WATCH: Maltese woman showing off singing skills racks thousands of views

Maltese woman showing off singing skills racks thousands of views
Aug 10 2022 Share

X-Factor Season 4 better watch out – there’s brand new talent on the block. Jessica Chetcuti has been blessing her TikTok followers with clips of her showing off her mesmerising voice. 

In fact, her video covering Benson Boone’s ‘In the Stars’ racked up upwards of 5000 views since it was posted, as well as a plethora of comments showing her some well deserved support. 


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Her raw takes on some international hits have made waves on the social media app. Could this be the rise of another potential singing star on the island taking up the challenge for competitions such as X-Factor? 

We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, we can enjoy Jessica’s other song covers. 


Celebrating a decade of Science in the City

Celebrating a decade of Science in the City
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30th September and 1st October 2022 mark the tenth anniversary of Malta’s beloved Science and Arts festival. This year the festival ventures back outdoors after a two-year hiatus brought on by the pandemic. 

Fort St Elmo will become a bustling hub of science, fun, and creativity, while Sala San Duminku will stage a number of unique performances for all to enjoy. The festival is also focusing on the communities outside of Valletta with Senglea and the Citadel in Gozo. 

Over the past decade Science in the City (SitC) has attracted close to 300,000 visitors, 950 researchers, 250 artists, and some 1,000 organisations to the festival.

For an entire decade, SitC has built bridges between researchers, artists and communities to organise events that spark curiosity and wonder in those who attend. 

The goal of what has developed into a hybrid festival is to showcase the importance of critical thinking and STEAM careers in today’s world. This festival mirrors the goals of the European Researchers’ Night happening in 300 cities throughout Europe on the same days.

The line-up of activities is not only entertaining but sensitive to the challenges we all face. In a statement to the press, Dr. Edward Duca, Coordinator of the festival states how, “creativity and science continue to underpin the pillars of this national event”.

Festival manager Karen Fiorini stresses how important it is for each activity in the festival to engage its audiences via interactive, unique events. “Each activity works towards raising awareness about issues that resonate with the theme; diversity and inclusion, climate change, media literacy, and health, among others. This is reflected in the artistic activities chosen by the team for the festival”.

For the festival, scientists and artists work closely together with the goal of encouraging audiences to take a more active role in society and in protecting the planet. 

Musician John Hinton is collaborating with Blue Eco Tech Ltd researcher Alexia Massa Galluci, to learn about the superpowers of seagrass and how it can help save the planet from burning, the resulting concert and songwriting workshop will be staged at St Dominic’s theatre. 

Choreography by dance practitioners Sandra Mifsud and Douglas Comley working with researchers from Birdlife Malta and youths, to highlight the importance of biodiversity. The dance will be held in Piazza D’Armi, Fort St. Elmo on Friday 30th September. More about the programme of activities will be revealed during the press conference planned for the third week of August.

The 10th festival is exploring the theme – Taking Root, building on the focus of previous years, where the relevance of science and research in everyday life, as well as in active, responsible citizenship, continues to be explored.

On Friday 30th September University student organisations, researchers, artists and creatives, NGOs, government agencies and private companies will converge on Piazza D’Armi and Piazza Cavalier to enthral visitors of all ages between 6pm and 11pm with street art, labs, comedy, games, shows, music, interactive and hands on experiments and demos. 

There will also be satellite events at Spazju Kreattiv, in Senglea and at the Citadel in Gozo. While online, interactive activities will be held for those who prefer a quiet night in, between 7pm – 11pm. Performances and game shows will be held below St Dominic’s Basilica in Merchant Street, in the underground theatre between 5pm and 11pm and again on Saturday 1st October between 10am and 5pm, and during Notte Bianca from 7pm till 11pm.

Science in the City is part of the EU-wide celebration, European Researchers’ Night. It is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement No 101061120, the Arts Council Malta (ACM) and a number of corporate sponsors. It is recognised by Europe for Festivals and Festivals for Europe (EFFE).

The Science in the City consortium is led by the University of Malta and the Malta Chamber of Scientists, in partnership with the Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation, Trust Stamp Ltd, Malta Enterprise, MCAST, Qualia Analytics, Esplora, BPC International, SEM, PBS, Spazju Kreattiv, Aquabiotech, Valletta Design Cluster, Valletta Cultural Agency, Transport Malta, The Environment Resource Agency, WasteServ, Heritage Malta and More or Less Theatre.

This communication reflects the author’s view and the European Commission is not responsible for any information it contains.


Police ill equipped to measure new moderate Valletta music levels

Police ill equipped to measure new moderate Valletta music levels
Aug 10 2022 Share

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Evarist Bartolo took to Facebook this morning to highlight the issues Valletta residents are facing as bars continue to play music until 1am, with no measure on what ‘moderation’ actually means. 

The former minister said that residents who live on the streets where music is given a green light to be played until 1am have started to dread the coming of the weekend. 

Establishments in around nine of the most popular streets in Valletta were given the go-ahead by law in June to play music outdoors until 1am. 

Bartolo said that whilst music tends to be moderate between Monday and Thursday, it starts to get out of control come Friday up until Sunday. Residents, Bartolo was informed, had informed the police. 

However, efforts by the law enforcement were in vain. The police informed residents that music is allowed until 1am and that ‘we don’t know what moderate volume means.’ 

‘Right now there are only two of us – we cannot do anything. Is this right’ Bartolo asked, quoting the police. Complaints about this new law have been piling up over the months, with many fearing that Valletta could become yet another Paceville. 

Speaking about the law, Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo said that whilst he backs it, a compromise will have to be found. 


Jurassic World cast and director in Malta as more footage unveiled

Jurassic World cast and director in Malta as more footage unveiled
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Universal Pictures just announced in Malta the Extended Edition of Jurassic World: Dominion  – with 14 more minutes of never-before-seen footage onscreen.

This announcement was done during a Global Entertainment Event in Malta. More footage of Malta can also be seen in the Extended Edition of Jurassic World: Dominion.

The blockbuster film, featuring Malta as the island itself, generated over $950 million in global ticket sales and topped the box-office charts in 72 global markets around the world during its release.

Entertainment media and journalists from the US, UK, France, Germany and other regions in Europe have flocked to Malta to explore and learn more about Malta’s locations and experience in Jurassic World: Dominion.

Two of the film’s main stars, Bryce Dallas Howard and DeWanda Wise are also participating in this event in Malta together with director Colin Trevorrow, who has returned to Malta yet again following his attendance at this years’ inaugural Malta Film Awards in January.

Malta Film Commissioner Johann Grech welcomed Universal Pictures’ Global Entertainment Event, remarking that Malta is becoming a real player on the world stage.