetts, America. All top three universities are US ones, followed by two from the UK – Cambridge and Oxford Universities. 

The precursor to the University of Malta was the Collegium Melitense, a Jesuit college set up on 12th November 1592. 

Following the explosion of the Jesuits from Malta in the 18th Century, the university went through some campus changes before settling in the Msida campus we all know today in the late 1960s. The Valletta campus was still retained for some lectures and conferences, but the main life impulse of the campus lies in Tal-Qroqq. 


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WATCH: Maltese gym-rat Bastjan Ciantar shows us beast mode on TikTok

 - Health & Fitness - Apr 29 SHARE ON:
Maltese gym-rat Bastjan Ciantar shows us beast mode on TikTok

A local gym-rat by the name of Bastjan Ciantar has been showing the Maltese gym community and his followers how to go full-out beast mode on TikTok. 


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Uploading to the social media platform, Bastjan has been showcasing his journey in fitness, showing that such feats require time, passion and determination. 

His videos capture the utter strength Bastjan had built up over the years going to the gym. From lifting upwards of 320KG in his down to drop sets or hitting a 270kg sumo deadlift, the guy makes all of these exercises look like nothing. 


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But he’s made sure to inspire others to seek out their gym and fitness goals themselves, motivating his followers through his constant hustle. And who knows, someone might just renew their gym membership after watching his content. 

Tag a gym rat you know. 

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