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Author: Melisande Aquilina

Discovering Ħasan Cave in Birżebbuġa

The cave of ‘Ħasan’ or ‘Għar Ħasan’, which, legend says, was once the hide-out of a 12th century Saracen rebel, lies within the cliff-bound coastline south of Birżebbuġa, 2 kilometres south-west of Kalafrana. Ħasan’s Cave is approximately 387 metres in length and is to be found 70 metres above sea-level. The views from the cave itself are amazingly beautiful. Situated on a narrow precipice and commanding spectacular views of sheer rock-faces and brilliant blue sea, the experience is definitely worth the effort. To enter the cave, one can leave his/her car in the nearby parking lot, and then make...

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The Death of Paceville

Hailed as a ‘den of iniquity’ by some and a Mecca by others, the Paceville of my younger years was an exciting vibrant area. Redolent with young people and the ever-present lurking promoters trying to slip you a ‘free drink’ ticket, it stood out against the mediocre backdrop of my daily routine, promising entertainment, stimulus, the chance to let go and enjoy friendships and flirtations. I remember my first time in Paceville, right after I turned 16. Me and my girlfriends hit Axis (the old Axis not the current shopping mall) and ended up having to go to the...

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Chellcy Reitsma’s New Single “Black Water”

Black, black water flooding my mind you don’t know what you got boy until I say goodbye Black, black water flooding my mind we were born to suffer life has not been kind A haunting stream of voices leads us to the traditional sound of the harmonica, keening a sad lullaby, as Chellcy Reitsma‘s clean vocals tell us a story about resolution, empowerment, and the will to make one’s own choices, even though these may result in someone else’s sadness and pain. This is “Black Water”, Chellcy Reitsma’s third single, released in mid-June. California-born Chellcy relocated to Malta as...

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Art Exhibition in Gozo

Anastasia Ponyatovskaya Pace, a painter and artist of Polish descent, has been living in Malta for more than 13 years. During these years, her artworks were exhibited in a number of local museums and public spaces, such as the Parliament building in Valletta, Mater Dei Hospital in Msida, Il-Ħaġar Museum in Victoria, Gozo, and Palazzo de Piro in Mdina. Previously, the artist, who originally studied at the Academy of Arts in Moldova for five years, exhibited her works in other parts of the world, including Russia, Poland and Istanbul. Anastasia, who bases her artworks on local mythology, legends and...

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Pablo Picasso in Malta

Following Antonio Banderas’ work-related visit to our islands while he was working on the set for the forthcoming National Geographic Season 2 of the T.V series ‘Genius’, and portraying the great artist Pablo Picasso, a large number of the Spanish painter’s actual paintings are currently on exhibit in our shores. More specifically, the exhibition is taking place at the Grandmaster’s Palace, in Saint George Square Valletta. It opened its doors on the 7th of April and will be available to the general public until the 30th of June. This exhibition is part of a major international project titled ‘Picasso-Méditerranée’,...

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