Il-Bizzilla, July 2022

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THE AIR MALTA IN-FLIGHT MAGAZINE

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10 David Baker explores the picturesque capital of Gozo, Victoria.

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This month’s Air Malta destination ventures to Vienna.

32 Ramona Depares meets world-famous fashion designers, Charles and Ron.


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10 ALL ROADS LEAD TO VICTORIA David Baker explores the picturesque capital of Gozo, Victoria.

14 PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST We take a closer look at the thought-provoking works of Nigel Baldacchino.

22 AIR MALTA DESTINATION: VIENNA This month’s Air Malta destination ventures to Vienna.

26 OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: DWEJRA Local tour guide Matthew Camilleri takes us around this famous natural site.

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SOLID PROOF THAT OUR MINDS OUR STRONGER THAN OUR BODIES Lyndsey Grima meets with ultra-athlete, Stephen Sammut Nurminen.

42 SUN, SEA AND SONDHEIM Smash-hit musical Sweeney Todd hits Teatru Manoel this season.

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SIX TOP SIGHTS This month’s top sights round up takes us around Gozo.

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ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS Here’s what not to miss when exploring the Maltese islands.

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OUR MONTHLY RECIPE Chef Romeo Giacomotto is back in the kitchen, and serving up a sumptuous pork dish.

68 RESTAURANT GUIDE Feeling peckish? Here’s where to head this month.

74 AIR MALTA NEWS

A round-up of this month’s events and news.

81 DESTINATION INFORMATION Planning a trip? Take a look at all of Air Malta’s flight routes and code-sharing routes here.

82 FLIGHT AND COMPANY INFORMATION

An exclusive interview with Tom Peters, Executive Chef at Gracy’s Brasserie, Valletta.

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COUTURE WITH A MALTESE HEART Ramona Depares gives us the lowdown on world-famous fashion designers, Charles and Ron.

WHAT’S ON IN MALTA AND GOZO

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Just past Qbajjar Bay west of Marsalforn, Gozo, the coast is characterised by a chequerboard of rock-cut saltpans protruding into the sea. These 350-year-old salt pans are part of the centuries-old Gozitan tradition of sea-salt production that has been passed down within certain local families for generations.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS Shaun Sultana Aron Tanti Carlton Agius Christine Cassar Colour My Travel Daniel Cilia Darren Agius Darren Tanti Jason Borg (DOI) Joseph Caruana Justine Ellul Heritage Malta Lisa Farrugia Lyndsay Bahia Malta International Airport Department of Information Neil Grech Palazzo Falson Historic House Archives Romeo Giacomotto Stephen Sammut Nurminen Superintendence of Cultural Heritage Viewing Malta Visit Gozo Wikimedia Commons ILLUSTRATOR Bryan Wolfgang Reiter

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FROM THE CHAIRPERSON...

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Dear travellers

It is indeed very pleasing to see the air transport industry rebound strongly as more and more people who have been longing to travel are taking to the skies. During April and May, the first two months of our Summer 2022 schedule, we carried over 267,000 guests across our 17 routes, achieving unprecedented seat load factors for both months.

July is here, and a splendid time to revel in the Maltese islands' glory. Restrictions have eased, and events are back in abundance. From Sweeney Todd at Teatru Manoel, to local village feasts and live music concerts such as singing superstars Sam Ryder and Lewis Capaldi in the coming weeks, clear your diary; we promise you won't have to look far! I love a festival and couldn't be happier to see the islands brimming with an eclectic hive of activity.

France and the United Kingdom were rated as the most popular markets in April followed by Italy whilst our busiest flights were to London Heathrow, Munich and Paris’ Orly.

In this issue, we have decided to shine the spotlight on our sister island of Gozo. You'll find what not to miss should you be visiting the island and multiple ways to while away your time. Explorers, be sure to catch this month's "Off The Beaten Track", Dwejra is a place you should certainly put on the top of your Gozo to-do list. And don't miss our feature on the island's capital, Victoria, by David Baker.

In May, our top market was Italy followed by France, UK and Germany whilst the busiest airport was once again London Heathrow followed by Munich and Amsterdam. During this month more than half of our routes achieved an unprecedented occupancy level of over 90%. Preliminary figures for June are even better with expected passenger numbers exceeding 145,000 with 14 out of 17 routes operating at a seat load factors well above the 90% mark.

Of course, if you are anything like me and constantly planning where to dine next, we have got you covered. Our restaurant listings offer some of the best eateries across the islands. That's not forgetting a delicious pork recipe with carob molasses brought to us this month by top Chef Romeo Giacomotto.

This remarkable performance was achieved despite the postpandemic challenges that the aviation industry is now facing, namely the record level of jet fuel prices and the serious disruptions to ground services at certain European airports.

Whatever you have planned, enjoy your time on the islands.

During these testing times, Air Malta continues to be one of the airlines with the lowest number of flight cancellations and we will endeavor to maintain our high standards of performance and passenger service throughout summer.

Summers don't get much better than Maltese ones, if I may say so myself! Sit back, relax; you'll soon be there.

More and more of our guests are choosing to travel in our Business Class service and we are very pleased to have re-instated our full Business Class service in May this year. Our complimentary Business Class service includes a selection of different menus that celebrate the Maltese heritage and culture, expressed both in the type and quality of the food and drinks offered, including gourmet meals with Mediterranean flavours, as well as their presentation. The menus vary depending on seasonality, flight duration and timings. For more information about all our services including Business Class and the latest news about Air Malta and our Summer flight schedule please visit www.airmalta.com and www.facebook.com/AirMalta and join our newsletter mailing list to receive great offers directly to your inbox. Thank you for flying Air Malta! Enjoy this edition and keep safe.

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WORDS DAVID BAKER

ALL ROADS LEAD TO VICTORIA

WHAT’S YOUR IDEA OF HEAVEN ON HOLIDAY IN THE MALTESE ISLANDS? WITHOUT DOUBT, ANY LIST WOULD BE WIDE, VARIED AND OF COURSE SUBJECTIVE, AS THE ISLANDS OFFER SO MUCH TO SO MANY. BUT IF YOU’RE ON GOZO, I’M QUIETLY CONFIDENT THAT SITTING IN A CAFE, SLOWLY DRINKING AN EXPERTLY PREPARED ESPRESSO, AND WATCHING THE ISLAND WALK BY, WOULD BE IN MOST PEOPLE’S TOP FIVE. This simple pleasure takes on particular

the imposing Citadel and Basilica or just

attack. Until 1637, the Gozitan population

significance in Victoria, the capital city of

wandering along the curvy roads that reveal

was required by law to spend their nights

Gozo, whose name was bestowed in 1887

beautiful architecture and private moments

within the Citadel for their own safety. In

in honour of the famous British Queen’s

of perfection, you’ll instantly see what makes

later, more peaceful times, this restriction

Golden Jubilee. At the same time, the town

this city and island so much fun to explore.

was lifted, and people settled below its walls,

was raised to the status of a city becoming officially known as Citta’ ir-Rabat (Victoria).

creating what became a prosperous town. Pretty much all roads in Gozo lead to Victoria, and the Citadel is visible from

Victoria is not just the geographic heart

The city embraces both the Citadel, the

almost all the Island, rising steeply above

of Gozo, it is also the centre of everyday

ancient, fortified metropolis at the centre

the surrounding countryside and has been

activity. It manages to combine the bustle

of the Island, and the surrounding old town

called, appropriately, the Crown of Gozo.

of its market and shops with a relaxed and

of Rabat (meaning suburb in Arabic and Archaic Maltese) and its modern additions.

sociable atmosphere. If you are going to With a history dating to prehistoric times -

partake in that coffee and people-watch

around 7000 years ago - it was first fortified

then best place yourself at a table in Pjazza

All too often visitors to Gozo travel through

during the Bronze Age, approximately

Indipendenza (Independence Square),

Victoria and far too few spend time really

1500 BC, then further developed by the

known as It-Tokk.

exploring it.

Phoenicians and finally turned into an Acropolis during the Roman Times.

Reflective of the island it calls home, the

The square is dominated by the Banca Giuratale, built between 1733 and 1738,

city is not large, but it doesn’t have to be

After the Great Siege of 1565, the Knights

formerly the seat of the municipal

and you’ll soon discover what makes it so

set about re-fortifying the Citadel to

government of Gozo and presently of the

very special. Whether it’s the views from

provide refuge and defence against further

Rabat (Victoria) Local Council.

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All too often visitors to Gozo travel through Victoria and far too few spend time really exploring it. The magnificent St George’s Basilica stands in a smaller square just behind ItTokk in the heart of the old town. The web of narrow streets around St George’s are the oldest in town and well worth a walk around. Here you’ll find everything from delicious fresh produce, cheese and wine, to antiques, craft goods, fishing nets and knitwear. The town also has a thriving cultural life all its own, with some surprising attractions ranging from opera to horse races in the main

OLD CHARM, MODERN TWIST

street on feast (festa) day. In Triq ir-Repubblika (Republic Street), Rabat’s main street, there are all kinds of shops, a couple of shopping arcades, pharmacies, banks, the Police Headquarters, and the Bishop’s Chancery, as well as La Stella and Leone Band Clubs in their respective homes, the Astra and Aurora opera theatres. In lower Republic Street (a little further from It-Tokk) is Villa Rundle Public Gardens, laid out by the British in 1910 and refurbished in recent years. With a variety of local and imported trees and a cooling fountain, the gardens are an oasis of peace. A climb up to the Citadel is a must and within its walls you can find the Gozo Cathedral – a fine 17th century baroque building that is famous for its outstanding trompe l’oeil painting depicting a dome that was never there. You can also find the Cathedral Museum, the Law Courts, the Old Prison, the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, the Folklore Museum, the Citadel Armoury, and the Natural Science Museum. From time to time, there are art exhibitions in different areas of the citadel, ranging from paintings, photography and artistic fashion jewellery amongst others. But it is standing atop of its ancient walls that will surely impress you most. There are multiple paths giving you a 360 degree view of the island of Gozo. It is truly spectacular. It is from this vantage point that it will also hit you. Gozo is not your typical island getaway! Sure, the beaches are great, but the interior is so ‘typically Mediterranean’, which means scrubby landscapes that are beautiful in their own way. You’ll find it difficult to tear your eyes from the hills and towns surrounding the capital. From dry stone walls, criss-crossing the fields to vineyards and the coastal bluffs, there’s a lot of variety and all of it is stunning. Oh, and did I mention the sunsets? Also, in that top five ideas of holiday heaven – a cold beer or glass of wine as the sun goes down, against the backdrop of the Citadel!

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WORDS ALESSIA CARUANA

PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST NIGEL BALDACCHINO

WHAT WE SEE ISN’T NECESSARILY WHAT IS, BECAUSE WHAT IS, ISN’T NECESSARILY WHAT WE SEE. THIS IS MY ATTEMPT AT SEEING THE ARTIST, NIGEL BALDACCHINO, FROM A CLOSER POINT OF VIEW, VOID OF FOG, AND UNDER SOMEWHAT OF A SPOTLIGHT. There is a beauty in the blurred line that defines the unknown, not

YOUR SUBJECT MATTER IS VARIED, YOUR CHOICE OF MEDIUM

black or white, just gray and blurred, nonetheless here I stand trying

MORESO, WHAT ROLE DOES PHOTOGRAPHY PLAY IN YOUR

to give these blurs some form of definition through my inquisition

PERSONAL OEUVRE OF WORK?

and Nigel’s own words:

Photography is the first medium I picked up in my late childhood. I would see photographs I wanted to take around me, without

DEFINE THE ROLE LIGHT PLAYS IN YOUR LATEST WORK AND

knowing why and for what. This is precisely what has always

EXPLAIN WHAT IT LENDS TO YOUR NARRATIVE.

been in it for me - the instantaneous ‘click’ at the base of it all

I find the borrowed vocabulary we import from the natural world,

being something that goes so far against my own ruminating

to make sense of our inner life, to be very telling with regards to

general disposition, that it kind of goes full circle and meets me

how we see ourselves and our place in the world. I find we are

closely on the other side. In a way it feels like the shooting phase

culturally programmed quasi-universally to project dichotomies

of photography enables me to follow my intuition most faithfully,

such as light - dark, clear - muddy, noisy – silent, high - low etc.

before my thinking gets in the way.

to the way we feel and think. DESCRIBE THE METAPHYSICAL JOURNEY THAT IS BEING PRESENTED My work feeds off these parallels and engages with them in a semi-

TO US IN YOUR OWN WORK WITHIN THE CURATED CONFINES OF

conscious effort to explore and express things about my own human

THIS EXHIBITION.

condition that I would find hard to figure out otherwise. Attempts

My work in the show is derived from a series entitled ‘Fog’, which

to ‘describe’ something, knowing well from the start will ‘fail’;

is a body of work that attempts to lend presence to the distance

because all sincere descriptions of our deepest truths as people are

between the lens and its subjects. The definition/clarity of

ultimately incomplete.

something against another is an important way our eyes/mind has of articulating space and distance.

In this context, the shedding of light is a central theme for me, on several levels, also given the medium of photography itself, being a

Clarity is not taken as a quantity that can go up and down, but

logical vessel for such exploration.

also sideways. There are textures inherent to loss of clarity deriving

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"In a sense it is about photography mediating a dialogue between the eyes and the world." from the way cameras capture a still image, which profoundly

'THOSE EYES - THESE EYES - THEY FADE.' WHAT DOES THIS TITLE

affect their felt presence against their surroundings. For instance,

MEAN IN THE CONTEXT OF THIS EXHIBITION AS WELL AS YOUR

something that is out of focus blurs differently to something that

OWN WORK?

moves faster than the shutter speed. Likewise, objects describing

The title was actually something I had pitched to the curator, and

a distance in dense fog blur away differently than those seen

she picked it up. I’ve come to interpret the title personally as an

through a dirty window. Our minds are trained to catch and

evocation of the emphasis on the looking as opposed to the looked-

discern these differences, but only up to a point - thus creating

at – the human, subjective experience of the world – moulded

a poetic language which forms the creative groundwork for the

mostly by our projections on it and general dispositions. So, in a

photographs exhibited here.

sense it is about photography mediating a dialogue between the eyes and the world, instead of the world’s own monolog which

I instinctively gravitated towards this visual expression of the

we are merely witnessing. A kind of reminder of how much of our

reality before me as a way of externalising and documenting

experience of the world is directly affected by the qualities of our

anxiety, something I lived with most of my life in various shapes

own looking, and how there’s a ‘clarity’ to that looking that comes

and magnitudes. Anxiety flattens everything around me in my

and goes with time.

mindscape, erasing the sense of depth which would usually enable me to prioritise urgent things to tend to or worry about, from things in the background that should not be affecting me as much. Instead, everything feels equally urgent and suffocatingly

The exhibition ‘those eyes- these eyes- they fade’ benefits from the

close, until it becomes overwhelming. In this sense, I’ve come to

Project Support Fund by Arts Council Malta and will run between

think of these photographs as my own way of poetically exorcising

July 12th and August 14th at Valletta Contemporary. This exhibition

this internal phenomenon, while at the same time perversely

is supported by Noi Studio, Valletta Vintage, Ambassade de France

channelling my curiosity at the aesthetic it renders.

a Malte, iLab Photo and Saint Paul Valletta.

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GOZO

WORDS VISITGOZO / MINISTRY FOR GOZO

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Mġarr ix-Xini Beach

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ĦONDOQ IR-RUMMIEN BAY

an iconic Blue Flag beach. The Blue Flag beaches in Gozo ensure and

A little way off from the village of Qala lies the bay of Ħondoq

uphold a variety of standards related to the environment, safety,

ir-Rummien. Following the descent of the valley, one arrives at the

education and accessibility of the beach in question.

pretty bay which faces the island of Comino. Ħondoq ir-Rummien is another Blue Flag sandy beach in Gozo. Once you see the amazing

MARSALFORN BAY

azure and clean waters, it is easy to understand why it is the choice

Topping the list and also a Blue Flag beach is Marsalforn.

for families and youngsters alike. The sun’s rays shining on the

Marsalforn is a buzzing seaside village and the harbour for

white sand reflect magnificent blue colours. Perfect for snorkeling,

many fishermen. The wide bay nestled between the two

Ħondoq beach is also a hub for watersports. Beyond this bay, lies

headlands provides different types of swimming experiences.

the hidden beach of Bemberin. This is accessible only via a boat or a

Families with little children often opt for the sandy side, while

challenging path along the coast.

older swimmers will enjoy diving off the rocks into the deeper waters. Marsalforn is also home to a water polo pitch. Next

RAMLA BEACH

door to Marsalforn, one can also take a dip at the beaches

The dreamy bay of Ramla with its sand dunes needs no

of Qbajjar or Xwejni. On the other side of Marsalforn bay

introduction. For many, the pristine sandy bay facing the North is

lies Għar Qawqla. It is easily reached by climbing up the steps

the best beach in Malta. Another Blue Flag beach, Ramla beach

from the Marsalforn quayside and following the path. The Għar

Gozo, is the place where Ulysses meets Calypso in the Odyssey and

Qawqla swimming spot, cradled by yellow limestone on the

the place still exudes their magical story. Other historic nuggets

shoreside and enveloped by the ethereal blues on the other, is a

at Ramla beach include the Roman villa remains. By far Ramla

favourite among sunbathers and divers.

beach is the biggest of all sandy beaches in Gozo. The area is still

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Ħondoq ir-Rummien Bay

Marsalforn Bay

Ramla Beach

Xlendi Bay

untouched and there are only a couple of restaurants and kiosks at

Access is off-path along the edge of the gorge but the crystalline

the entrance to the bay.

waters are well worth the effort. The more daring will venture to the remote zone next to the coastal Xlendi tower, for isolated

MĠARR IX-XINI BEACH

sunbathing and more challenging dives.

Maybe you’re getting to this beach aboard a boat. If not, you’ll be following a serpentine, narrow and steep route along the

Beyond the above-mentioned best beaches in Gozo, there are

edge of a rugged canyon. The bay that lies at the bottom is a

others. Other swimming and snorkeling spots in Gozo that you

joy to behold at sunrise. This scenic inlet comes complete with

should not miss include the desolate, red-sandy beach of San

a coastal watch tower. Popular among divers and also great for

Blas, the pebbly inlet of Daħlet Qorrot and the San Filep zone

snorkeling, Mġarr ix-Xini’s waters are the ‘sea’ of Angelina Jolie’s

where several boulders seem to have been scattered over shallow

production ‘By the Sea’!

waters. The Dwejra Inland Sea is a unique swimming spot and so is Wied il-Għasri. The latter is not ideal for those who have

XLENDI BAY

accessibility challenges as the only way to get to the beach at

Buzzing and touristy, Xlendi Bay has been the typical postcard

the bottom of the gorge is through a steep staircase that has

from Gozo for many years. Spending a day swimming, sunbathing

been chiseled out of the rock.

and snorkeling is a must at this beach. Check out the spot that was once the nuns' swimming spot away from prying eyes.

For more information about each of the respective beaches and

Caroline’s cave is located at the end of the steep staircase in

how to get to each check www.visitgozo.com

the rocks. Beyond the main bay, lies il-Kantra, a tiny inlet that’s more like a mini-lagoon. Swimming at this point can be tricky.

Use #visitgozo and share your Gozo beach experience with us!

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SUMMER 2022 IN GOZO: A RENAISSANCE OF CELEBRATIONS

It’s time to get back to life!

of Għarb. A variety of music events, covering a broad spectrum of genres will be on stage at ‘Mġarr Fridays’ and the Visitation Square

That is what Gozo’s doing this summer. After being constrained

in Għarb will be the stage for other musical performances. ‘I love

away from the joie de vivre Mediterranean lifestyle for so long, Gozo

Xlendi’ Saturdays return along with the atmosphere of the summer-

is revving up its celebration mode and preparations are underway

long fire torches along the cliffs of the bay. Band performances

to make up and delight the souls and senses again. Gozo has once

and other events like the International Food Festival return as

more opened its doors to feasting and merriment which is typical of

‘Summer in the Square’ in Xewkija with the famous Rotunda acting

the island’s identity.

as the unique backdrop. The stage on Sunday is at Nadur’s main square. Summer in Gozo is not only about music. 'Summer Nights'

Make sure you check out the calendar of events. The number

on Saturdays and Sundays at the Għajnsielem square will host

of cultural, artistic and musical activities is like an endless flow

activities such as traditional games, quizzes, tombola or bingo,

from one day to the next. It’s not only about a showcase of

walking tours, and open-air cinema nights among others.

talent but indeed a true expression where the traditional and the contemporary represent an island’s evolution over time.

While the above events will be ongoing throughout July, August and September, Gozo is still offering more. Concerts by established

As a starting point, all villages are more than ever eager to host

artists and musicians, wine festivals, carpets of flowers at the

their traditional feasts dedicated to their patron saints. It’s time to

infiorata and the fireworks displays have all once again found

have the streets decorated with banners and streamers and saints

themselves in Gozo’s summer calendar. The Gozo Film Festival,

on pedestals. Joyful band marches, confetti and merrymaking

The Xlendi Sunset Festival, The Qala Folk Festival and the Victoria

will ensure that the crowds will be pleased. The celebrations and

International Arts Festival are thankfully back!

decorations inside the churches will be a panoply, tuned to full splendour and regalia. Hearing the sacred music intoned or

There is no doubt that we have had enough of being away from all

belted out by the choirs and soloists, accompanied once again

that gives life to our souls. Rest assured that Gozitans are intent on

by full orchestras will be truly evocative. As the fireworks light

making up for the lost opportunities and this summer’s festivals,

up the sky this year, the passionate, enthusiastic volunteers that

events and feasts testify to this.

are the backbone of the traditional festa organisation will feel accomplished and the audience will be left mesmerized.

Gozo’s promise is that everywhere you go something is happening. It’s good to join this crowd that’s all whetted to have a renaissance

Feasts are usually a weekend event, but by no way are the rest of

of celebrations in the middle of the Mediterranean.

the days inferior. There’s a stage for every day of the week in Gozo this summer. Mondays will bring back ‘Marsalforn Mondays’, where live performances will be held in various spots along the Marsalforn promenade every Monday. On Tuesdays, it’s time to head to Victoria. ‘City Tuesdays’ will feature artists performing live in various squares and it will be the perfect time to enjoy a glass of wine while mingling with the locals. ‘Qala Wednesdays’ and ‘Xagħra Thursdays’ will be another treat for music lovers in the ambience of the local village square. Friday’s the call of the Mġarr Harbour and the village

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WORDS LAUREN JOHN

VISIT BREATHTAKING VIENNA

VISIT AUSTRIA’S CAPITAL CITY AND BE BLOWN AWAY BY ITS EXCITING MIX OF HISTORY, CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT AND MOUTH-WATERING CAKES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. VIENNA IS THE WORLD-FAMOUS HOME OF THE ‘BALLET OF THE WHITE STALLIONS’ AT THE SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL, AND A PERFORMANCE BY THE LIPIZZANER HORSES IS AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED. But, what else does this city break destination have to offer? From

For something truly unique, take a trip to the Seagrotte, a cave

underground boat rides to modern art, Vienna has it all. Here are

system and Europe’s largest underground lake near Hinterbrühl.

some ways to explore this beautiful city.

Uncover the mysteries of Vienna’s mining past, before a memorable boat trip on the lake.

DIFFERENT WAYS TO EXPLORE VIENNA We’ve all seen details of hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tours, and

PALATIAL BUILDINGS

they are an option in Vienna, but what about other ways to explore

From the gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral to modern skyscrapers,

the city. Here are some suggestions:

Vienna’s innovative architecture has it all, but there’s something truly special about the city’s palatial splendour.

Hire a beautiful Viennese Fiaker (carriage) for a guided tour of the city centre. Relax and unwind against a backdrop of palatial

Discover the imperial history of the Habsburgs at the Hofburg

buildings, museums and churches in the city centre, you can even

Palace. Visitors can tour the imperial apartments, extravagant silver

book a dining carriage ride and enjoy local delicacies along with the

collections, and the Sisi Museum dedicated to rebellious fashion

sights. There are also tours available of the cemetery to view the

icon, Empress Elisabeth.

graves of famous composers Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven. The imperial summer residence of Schonbrunn Palace has Increase the pace with a small group Segway tour of the city, which

attractions for all ages. Explore the state rooms and private

run in German and English, lasting up to 3 hours. Itineraries include

apartments, take in the fountains, and statues in the landscaped

the Johann Strauss Monument, the striking buildings of the University

gardens, or delve into the life of a young imperial in the

of Economics, and the bike paths alongside the Danube Canal.

children’s museum.

See Vienna from a different perspective on board a sightseeing

Continue to the Kunsthistorisches Art History Museum, which has

cruise along the Danube Canal. See the best of historic, green, and

grown from housing the Habsburgs own art collections to a globally

modern Vienna all in one tour, which can include a delicious lunch

important home of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian treasures. This is

on board. Historic and contemporary buildings, street art, and

also where you’ll find 16th-century Venetian art and a 17th-century

natural Vienna are all on show.

Flemish art collection.

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COFFEE AND CAKE

The fun continues at Prater, an exciting mix of tradition and

No visit to Vienna would be complete without indulging in the

adventure, all wrapped up in one amusement park. Attractions

city’s world-famous coffee shop culture. Follow in the footsteps

include a dark ride rollercoaster, water rides, and the outstanding

of musicians, artists, politicians and poets and visit a traditional

views from Prater’s famous Ferris Wheel.

Viennese coffee house. These include the famous Hotel Sacher, one of the first places to serve the mouth-watering Sachertorte

Wild boar and deer are just two species that call the Lainzer

chocolate cake. Every coffee house has a story, and a tempting

Tiergarten nature reserve home, and maybe you’ll spot these during

menu to sample, so why not indulge all your senses. Will your first

a visit. Take a step back to nature and explore the forest and nature

order be a Viennese potato soup, Schnitzel, apple strudel, curd

trails, children’s play areas, and visitor centre exhibits.

cheese pancakes, or a famous coffee and cake? With exhibits in mind the're fascinating collections the whole family VIENNA FOR FAMILIES

will enjoy at the Vienna Theatermuseum. Archives feature precious

Whether you take a trip to an outdoor nature spot, or break for

costumes once worn by leading lights in theatre and dance,

delicious ice cream there's no shortage of activities for all ages

marionette puppets, stage models, and advertising.

in this family-friendly city. Don't miss the Haus Der Musik, a five-floor interactive museum dedicated to music and sound. There

Whichever side to Vienna’s history, culture, or modern-day

are dedicated children’s tours and concerts, and fun installations

creativity you choose to explore, this is a city that will awaken all

where you can become a conductor, or make music in a virtual zoo.

your senses.

Air Malta operates regular flights to Vienna. More information on www.airmalta.com Please follow the latest Covid-19 guidelines with regards to travel.

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WORDS MATTHEW CAMILLERI (TOUR GUIDE AT COLOUR MY TRAVEL)

O F F T H E B E A T E N T R A C K DWEJRA

DWEJRA BAY ON THE ISLAND OF GOZO WAS BEST KNOWN FOR THE AZURE WINDOW, A NATURAL ARCH CREATED BY COASTAL EROSION, AND A MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTION UNTIL ITS COLLAPSE DURING A STORM IN MARCH 2017. This natural phenomenon had been a favourite of professional

and underwater. Observing the faces of the precipitous cliffs,

photographers and artists because of its spectacular

one can notice the different layers of rock that form the Maltese

appearance, and had even featured in numerous international

Islands, most of which are packed with fossils created millions of

films and media productions. But, despite the loss of its famous

years ago.

arch, Dwejra continues to attract countless visitors, as it turns out that the Azure Window was just a small part of what the

Dwejra is also a diverse habitat, hosting a number of species of

area has to offer.

flora and fauna, ranging from microorganisms, to birds that nest in the cliffs, and a rich underwater life that has led to the area

A NATURAL HAVEN

being designated a Marine Protected Area. This has also made

Dwejra’s dramatic and ever-changing coastal landscape boasts

Dwejra one of the more popular diving sites on the island, with

many other extraordinary and diverse geological features: from

divers keen to explore its many underwater features and rich

caves and sinkholes, to tunnels, arches, and stacks, both on land

marine life.

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THE INLAND SEA

out of bounds, with trespassers risking a spell rowing on the

An interesting feature at Dwejra is the Inland Sea, a small lagoon

Order’s galleys. To this day, Fungus Rock is inaccessible to the

connected to the outside sea by means of a narrow tunnel,

public, except with special permission granted specifically for

through which local fishermen often bring their boats in for

educational and scientific purposes, due to it being considered

shelter during the winter season. In summer, on the other

a nature reserve. Incredibly, it even has its own unique lizard

hand, one can pass through the tunnel on one of the many

subspecies that is endemic to this small piece of rock!

boats taking visitors on a tour of the nearby cliffs and other geological features.

DWEJRA TOWER In amongst all the natural features of Dwejra, it is also possible

The small St Anne’s Chapel overlooking the Inland Sea was the

to visit the man-made Dwejra Tower, constructed in 1652 to guard

last chapel to be built in the countryside of Gozo, in the 1960s.

the previously undefended area from the threat posed by pirates

Perhaps of greater interest is the series of cart ruts climbing all

and corsairs. In fact, it was part of a chain of such towers, which

the way up from behind the chapel to the towering cliffs in a

guarded the whole coastline of Malta and Gozo. Later, Dwejra

curious zigzag pattern. Examples of these mysterious parallel

Tower acquired another function - that of guarding Fungus Rock

grooves carved into the rock are found all over the Maltese

and the supposed medicinal plants that grew on it. Remaining in

Islands and they have long been the subject of debate, with the

service up until the late 19th century, it was then abandoned, before

identity of who created them, and their function still an enigma.

being recently restored and opened to the public.

FUNGUS ROCK

Clearly, Dwejra is a site of immense geological, ecological,

Dwejra is also home to the Fungus Rock, a small islet,

and even historical importance. With its impressive geological

approximately 60 metres high, that is the remaining stack

features, both above and below the sea, its rich and diverse

left after the collapse of an arch that connected it to the

wildlife and habitats, and its dramatic seascapes, it is no wonder

mainland. The Knights of St John discovered growing on it the

that it continues to entice visitors even after the loss of its famed

so-called Malta Fungus, not a fungus at all as it turns out, but

Azure Window.

a plant that nonetheless was highly prized for its supposed medicinal properties. Indeed, the Knights valued it so much that they gifted samples

Colour my Travel organises various tours and the full schedule is

to distinguished visitors, and at one point had the rock placed

available on www.colourmytravel.com

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BRAD PITT BY LACHLAN BAILEY

Spirit of the Riviera

PHILIPPE MARTINET FINE WINES 239/BB Tower Road Sliema

www.martinet-finewines.com


FOOD

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WORDS IL-BIZZILLA

TOM TALKS AN INTERVIEW WITH TOM PETERS, THE NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF OF GR ACY’S ARTS AND SUPPER CLUB, VALLETTA. TOM, YOU MOVED TO MALTA EARLIER THIS YEAR - HOW ARE YOU

TELL US WHAT YOUR PLANS ARE FOR GRACY’S - WHAT DISHES

SETTLING IN?

CAN GUESTS EXPECT FROM YOUR MENU?

I've settled in very well, for me it was a much-needed change from

All the team at Gracy’s want to take the place to new heights and

the hustle and bustle of London. Not sure how I will handle the

give it the recognition it deserves, this starts with the food but also

summer heat as I am working in a kitchen all day, so I am still as

the service, wine list, cocktails and with that idea, everything from

white as a ghost!

the ground floor to the roof is being revamped. The change we have made already in the last few months has been incredible

HOW DID THE MOVE TO MALTA HAPPEN? HAS YOUR FAMILY MADE

and I’m very proud of the team who have embraced it. When I

THE MOVE WITH YOU?

started here I was very clear that I wanted to start something

The actual decision to move to Malta came out of nowhere,

different to the offer from most of the other restaurants on the

I had recently left a position in London and needed to make some

island, and (to the dismay of some) we decided to take pasta/

changes, I was looking at relocating to either Cornwall or the Lake

risotto off the menu and create something that has a very British

District. I was at home when I got the call from Gracy’s. I had never

feel to it. The menu adapts seasonally so that every month we

been to Malta before so I went straight online and immediately

change at least a third of it which keeps it exciting for the guests

liked what I saw! The following week Danny Drinkwater (CEO) and

and also for the chefs in the kitchen. Some of our most popular

Greg Nasmyth (Owner) were in London and after a very inspiring

starters include King Crab with pickled cucumber and soft boiled

initial conversation, a few days' later, I found myself here in Malta to

Quail egg and I will be adding Heirloom Tomato with Ġbejna, a

check it out. It went very well and instantly I felt I could work with

local soft cheese and Caviar to the menu. We also offer dishes

the team at Gracy’s and oversee the changes they wanted and to

for vegetarians and vegans as well as lots of options for the meat

make the restaurant a major culinary destination for the island.

eaters. Having the newly opened roof terrace means we can also

Ultimately for me it was about finding the right people to work for.

use the outdoor Green Egg BBQ which has been a huge hit with our

Within three weeks my girlfriend and I had our flat in London boxed

customers especially dishes like the turbot, cooked over coals for two to

up and that was it, we were moving to Malta! Luckily for me, Tuva

share, which we serve with burnt buerre blanc and herbs.

(my girlfriend) is a world renowned sommelier and she is now heading that department of Gracy’s, so you can be sure that the wine list as

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN THE KITCHEN?

much as the food, is something we are both very proud of.

ANY SECRET HAUNTS YOU CAN SHARE? The time I spend out of the kitchen at the moment is amazing,

YOU’VE WORKED AT SOME ICONIC RESTAURANTS AROUND THE

after all I have a new country to explore – I am so excited to be

WORLD, WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO FOOD AND DINING?

somewhere where the summer sun shines every day and so I’ve been

After working at some amazing restaurants like Bob Bob Ricard

on some hikes, some amazing boat trips around the island and of

in London and famed 3-star Maaemo in Norway this is finally the

course, BBQ’s at home! That being said, it’s not all about exploring

time for me to cook the food I want to cook. For the last fifteen

and adventures, after a long week in the kitchen I do like to put my

years I’ve been told what to do or my menu has been dictated by an

feet up and catch some zzz’s on a Sunday afternoon!

owner or investor so I’m incredibly happy to finally have that creative freedom. I am able to take experiences from the past, the good and the bad and put into practice what I’ve been learning from some great

Website: www.gracysmalta.com

culinary teachers. My approach to cooking and creating dishes is firmly

Phone: (+356) 2122 8500

about the produce first and foremost, combined with classical cooking techniques and how to truly make the most both out of each and

113-114 L'Hostel Verdelin, Triq l-Arċisqof, Valletta.

every ingredient and also the fantastic team of chefs at Gracy’s.

reservations@gracysmalta.com

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WORDS RAMONA DEPARES

COUTURE WITH A MALTESE HEART

R AMONA DEPARES INTERVIEWS CHARLES AND RON VAN MA ARSCHALKERWEERD BORG, THE POWER COUPLE BEHIND MALTA’S BIGGEST FASHION LABEL. Thirty years ago, almost to the month, a young Maltese designer

Birkirkara, which is Charles hometown. For the occasion, the whole

called Charles Borg was clubbing in Amsterdam when he

town was en fetê, eager to celebrate with two of its most well-

bumped into a Dutch man called Ron Van Maarschalkerweerd.

known sons. The show even saw the collaboration of rival bands,

The two started chatting and never imagining that this tall and

something that the Maltese know doesn’t happen too often.

handsome stranger would take him up on it, Charles invited Ron over to Malta.

The 72 pieces certainly justified the fanfare. A joyous flurry of ruffled dresses, exquisite patterns, intricate designs, handwoven

“I’m a famous fashion designer there. You should come and

straw hats, flowing fabrics, bright colours and some delightfully

model for me,” he told him.

OTT gowns that certainly belong on a red carpet somewhere in New York or LA. And at the heart of them all, this concept of

The words turned out to be prophetic, and both Charles and Ron

the Maltese nassa, the traditional fishing net that is still used by

smile fondly at the memory and at each other. They have plenty

some fishermen on the island. Why the nassa, I ask them?

to smile about. Since that day, they have built the C&R label, a veritable couture empire in Malta. They pretty much single-

“Ever since 2016’s Luzzu collection, our designs have become

handedly launched the local fashion industry, dressing up A-list

synonymous with Maltese heritage. It’s always been important

celebrities abroad, opening a flagship store in Valletta and…

to us, and we’ve come to realise that people do love this nod to

getting married. The journey from that club in Amsterdam to

our culture, and have come to expect it. Of course, the style has

their cafe and studio in Naxxar has been a colourful and highly

evolved - Luzzu was quite in your face, whereas now the theme is

successful one.

more nuanced,” Ron says.

Now, they’re fresh from the launch of two collections - well, three

Nuance is a very apt word to describe Charles and Ron’s

if you count the one at LA Fashion Week last March. Locally, the

approach. The fabrics - jacquard, silk, cotton, organza, viscose

most highly anticipated show was Nassa, the designers’ Spring/

and more - shimmer and flow, bringing to mind the ripples of the

Summer 2022 collection that was unveiled in the main square of

sea and the deep colours it hides. The trademark pattern of the

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nassa, horizontal lines criss-crossed against diagonal ones, has

was very well-received, and incidentally it’s also inspired by

been laser-cut in some of the pieces for a dramatic statement.

Maltese history, specifically Casa Rocca Piccola in Valletta.

In others, the pattern is more subtle and you will only spot it

Think silverware, crystals, baroque…”

when the light catches the outfit in a certain way. Some of the outfits are playful, bringing to mind flirty days by the sea. Others

Charles adds that the mood of their designs very much reflects

are pure splendour. Genders blur, with the male models floating

the changing seasons. “The spring and summer collections, like

down the runway, long summer jackets trailing behind them like

Nassa, tend to relate to the outdoors. In winter we turn inwards,

a bird’s bright plumage.

hence the opulence of Casa Rocca Piccola.”

“We chose the nassa as this season’s theme because we wanted

The collection will be officially launched in Malta this summer

to celebrate Malta’s fishermen. Sadly, traditional fishing is very

during Malta Fashion Week. It’s certainly been a busy year for

much a dying trade. We need to find ways to make sure that this

the duo as, merely three weeks ago they also launched a capsule

part of Maltese heritage isn’t forgotten,” Charles tells me, adding

collection to celebrate their anniversary - 30 years since meeting

that they especially had fun with the shoot for the collection,

and seven years since getting married.

which was held at Popeye Village. “There were still actual fishing nets lying around, it was really easy to get inspired.”

“This one’s very different from our usual style. We collaborated with artist Zack Ritchie, so the result is playful, colourful. It’s a

But while true that Maltese culture and traditions are at the

collection of casual wear, now also available at our shops, and

heart of the brand’s design ethic, Charles and Ron continue to

the mood is very pop art. We had great fun surprising people,”

grow bigger away from Malta, with every Fashion Week they

Ron reveals.

attend yielding fruit. Recently, actor Charlie Barnett from hit Netflix series Russian Doll, posed for his Entertainment Weekly

Looking at these two, so passionate, bubbly and full of ideas, it’s

feature wearing a Charles & Ron pink top and metallic pants.

difficult to believe that they’ve been at it for three decades. How

Miss USA Elle Smith opted for a C&R hand-beaded dress for the

does the ‘couple’ part affect the ‘business’ part, I wonder? Surely,

Mr Warburton magazine cover shoot. Actor Mike Manning

they must argue! Charles shakes his head.

blinged it up with a C&R necklace at this year’s Indie Series Awards. And it seems as though not one week goes by without

“Not really. There are those times when I think a design is

a celeb posing in C&R. Now, LA Fashion Week saw them working

finished, but then Ron comes up with something new and we

with some of the world’s biggest celebrity stylists for their

start everything from scratch - and vice-versa, naturally. But we

Autumn/Winter 2022-23 collection. How does that feel?

don’t really argue.” He looks fondly at Ron. “We are on the same page about most things.”

“We’re happy and grateful to see celebrity stylists getting in touch and wanting to work with us,” Ron says. “The collection

It really is adorable.

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WORDS LYNDSEY GRIMA

SOLID PROOF THAT OUR MINDS ARE FAR STRONGER THAN OUR BODIES LYNDSEY GRIMA CATCHES UP WITH STEVE SAMMUT NURMINEN, AN ULTR ARUNNER WHO WILL RUN 365KM ACROSS SICILY IN A BID TO R AISE AWARENESS ON MENTAL HEALTH. Steve Sammut Nurminen is a local ultrarunner known for his

Back then, I didn’t enjoy it all – I used to do it only for the physical

seemingly ambitious challenges. Only last year, Steve ran the length

benefits. However, when the pandemic hit, my mindset toward

of Malta three times without stopping, - a total of 110km within

being active shifted completely. Fitness became something to help

12 hot and humid hours. In December, Steve also completed a

keep my mind active and my body."

challenge in aid of Soup Kitchen, running 132.8km in 16 hours. Apart from doing these runs for the physical challenge, Steve’s aim goes

Becoming an ultrarunner did not happen overnight. At the time,

beyond that, keeping mental health and local charities in mind

Steve could barely run 5 to 10km and, being competitive by

when engaging in such charitable runs.

nature; he used to get easily frustrated with himself. He describes his mind as wanting to go further than his actual body could go.

His next challenge will be the biggest one so far. This year, in July, Steve plans to run 365km across Sicily to raise funds for Dr Klown,

"It was definitely a struggle in the beginning, but I stuck to it, and I

a Maltese NGO that helps provide aid to hospitalised children

have been running every single day ever since."

through laughter and fun. When completed, this may be the farthest run ever to be completed by a Maltese runner. Steve will

Now running is not just about being active for Steve. It changed

have a team of professionals to assist him in his journey and ensure

his outlook on everything outside of running, including his work

his well-being during his run, as well as full sponsorship from leading

productivity and his relationship with family and friends. Running

iGaming company, Pragmatic Play.

has strengthened his mental perseverance, and he hasn’t looked back since.

So, how did this start? When did Steve’s journey as an ultrarunner begin? "I believe that no matter how much you train, our bodies can "I started running consistently around two years ago, as soon as the

only take us so far. It’s our minds that can take us further. If

pandemic hit Malta. I was always active – I played basketball for

you apply this to your everyday life, even challenges outside of

20 years, and I used to go for runs but always very inconsistently.

fitness, you’ll realise that most times, you will be just fine."

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Fast forward to this month, Steve will be running from one side of

awareness around fitness and mental health. At the end of the day,

Sicily to the other, a course of 365km in total without stopping.

both of them are interlinked so easily."

The plan is to run marathon distances and then pause for a 10 to 15-minute break, meaning that Steve will run a total of nine whole

Every challenge is a learning curve for Steve. "I will probably discover

marathons. His physical training includes running distances daily,

something else about my body and mind with this upcoming

strength and conditioning training, and regular physio check-ups

mission. You can plan for runs, but it’s out of your control on the

to ensure that his body is in top shape before the challenge. A meal

day. My advice is to prepare as best as possible for any situation

company is also supporting him on his journey to make sure that he

you’re put into. I’m quite a confident person and I will ensure I

gets the appropriate nutrition for his daily runs. However, although

complete the challenge to my best abilities."

the physical training is undoubtedly important, Steve is making sure that he is also mentally prepared for the challenge.

Being an ultrarunner does not exclude Steve from experiencing a lack of motivation on some days.

"Every night consists of me doing some meditation exercise. I make it a point that I switch off and start thinking about the run. I think

"When I’m not motivated to run, I think about the bigger picture -

about what can go wrong to start preparing my mind for worst-

raising awareness around mental health and the charity for which

case scenarios. The easy part will be the running. It’s challenging

I’m doing it. I’m always thinking about the next big challenge too.

but exciting at the same time. But clearly, I love a challenge!"

There’s always something in my mind that pushes me forward." In fact, there’s already something on Steve’s mind after he

Steve’s goal is to raise €10,000 for Dr Klown, and this will be the

completes this Sicily run. He didn’t divulge much except that maybe

first time he will be doing something of this magnitude, both as a

he’ll be breaking a Guinness World Record next?!

challenge for himself and charity. "There are two sides to every challenge. I plan such activities for

Should you wish to support Steve and Dr Klown – please donate here

myself as it keeps me in check and motivated. However, I’m also

or search Movewithsteve on Facebook.

a big advocate for mental health. Dr Klown plays an important role when people, including children, experience illnesses. Mental

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EXCAVATION AND INVESTIGATION OF A PHOENICIAN SARCOPHAGUS IN RABAT, MALTA

The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, together with Heritage

Once opened, the sarcophagus was found to contain the remains

Malta and the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the

of two individuals, possibly a male and a female, one of whom

University of Malta, joined forces to collaborate together on the

was wearing jewellery made of a metal alloy. A small number of

research and conservation of a Phoenician stone sarcophagus.

pottery vessels and animal remains were also discovered.

This is a very rare feature in Maltese archaeology, which was first discovered 21 years ago at Għajn Klieb, limits of Rabat, however

These finds are currently being analysed further so that the

at the time it was decided that the tomb should be preserved in

information extracted from the artefacts will eventually shed

situ. In 2021 it was decided to investigate the site.

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SMASH-HIT MUSICAL SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET IS SOON SET TO CLOSE ANOTHER DYNAMIC SUMMER SEASON AT MALTA’S HISTORIC NATIONAL THEATRE. LAURA BONNICI GOES BEHIND THE SCENES AT TEATRU MANOEL’S FIRST EVER IN-HOUSE MUSICAL PRODUCTION. For most of us, the mere mention of the name ‘Sweeney Todd’

Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street', this summer as its first ever

is enough to instantly evoke an image of the murderous barber

in-house musical production.

and his deadly human-pie-making partner-in-crime, Mrs Lovett. Indeed, once you have heard the story of a man who murders

From July 17th at Teatru Manoel in Malta’s capital city of Valletta,

his victims as they sit in his barber’s chair and his sidekick

audiences can experience this internationally acclaimed musical

who disposes of their bodies by baking them into meat pies, it is

featuring Sondheim’s unforgettable music and lyrics and book by

somewhat difficult to forget.

Hugh Wheeler. Based on Christopher Bond’s 1973 play, 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street', first opened on Broadway in 1979 and

Yet, while the character of Sweeney Todd’s notoriety may precede

at London’s West End in 1980, winning multiple Tony Awards, including

him, the name of the legendary musical theatre composer who

that for Best Musical and the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

committed his story to music may make an even greater impact in the minds of theatregoers worldwide: the late, great, Stephen Sondheim.

In Malta, the new production staged by – and at – the historic national theatre promises to continue the global phenomenon.

Sadly, Sondheim died last year, leaving behind him a legacy that

The show boasts a top cast led by Roger Tirazona as Sweeney

has transformed the face of musical theatre the world over –

Todd and Kateriana Fenech as Mrs Lovett, directed by Lucienne

including in Malta, where the national theatre will stage 'Sweeney

Camilleri, with musical direction by Ryan Paul Abela.

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“Directing a musical is always an exhilarating experience. Making

leave. His music, lyrics and perception are all challenging, but that’s

it happen at our beloved national theatre is a bonus,” says

what makes you love him all the more,” confides Ms Camilleri.

Ms Camilleri. “Working with the cast has also been a dream.

“If you are familiar with Sondheim, you know that he never fails

They are endlessly energetic, unquestioning, passionate and

to surprise. If you have never experienced Sondheim, Sweeney

professional, as they adapt to all the craziness of depicting the

Todd is the ideal introduction to him. He makes theatre playful,

darkest sides of humanity with comedy, terror and suspense. The

compelling and emotional, creating a spectacle out of everything –

audience will be as breathless as they are!”

but the challenge is always to ensure his message comes across.”

Ms Camilleri meanwhile offers a glimpse into the show’s

According to Teatru Manoel’s CEO Massimo Zammit, however,

innovative staging, which will transport audiences from sunny

the national theatre’s first in-house musical production will more

Malta to Victorian London inside Teatru Manoel, which has

than live up to the challenge. “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber

recently installed a climate control system that helps keep the

of Fleet Street will not only close the Manoel’s summer season in

temperature inside the theatre cool. “I have loved working with

style but will also pay tribute to one of the world’s musical theatre

our costume designer and seamstresses, set designer and musical

greats with a superb Malta cast and staging befitting his legacy,”

director to create the fascinating and intriguing Victorian world of

he says. “The audience is in for a treat!”

Sweeney Todd. The set has a traditional feel, with a contemporary touch to marry the bold tones of classical grandeur – helped by the beautiful Baroque architecture of the theatre itself – and the simpler, modern take of musical theatre.”

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be performed on 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 July 2022 at 8pm, on 23 July at 3pm

Of course, working with the music of a musical theatre legend

and 8pm, and on 24 July at 3pm and 8pm, for audiences aged

brings challenges – and not just because of the great man’s

12 and above. Tickets are available via email to

timeless legacy. “It is truly an honour to work with the genius that

bookings@teatrumanoel.mt, by telephone to (+356) 2124 6389

is Sondheim. When you enter Sondheim’s world, you never want to

or online at www.teatrumanoel.mt

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PROPERT Y

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PROPERTY INSIGHT: POST PANDEMIC DEMAND

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A THROWBACK TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK TWO YEARS ON AND REFLECTION ON TODAY’S POST-PANDEMIC MARKET PATTERNS. March of this year marked exactly two years since Covid-19 struck

from in-office to hybrid/remote work. These extraordinary

us, leading to the first national lockdown and a time of uneasiness

circumstances are already coming back to normal with demand

and unpredictability in the market, as residential and commercial

for physical office space increasing gradually. We believe the

property markets seemed to be heading towards an indefinite

office sector will experience a great rebound as the return to the

freeze and we, as estate agents, began planning for what we

office by staff is also seen by many as a symbolic step forward in

anticipated would be endless months of interruption that lied ahead.

post pandemic times.

There was a natural expectation that a number of ‘konvenji’

The prime residential market remained surprisingly resilient

or promise of sale agreements could fall through due to the

and robust throughout the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic and

unprecedented circumstances negatively impacting businesses of

remains exceptionally strong with stock/supply remaining the

all scales and industries nationwide. As a matter of fact, and much

biggest challenge for prospective buyers. Thanks to our superior

to our satisfaction the vast majority of promise of sales (‘konvenji’)

knowledge of this market owing to our forty years’ experience we

held together and our experienced property consultants successfully

have been able to source and sell some of Malta’s best quality

saw them through to final deed.

properties on offer.

Thanks to various government incentives, prime of which was the

There are many factors that we feel have continued to fuel this

scheme for the reduction of property transfer tax and stamp duty

post-pandemic demand including Malta’s exceptional geographic

allowing for a phenomenal reduction of stamp duty from 5% to

location and climate in the beating heart of the Mediterranean, tax

1.5% on the first €400,000 of immovable property transferred - the

incentives, rich culture, quality of life offering attractive lifestyle

property market in Malta continued to see remarkable growth

and overall safety with one of the lowest crime rates and a strong

across most sectors with the exception of the residential letting

economy with various residency programs as prospective clients also

market which experienced a correction in prices and a 20% dip in

continue to see property located in the long sought after Maltese

average rental values. This year we have seen demand for residential

property market as a ‘safe-haven’ investment.

letting property return to pre-pandemic levels as rental values reach new highs while the Covid-19 recovery continues. When it comes to the office sector, many businesses allowed for flexible working arrangements with a phenomenal shift

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TA’ PINU CHURCH AND SANCTUARY

MGARR HARBOUR

CITADELLA, VICTORIA

Gozo’s Ta’ Pinu is a magnificent church with an incredible story. It believed to have saved the Gozitans from the plague and served as a site of miracles. This neo-Romanesque church soars to an impressive height of 61 metres (200 feet). Ta’ Pinu holds a beloved place in the lives of many, each year hundreds of thousands of devoted Roman Catholics from all over the world make a special pilgrimage to Ta’ Pinu.

The first view one gets of Gozo is that of Mġarr Harbour, to be greeted by a quaint harbour that is magical in its simplicity, and indeed a destination within its own right. The port itself is situated in attractive surroundings. The imposing Fort Chambray strikes visitors entering the small harbour on top of the hill, and by the rustic niche of Our Lady of Lourdes beneath the stunning church on the high ground, that guards the port.

This must-see place in Victoria is its wonderous citadel. As an entirely fortified city, it was completely renovated recently, it dominates the capital and offers stunning 360 views across Malta and Gozo. Interestingly, the area has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and the site now occupied by the Ċittadella is believed to have been the acropolis of the Punic-Roman city of Gaulosor Glauconis Civitas.

RAMLA L-HAMRA BAY

XLENDI BAY

GGANTIJA TEMPLES

Ramla l-Ħamra (also referred to Ramla Bay) is Gozo’s largest sandy beach on the North Coast of the island, famed for its reddish sand. Beneath part of the sand dune lie ruins that date to the Roman period some two thousand years ago. Overlooking the bay is the renowned Calypso Cave where the mythological nymph Calypso, daughter of Atlantis, is said to have imprisoned Odysseus for seven years as a “prisoner of love”!

Located on the south-west of the island, Xlendi makes a beautiful seaside getaway. Adorned with plenty of bars and restaurants, here you can sample some excellent Gozitan cuisine. Once a small fishing village, this popular resort is flanked by high imposing cliffs- and a genuinely unmissable sunset.

For history, lovers don’t miss Ġgantija, an impressive ancient megalithic temple complex, consisting of two temples which date back to between 3600 and 3200 BC, the Ġgantija Temples are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The site is considered as one of the oldest free-standing monuments in the world, preceding Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids!

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DESPITE ITS DIMINUTIVE SIZE, THE MALTESE ARCHIPELAGO IS BURSTING WITH HISTORIC SITES, IDYLLIC SPOTS, CULTURE AND TRADITION. THE MALTESE ISLANDS ARE LIKE NOWHERE ELSE. HERE YOU’LL FIND FOSSIL-STUDDED GEO FORMATIONS, PREHISTORIC TEMPLES, INTRIGUING DIVING OPPORTUNITIES, AND A RICHLY WOVEN HISTORY OF REMARKABLE INTENSITY. HERE’S A HANDY GUIDE ON WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR DURING YOUR STAY.

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DRAGONARA CAVE (CORAL LAGOON), L-AHRAX POINT, MALTA One of Malta’s best kept secrets. Venture off the beaten track to discover one of Malta’s natural wonders, located in the limits of Aħrax and Little Armier Bay.

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MDINA, MALTA Interested in taking a journey through time? Mdina has it all - a long history, medieval and baroque architecture, and prestigious treasures that are part of our cultural heritage.

NADUR BELVEDERE, NADUR, GOZO One of the best spots in Nadur to experience the sun rising from the east.

XWEJNI SALT PANS, MARSALFORN, GOZO The distinct Xwejni Salt Pans are truly a must-see. Sea-salt production is one of the oldest Gozitan traditions that has been passed down from one generation to another.

TA’ PINU SANCTUARY, GHARB, GOZO An architectural masterpiece that must be seen to be believed. Dedicated to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu, the sanctuary is visited by both locals and tourists alike, who wish to pray or simply admire the art, architecture and magnificent designs. 53


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Over a thousand reviews declared the restaurant an unmissable and

Carmel Debono, affectionately known as Nenu, wanted to create a

the best as regards local cuisine.

complete Maltese dining experience. A baker by profession, Nenu’s lifestyle revolved around the passion for Maltese bread, which is central

BOOKING RECOMMENDED.

to any local dish.

Booking is highly recommended. You can book your table by email. No... it’s not one of those generic emails which end up wherever. This

Back in the days, Maltese families used to take their homemade dishes

is the restaurant manager, who’ll make sure to provide you with a

to the local baker, to have them baked in a traditional oven. The

personalized service.

resulting mouth-watering taste is legendary, so much so that the few remaining traditional bakers still offer this service.

You can email Mr. Ian Gatt on ian.gatt@maypole.com.mt

Nenu’s restaurant offers the same style of cooking, thus guaranteeing that unique delicious taste you will enjoy. LOCAL DINING The restaurant, both in Valletta and Mġarr offers diners a vast range of local cuisine, along with local beer, soft drinks and liquors. Some of the most popular local dishes include the Ftira, Maltese Timpana, the Traditional Pan-Fried Rabbit, Veal Olive, Pork Shank,

Mġarr: 4, Triq il-Kbira, L-Imġarr. Tel: +356 2258 1570

Steamed Beef, Braised Horsemeat and many others.

Valletta: 143, St Dominic Street, Valletta. Tel: +356 2258 1535 www.nenuthebaker.com

“You simply have to visit Nenu before leaving Malta. It’s a must!” Take a photo of this page and a get a FREE glass of wine when That’s what Tara said in her review on Tripadvisor. We urge you to

dining at Nenu the Artisan Baker in Valletta or Mġarr. Valid until

consider paying a visit and, quite literally, enjoy the taste of Malta.

31st August 2022.

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WORDS FONDAZZJONI PATRIMONJU MALTI

OUR PUBLISHING DIVISION 30 YEARS ON…

The latest publication by FPM, Society Fashion in Malta: The portrait photography of Leandro Preziosi 1830-1869 by Caroline Tonna. Photo Credit: Lindsay Bahia

THIRTY YEARS AGO, FONDAZZJONI PATRIMONJU MALTI (FPM), THE BRAINCHILD OF A GROUP OF PASSIONATE, DEDICATED AND INFLUENTIAL FRIENDS, WAS BORN. The idea behind the foundation was to promote Maltese cultural

It was soon realised that promoting the work of historians,

heritage in all its forms – craftsmanship, painting, sculpture,

academics and researchers was as important as organising

music, ceramics and so forth, and to bring to light previously

exhibitions, so the foundation set up a publishing division to

unseen works of art. To date, 12 major exhibitions on local

cater for this. Today, besides the catalogues that accompany

treasures have been organised by FPM, two of which have also

every exhibition, FPM also publishes books and a quarterly journal

travelled overseas. In 1992, the first exhibition, Antique Clocks

called Treasures of Malta.

in Malta was staged and was accompanied by a catalogue raisonne. With this publication, FPM stepped into the world of

A remarkable fifty-four books (excluding catalogues) have been

publishing and has only gained momentum since.

published by FPM to date. Hugely popular with the public

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is historian Judge Giovanni Bonello’s series Histories of Malta which has now run into twelve volumes. These books are the result of years of research and in-depth study and are delivered in the format of ‘micro history’ making them enjoyable, light-hearted, and a must read for all Melitensia lovers. Also, by Bonello is another well-loved series, Nostalgias of Malta, which features a selection of photographs of Malta from a bygone era. An Encyclopaedia of Artists with a Malta Connection (Albert Ganado; Antonio Espinosa Rodriguez 2018) has become an invaluable addition to the library of any art researcher or student, as are the various books on art and architecture in Malta. Jewellery in Malta – Treasures from the Island of the Knights 1530-1798 (Francesca Balzan 2009) reveals the social history and trade practices of jewellery in Malta – the first study of its kind. Music and dance come alive in Anna Borg Cardona’s Musical Instruments of the Maltese Islands (2014) and Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel’s Princess Poutiatine and the Art of Ballet in Malta (2020). The latest publication to reach the shelves of bookstores around the island is Society Fashion in Malta: The Portrait Photography of Leandro Preziosi 1830-1860 by Caroline Tonna (2022). The journal Treasures of Malta is published three times a year, Easter, Summer and Christmas, with the first volume being published in 1994. Many of the earlier issues are no longer in print and have now become collector’s items, even selling at auction. Papers are original research submissions dealing with Maltese cultural heritage, and the variety of illustrated articles per issue encompasses all aspects of culture from the visual arts, architecture and archaeology to historical, socio-political and religious events that have shaped the country over the ages. University students who have completed their dissertations are given the opportunity to publish with us, promoting fresh research. It has been incredibly rewarding to see this section of FPM grow to such an extent. The sheer variety of these publications not only ignites peoples’ interest in the history and culture of Malta but as with the exhibitions, they serve to bring to light many unknown treasures and events that have made Malta what it is today.

Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti is a non-profit heritage foundation aiming to spread awareness about our heritage through museums, publications, exhibitions and events. Our publications are available to purchase online. See more at www.patrimonju.org Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti manages Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, Mdina which is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entrance at 4:00 pm).

A space where creativity meets craft to highlight the local charm

Audio guided tours are available in the following languages: Maltese, English, Italian, French, German and Spanish. For more informaiton call 356 21454512 or send an e-mail to bookings@palazzofalson.com We recommend that you visit our website and read our health and safety guidelines before visiting the museum. www.palazzofalson.com

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JUNE IS UPON US, A TIME WHERE SUMMER HAS TRANSFORMED THE LANDSCAPE OF THE ISLANDS, AND THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CALENDAR STEADILY PICKS UP MOMENTUM. PERUSE OUR TOP PICKS FOR JULY'S DIARY.

E VENTS ESPERIMENTA TIKKA XJENZA BY ESPLORA INTERACTIVE SCIENCE CENTRE VENUE: Couvre Porte, Birgu (Vittoriosa) DATE: 23rd July 2022 TIME: 6pm - 10:30pm ONLINE: esplora.org.mt/esperimenta-tikka-xjenza/ CONTACT DETAILS: stemengagement.esplora@esplora.org.mt Experience science like never before in the magical historical setting of Vittoriosa! Esplora Interactive Science Centre will be bringing science to the community through science shows, games, tinkering workshops and storytelling sessions for all ages. How does environmental sustainability affect our general wellbeing? Join us at the ‘Esperimenta Tikka Xjenza’ festival as we delve deeper into the science around us and witness how much fun it is! Entry to the festival is free of charge.

MALTA SUMMER FESTIVAL REIMAGINING OPERA DATES: 13th to 21st July ONLINE: www.maltaorchestra.com TICKET BOOKING: www.showshappening.com Showcasing an internationally acclaimed artist line-up featuring Vittorio Grigolo artists alongside local performers, the festival acts as a bridge promoting Malta as a hub for arts and culture whilst leaving a legacy to the country’s creative ecology. The Malta Summer Festival (MSF) seeks to present opera in an innovative way, bolstering the genre’s visibility particularly with new audiences. The Malta Summer Festival is presented by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with the Arts Council Malta and the Malta Tourism Authority with the support of Hilton Malta and the Ministry for Gozo.

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A SOLO EXHIBITION WITH WORKS BY ETHIOPIAN DEREJE SHIFERAW VENUE: CHRISTINE X CURATED Christine X Art Gallery, Tigné Street (c/w Hughes Hallett street), Sliema DATES: 17th June to 8th July 2022 OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday 10am-1pm, 4-7pm ONLINE EXHIBITION: www.christinexcurated.com CONTACT DETAILS: info@christinexart.com +356 9984 4653 (Mobile & WhatsApp) +356 2131 6708 In the midst of war, Dereje Shiferaw cannot bear to see any more children being traumatised. He believes not only in stopping wars but also in deactivating child soldiers' memories of the brutal war and the trauma of violence. Children are the nexus of humanity and must be kept safe. They must never be used to obliterate peace. He believes he needs to keep his crying eyes open, together with the eyes of his neighbours, allowing tears to do something for humanity, even if their eyes get blinded.

‘Petu’ by Dereje Shiferaw. Image: Courtesy of Christine X Art Curated

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A SOLO EXHIBITION WITH WORKS BY THE LATE NORWEGIAN ARTIST OLAUG VETHAL VENUE: CHRISTINE X CURATED Christine X Art Gallery, Tigné Street (c/w Hughes Hallett street), Sliema DATES: 15 July - 5 August 2022 OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday 10am-1pm, 4pm-7pm ONLINE EXHIBITION: www.christinexcurated.com CONTACT DETAILS: info@christinexart.com +356 9984 4653 (Mobile & WhatsApp) +356 2131 6708 When young Olaug Vethal (1964- 2007) came to Malta for a holiday in the 80s, she never knew that this country would become her home for the next 20 years. She fell in love with the sea and the sun and whilst she enjoyed teaching art at De La Salle College Sixth Form throughout the scholastic year, she took pleasure in having 3 months each year painting by the sea. ‘Onlookers at the Beach’ by Olaug Vethal. Image: Courtesy of Christine X Art Curated

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MEET CUTE VENUE: Teatru Manoel, Old Theatre Street, Valletta DATES: 1st to 3rd July 2022 CONTACT DETAILS: www.teatrumanoel.com.mt This Summer, Teatru Manoel presents a new jukebox musical written and performed by the TOI TOI Collective. A meet cute is a scene in which the two people who will form a future romantic couple meet for the first time, typically under unusual, humorous, or cute circumstances… or so the dictionary says. But things aren’t always so black and white, and what’s normal meant to be anyway? Meet Cute is directed by Petra Sant and features award-winning singer Sean Borg and guest artist and musical theatre soprano Rachel Fabri.

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (TERRACE) VENUE: San Anton Gardens, Attard DATES: 16th to 24th July 2022 CONTACT DETAILS: www.madc.com.mt The Malta Amateur Dramatic Club’s (MADC) production of William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (Terrace) in July continues the theatre company’s decades-long annual appointment with the Bard. Directed by Chris Gatt, the production is in English while the story is set in Malta. A stellar cast will bring Shakespeare’s hilarious tale to life in the open air surrounded by the splendour of San Anton’s palace and gardens. For more information and bookings visit the MADC’s website.

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET VENUE: Teatru Manoel, Old Theatre Street, Valletta DATES: 17th to 24th July 2022 CONTACT DETAILS: www.teatrumanoel.com.mt Teatru Manoel presents its very first in-house musical theatre production the highly acclaimed 'Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street', with music and lyrics by the late, great Stephen Sondheim. One of the darkest musicals ever written, this is a tale of revenge set in Victorian London and follows the murderous adventures of the protagonist Sweeney Todd and his business associate Mrs Lovett. The cast is led by Roger Tirazona as Sweeney Todd and Kateriana Fenech as Mrs Lovett, while the show is directed by Lucienne Camilleri with musical direction by Ryan Paul Abela.

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RITI YACHT CHARTER Book a day to remember on this luxury 22m yacht and enjoy a one-time offer of a free one-hour flight around the Maltese islands which stands for the value of €150. Our yacht will take you to new horizons, she will give you access to places you've never seen and all in the highest comfort and luxury. Share extraordinary times with friends and family on an ultimate journey of discovery. Make this summer, one to remember! +356 9948 7189 www.ritiyacht.com

TWISTEES Malta’s iconic branded snack. The initial attraction and uniqueness of Twistees was that it was one of the first snacks to be baked not fried. Keeping with tradition of healthy snack production. Whether you order one bag or several boxes the brand is synonymous with everything Maltese, diversified, tasty and full of happiness!

JETSURFING IN MALTA Born for FUN? Then Jetsurfing should definitely be on this summer’s to-do list. With the all new Jetsurf motorized surfboards you will experience an adrenaline rush like no other. Motorized surfing is a brand-new worldwide motorsport discipline. Jetsurf's latest technology make all petrol heads & water sport enthusiasts fall in love with this sport. Grab your swimwear and water and get ready to hit the sea, contact local distributors Ritz Marine today to book your first trial. +356 7989 5770 sales@ritzmalta.com www.ritzkayaks.com

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IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A KEEP-SAKE, A TOKEN FROM YOUR LAST MALTA HOLIDAY OR WANT TO TREAT SOMEONE LIVING OUTSIDE OUR ISLANDS, THEN WHY NOT TAKE SOME GENUINE MALTESE PRODUCTS HOME WITH YOU?

MADE IN

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CISK

KINNIE

Simonds Farsons Cisk plc is synonymous with a beer brewing tradition rooted in quality. At the base of this tradition are long-established skills of selecting nature’s best ingredients coupled with the expertise of skilled and dedicated brewers that ensure that a high standard of quality is maintained at every step in the brewing process. Over the years, this dedication has contributed to creating award-winning brews that so many have grown to appreciate. Cisk Lager, launched in 1929, is a golden-coloured, bottom fermented lager with a distinctive and well-balanced character with an alcohol content of 4.2%. The range also includes Cisk Export – a smooth, well-balanced and exceptional beer with a 5% alcohol content, Cisk Excel – a low carbohydrate beer, Cisk Chill – flavoured beer available in three flavours, Cisk Pilsner – a premium pilsner with an alcohol content of 5.5% and Cisk Strong – an outstanding extra-strong premium lager with a 9% alcohol content.

Kinnie, Malta’s own favourite soft drink, is a unique tasting bitter-sweet soft drink with orange flavouring and aromatic herbs. Kinnie is best enjoyed ‘neat’, with a slice of orange and lots of ice. Highly refreshing, it is also an excellent mixer. These distinctive characteristics have made Kinnie a Mediterranean classic since 1952, loved by the local population and tourists. Over the years, in keeping with evolving trends in lifestyles and health awareness, a zero-calorie version, Diet Kinnie, was introduced, as well as Kinnie Zest – a sugar-free variant with an intense orange flavour. The Kinnie range is available online at: amazon.co.uk kinnie.com

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KINNIE, MALTA’S NATIONAL TREASURE, CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY

FOREVER YOUNG AND ALWAYS A CLASSIC, KINNIE, THE ICONIC BEVER AGE DUBBED MALTA’S OWN FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK, CELEBR ATES ITS 70TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. Ever since its launch on the local market in

which tasted like any of the renowned

Kinnie plays a key role in Farsons’ overall

1952 by Simonds Farsons Cisk, Kinnie has

international beverages. Our new drink had

strategy for future growth and is significant

always set out to be different from other

to possess a distinctive character, so as to

particularly to the exports area. Already

beverages and over the past 70 years the

identify it from the competition.”

available across Europe in countries such

unique and unrivalled bittersweet soft

as the UK, Poland, France, Germany,

drink has evolved to become one of Malta’s

In spite of the many imitations that Kinnie

Czech Republic and The Netherlands

leading and much-loved brands.

has inspired over the years, being different

amongst others, Kinnie is also available

and original was always key to the brand’s

further afield in Canada and Australia.

Its recipe remains a closely guarded secret

development and Kinnie has continued to

and is drawn from all-natural essences

retain its appeal, successfully competing

Susan Weenink Camilleri, Head of Sales

extracted from oranges and a blend of

against the world’s largest global soft

and Marketing, commented, “The story

aromatic and exotic herbs to enhance the

drink brands.

of Kinnie is as unique as is its distinctive

beverage’s original flavour and golden amber colour.

taste and flavour and celebrating a 70th The Kinnie portfolio has been extended over

anniversary is a huge milestone for any

the years and now includes two variants:

brand. We have a number of initiatives,

Kinnie was the brainchild of former

Diet Kinnie, a low-calorie version launched

promotions and activities lined up for

Chairman and Managing Director of

in 1984; and Kinnie Zest, a sugar-free, extra

the weeks and months ahead marking

Farsons, the late Anthony Miceli Farrugia,

orange flavour variant that appeals to a

this special occasion. We have also

or is-Sur Ninì as he was better known. The

younger generation of new consumers,

commissioned a set of original illustrations

beverage was developed as a response

launched in 2007. In addition, 2021 saw the

that will be featured widely across the

to the entry of a number of international

hugely successful launch of Kinnie Spritz, a

celebratory campaign, including limited-

brands, mainly cola-flavoured, that were

4% ABV alcoholic aperitivo. Blended with a

edition packaging and advertising.”

being introduced into post-war Malta. In

unique mix of natural bitters and botanicals

Sur Ninì’s own words, “When we launched

and Italian sparkling white wine, Kinnie

Kinnie is produced, marketed and

Kinnie in 1952, we had no intention of

Spritz builds on Kinnie’s inherent mixability

distributed by Simonds Farsons Cisk plc, a

coming into the market with a soft drink

and classic bittersweet flavour.

member of The Farsons Group.

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WE BRING YOU THE BEST THAT THE MALTESE KITCHEN HAS TO OFFER WITH RECIPES INSPIRED BY MEDITERRANEAN AND EUROPEAN CUISINE.

YOUR DELICIOUS

MONTHLY RECIPE

Romeo Giacomotto - A violinist and pedagogue with a passion for cooking. Romeo’s love for the culinary arts was cradled in his grandma’s kitchen. Working on yachts as a deckhand and skipper, Romeo would double behind the stoves, preparing meals for passengers and crew alike. Through the years, this was further enhanced by various stages in local kitchens and collaborations with fellow chefs, culminating in the preparation of delectable menus for a number of celebrities who visited the Island. The uniqueness of his dishes stems from an infusion of passion and artistic skill. As an artist, Romeo brings a fresh aesthetic flair to his creations which are as delightful to the eye as they are to the palate. www.facebook.com/romeogiacomottochef 66


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Chef Romeo is back in the kitchen, combining a cacophony of Mediterranean flavours in this sumptuous dish. However, don’t be tempted to skip the carob molasses. They offer an almost pungent, roasted, sweet-ish aroma with intense caramely, jammy dried fruit flavours. The carob tree itself (il-Ħarruba) is iconic within the Maltese Islands.

BELLOTA IBERICO PORK SIRLOIN Sautéed Maitake, sous vide baby carrots and fennel, charred onion petals, carob and wine jus INGREDIENTS AND METHOD FOR SOUS VIDE BABY CARROTS AND FENNEL 2 Baby Carrots, 2 Baby Fennel, Butter In a sous vide bag seal your baby carrots cut lengthwise, together with a knob of butter a sprig of thyme, salt and pepper. Cook sous vide at 85ºC for 25 mins. Remove the carrots from the bag and drain on kitchen paper. Toast the carrots cut side down before serving. The same process is used for the fennel. INGREDIENTS AND METHOD FOR SAUTÉED MAITAKE 1 Maitake Mushroom, Butter, Dry Vermouth Portion your Maitake mushroom and sautee in butter over medium heat until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper. Increase the heat and add a splash of dry vermouth. Once the alcohol evaporates turn the heat off. INGREDIENTS AND METHOD FOR CHARRED ONION PETALS 1 Red Onion, Olive oil Peel and half your onion lengthwise. In a heavy based pan drizzle some olive oil and toast the onion cut side down over medium heat until charred. Transfer to a preheated oven until cooked through but still rigid. Once out of the oven, flip the onion cut side up, season with salt, allow to cool down and separate into individual petals. INGREDIENTS AND METHOD FOR CAROB AND RED WINE JUS 2 Chopped Shallots, A clove of Garlic, 1 Bayleaf, 4 Sprigs of Thyme, 500ml Red Wine, 500ml Beef Stock, 1tsp Carob Molasses, 1 Knob of Butter In a saucepan drizzle olive oil and brown the onions over medium heat. Add the garlic and herbs. Increase the heat, add the wine and reduce by half. Add the beef stock and reduce by half. Pass through a sieve and continue reducing to the desired taste and consistency. Add the carob molasses, season with salt and pepper and whisk in a knob of butter. INGREDIENTS AND METHOD FOR GRILLED PORK SIRLOIN 1.2kg of Bellota Iberico Sirloin Steaks, A pinch of Fleur de sel Being one of the tastiest and richest pork cuts, Bellota Iberico is best appreciated undisturbed by additional flavours. Simply season your steaks with fleur de sel and grill on medium to high heat for as least as possible while rendering the outer fat layer. Allow to rest and serve together with the side vegetables.

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GULULU – KCINA MALTIJA

HUNGRY HIPPIE

St. Julians and Buġibba

129, Triq in-Naxxar, San Ġwann

Gululu - Kċina Maltija is ideally located on the water’s edge in the picturesque Spinola Bay in St. Julian’s and on the Bugibba seafront. Gululu prepares both classic Maltese dishes and more contemporary ones using only typical ingredients and sourced locally. The service at Gululu is efficient and friendly - one is assured great value for money. The mood is casual and relaxed. A tasting menu priced at just €27.50, includes eighth different local dishes. Malta’s national dish, the Fenkata, is a speciality of the house. Gululu has won the award for best Maltese Restaurant in 2022 - three times in the last five years. Welcome to Gululu, we promise you a great time.

Chef Patron Ryan has 20-years of experience under his belt, and has just opened his latest venture in San Ġwann! Open 7-days a week, Hungry Hippie will feed your soul with delicious breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner options. From vegan and vegetarian options to Katsu fried chicken burger, lamb and pea risotto, eggs benedict, and a variety of pasta dishes including their special ‘Short-Rib Bolognese'. They’ve also got something to satisfy that sweet tooth! Order a hearty meal online or book your table through their website.

+356 7722 1721 www.hungryhippie.com.mt hungryhippiebistro hungryhippiebistro

St Julian's +356 2133 3431 Bugibba +356 2123 2331 www.gululu.com.mt info@gululu.com.mt

TERRONE RESTAURANT

SINGITA MIRACLE BEACH MALTA

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

Triq Għajn Tuffieħa, Mġarr

At Terrone our philosophy is to champion fresh, local produce. We work with a daily changing menu highlighting seasonality and freshness to curate a memorable dining experience in a unique and historic setting. Choose to share a number of smaller plates to sample a multitude of flavours prior to a whole local fish or premium cut of beef from our wood burning grill or indulge in our signature 6 course seafood tasting menu which showcases the best seafood the Med has to offer. Either way quality and consistency are assured. Reservations recommended.

Nestled in completely natural surroundings, Singita Miracle Beach philosophy is all about positivity and wellness. Mediterranean pasta, fresh salads, local and exotic fruits, seasonal vegetables, Italian pizza, evening barbecues, and a lot more can be experienced in our sea view terrace. Waiting for the sun to set straight into the sea sipping our fresh fruit cocktails, it is now considered as one of Malta’s top experiences.

+356 2157 8586 www.singita.it/en/malta/ singitamalta

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VINI E CAPRICCI BY ABRAHAM’S

TA’ MARIJA – YOUR GASTRO MALTESE KITCHEN

Gozitano Agricultural Village, Mġarr Road, Xewkija, Gozo

Constitution Street, Mosta

Vini e Capricci by Abraham’s is the answer to every gourmand’s prayers, and an experience in its own right. A truly innovative gastrodome, home to exquisite food and award-winning wine and spirits. A concept which integrates a strong educational element, where the public not only can purchase but will also experience products first-hand. A landmark in the Maltese Islands with constant attention to detail and a passion for the good things in life. This what makes Vini e Capricci a unique culinary destination. Weekly Offerings: Un-grill-ievable Thursdays serving up your favourite dishes right off the grill. Aperitivo Flair every Friday and Saturday with complimentary cicchetti & half-price drinks. À la Carte, Wine & Tapas, Platters and so much more.

Established in 1964, Ta’ Marija is one of the island’s most historically rich restaurants. Head to their Folklore Dinner shows held every Friday and other evenings for a touch of Maltese liveliness Transport can also be arranged. Their gastro menu is bursting with creativity with what is locally traditional while adding their own signature flavours of sumptuousness. From smallsized appetizers and platters ideal for those of you looking to experience a variety of different flavours, to traditional homemade ravioli, bringing you your favourite Maltese dishes in a way you never imagined. Mains include traditional and signature Maltese dishes ranging from popular rabbit selection, seasonal fish and shellfish in season, local meats and the famous ‘Whisper’ chargrilled steaks … also specials offered on the day. Be sure to leave room for their mouth-watering home-made desserts.

+356 2156 3231 www.viniecapricci.com viniecapricci@abrahams.com.mt abrahamsgozo abrahamsgozo

+356 2143 4444 www.tamarija.com info@tamarija.com

TA' KRIS RESTAURANT & MALTESE BISTRO

HAMMETT'S MONASTIK

80, Fawwara Lane, Sliema

Land's End Hotel, 42 Tigné Seafront, Tas-Sliema

Set in one of Sliema’s oldest bakeries, Ta’ Kris is all about providing a genuine mix of affordable Maltese and Mediterranean dishes in a homely fashion and rustic surroundings. Ta’ Kris offers a varied menu of traditional Maltese food such as braġioli, rabbit, octopus stew, bebbux (snails), balbuljata (corned beef hash), baked lamb, daily specials, pasta dishes, a selection of fresh fish on a daily basis and mouth-watering steaks. Ta’ Kris also offers take away & delivery service and set menus can be designed for special occasions. Advance booking is recommended and may be done through our website, via email, by phone, or on Facebook. Ta’ Kris is open from Monday to Sunday, from 12:30pm till 11pm.

Hammett’s Monastik is a brand new restaurant located on the Sliema Seafront. The restaurant’s name is derived from the monasteries that flourished from Roman times until the 19th century and that were self-sufficient, living off the local land, like the restaurant aims to be. The cuisine is continental European and the venue is stunning, with a bar area overlooking Marsamxett Harbour. Come by for exquisite local dishes or to sip organic cocktails in a beautiful location.

+356 2600 8999 www.hammettsmonastik.com hammettsmonastik hammettsmonastik

+356 21 337 367 | +356 79 337 367 www.takrisrestaurant.com takrisrestaurant@gmail.com

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SHAKINAH INDIAN GASTRONOMY

SQUARE GASTRO BAR

11, Ta' Xbiex Seafront, Msida

Parish Square, Mellieħa

Inspired by a Passion For Flavour and a heart for serving, Shakinah Indian Gastronomy offers an innovative dining experience to the Maltese Islands. Bringing a fuse of authentic Indian cuisine within a contemporary/high-end environment. The À La Carte menu includes a vast selection of authentic Indian curries, made with spices directly from India and by the expert hands of Shakinah’s native Chefs. There is no shortage of Tandoori dishes on sizzling platters, as well as a naan bread selection to compliment any choice. Shakinah has an exuberant collection of signature cocktails, packed with flair, flavour and texture. Curated by Shakinah's resident mixologists, their seasonal cocktail menus are served in a handmade selection of unique and Instagram-worthy glassware.

Tucked into a traffic-free square next to the church, Square Gastro Bar is the Mellieħa bar of choice for a welcoming atmosphere, great food and wines, beers, cocktails, and tipples of all kinds. No visit to Mellieħa is complete without a look at the church and its grotto, and whenever you’re here, we’re happy to serve! Café by day, bar at night, and serving food all the time, Square Gastro Bar is the authentic Malta village bar experience. The view of the church lit up at night is the cherry on the cake, and we have live music every Friday too. The Square Gastro Bar - authentically Mediterranean, fun and larger than life!

+356 7922 1837 www.squarebar.com.mt info@squarebar.com.mt squaregastrobar squaregastrobar.mellieha

+356 2752 2322 www.shakinahmalta.com booking@shakinahmalta.com facebook.com/shakinah.taxbiexseafront instagram.com/shakinah.taxbiexseafront

EAT

THE BLACK EGG

Triq Misraħ Għonoq, Mosta, Malta Triq Tobruk, Pembroke, Malta

Triq ix-Xatt, Ta' Xbiex An all day bruncheria in the heart of Ta' Xbiex takes a true foodie to paradise. They serve an exquisite selection of brunch dishes, cocktails and dinners surrounded by chic interiors and seaviews. Their signature dish-a poached Black Egg is a must try. Negroni nights accompanied by a live violinist are on every Thursday through the summer.

EAT has combined a passion for smoked food and vintage trucks since 2015. They are famous for making smoked BBQ street-food classics within reach of the avid foodie. Popular among these are the brisket, pastrami, philly cheesesteak and pulled pork. EAT operate from two locations in Malta, Mosta and Pembroke. Their trademark foodtrucks with hand-built smokers in tow are an attraction in themselves. Both locations offer a relaxing lunch with outdoor seating under the trees. Mosta is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm, whilst Pembroke is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 3pm.

+356 9908 0878 www.theblackegg.com.mt https://diary.bookia.eu/widget/theblackegg theblackeggmalta theblackegg_malta

+356 9980 9990 eatmalta eat_fortheloveoffood

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TAL-PUZZU

MOTHER INDIA

Triq Ġorġ Borg Olivier, Il-Mellieħa

Triq Ġorġ Borg Olivier, Mellieħa

Tal-Puzzu in Mellieħa is family run, a favourite with locals and ideal for tourists with its central location. Visit in the morning for a full English breakfast, omelettes, pancakes, and bagels. From midday onwards we serve the best wood-fired pizza in town, fresh salads, home-made burgers, delicious pasta and grills.

In the heart of Mellieħa, Mother India brings you a taste of authentic Indian Cuisine. With a knowledgeable, discerning local clientele, Mother India elevates the subcontinents proud culinary heritage to an unforgettable dining experience. From soulful street food to the dishes of the maharajahs, let our menu transport you to the Indian subcontinent. Sample the diverse culinary traditions, the distincitve regional flavours and the colours of India's proud culinary heritage. right here in Mellieha. From the spicy, aromatic notes of our biryanis to the sumptuous textures of our Muscat Gosht; from a rich Buttered chicken to the fragrant Lamb Korma, we are proud to share an array of enduring classic dishes alongside some of the most visionary contemporary Indian cuisine.

+356 2754 4388 www.tal-puzzu.business.site facebook.com/talpuzzu

+356 7938 9905 www.motherindiamalta.com motherindiamalta@gmail.com motherindiamalta motherindiamalta

BILLY'S SPORTS BAR & KITCHEN

PORTERHOUSE

Triq L-Għoljiet, Il-Mellieħa

Triq Ġorġ Borg Olivier, Mellieħa

Billy's Sports Bar & Kitchen, in the heart of Mellieħa is a sporting heaven for those who wish to watch all the latest and biggest sporting events. 8 large screens, 2 pool tables and darts. Not only for sports fans but also for those who enjoy a pub that offers live entertainment, karaoke, delicious food and draft beers, wines and spirits. Eat, drink, and cheer right here!

Celebrating Steak - a gastronomic experience where fine steaks are the star of the show. While sustainable local ingredients are used throughout our dishes we look to far flung places to source outstanding, sustainable and ethical produce. Our food is cooked and served over wood, coal, smoke and ice to playfully indulge all the senses. We put everything into pursuing the perfect steak, from the field to the butcher's block to the grill, so only the finest, most flavoursome cuts make your plate. All our beef is carefully and ethically sourced from trusted farmers.

+356 9942 8945 | +356 7905 9864 billyssportsbarandkitchen@gmail.com facebook.com/billyssportsbarandkitchen billyssportsbarandkitchen

+356 7938 9977 www.porterhousemalta.com info@porterhousemalta.com porterhousemalta

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ANDREW’S BAR St. George’s Bay, St. Julian’s Andrew's Bar is a freshly re-opened venue where fun is not optional, good food is compulsory, and building great memories is essential! Steeped in legacy, this is, in fact, Malta's oldest bar! The place is a go-to, and you're simply going to love indulging in the extensive menu with a great local cuisine focus with traditional Maltese dishes and modern dishes such as pizza or pasta. Ideal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or also for a quiet drink or two! C

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TA' KOLINA 151, Tower Road, Sliema Ta’ Kolina is a quaint, family run restaurant on Tower Road (one of Sliema’s most popular spots) and has been open since 1974. Ta’ Kolina is a typical Maltese restaurant with it traditional Maltese interior and décor. A set menu comprising of traditional Maltese food offers a choice of starter, main dish, dessert, and coffee for €24 per person. There is also a vibrant a la carte menu and daily display of fresh local fish. Dining here is a true Maltese experience for a reasonable price. We are open for both lunch and dinner from 12:00hrs – 22:30hrs.

+356 2133 5106 www.takolina.mt

+356 2010 5590 info@beachgardenmalta.com Beach Garden Hotel, St. George's Bay, St Julian's, STJ 3302, Malta

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EVENTS & NEWS THE FOLLOWING PAGES WILL GIVE YOU AN INSIGHT ON WHAT’S GOING ON AT AIR MALTA. THE BEHINDTHE-SCENES AND HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST MONTHS AND FORTHCOMING ONES. MALTA’S NATIONAL AIRLINE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS, ENSURING ALL AIR MALTA CUSTOMERS ARE WELL-INFORMED WHILE SOARING HIGH IN THE SKY.

SUMMER IN THE CAPITAL: VALLETTA HAS WOKEN UP FROM ITS SLUMBER. ONCE AGAIN, IT IS BUSTLING WITH ACTIVITY. The Fortress City, Citta’ Umilissima, was named after its founder

and two of the tritons were damaged in the late 70s. Eventually,

– Grand Master of the Order of St John, Jean Parisot de la Valette.

the new design featured a bronze pillar in the centre of the plate to

It sits comfortably on the Mount Sceberras peninsula, and lies

conceal the damage and the new water system.

between Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour. Throughout the last few years, more restorative works were This magnificent walled city is also home to several historic

commissioned to ensure that this work of art gets the recognition

buildings, beautiful gardens, stunning works of art, museums,

it deserves. On top of that, it has also been used as a stunning

palaces and much more. Whether you just want to wander, admire

backdrop for a number of concerts and events that were hosted

the architecture, visit places of interest or simply wine and dine,

in Valletta.

there’s truly something for everyone. UPPER BARRAKKA GARDENS That’s why we’re going to take you on a walkthrough around some

Back in the day, the Knights regarded the Upper Barrakka Gardens

of the best top sights in Malta’s capital.

as the place where they could enjoy some peace and quiet, whilst they were off duty. Eventually, the gardens were then opened to the

THE TRITON FOUNTAIN

public following the end of the Knights’ rule in the year 1800.

Upon approaching City Gate, your eyes will fall on the Triton Fountain. Put simply, you can’t miss it. In fact, it’s a great point of

Needless to say, the Upper Barrakka Gardens are simply magical.

reference in case you get lost inside the walls of the city. Just like

It’s the perfect spot to grab a coffee or a cold drink and admire

any other famous landmarks and gems that are found in Valletta,

more stunning views of the island.

this one has quite the story to tell. Rome’s very own Fontana delle Tartarughe (The Turtle Fountain) served as the main source of

THE GRAND HARBOUR

inspiration to sculptor Victor Apap. So, in 1959, he decided to bring

Don’t leave the Upper Barrakka Gardens without taking a few snaps

his own creation to life with the help of his fellow draughtsman,

of none other than the Grand Harbour. Once again, the history

Victor Anastasi.

behind yet another historic landmark is simply fascinating. This natural harbour served as the main headquarters for the Knights of

At the time, Apap decided to include three bronze Tritons holding

St John for 268 years. Following their departure, it also served as a

up a large plate, sitting and kneeling proudly on a seaweed base.

base for the British for a further 170 years.

Unfortunately, Apap had to make some changes after the plate

More importantly, the Grand Harbour took centre stage as it

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The Grand Harbour

Upper Barrakka Gardens

St John's Co-Cathedral

Triton Fountain

showcased one of the most famous

use of chiaroscuro. Interestingly, it is

every corner of one of Valletta’s most

battles in the world – the final showdown

Caravaggio’s sole painting that bears

iconic streets. Strait Street was the place

between the Knights and the Ottomans.

his signature. But it’s not just any old

to be during the 19th – and mid-20th

signature; Caravaggio cleverly place

centuries. People from different walks of

ST JOHN’S CO-CATHEDRAL

it in red blood spilling from Baptist’s

life, classes and nationalities could mingle

You are now approaching St John’s Co-

cut throat.

and coexist.

place, its high Baroque architecture, marble

D’AMATO RECORDS

Nowadays, Strait Street is still very popular

floors and all the little details don’t go

Surely the World’s Oldest Record Shop

with many locals and tourists. In fact, it’s

unnoticed. In fact, it is known as one of the

Est.1885 deserves a visit too, right?

the perfect spot to enjoy a cured meats

most beautiful co-cathedrals in the world.

D’Amato Records is a haven for those who

platter, a bottle of wine, sexy cocktails and

And with good reason!

live and breathe music and films. From

a dose of good music. Simply put, nothing

CDs, DVDs and even vinyl records, this

screams summer in the city more than

shop has it all.

Strait Street.

very own Beheading of St John the Baptist.

Since we are now living in the digital age

MUSEUMS

According to several historians, Caravaggio

where you can stream your favourite album

Valletta maybe Europe’s smallest capital

worked on this historic masterpiece during his

with a few clicks, you won’t find shops like

but certainly is not short of museums

stay in Malta back in 1608.

this on every corner. So, if you love music

and other attractions. Most popular

make sure you really take the time to visit

amongst these are the National Museum

As the saying goes, the devil is in the

and appreciate the work the owners have

of Archaeology, the Grandmaster’s

details. This oil painting features life-sized

put in this beautiful shop.

Palace, Muza – The Malta National

Cathedral. As you step into this magnificent

It houses some of the finest paintings of the 16th and 17th century, including Caravaggio’s

figures, along with bright colours such

Community Art Museum, the National

as red and yellow – both of which are a

STRAIT STREET

War Museum at Fort St Elmo, the Lascaris

nod towards the Baroque period. On top

Feeling peckish? We’ve got you covered

War Rooms, Casa Rocca Piccola and the

of that, you can’t miss the predominant

with all the pubs and restaurants that line

Saluting Battery.

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AIR MALTA CELEBRATES 45 YEARS SINCE FIRST FLIGHT TO ZURICH

Above photos: Various guests at Zurich Airport celebrating Air Malta’s 45 years of service the city. Picture: Jean Claude Raemy/Travelnews.

Above photos: The inaugural Air Malta flight KM121 to Zurich on the 3rd April 1977.

45 years ago, Air Malta operated its first flight to Switzerland.

Speaking at the event Pauline Coleiro, Air Malta’s Regional

The flight, KM121, operated with a Boeing 707, took off from

Market Manager said, “Over the years the route has grown

the then Luqa Airport with destination Zurich on the 3rd of

substantially and since 1977 over one million passengers travelled

April 1977.

on the route. Since then, it has become a staple in the airline’s route network throughout the year and today the airline operates

To celebrate this milestone, Air Malta with the collaboration of

a daily service with an Airbus A320 aircraft.”

Zurich Airport, Discover the World, Air Malta’s representatives in Switzerland and the Malta Tourism Authority, organised an

Air Malta flights between Malta and Zurich are code-shared with

anniversary event at their viewing terrace with the participation

Swiss thus offering customers more travel options and seamless

of the Honorary Consul to Malta, Mr Vincent de Vilmorin, various

connectivity at Zurich to/from Swiss' worldwide network to over

Swiss tour operators, travel agents and travel journalists.

100 destinations.

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MALTA’S STREETS WELCOME DINOSAURS IN THE LATEST JURASSIC WORLD MOVIE

Jurassic World Dominion, the latest movie in the blockbuster trilogy,

HBO's fantasy series Game of Thrones featured the islands in several

finally makes its long-awaited debut on the big screen. The movie

scenes, with the most impactful one being the wedding scene

follows Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in another man versus

between Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen, with Malta's Azure

dinosaur showdown, this time within the streets of Malta's capital

Window arch in the background.

city – Valletta. Landmarks like Fort St. Elmo and the Port of Valletta are featured In the movie, Malta's famous St. George's Square is overrun with

in several scenes in season three of Netflix’s Queen of the South,

dinosaurs, chasing actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard

as are many other things Maltese residents would recognize

through the cobbled corners of Valletta, in one last battle between

from their normal, day-to-day life. A local market serves as the

man and beast.

backdrop for a walkthrough shot of the main character, and many genuine Maltese phrases are used throughout, giving fans

DOMINION UNITES TWO GENERATIONS OF JURASSIC WORLD FANS

a taste of the islands’ true culture.

Taking place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed, dinosaurs now coexist among human beings, where Dominion

The Oscar-winning movie Gladiator, starring Russel Crowe,

depicts the struggle of maintaining the fragile balance between the

features Malta's imposing Fort Ricasoli, panoramic views of the

two apex predators: humans and dinosaurs.

Grand Harbour in Valletta, and the Valletta Ditch in Saint Michael's Bastion. At the same time, the equally star-studded Troy with

The latest installment in the Jurassic World franchise brings back

Orlando Bloom and Brad Pitt transformed landmarks like Fort

the director of the original series, Steven Spielberg, who will join

Ricasoli into a convincing portrayal of locations in the Ancient

Colin Trevorrow as an executive producer, followed by the three

Greek Era.

main characters from the original Jurassic Park movies: Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler, Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, and Jeff Goldblum as

Much of Apple TV’s Foundation was filmed at Malta Film Studios

Dr. Ian Malcolm.

in Kalkara. This futuristic sci-fi series, based on Isaac Asimov’s eponymous trilogy of novels, did not just showcase Malta’s

Together, they unite two generations of Jurassic World fans, for a

scenery, but also employed hundreds of locals who worked on the

final showdown of the franchise.

set in several episodes.

THE MALTESE ISLANDS ARE NO STRANGERS TO HOLLYWOOD

Another movie starring Brad Pitt, World War Z, was also shot in

Jurassic World Dominion isn't the first time Malta has appeared in

Valletta, which was transformed into Jerusalem for some of its most

a project of this scope. The country has a long history of providing

impactful scenes. Pitt was brought back to the island once more

fantastic filming locations for various producers who created some

in 2015 to film By the Sea with his then-wife Angelina Jolie, shot in

of the best motion pictures of the last decades.

Gozo's Mġarr ix-Xini.

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GLITCH FESTIVAL BACK WITH THE BIGGEST LINE-UP EVER TO HIT MALTA AMELIE LENS, ANFISA LETYAGO, BEN KLOCK, KAS:ST, REINIER ZONNEVELD, FJAAK, I HATE MODELS, HONEY DIJON, NINA KRAVIZ, OSCAR MULERO, ELLEN ALLIEN, DAX J, MALL GRAB, ANETHA AND JOB JOBSE AMONGST THE HEADLINERS

Glitch Festival returns between the 13-16 of August for its highly

iconic skyline of Malta’s fortified city Mdina, followed by sun-soaked

anticipated 5th edition. Electronic music enthusiasts from all

boat parties and a closing-party on the 16th for the perfect finale.

over the world are called to gather at the gates of the mystical House-and-Techno fortress in what promises to be another

Over the years, Glitch Festival has quickly established itself as the

unmissable adventure on the sun-drenched Mediterranean island

biggest festival in Malta as well as one of Europe’s major electronic

of Malta after a 2 year hiatus.

festivals, and that’s definitely no surprise.

Hailed by Mixmag as a “House and Techno paradise”, Glitch

Line-up a-z: Adiel, Amelie Lens, Anetha, Anfisa Letyago, Aurora

Festival 2022 will feature 7 stages – from rooftop pool parties to

Halal, Ben Klock, Ben Sims, Ben UFO, Boston 168, Carlota, Chaos

secret cave raves and an intimate Boiler Room stage. Dancers

in the CBD, CiCi, Daniel Avery b2b HAAi, Daria Kolosova, Dax J,

will be able to lose themselves to the sounds of industry titans,

Ellen Allien, Etapp Kyle, Fadi Mohem, FJAAK, Hadone, Honey Dijon,

balanced out with a carefully curated list of hotly sought-after

Hunee, I Hate Models, Jennifer Cardini, Job Jobse, Julian Muller,

selectors, live acts & rising stars.

KAS:ST, Kettama, Luke Slater, Mall Grab, Miro Von Berlin, Ngoni Egan, Nina Kraviz, Oscar Mulero, Palms Trax, Reinier Zonneveld, Ron

This year also sees the introduction of an opening party on Saturday

Bacardi, Ryan Elliott, Skatebard, Skee Mask b2b Stenny, Tijana T,

13th August, to be held under the glorious 16th century bastions of

Tommy Holohan, Vladimir Dubyshkin, Vril, Yazzus + many more

Valletta - a UNESCO World Heritage site. The main festival on the 14th & 15th will take place at Gianpula Village, framed against the

For more information, travel & tickets visit www.glitchfestival.com

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AIR MALTA TRANSFERS OPERATIONS BACK TO LONDON HEATHROW TERMINAL 4

Air Malta has moved back to London’s Heathrow Terminal 4 last month. For the past two years Air Malta operated from Terminal 2 due to the slowdown in air travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision by Heathrow airport to restart operations from Terminal 4 confirms the current strong growing demand in air travel.

an absence of over a year, Air Malta also returned to London’s second airport, Gatwick,

London Heathrow is Air Malta’s most served route with 15 weekly scheduled flights. After

More information about the airline’s flight network is available at airmalta.com.

with a daily service.

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IL-BIZZILLA TALKS TO DR NADIA GIORDIMAINA G E N E R A L M A N A G E R I N T E R N AT I O N A L A F FA I R S HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING WITH AIR MALTA AND IN WHAT ROLES? I have been working at Air Malta 16 and a half years as General Manager International Affairs. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF YOUR JOB? My role includes the monitoring of all regulatory developments whether on an international, regional or national level that impact Air Malta’s operation. The airline industry is one of the most regulated sectors, primarily due to the safety aspect and this brings with it a fair share of challenges with every new legislation (or amendment thereto) that is introduced. The challenge always revolves round effectively communicating Air Malta’s position externally and once the legislation is adopted, communicating it internally. A particularly challenging time has been the COVID pandemic. During COVID each country not only adopted its own rules but continuously changed them, more often than not at very short notice. This necessitated very fast communication at all hours. IS THERE A PARTICULAR EVENT OR MOMENT DURING YOUR CAREER WITH AIR MALTA WHICH YOU ARE PROUD OR FOND OF AND WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS? This has to be my role during the COVID pandemic. The proud moment is the unprecedented synergy not only between internal departments but also with external stakeholders, as all departments had to put up with copious memos that were issued from my end on all requirements – more than 400 memos on COVID alone in a span of 2 years, a good number at extremely short notice. A big thank you goes to all employees and agents for ensuring that compliance was top notch. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME? It has to be spending time with my family… my husband and three children Kyle, Amber and Max enjoying the simple things in life… whether at the playground, building sandcastles at the beach ... in a nutshell making memories. WHAT IS YOUR PREFERRED MALTESE DISH? I am torn between octopus with garlic or ħobż biż-żejt. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIMES? Gladiator … so many friends who took part as extras when it was shot in Malta way back in the year 2000. WHAT KIND OF MUSIC YOU LIKE TO FOLLOW? A bit of everything… at the moment Rachel Platten's Fight Song but I would like to dedicate Memories by Maroon 5 to all past and present Air Malta employees. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESTINATION AND WHY? No place like home. But after Malta, I guess it’s London, so many things to do (musicals, theme parks, shopping) and places to visit. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SPOTS AND TIPS FOR ANYONE VISITING THE MALTESE ISLANDS? The favourite spot has to be the sea. In the Maltese Islands one is never more than 15 minutes away from the sea by car. Year after year, Malta receives top scores for excellent water quality in Europe. As for the tips: Do try Maltese bread and spend some time with the locals – you will get so many tips on the not-so-common sites to visit. Seek out Maltese brands – yes there are, flying on the national airline was your first encounter with a Maltese brand.

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Brussels Prague Munich

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F L I G H T & CO M PA N Y I N FO R M AT I O N

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A I R M A LTA F L E E T

AIRBUS 320CEO

AIRBUS 320NEO

QUANTITY: 3 IN FLEET NUMBER OF SEATS: 168/180 ENGINES: CFM56-5B4/P MAXIMUM TAKE OFF WEIGHT: 75.5 / 77 METRIC TONS OVERALL LENGTH: 37.57M WINGSPAN: 34.1M CRUISING SPEED: MACH 0.78 (450KNOTS, 833 KM/HR) RANGE: 5,200 KM, 2,800 NMI, 3,250 SMI

QUANTITY: 4 IN FLEET NUMBER OF SEATS: 180 ENGINES: CFM LEAP-1A MAXIMUM TAKE OFF WEIGHT: 77 METRIC TONS OVERALL LENGTH: 37.57M WINGSPAN: 35.8M CRUISING SPEED: MACH 0.78 (450KNOTS, 833 KM/HR) RANGE: 6,500 KM, 3,500 NMI, 4,025 SMI

ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

SMOKING

Alcohol consumed at high altitude can have a stronger effect than usual. Cabin crew are legally empowered to refuse to serve any alcohol to an intoxicated passenger and anyone under the age of 18. In extreme cases, crew may also temporarily confiscate the passenger‘s own drinks so that the passenger does not become a nuisance to the other passengers and crew. Furthermore, Air Malta is bound by international regulations which prohibit the embarkation or the carriage of drunken passengers. However, since you are reading this article, Air Malta‘s Flight Safety Committee is confident that you are a law-abiding and exemplary passenger. Indeed, the cabin crew may need your assistance to restrain another passenger in the unlikely event that he or she may act irresponsibly during the flight. The consumption of one’s own alcoholic beverages inflight goes against Air Malta policy.

Smoking is prohibited from when you leave the departure terminal building until you reach the arrival terminal building. Smoking is allowed in designated areas only. Smoking is not allowed during any phase of the flight and in any area of the aircraft. Should you be aware of a passenger who has smoked in the toilet during the flight, please inform the cabin crew immediately so that they can check for any undetected fires. The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is not allowed on board Air Malta flights. Similarly, the use of naked flames on and around the aircraft is also prohibited.

FACE MASKS The Airline requires all passengers to wear an approved medical or cloth face mask at all times, starting from boarding, for the duration of the flight, through to disembarkation. Passengers will not be allowed to board without a facemask. Masks should also be worn within the airport building, before and during check-in, upon arrival, when collecting baggage, and up to the point that a passenger leaves the airport building. As per the Government of Malta Legal Notice 402 of 2020, children under three (3) years of age and persons with severe cognitive, physical, mental, or respiratory impairments who have difficulties tolerating a mask as certified by a licensed medical practitioner are exempted from wearing masks. Certified individuals shall always carry the relevant medical certificate exempting them from wearing a mask. Passengers risk fines if they fail to comply.

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E N H A N C E YO U R T R AV E L E X P E R I E N C E

JOIN OUR BUSINESS CLASS Upgrade to Air Malta’s Business Class for priority service. Members can make use of the special check-in counters for more leisurely and efficient boarding, enjoy access to the La Valette Lounge at Malta International Airport, and get more privacy with a separate inflight cabin area.

CARRY MORE WITH YOU Are you worried about not being able to fit everything you need into your suitcase? Stop stressing out and check out our extra baggage service. Simply book your extra baggage online and get the most out of your trip. Visit www.airmalta.com/excess-baggage-en-gb

FLY IN COMFORT Enhance your comfort with extra legroom during your flight. This option gives you more space to relax in preparation for your trip. Visit www.airmalta.com/information/services-by-air-malta/seat-selection

GET SPORTY Are you passionate about a sport? We make it easy to travel and take your specialised equipment with you at a very minimal cost. Visit www.airmalta.com/excess-baggage-en-gb

GROUPS We also cater for large groups who want to travel together. If your group is larger than 10 adults, contact our Group Bookings team for special rates that you can’t get anywhere else. Email groups@airmalta.com

WEB CHECK-IN Skip the line and check-in before you get to the airport. You may check-in online before you get to the airport, up to 24 hours prior to departure up until one hour before your flight. Visit www.airmalta.com/information/check-in

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U S E O F P O RTA B L E E L E C T RO N I C D E V I C E S O N B OA R D

TRANSMITTING PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES (PEDS)

NON-TRANSMITTING PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES (PEDS)

Devices that can send or receive data by wireless means, such as mobile-phones and tablets, may be used during all phases of the flight provided their transmit/receive capabilities such as GSM & Wi-fi are switched off. Devices working on Bluetooth wireless connectivity are allowed. If the device has ‘Flight Mode’ capability, this must be enabled. Such devices shall be safely secured in the customers’ hand (handheld) or a pocket during taxi, take-off and landing. Larger devices (e.g. laptops) shall be switched off and stowed away safely during taxi, takeoff and landing. Accessories, such as headphones, must not obstruct access to the aisle. If the data transmission capability cannot be switched off (whilst the device is operating), the device itself must be switched off for the duration of the flight.

These could include, but are not limited to, items such as DVD players, electronic games, music players and personal cameras. Such devices shall be safely secured in the customers’ hand (handheld) or a pocket during taxi, take-off and landing. Larger devices shall be stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing.

LAPTOPS AND NOTEBOOKS Such devices may be used during boarding and during flight but not during taxi, take-off and landing. Any built-in data connectivity such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi must be disabled. These devices must be stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing since they could hinder an emergency evacuation.

ARE THERE TIMES WHEN I CANNOT USE MY ELECTRONIC DEVICES?

CAN I USE HEADPHONES? Personal headphones can be used during all phases of the flight. However, we ask you to remove your headphones during the safety briefing. For safety reasons, customers sitting in an emergency exit row must refrain from using headphones during taxi, take-off and landing.

Under certain circumstances, your Flight Crew or Cabin Crew may ask you to switch off all Personal Electronic Devices. This may happen during automatic landings, low visibility takeoff or landing, or during emergency situations.

I SHOULD INFORM THE CABIN CREW WHEN … Your portable electronic device is damaged, becomes hot, produces smoke, is lost, or falls into the seat structure. If safe to do so, the device must be switched off immediately.

If you require more information, please refer to the table below which includes a list of Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) which can be used onboard Air Malta flights by phase of flight. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of our cabin crew if you have any further questions.

PHASE

Boarding

HAND HELD PEDS

(e.g. smart phones and tablets)

LARGER PEDS

(e.g. laptops and notebooks)

HEADPHONES

WI-FI, TEXT & PHONE CALL FUNCTIONS

YES

YES

YES

YES

(when instructed by Flight Crew or Cabin Crew)

YES

YES

YES

YES

Taxi-out for Take-Off

YES

NO

YES

NO

During Safety Briefing Demonstration

YES

NO

NO

NO

Take-Off

YES

NO

YES

NO

Cruise

YES

YES

YES

NO

(Cabin Crew PA)

YES

NO

YES

NO

Landing

YES

NO

YES

NO

Taxi to Stand

YES

NO

YES

YES

Extended Ground Delay

Circa 10 minutes to landing

Safety Notice: The carriage of damaged, defective or recalled lithium batteries or devices is prohibited on-board Air Malta aircraft. 84


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