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No eliminations for Brillanti Dance Goes Prop

 - Art - May 15 SHARE ON:
No eliminations for Brillanti Dance Goes Prop

Brillanti Goes Prop saw no eliminations, despite very close calls for a few of the competition’s semifinalists. 

The judges, comprised of Patrick Odametey, Brenda Lee Grech, Andrea Attila, accompanied by Anna Nowak, Żfin Malta’s Artistic Coordinator, decided to give the bottom runners another chance for the next semifinal following their excellent performances. 

The dancers utilised everything from an umbrella (Rafael), to a water drip (Rosario) – all telling stories with their chosen props. 

 

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Benjamin flew across the stage with a bottle, whereas Federica showed off her skills with a ballet bar. Julia Vella Rosso, who won this round despite ending at the bottom in the previous rounds, executed her stunt fighting skills with a staff, whereas Mishelle and Juliana tossed pillows, and each other, across the space with acrobatic skill. 

Nicole Chetcuti played around with fabric as Elisa Morguello utilised a suitcase. Chloe and Miguel became chess pieces themselves and, last but not least, Cheryl Lofreda caused a bit of controversy between the judges over her choice – a blindfold. 

The judges debated over whether the prop qualified as such or a costume, but the judges voted in favour of Cheryl at the end.

Next week, the dancers will be taking on their last challenge before the final semifinal. However, given the lack of eliminations last week, the dancers will have to fight even harder for their place given that the judges will not be pulling any punches this time around.

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The 40 second prop stage change between Eurovision songs

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The 40 second prop stage change between Eurovision songs

A video uploaded to TikTok by account @abiclarkecomedy shows the 40 seconds in between Eurovision songs that no one watching from home gets to see.

The video shows the utter speed with which the crew members have to dismantle and set up props used in various performances by the contestants. 

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The video explained in automated voice that there were a total of 29 props during the 2023 edition, with the biggest measuring 8 metres by 6 metres. 

With 30 people on the stage crew, with 10 preparing the prop or set piece on the side of stage, another 10 putting it onstage, and another 10 taking the previous one off. 

The video claimed that the crew only rehearsed this procedure 3 to 4 times before the actual night, and yet they still manage to manage the stage through ‘organised chaos.’

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Malta’s youths come together for environmental fair organised by National Youth Council

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Malta's youths come together for environmental fair organised by National Youth Council

On Saturday 13th May, Malta’s National Youth Council KNŻ put together an environmental fair titled EcoXperience, bringing together youths between the ages of 13 and 35 for a sustainable rendez-vous unlike any other!

EcoXperience was at Romeo Romano Gardens in St. Venera, aimed at providing the general public, especially youths, a highly interactive space where they could explore various facets of the environment around them. The hope was that the event serves as a catalyst for change in the public’s mentality about sustainability: that environmentalism was no longer just about the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle litany we had all been used to.

The fair hosted a number of entities with a passion for sustainability, including various companies and environmental organisations. Aside from these, spaces were allocated for a number of activities such as thrift shops, artisanal vendors, and panel discussions tackling various current affairs regarding the sector.

Keynote speeches were given by Hon. Miriam Dalli, CEO of Project Green Mr. Steve Ellul, CEO of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ Ms. Miriam Teuma and Deputy Director of Environment & Resources at ERA Mr. Darrin Stevens. Three panel discussions were held throughout the event covering the topics of Circular Economy and ESGs, Agriculture and Food Security and Modal Shift and Sustainable Transport. Additionally, a number of artists performed at the event.

During the event a number of companies and eNGOs held stands related to sustainability and the environment. These include Birdlife Malta, Saving Our Blue, S-Cubed, Nadur Nadif, ROTA, Coast is Clear, Sharklab, YES Europe Malta and ESA. Sweet Bakes, Thrift.mt and Ikkuluriti were also present to make the event an interactive family-friendly experience.

This project was in collaboration with ERA, Project Green, BOV and BNF Bank plc.

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French catholic priests to wear QR code to check for clerical status

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French catholic priests to wear QR code to check for clerical status

Catholic priests in France are to reportedly be made wear traffic-light coded identification tags which allow the public to check whether they may have faced sex abuse charges.

The cards will feature a QR code which can be scanned by a mobile phone, and will light up in either red, orange or green depending on whether the holder has lost their clerical status. 

The scheme was announced by the Bishop’s Conference of France last Wednesday, and will ‘allow easier identification of priests able to lead mass and hear confessions.’ 

The initiative aims at protecting church-goers and other worshippers from sexual abuse, following a recent bout of revelations in regards to clerical abuse. 

A red light would indicate that a priest has been stripped of their status and cannot perform various clerical duties, whereas orange lights will indicate that a priest has limited powers. 

Despite causing a mini revolution within the French Catholic Church when announced, an ID card for bishops and priests isn’t an entirely new idea. 

French Catholic Church clergy have always had what is known as a ‘celebret’, a paper documenting their profession. However, this was deemed too falsifiable and many priests are now opting for a digital version. 

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