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Donna Darmanin’s Debut Poetry Book – 68 Seconds: Writing Catharsis

Donna Darmanin's Debut Poetry Book - 68 Seconds: Writing Catharsis
Mar 20 2024 Share

On Friday, March 22nd, the Campus Book Fest will host a compelling event featuring Donna Darmanin’s debut poetry book. Taking place from 5pm onwards at the University of Malta quadrangle, attendees will delve into the poignant and unapologetic narrative of Darmanin’s work.

Her book offers a profound exploration of a deeply troubled domestic life, presented in the form of a confessional journal. Through vivid and at times unsettling imagery, Darmanin confronts the violence, degradation, and resentment that pervaded her past. Despite the raw vulnerability of her voice, there is an undeniable strength and self-assurance that underpins her words, rooted in profound self-awareness.

In her own reflection on the work, Darmanin describes it as an apology—an act of reconciliation with her younger self burdened by blame and shame. The book serves as a tool for healing, a means of addressing past wounds and seeking forgiveness, both from herself and from the world. As attendees immerse themselves in Darmanin’s powerful poetry, they will be invited on a journey of introspection and empathy, confronting themes of forgiveness, presence, and self-acceptance.

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Fireworks & Decorations In Rabat For Feast of St Joseph

Fireworks & Decorations In Rabat For Feast of St Joseph
Mar 20 2024 Share

March 19th marks the Feast of Saint Joseph, celebrated in various countries including Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, and Canada, primarily by Roman Catholics but also observed by some Lutherans and Anglicans.

 

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Dating back to the 10th century, the feast holds deep-rooted traditions and always falls during Lent. In Malta, the main festivities take place in Mdina, the former capital, where businesses typically close for the holiday.

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The Biblical narrative of Joseph, detailed in the Gospels, portrays him as a devout man who initially doubted Mary’s pregnancy but was reassured by divine intervention in a dream.

He supported his family as a carpenter in Nazareth and is revered as the patron saint of carpenters in Catholicism. Saint Joseph’s story concludes in the Gospels, suggesting his passing before Jesus’ ministry.

 

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The feast’s customs include meatless feasting, with fish as the primary protein, and the date can be adjusted to align with the Lenten and Easter calendar. Saint Joseph’s role in protecting Jesus and his family from King Herod’s wrath remains a central theme in the celebration.

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Saving Għaqda Mużika San Gejtanu AD 1906 From Eviction

Saving Għaqda Mużika San Gejtanu AD 1906 From Eviction
Mar 20 2024 Share

A convention is being finalized to protect the Għaqda tal-Mużika San Gejtanu AD 1906 from imminent eviction risks.

The Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts, and Local Government has engaged in discussions with the proprietors of the Għaqda tal-Mużika San Gejtanu AD 1906 premises to ensure the preservation of this esteemed musical institution and shield it from potential eviction threats.

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The association faced the looming danger of eviction due to legal complications stemming from pre-1995 rent regulations.

Minister for National Heritage, the Arts, and Local Government Owen Bonnici elucidates the ongoing efforts to safeguard band clubs facing eviction, underscoring the heightened significance of this endeavor following UNESCO’s recognition of Malta’s festa as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Minister Bonnici underscores the Government’s commitment to acting in accordance with legal and procedural norms, both in dialogue with property owners and the musical society itself.

He elaborates that upon finalization of the contract, the property will be integrated into a portfolio of premises serving as headquarters for musical societies, managed by a dedicated section within the Maltese Arts Council.

The Government’s investment for acquiring this property, once the convention materializes into a formal contract, is estimated at €2,848,700.

In total, the Ministry has secured 5 headquarters of musical societies, with 6 more under negotiation, excluding the agreement pertaining to the Għaqda tal-Mużika San Gejtanu.

Upon completion of respective acquisitions, the total investment to preserve these musical institutions will amount to €19 million.

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Love Island Malta’s Dale Mallia Shares Weight Loss Journey

LOVE ISLAND’S DALE SHARES HIS WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY
Mar 20 2024 Share

Love Island’s Dale Mallia took to social media to share a mini reel of his weight loss and fitness journey, writing;

 

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‘130KG to Love Island Malta’. The video shows Dale way before he became a local icon for his ‘relaxed bello’ entrance into the Villa last year.

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‘I did the impossible’, he wrote on the video, which shows him then and now as having successfully kept the progress going for all these years.

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