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Author: Melisande Aquilina

Christmas Pantomime

The Christmas Pantomime is one of the staples of the Christmas festivities on the islands of Malta. Adults and children alike consider this theatrical production as the epitome of festive entertainment characterising the season, not to mention that the amazing array of local talent within the spheres of theatre, dance and song, as well as acting, is showcased perfectly within this yearly show. A Pantomime, or Panto, is an extravaganza – a musical comedy usually designed for all the family. There are a number of local theatres and theatrical companies which vie and compete with different Christmas Pantomimes in...

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Ta’ Xbiex

The town and peninsula of Ta’ Xbiex is truly a sight to behold. Not quite a mile long, ix-Xatt Ta’ Xbiex circumvents a hill where handsome villas look over the enchanting Marsamxett Harbour. Among the original villas one finds Villa Oxonia, which belonged to Sir Temi Zammit (1864 – 1935) and Villa Cloe which belonged to Sir Arturo Mercieca (1878-1969). Zammit was a noted physician and a leading archaeologist, while Mercieca was a long-time president of the Maltese Courts and a renowned political leader. Both popular patriots died while they held residence at Ta’ Xbiex. The name Ta’ Xbiex...

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The Yellow Pages

The term ‘Yellow Pages’ in Malta has always been synonymous with efficiency and precision. The ‘Yellow Pages’ is a comprehensive directory of all the businesses, services, shops and professionals in Malta and Gozo. It is a helpline for those in need of such persons and services, as well as serving as a promotional tool for any business. The Yellow Pages distributes, free of charge, over 180,000 yearly hard copies of their directory to homes, offices and hotels. Moreover each year, the ‘old’ copy of this heavy A4 book is later re-collected, and a new more updated copy, containing the...

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The Maltese Parish Festa

In every locality around Malta and Gozo, a parish feast (‘festa’) for the local Patron Saint is organised at least once each year. Some localities have not one, but two patron saints, resulting in two annual feasts, usually between two different groups of people living inside the particular parish. The rivalry between the two groups is usually manifest through the programme of festivities organised by the band clubs and confraternities belonging to each parish, where these vie with each other in competition for the best feast, loudest fireworks, and most original and commemorating events. Feasts are occasions of rejoicing....

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Best Radio Stations in Malta

There is definitely much more to a successful and competent radio station than such plain equipment as a receiver, a transmitter, or an antenna. While playing an important role in social and local communication of live news and the transfer of information, radio stations also provide entertainment, an informal commentary on popular events and lifestyles, as well as broadcasting and propagating advertisements of businesses, and services. All of this serves the general audience as a link to society as a whole, and as a way of enforcing communal life. Generally, different radio stations emphasize different themes. Some radio stations...

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