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14 Calendar of events
The major events taking place in Malta and Gozo throughout February and March.
17 Cover story
27 Things to do
After sunrise: Live the glories of the capital in one full day – From stunning squares and elegant façades to dozens of watering holes, Rebecca Anastasi guides you on a tour of the capital.
The passion that feeds local trades – Caroline Curmi meets four local artisans – a pinstriper, a miniature luzzu maker, and filigreemaking duo – to learn about them, their craft and its future.
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Cover picture: Celebrated pinstriper Joe Farrugia practicing his craft, tberfil – the traditional lettering that famously adorned old Maltese buses. Photo: Inigo Taylor
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February/March 2020 43 Investing in Malta
Investing in Malta guide – An in-depth look at what it takes to set up a business in Malta and the corporate services available that you’ll need to get started.
From cheese to craft beer: A spotlight on Gozitan cuisine – Despite its small size, there’s plenty to see, do and eat on the little gem that is Gozo, owing to centuries-old culinary traditions. Sarah Micallef digs in.
page 65 65 Fashion
8 fab fashion trends expected to rule in 2020 – As we usher in a new year and decade, Martina Said takes her pick of the fashion trends that remind us of bygone times, as well as the times ahead.
Born to perform – Flamenco artist Deborah Falzon and burlesque star Undine LaVerve share their passion, perseverance and dedication to their distinctive art with Martina Said.
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Welcome to the Maltese islands! ISSUE
89 February/March 2020
The capital, Valletta
he Maltese islands truly come into their own at this time of year. Although, admittedly, February isn’t a month loved by everyone – it is, after all, the coldest and wettest time of the year – it’s also full of hope and promise. Romance hangs in the air as Valentine’s Day draws nearer and opportunities abound to celebrate love in the best way couples and families see fit, be it through an amorous meal for two, or an adventure for all. A few weeks later, it’s no holds barred for all Carnival enthusiasts, who turn up in droves in cities, towns and villages across the islands to enjoy a week of revelry before the Lenten period is ushered in. And later in March, the arrival of spring
reawakens a sense of excitement for warmer and sunnier days. Speaking of hope and promise, the cover story on page 17 explores three Maltese trades and traditions that are fading fast, but which local artisans are seeking to preserve for as long as they can through reinvention, promotion and hard work. On page 27, we explore the gems and quirks of the capital’s grid-like streets, which are a must for all visitors, no matter how long or short your stay. And on page 52, we delve into the Gozitan delicacies you must try during a jaunt to the sister isle, including the unparalleled Gozitan ftira. With all this and more, enjoy the issue!
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2020 UNTIL 9 FEBRUARY The Importance of Being Earnest – Get set for a true theatrical treat as the Malta Amateur Dramatic Club and Teatru Manoel bring you one of the best comedies ever written. Whether you’re a seasoned Bunburyist who can quote entire sections by heart, or a complete newcomer to Oscar Wilde’s gentle genius, this is a theatre experience that needs to go in your diary. Venue: Teatru Manoel, Valletta. www.teatrumanoel.com.mt
UNTIL 14 FEBRUARY Scheherazade – In this solo show by well-known local artist Charlie Cauchi, a multi-disciplinary and immersive installation is built around the concept of a London Soho nightclub. Taking inspiration from Scheherazade, the female narrator of the tales in A Thousand and One Arabian Nights, Cauchi strives to bring a feminine subjectivity and her own perspective to a topic that has traditionally been viewed from a male standpoint. Venue: Valletta Contemporary, Valletta. www.vallettacontemporary.com
Ensemble and the Stagecoach Malta Children’s Choir, this will be an evening the whole family can enjoy. Venue: Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. www.mcc.com.mt
2 FEBRUARY Don Bosco Grand Concert 2020 – The Gozo Youth Wind Band is putting its last touches on its annual concert, in which it strives to introduce new arrangements to the local musical scene, appealing to the general public, young or old. The event starts at 7pm and entrance is free. Venue: Oratory Don Bosco Theatre, Victoria, Gozo. www.donboscogozo.org
2, 9, 16, 23 FEBRUARY, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 MARCH In Guardia Parade – The In Guardia Parade is a re-enactment that portrays an authentic event that took place regularly inside Malta’s major fortifications built by the Knights of the Order of St John. During this event, the fort’s garrison performs its military drill to demonstrate to the Grand Bailiff its state of readiness. The show begins at 11am and lasts 40 minutes. Venue: Fort St Elmo, Valletta. www.heritagemalta.com
1 FEBRUARY The Magic of Dreams – The sounds of an orchestra will blend with visual presentations from some of the best-loved movies during this music-filled evening. Performed by the St Paul’s Metropolitan Orchestra, the Santa Venera Vocal
to tradition, St Paul established the first Christian community on the island. To celebrate, religious ceremonies and street festivities are held in the capital. Venue: St Paul’s Shipwreck Parish, Valletta.
10 FEBRUARY Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck – This feast is held in honour of St Paul’s arrival in Malta, in 60 AD, when St Paul, who was on his way to Rome from Jerusalem, was shipwrecked on Malta’s shores during a storm. According
10 FEBRUARY-10 MARCH Malta in Transition: A Collection of Photographs by Guido Stilon – Capturing Maltese life in the 1950s and 1960s with a vivid, modern, and insightful approach, Stilon’s work encompasses street photography, scenes of urban, industrial and agricultural labour, and outdoor portraiture of friends and family. Yet, Stilon remains an enigma and little is known about his practice. This exhibition seeks to shed light on this through a selection of some of the artist’s most spectacular images. Venue: Malta Postal Museum, Valletta. www.magnazmien.com
21-25 FEBRUARY Carnival – Extravagantly coloured floats in the capital, children running around in fancy costumes, and Malta’s main nightlife centre, Paceville, entertaining costumed revellers late into the night all characterise Carnival on the Maltese islands. The main celebrations take place in Valletta, but if you’re looking for something more offbeat, visit Nadur in Gozo for their original – and humorous – take on the tradition. Venue: various. www.festivals.mt
For the full online Malta Calendar of Events please go to: www.visitmalta.com/events-calendar
From Grease to Black Eyed Peas Carnival Party – The sounds of the 1960s, including The Beatles and other legends, will blend with recent hits from Black Eyed Peas, Ed Sheeran and many more. Other hits from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s will also feature in this celebration of great music in an atmosphere that will keep any clubber begging for more! Venue: Gianpula, Rabat. www.barocco-malta.com
The Addams Family – Everyone’s favourite kooky family has now landed in Malta for this spectacular musical comedy, featuring a live orchestra! Wednesday Addams (Nadia Vella), the ultimate princess of darkness, is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez (Roger Tirazona) knows. Tantalised? Venue: Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. www.addams.mt
Sister Act, The Musical – This season, Teatru Astra in Gozo continues to diversify its offering with the staging of Sister Act, a 1992 American blockbuster which has turned into a record-breaking hit musical over the years. Venue: Teatru Astra, Gozo. www.teatruastra.org.mt
8 MARCH-7 APRIL
The Malta Marathon – This yearly event, which boasts three options consisting of the full marathon, the half marathon and the walkathon, caters to any skill level. The full marathon is 4.2 kilometres long and is the most challenging of them all, starting off from Mdina and ending in Sliema, while the half marathon and walkathon cut through parts of Ta’ Qali and Mosta. Venue: various. www.maltamarathon.com
Gaulitana: A Festival of Music – International and local artists come together at this five-week festival celebrating opera, musical theatre, instrumental, vocal, classical and semi-classical music. The eclectic programme of events, as well as the festival’s intensive educational programme, is running into its 14th edition. Venues: various. www.gaulitanus.com
14 MARCH 5-8 MARCH Malta International Choir Festival – The 24th edition of this music festival runs over four days and brings together some of the best choirs from the all over the globe. This year, there will be two competitions – one for gospel choirs and the other for show choirs. Venue: various. www.maltachoirfest.com
Mahler’s Sixth – This symphony, which has been described as “the first nihilist work in the history of music”, will be performed by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra during this spectacular evening. According to Mahler’s wife, the four-movement work is prophetically autobiographical. Moreover, it is evidence of how the artist engages with the formal conventions of the genre. Venue: Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. www.maltaorchestra.com
28 MARCH Festival of Lights – Over 30,000 candles will light up the narrow streets of Cittadella, in Gozo, creating a wonderful magical atmosphere within this walled city. The night offers numerous activities, including historical re-enactments, extended and cheaper museum entrances, live entertainment, and children’s activities. Food stalls will also be set up for the event. Venue: Cittadella, Gozo.
31 MARCH Freedom Day Celebrations – On 31st March 1979, the Defence Treaty with Britain came to an end as the last British forces left the island. Since then, every year, activities commemorating this important historic event take place, mostly in Vittoriosa, where the monument marking this event is situated. Venue: various.
The passion that feeds local trades The beauty of time-tested trades and traditions may be lost on some, but there are those who not only appreciate them, but strive to conserve them. Caroline Curmi meets celebrated pinstriper Joe Farrugia, miniature luzzu maker Anthony ‘Twanny’ D’Amato, and master and apprentice filigree-making duo Kevin and Eric Attard who are doing just that. Photos: Inigo Taylor
PAGE 18: Joe Farrugia – Pinstriper
PAGE 20: Anthony ‘Twanny’ D’Amato – Miniature luzzu maker
PAGE 23: Kevin and Eric Attard – Filigree makers
Joe Farrugia – Pinstriper Joe Farrugia’s work first came into prominence when his lettering and signwriting famously adorned Malta’s traditional buses. It wasn’t just buses that featured his designs; tberfil (or pinstriping) could be (and sometimes still is) found on karozzini, or horse-
drawn carriages, and shop signs. His trade had been edged towards extinction due to the local public transport system reform nine years ago when the old buses were garaged in favour of a newer, more modern fleet, but Joe has since become a household name.
The speed with which he picks up his tools and settles into a quick demonstration reveals an enviably sharp mind and an agile body. The subject of many an interview and documentary, his pinstriped designs are a source of great nostalgia for locals and tourists alike. It is precisely this which has spurred a fresh wave of public interest in his craft, and now his work is also exhibited on many a shop façade. His friendly demeanour makes him extremely popular with kids, and he delights in giving them little workshops and tutorials. Joe draws a muted sense of pride from his notoriety and informs me that a video of him pinstriping on YouTube has garnered lots of views. He urges me to check it out, and I oblige. “It has a hundred views” he says, before quickly backtracking: “hundred thousand I mean!”
His personality is warm, capricious and hits the perfect balance between cheeky and respectful. The speed with which he picks up his tools and settles into a quick demonstration reveals an enviably sharp mind and an agile body, but before I’m able to remark on his youthful spirit he quips “I’m soon turning 75 you know, I’m soon out.” Joe’s paintbrush hovers above the board as he anticipates my reaction. Caught off-guard by his comment, I babble a quick reassurance which is immediately drowned out by his laughter. A self-taught artist, Joe experimented on his own as a young boy before taking on his first gig at age 13. The pinstriper is an advocate for “practise, practise and more practise”
and I ask how he came to realise his skill. He momentarily takes his eyes off the board and shoots a sunny smile my way before turning back to his work: “when you know, you know.” He continues to adorn the words in front of him as I barrage him with questions: what type of paint does he use? What was life like during his years in Canada? How could I get my hands on brushes like the ones he uses? He has been through all these questions multiple times before, but he patiently answers every query with animated grace. The colour he uses is regular tinned paint, which he waters down with petroleum. The brushes, which have been his faithful companions since his days in Canada, have served their purpose for years on end and he is eagerly awaiting the delivery of a fresh batch straight from Canada. I ask if his work has inspired any family members to take up the trade, but he informs me that while his three daughters have all inherited his creative streak, none are interested in partaking in pinstriping. Traditionally, such crafts are treated like a family heirloom and passed on from one generation to the next, but this practice is unfortunately suffering a quick demise. ➜
Anthony ‘Twanny’ D’Amato – Miniature luzzu maker Anthony ‘Twanny’ D’Amato shares an uncanny resemblance to Joe: his love for life is as zealous and they both harbour a warm sensitivity. The pair have fiercely protected their inner child despite their mature age, and while they both find pleasure in playful
and practical jokes, Twanny’s stoic demeanour betrays the hardships he has experienced. Twanny’s life has been entwined with the Mediterranean for more years than he’s graced this earth: “Even though my mother was pregnant with me at
Witnessing the process of building a miniature boat is like seeing Twanny breathe life into the object.
the time, she would still go and help my father on fishing trips,” he says, as a mischievous smile breaks through his moustache. Now a retired fisherman, Twanny has capitalised on the extra time on his hands to reawaken a childhood hobby. As youngsters, Twanny and his brother spent hours on end carving fishing boats out of polystyrene, and over time they started experimenting with different materials. While the manual production of life-sized luzzijiet, Malta’s traditional fishing boats, has been regressing steadily over the years, some of its age-old appeal is now preserved through Twanny’s craft. His attention to detail is extraordinary, especially when you peek at the interior of the cabins. Indeed, his miniature luzzijiet have proved incredibly popular, and a paper stuck to the wall with
a sizeable list of names roughly scribbled across its borders is a testament to his success. This is how Twanny keeps track of his orders, most of which come from fellow fishermen. “Women like having vases around the house while for us fishermen, having a miniature luzzu or boat is the equivalent,” he says. His careful, diligent and passionate approach to his trade
is pleasantly heart-warming but also evokes a sense of nostalgia. Witnessing the process of building a miniature boat is like seeing Twanny breathe life into the object. It is no longer just a decorative piece, but it’s an extension of himself. Almost as if he perceives my thoughts, he elaborates on the matter: “this is how I think I will be remembered when I’m gone.” ➜ 21
Kevin and Eric Attard – Filigree makers Kevin and Eric Attard are reviving the age-old craft of filigree and transforming it into a selfsustaining business, all the while generating a sense of satisfaction from it. This form of intricate metalwork uses twisted gold or silver threads to create artistic motifs, typically used for jewellery and decorative ornaments. Their approach may border the methodical, but it is an essential part to modernising tradition and ensuring its longevity. For master filigree maker
Kevin, his induction into the craft came through a family friend when he was still a teenager, while for Eric, it was due to a circumstantial turn of events. “I wanted a nose ring, it’s as simple as that,” he states, adding that his initial contact with Kevin was to look into the possibility of commissioning one. Eric, a visual artist, shared some concept designs with the filigree master and just like that, a collaboration was born. Their vision is jointly motivated by the same ideology. ➜ 23
“I think that for a craft to remain alive it needs to remain relevant,” Eric explains. Remaining traditional for the sake of it is not an option for this duo and this is directly reflected through Kevin’s concept for an upcoming exhibition where filigree will merge with functional sex toys, among other unique combinations. Surprised and curious, I enquire about the date of the exhibition. “It will be in August,” Kevin says. A momentary silence fills the air before Kevin speaks up again: “It’s a big business, eh!” he hints. I mistakenly assume he is referring to filigree, but he promptly sets the
record straight: “I was referring to the sex toy industry,” he laughs. Kevin proceeds to explain his vision: “I’m doing this to challenge myself,” he says, adding that ultimately its potential can earn him some good money. “We are trying to introduce filigree in new areas, not just your typical butterfly or Maltese cross,” he explains. Judging from their work and their creative outlook, the potentials of filigree do seem endless, but there is just one catch: “you can introduce filigree to whatever you want,” Kevin says: “but then you have to work hard to make it happen!”
“I think that for a craft to remain alive it needs to remain relevant.”
THINGS TO DO
After sunrise live the glories of the capital in one full day Go on a circadian adventure around Valletta this season and explore its acclaimed exhibition spaces, honeycombed squares and elegant façades, making sure to stop for some refreshments at one of the dozens of watering holes peppered around the city. Rebecca Anastasi takes you on a tour of the best spots you can visit, all in one day.
Hit the ground… wandering With its lavish architectural offerings brooding over broad squares, Valletta is a city made for walking. Start your visit by experiencing the majesty of the Triton Fountain, a modernist behemoth and cultural icon guarding the capital’s entrance. St Paul Street
Built between 1952 and 1959, towards the end of Malta’s colonial chapter (which ended in 1964), this homage to the island’s seas – featuring three bronze tritons – was designed by local sculptor Vincent Apap, who had trained at the British Academy of Arts in Rome, and who was aided by his draughtsman Victor Anastasi (no relation!).
Today, the monument, which was extensively restored and unveiled in January 2018, dominates the vast square that welcomes the thousands of tourists, workers and shoppers who head into the city every day. As you walk over the bridge into the capital, savour the bird’s eye view of Laparelli Gardens in the former ditch beneath the city’s entrance. Part of the extensive facelift given to the main access into Valletta, the gardens feature youthful flower beds, lean decking and ample space where you can stretch and relish some peace and quiet. And, access is easy – by means of a lift, or stairs if you’re feeling energetic, situated on the right as you walk into the capital. ➜
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Back up top, Republic Street, the stem which connects all periphery road branches, leads you past Malta’s Parliament Building designed by Renzo Piano and towards the city’s open-air theatre, Pjazza Teatru Rjal, which was erected over the ruins of the British-built Royal Opera House more than 70 years after it was badly damaged during the wartime bombing of the small archipelago. An imposing reminder of Malta’s suffering during the period, today, the theatre hosts musical concerts, plays and film festivals. Further down, the shopping streets stretch as far as the eye can see, punctuated by open spaces which have, for centuries, served as the city’s lungs and meeting spots.
quintessential grid-like metropoli – Valletta’s city street lattice also incorporated wide public spaces, where the community could come together and build relationships. Today, the capital’s arresting squares – or pjazez as they are known in Maltese – still serve the same function, fomenting social associations as visitors from all over the globe mingle with the locals who call this island home. One of these, Pjazza Jean de la Valette, is named after the eponymous founder of the capital and pays tribute to the legendary Grand Master whose drive and determination led to the creation of the city, yet who never lived to see it become
reality. His statue adorns the small enclosure, situated beside the 16th-century church, St Catherine of Alexandria, which sits on the crossroads with Merchants Street. Winnowing out, the pedestrianised Castille Square takes its name from the Auberge de Castille, a majestic architectural icon, dominating this second major entrance to the capital. Head to the Upper Barrakka Gardens – just off the square – for a dramatic view of the Grand Harbour, a natural port, witness to centuries of battle and struggle as Malta tremored under the patronage of the Knights of St John and the might of the British Empire. This is also one of the most romantic spots to experience sunset – particularly apt on Valentine’s Day – as soft pinks, dusky oranges and deep purples illuminate the sky. Moving down Merchants Street, pass by Joseph Busuttil, a familyrun store where you can pick up some hand-made lace, filigree or glass souvenirs for family back home. Turning back onto the main thoroughfare will bring you to Republic Square, lorded over by a statue of Queen Victoria, though the hundreds who enjoy some respite under the umbrellas and canopies of nearby bars and restaurants barely seem to notice the dowager. ➜ Castille Square - Photo: viewingmalta.com
A roster of picturesque squares Valletta’s 16th-century urban planners were at the forefront of innovation. At least 80 years before the auspicious beginnings of that Dutch trading post in north America which became New York City – one of the world’s 28
THINGS TO DO Here, Caffe Cordina, a family business established in 1837, serves incomparable pastries and luscious ice-creams to new visitors and faithful locals, who return day after day for another bite of their kannoli (tube-like fried pastry filled with sweet ricotta), or pastizzi (mushy peas or savoury ricotta encased in flaky pastry). Sit outside, in the square, and order a snack with a local drink, such as the citrus soft-drink Kinnie, for some well-deserved Maltese respite. Adjacent, gastrobars, bistros and burger joints flank the grand urban space known as St George’s Square, where children run through waterspouts screaming with laughter. And, it is here where Malta’s main Carnival festivities reach their apex, celebrated this year between 21st and 25th February, when vibrant floats, outrageous performances and children’s parades inject electrifying colour into the capital. But, before that, if you’re in the capital on 10th February, stay to experience the heady revelry, attended by thousands, on this public holiday celebrating St Paul’s shipwreck on the island (a feast known as San Pawl Nawfragu) – and the advent of Christianity on the island. Republic Square - Photo: viewingmalta.com
Spirited interiors brimming with colour Away from the winter wind, Valletta’s baroque heritage and the island’s dramatic history are also vividly displayed behind the imposing façades of the capital. A case in point, The Grand Master’s Palace preens with elegance: it boasts corridors brimming with frescoes – from the brush of Nicolau Nasoni, an Italian artist
and architect – and features the epic Great Siege depicted in all its mortal finality on the ceilings of The Palace State Rooms. Heritage Malta, the island’s national cultural agency, is responsible for the management of such sites, ensuring their survival and instilling an appreciation of Malta’s art, culture and history in future generations. And, MUŻA, Malta’s National Community Art Museum – newly inaugurated at the beginning of last year – has put much fuel into this drive towards excellence. A self-described ‘legacy project’ created during Valletta’s year as Capital of Culture in 2018, the museum, which occupies the 16th-century base of the Italianspeaking Knights of St John, the Auberge D’Italie, houses the island’s national art collection, as well as more contemporary works. ➜ 31
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MUŻA - Photo: Alan Carville
The National Museum of Archaeology – situated on Republic Street – is also a mustsee. Apart from the exhibits and artefacts stemming from Malta’s Neolithic Period (5000BC), right up to the Phoenician Period (400BC), the building houses one of the most stunning baroque rooms in the capital – the Grand Salon, featuring gilded panelling, with its deep gold, shots of red and daubs of turquoise. Yet, despite its splendour, it still pales in comparison to the fascinating interiors of St John’s Co-Cathedral. Formerly the Conventual church of the Knights of St John, its plain exterior belies its sumptuous soul. Inside, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s gruesome The Beheading of St John the Baptist enthrals, as do the lavish gilded walls of the cathedral and the ceiling paintings by famed Italian painter Mattia Preti.
Before the sun sets To end your day of culture in the capital, head down towards the front of the peninsula on which Valletta was built, where the 15th-century Fort St Elmo stands proud, having witnessed centuries of upheaval. Before your visit, brush up on your history with the Malta Experience, situated within
the fort’s bastions, a 45-minute audio-visual show giving you a rundown of the island’s 7,000-yearold history (last admissions are at 4pm). Then, head inside the star-shaped fort to explore its expansive grounds, the National War Museum and commanding viewing points as the night begins to throw its mantle. St John's Co-Cathedral - Photo: viewingmalta.com
The newly restored Grand Masters’ Crypt
at St John’s Co-Cathedral
The Grand Masters’ Crypt is a special place, for within it lay to rest the first Grand Masters who shaped the history of Malta, from Fra’ Philippe de Villiers de L’lsle-Adam, who brought the Order of the Knights of St John to the island, to Fra Jean Parisot de Valette, the hero of the 1565 Great Siege, as well as Fra Jean L’Evesque de la Cassière, who financed the building of this Church, and Fra Alof de Wignacourt, who was responsible for bringing the renowned artist Caravaggio to Malta. Early in the 18th century, during the reign of Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena, the vault of the Crypt was embellished by Niccolo Nasoni, a Florentine artist. He used a fresco technique to paint the vault en grisaille with a funerary theme that alludes to episodes from the Old Testament accompanied by skeletons and war trophies. Playful putti rest above the monuments holding symbols of the Order of St John. But the ravages of time had taken its toll on this beautiful space. At the start of the project, the Crypt was in a pitiful state. Fluctuating humidity and temperature levels in the atmosphere caused salt crystallisation, resulting 34
in a cover of salt efflorescence over the surface that obscured the sharp architectural trompe l'oeil effects of the painting. Cycles of deliquescence caused extensive detachment of the plaster support. The delicate carvings of the sarcophagi were so severely deteriorated that details could easily be lost if disturbed. Moreover, a thick layer of dust and soot covered the entire interior. These were the overwhelming conditions of the Crypt. The restoration project was a long process because of the varied and delicate nature of the materials that constitute the artefacts, each requiring specific treatment and restoration. Nevertheless, with the dedication
and tenacious perseverance of the restoration team, supported by specialists in their field, the project was carried out with great success. We are truly indebted to all who participated in the project. The Crucifixion group above the altar of the Grand Masters’ Crypt is composed of six wooden statues representing Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, St John the Evangelist and two angels. The background of the Golgotha scene is clad in black Portoro marble slabs and is framed by a cornice made in Giallo di Siena marble, which was first cleaned from dust and residues of salts.
The Grand Masters buried in the Crypt Fra' Philippe de Villiers de L'Isle-Adam (1464-21 August 1534) Fra’ Pietrino del Ponte (26 August 1534-17 November 1535) Fra’ Juan de Homedes y Coscon (20 October 1536-6 September 1553) Fra’ Claude de la Sengle (11 September 1553-18 August 1557) Fra’ Jean Parisot de Valette (21 August 1557-21 August 1568) Fra’ Pietro Giochi del Monte (23 August 1568-26 January 1572) Fra’ Jean l'Evesque de la Cassière (30 January 1572-21 December 1581) Fra’ Hughues Loubenx de Verdalle (12 January 1582-4 May 1595) Fra’ Martin Garzes (8 May 1595-7 February 1601) Fra’ Alof de Wignacourt (10 February 1601-14 September 1622) Fra’ Luis Mendez de Vasconcellos (17 September 1622-7 March 1623) Fra’ Francisco Ximenes de Texada (28 January 1773-9 November 1775)
Few things are more exciting to watch than a conservator working. The transformation is magical – the blackened and blunt carvings had lost their details, but under the conservator’s hand – they weren’t lost, but covered with soot and dirt. The paintings that had seemed of little interest, their subject obscured, became fascinating when the salts were carefully lifted, and the bright tones and the harmony of the paintings
were revealed. The entire Crypt is now resurrected to energetic life. The restoration of the Grand Masters’ Crypt has ensured its long-term preservation, while the custom-made glass door has made viewing possible. The Crypt is now accessible for thousands of visitors to view, making it possible to absorb information and history of the Knights and Grand Masters that came from the most important aristocratic families of Europe.
The Grand Masters’ Crypt is open within the opening hours of the Co-Cathedral: MondayFriday 9.30am-4.30pm (ticket office closes at 4pm). Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm (ticket office closes at noon). Closed on Sundays and public holidays. For more information, E: email@example.com; www.stjohnscocathedral.com
Gozo: Your Romantic Getaway Destination
A romantic holiday is about getting away from the crowd and focusing on your loved one. Whether you’re celebrating an important milestone in your journey as a couple or trying to rekindle a relationship, Gozo is a great place to spend quality time and engage in activities and interests that bring you together.
Dwejra Bay - Photo: Joseph Caruana
Accommodation to suit your taste and budget In Gozo, you’ll find a variety of accommodation options that fit travellers’ different requirements. Stay at a luxurious five-star hotel, a charming or sleek and stylish boutique hotel or opt for an intimate stay at a rented farmhouse or villa. You will also find a great selection of guesthouses, selfcatering apartments and B&Bs. Culture, history, nature and the sea The small island of Gozo is rich in history and culture. Exploring the capital Victoria, the Citadel and the various villages and hamlets of the island is an experience you will treasure. The island’s calendar of yearly events includes not only typical summer Mediterranean feasts but also a veritable musical programme including international music festivals
Ramla Bay - Photo: Kevin White
Accommodation in Gozo - Photo: Daniel Cilia
and an opera season. Beyond the culture, nature and the sea are just a step away. In Gozo, you can have it all!
Seek out the sunsets Experience beautiful sunsets from different vantage points across the island. Magnificent displays can be witnessed along the coastal areas on the western side of the island such as Xlendi, Dwejra and Xwejni. But equally impressive are the sunsets from the higher points of Gozo, namely the cliffs on the southern side of the island, hilltops of Xagħra, Nadur, Żebbuġ and the Citadel. To infinity and beyond When the night falls, another amazing spectacle awaits on the island of Gozo – a star-lit sky that can be enjoyed from various locations around the island. Because Gozo is a small island with a rugged, unspoilt and under-developed coastline, it
gives nature lovers, stargazers and astronomers the rare chance to witness the most amazing dark skies over an open sea. Dwejra is a fantastic place to see stars, planets, space stations, the annual Perseid meteor showers, eclipses and, of course, The Milky Way over Fungus Rock.
Dining Out Book one of the cosy sea-view restaurants and savour the tastes of traditional Gozitan cuisine. While Gozitan cuisine is intrinsically linked with local produce and thus the Mediterranean seasons, Gozitan chefs will pleasantly surprise you with varied and vast menus. Gozo is indeed a romantic destination all year round. After all, it is the island where Homer says the nymph Calypso captivated the hero Ulysses with her magic for seven long years! Find out more on www.visitgozo.com 39
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The Omnia Quartet A mutual love for chamber music
The Omnia Quartet is a truly international ensemble. Its members hail from Italy, Poland and Hungary. Agnieszka Kuźma (violin), Vincenzo Picone (guest violin), Mateusz Kuźma (viola) and Akos Kertesz (cello) have graduated from prestigious conservatories in Europe and are all members of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Apart from being colleagues and good friends, they share a passion for chamber music. They are increasingly in demand for concerts in Malta and Gozo as they demonstrate remarkable versatility, playing music from the early baroque to the 21st century. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Heritage Malta have teamed up to present the Omnia Quartet within a unique context, that of the Inquisitor’s Palace in Birgu. The concert will be held on Saturday 29th February starting at 7.30pm.
Tickets can be purchased from Heritage Malta museums and sites or online from www.shop.heritagemalta.org
Discover Malta Located in Malta’s capital city, Valletta, within what was once the Sacra Infermeria of the Knights of Malta, is The Malta Experience. This audio-visual spectacular is one of the largest attractions in Europe in terms of duration, system and language commentaries. The 45-minute presentation can be listened to in one of 17 languages. In a purposely-built auditorium with a panoramic screen, sensational vision and a gripping commentary, The Malta Experience brings 7,000 years of history back to life. Shows are every hour on the hour, and after each show, one can also enjoy a tour of the Sacra Infermeria. Today, this beautiful building is known as the Mediterranean Conference Centre, but you can still step back in time and visualise its revolutionary past on a guided tour, and visit the longest hospital ward in Europe, measuring 155 metres in length and holding 247 beds.
The Malta Experience, St Elmo Bastions, Mediterranean Street, Valletta. www.themaltaexperience.com
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WELCOME TO MALTA – YOUR NEW HOME
Throughout history, Malta has welcomed people from all four corners of the globe and all walks of life, who have made this tiny country in the Mediterranean their new home. In the 21st century, it is a trans-continental hub for trade, a popular tourism destination and an overperformer when it comes to hi-tech industries such as iGaming and FinTech. Over the past two decades, an influx of expats has made the social and economic landscape truly exciting, diverse and cosmopolitan – could you be the next to join? Whether you’re searching for a fresh start in life or simply looking to grow your business, Malta could be the stepping-stone you’ve been waiting for. But before you
pack up your bags and head to the airport, here are some things you need to know. FINDING A JOB Unemployment in Malta is extraordinarily low, and most large companies have vacancies begging to be filled. iGaming, hospitality and financial services are among the industries with the largest number of job opportunities across different skill levels. You’ll need a job contract before you get a residence card and set up a bank account. If you’re a non-EU citizen, you’ll need to apply for a residence/work permit at the Citizenship Office within Identity Malta.
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SOCIAL SECURITY AND ID NUMBER Applying for a Maltese social security number is an essential part of becoming a working resident in Malta and brings you one step closer to applying for a residence card. The resident ID card is extremely important and simplifies a lot of your day-to-day life in Malta. To apply for a residence card, you’ll first need to have your employment status confirmed by Jobsplus. Next you will need to visit Evans Building in Valletta where you can apply for your residence card. To apply for your residence card, you will need Form A and Form ID1A, as well as an original and copy of your passport, your work contract, your Jobsplus employment certificate, and your Maltese tenancy agreement.
1. Deciding between self-employment and setting up a limited liability company A limited liability company gives your business a more trusted face and protects you as a shareholder in case of defective products or lawsuits. On the other hand, there are more bureaucratic steps in creating such a company (as opposed to starting a business as a selfemployed person), such as having an annual audit, so make sure your business is viable before registering it as LTD. You need to be at least two shareholders to register a company.
SETTING UP A BANK ACCOUNT Setting up a bank account becomes a lot easier once you’ve received your residence card. Most banks will require your ID, a letter of reference from a bank or your employer, and a minimum deposit into your account to set it up. HEALTHCARE Healthcare in Malta is free to all citizens and registered working residents so once you have your Social Security number and your residence card you can visit healthcare centres free of charge. If you prefer private healthcare services, health insurance in Malta is relatively inexpensive.
2. Preparing for registration If you are going to proceed with a limited liability company, then you need to draft the memorandum and articles of association. These documents are important for registration, but they also detail what the company, its shareholders and its directors can and cannot do. It’s very important to identify the right legal firm, accountancy and audit firm, as well as business consultants to guide you during this stage.
ALL ABOUT SETTING UP A BUSINESS IN MALTA
With a well-established regulatory environment based on EU law, a favourable tax regime, attractive government incentives, and a well-educated and highly motivated workforce, Malta can be a very attractive place for a foreigner to set up a business. Additionally, Malta has developed several business relationships with not just European countries and fellow EU member states, but also with African and Middle Eastern countries and markets. Interested to start a business in Malta? Here are seven stages to keep in mind.
3. Depositing the minimum share capital Every company needs some capital to start off, however small. As a new business owner, you need to open a bank account in the company’s name and inform the bank teller that you are depositing your share capital. The money will go into a holding account until the company is properly registered. The receipt issued will need to be presented in the next stage.
Malta has developed several business relationships with not just European countries and fellow EU member states, but also with African and Middle Eastern countries and markets.
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4. Presenting documentation to the Malta Business Registry The filled-in company registration form, together with the memorandum and articles of association, and the share capital deposit slip need to be presented to the Malta Business Registry. Registration is done within two to three days and the registration fee depends on the size of the company.
Population 493,559 Area 316sq km Currency Euro
Real GDP Growth 5.4 per cent (projected figure for 2019)
5. Obtaining licences and a tax identification number Once the trade name is approved and the memorandum and articles of association are filed with the Registry, the company is almost ready to start operating. However, before that one must also check if any special licences are required. Furthermore, each business in Malta has to have a tax identification number. While this is free, once a year you will need to fill in a tax return form. This is another step where the assistance of a trusted accountant, audit or legal firm is invaluable.
Unemployment rate 3.4 per cent
A corporate services provider can help with the incorporation of Maltese companies, taxation, ship and yacht registration, re-domiciliation of companies to Malta, company directorship and management services in Malta, back-office support and administration, payroll services and the opening of bank accounts. Being primarily a services-based economy, Malta has a wealth of corporate services providers to choose from.
6. Getting a VAT number and PE number You also need to register with the VAT Department in order to obtain a VAT number. Furthermore, if you have a limited liability company and you intend on hiring personnel, you also need to register as an employer and obtain a PE number. Both of these steps are free of charge and can be done online.
Company incorporation As outlined above, a company is set up through the drafting and registration of its memorandum and articles of association. All shareholder/s must subscribe to it and a certificate of registration is issued. Depending on the type of company being formed, various documents must be gathered, and forms filled out. A corporate services provider can help you get organised and speed up the process.
7. Registering with Jobsplus Jobsplus is responsible for all employment registration in Malta. You need to fill in a form for each employee upon registration and again upon termination of each employee. The process is quick and free of charge. Government department Business First can help you with all of these steps, and can be easily reached through their website – www.businessfirst.com.mt or over email.
Taxation A corporate services provider should be able to administer tax advice that is informed by the nature of the company structure. Malta attracts many foreign companies to its shores to register their business here due to the island’s highly favourable tax rates.
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Legal services Maltese law allows for several forms of corporate entities, the most common of which is the limited liability company, which may have the status of a public or private company. Private companies may be either
After identifying the kind of business you would like to set up in Malta, you will most likely need to engage a corporate services provider for crucial and sound advice on company formation, as well as for solutions to the requirements of your business in line with local laws.
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At this point you are obliged to pay 1 per cent of the 5 per cent provisional stamp duty. The total sum is payable upon completion of the sale. You will also need to pay a deposit which is usually around 10 per cent of the agreed sale price. You don’t need a permit to buy a house here unless it’s a secondary residence. But if you are not a citizen of an EU country then you will need an Acquisition of Immovable Property in Malta by Non-Residents Permit (AIP). You must also obtain a permit if you are considering renting your property as a holiday home and any earnings must be declared to the authorities for tax purposes.
exempt or non-exempt from providing audit reports. Companies may have multiple activities including those of a ‘holding’ and ‘trading’ nature. Engaging a professional to assist in legal obligations based on company structure could be the most efficient way to ensure compliance with the law from the outset. There are several law firms in Malta specialised in corporate law with years of experience in the field that will guide you in the best interests of your business. Advice on property Unless your business is based online, you will need to rent or acquire commercial property. While many corporate services providers do not offer advice on property, Malta’s major real estate agents can impart invaluable advice on how to get the most bang for your buck.
WHERE SHOULD I LIVE? Malta is a tiny island so it’s easy to believe that it doesn’t matter where you live, since everything is so easily within reach. But slow-moving traffic during peak hours, reliance on private cars, and differences between one area of the island and another make it necessary to think deeply about what you want from your new hometown. Here’s a guideline of what to expect from different parts of Malta.
FINDING THE RIGHT PROPERTY
Once you’ve decided to move to Malta, you’ll set about finding the perfect property for you and your family, or the new headquarters for your business. But what will that involve? The cost of living in Malta remains lower than most European countries, but rent has become more expensive in recent years. You can expect to pay at least €800 for a flat in a central part of the island, and far more if it’s in one of the more in-demand locations such as Sliema or St Julian’s. Office or commercial spaces have seen less of a spike in prices, but as with homes, this is largely dependent on location. Most people start their search through a property agency. Dhalia Real Estate, one of Malta’s leading estate agencies, would be a good place to start. Here you can sort through different kinds of properties, locations and price ranges, and get in touch with the agency to arrange for a visit. However, it’s worth noting that many properties are listed with several estate agents, so you may end up viewing the same property several times if you’re not careful. Once you’ve viewed a few different properties, settled on one that you want to buy, and your offer has been accepted, you will be asked to sign a promise of sale, known in Maltese as a konvenju. This is a legally binding agreement between you and the seller, and will involve a notary public.
Sliema and St Julian’s The natural choice for most expats. These two towns have a large expat community, an exciting social life, and close proximity to many businesses and places of work. However, they’re the most expensive addresses in Malta, and if you’re looking for a quiet place to settle down, they’re probably not it.
Most people start their search through a property agency. Photo: viewingmalta.com
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THE RIGHT RECRUITMENT STRATEGY
Now that you’ve set up your business in Malta and found the right property, the next stage is hiring people. With unemployment being so low, and a comparatively small talent pool to select from, finding the right people can be a challenge. Here are a few things to keep in mind during the quest for your star candidates. 1. Knowing what you need You need to fully understand the role you are hiring for, allowing you to quickly determine who has the experience required to successfully fulfil the role.
Central towns such as Birkirkara, Attard and Mosta These areas are located in the middle of the island and have good transport links to most other towns and villages. While being mostly residential, the central towns of Malta are well served by amenities and are perfect for raising a family.
2. Preparing the job description and person specification They will be one of the first things potential candidates read when they find your job vacancy. Include the key responsibilities that the role will involve and try to give candidates a feel of who they’d be working with and what is expected of them.
Buġibba and Mellieħa Plenty of expats – particularly from the UK – live in these towns. Since both of them can be considered resort towns, it’s worth noting that they get particularly hectic in summer with the influx of tourists but are extremely quiet throughout the rest of the year.
3. Seeking specialist support If you are already struggling to fit everything in during the process of recruitment, you might want to consider outsourcing to a recruitment agency, of which Malta also has several to choose from with a proven track record for making great matches.
Southern areas such as Marsaxlokk, Marsascala and the Three Cities The southern part of the island is worth considering if you’d like to be close to the sea, live in a charming traditional village or town, and don’t want to pay through the nose. However, fewer expats tend to live here, so if you’re in search of a community of fellow emigres, this may not be for you. Having your own transport becomes essential in this case and learning at least a few words and phrases in Maltese will endear you to the local community.
4. Conducting interviews At the interview stage, the most important points to cover include CV or application highlights, and of course, key requisites for the role. 5. Checking references, drawing up a contract and offering the job Once you have shortlisted your top candidates it’s time to check their references. It’s essential to check your candidate’s background – hiring the wrong person can be extremely damaging to the company, as well as a huge waste of money.
Gozo Quiet, peaceful and with plenty of green spaces which Malta is sorely missing, the island of Gozo is accessible via a ferry that leaves Ċirkewwa every 45 minutes. Since the commute may be off-putting, it’s perfect for retirees as well as people who are planning to work from home. A permanent link, via a tunnel for passenger cars is, however, in the pipeline, so if you are planning on a long-term stay and wish for a quieter and more rural setting, Gozo could be the right choice.
6. Welcome the newest member of the team It’s never fun being the new person, but as long as your company is friendly, welcoming and patient, you’ll make a good impression early on, and quickly gain your new employee’s loyalty.
From cheese to craft beer:
A spotlight on Gozitan cuisine Despite being a mere 20 minutes away by ferry, Malta’s sister isle feels like an entire world away. And despite its small size, there’s plenty to see, do and eat on this little gem of an island, owing to centuries-old culinary traditions. Sarah Micallef lists the distinctive elements of Gozitan cuisine no foodie worth their salt should miss.
Far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is sometimes hard to believe that Gozo has managed to retain such an air of simplicity and calm, not to mention a distinct character and culinary tradition. Any holiday in Malta isn’t complete without a dose of its unique charm, making Gozo a popular choice among tourists and locals alike. While you’re there, you absolutely must try the fresh local fare – from favourite ġbejniet (cheeselets made of goat, sheep or cow’s milk) to Gozo-grown olives, olive oil and capers, as well as Gozo’s famous thyme-flavoured honey. Look out for the traditional village bakeries to get an authenitc ftira, and visit the famous saltpans in Qbajjar to see if you can spot one of the members of a Gozitan family that have been harvesting
salt there for generations. Here’s everything you shouldn’t miss.
SEA SALT Within an archipelago of islands surrounded by miles of beautiful water, it will come as no surprise that sea salt forms part of the local culture and cuisine, having been harvested and used for preservation, curing and cooking for centuries. The tradition of harvesting sea salt in Malta and Gozo has a long history going back to Roman times, with Gozitan salt remaining a precious, sought-after ingredient today. The Xwejni salt pans are among the most popular, with the northern coastline of Gozo past Qbajjar Bay featuring a chequerboard of saltpans stretching over 3km. Most are now unused, but some are still very much in production, and while the opening
hours may appear random, the stores on site are sometimes open for purchase directly from the salt harvesters themselves.
GOZITAN FTIRA No trip to Gozo is complete without stopping at one of the old bakeries for a traditional Gozitan
ġbejniet (cheeselets) - Photo: viewingmalta.com
Qbajjar salt pans - Photo: Ray Attard - viewingmalta.com
ftira. Imagine a partly closed pizza made using bread dough, which is soft and pillowy on the inside, and delightfully crunchy on the outside – that’s as close you’ll get to imagining a ftira without experiencing it for yourself. While there are a number of toppings you can choose from, it is traditionally topped with sliced potatoes, onions and ricotta cheese, and if you’re looking for an extra kick, add some tasty Maltese sausage.
RAVJUL BIL-ĠBEJNIET There are a handful of Maltese foods that are unmistakably local and instantly recognisable as Maltese, or in this case, Gozitan. One such item is local ġbejniet (cheeselets). Sheep or goat’s milk ġbejniet have been in production for longer than any of us can remember, with most families who owned farmland and herds of sheep in the past producing their own and incorporating them into Ravjul - Photo: Sarah Micallef
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Gozitan ftira - Photo: viewingmalta.com
different meals. Available fresh, dried or peppered, one of the star qualities of the humble ġbejna is its versatility, pairing beautifully with several other food items. Ravjul (ravioli) stuffed with goat’s milk ġbejniet are especially popular in Gozo, with several restaurants known for traditional cuisine including them on the menu. We’d also recommend sampling Gozo’s famed pastizzi (savoury pastries) stuffed with ġbejniet instead of Malta’s preferred ricotta filling. ➜
CUISINE OLIVE OIL Olives and olive oil are synonymous with the Maltese islands, with olive oil production dating back to the Roman times. Having been used in cooking for thousands of years, olive oil is counted among the main ingredients in the Mediterranean diet, and can be used to sauté, brown, stir-fry, as an ingredient in marinades and sauces, or simply as a condiment, making an excellent pairing to the crunchy Maltese hobża (traditional bread). Olives in oil or brine are also a popular preserve you can buy and take home with you, along with cold pressed Gozitan olive oil which is available from a number of estates and specialised shops on the island. PRESERVES Gozo is also well known for a number of delectable preserves, which make ideal souvenirs for the foodies back home. Tomato paste, known locally as kunserva, is certainly worth a mention, and is excellent on crusty bread or included in pasta sauce, while sundried tomatoes are another popular delicacy which are often enjoyed as an appetizer or side dish. Other local favourites to look out for are capers, which are picked from bushes growing all over the island, as well as pickled onions,
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Maxokk Bakery - Photo: Richard Muscat Azzopardi
chutneys and pâtés. Finally, the island boasts a wide variety of sweet preserves too, including strawberry, tangerine, lemon and orange marmalade, as well as bambinella (baby pear), pomegranate, mulberry, melon and fig jam.
HONEY Malta and Gozo have an equally long history with the honey industry, so much so that the ancient Greeks called the island Μελίτη (Melitē) meaning ‘honeysweet’. There are several different varieties available, each with its distinct flavour and colour, depending on the season. In Gozo, the celebrated honey is the result of bees foraging on prickly pear blossoms, orange tree blossoms, eucalyptus and wild flora like thyme and clover. On the sister isle, the tradition of beekeeping remains strong in hilltop villages like Xagħra and Nadur, with beekeepers still
rearing the Maltese honeybee, a black bee that is native to our islands, and selling their wares at markets and gourmet shops.
AND TO WASH IT ALL DOWN… Once you’ve had your fill, a swig or two of Gozo’s distinctive wines and craft beer are a must. The climate on the island makes for round-bodied, fruity wines with good structure, and apart from sampling them at local restaurants, you can also book yourself in for a tour and tasting at one of the island’s wineries. If you’re more of a beer drinker, Gozo has something for you too, with a growing craft beer culture. In what is a relatively young trend, brewers are experimenting with new flavours, discovering unique blends and creating hand-crafted beer. Craft brewery Lord Chambray was the first to hit the sister isle in 2014, the brainchild of Italian national Samuele D’Imperio. It has since created several brews named after Maltese sites and won multiple international awards! Finally, we can’t round things off without a nod to the island’s celebrated liqueurs – choose from limoncello, orange, tangerine, prickly pear, pomegranate, carob and aniseed, depending on your preference. Cheers! 55
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Ħad-Dingli’s Best Kept Secret In the sleepy village of ĦadDingli, many hidden secrets await the intrepid explorer. Ħad-Dingli is especially a must for those inclined to be a foodie or connoisseur of Maltese culture – for nestling on the main road is a quaint restaurant called Diar Il-Bniet, a converted Maltese house that boasts a 300-year-old converted wine cellar and farm shop. This is no ordinary eatery; Diar Il-Bniet is Malta’s only traditional Maltese restaurant that offers a unique culinary experience whereby all its produce comes from the family’s estates a stone’s throw away from the restaurant itself. Diar Il-Bniet’s recipes have been used for decades, handed down 56
from generation to generation by the maternal great grandmother of the Mifsud family, who prepared dishes like cauliflower fritters with garlic, wild mushrooms stew, stuffed marrows, roasted quail and a whole host of other mouthwatering dishes that range from kusksu (broad bean soup) to fresh sheep’s milk cheeslets and chutneys. Diar Il-Bniet follows the four seasons of the year and likewise changes its menu accordingly, always using their farm-to-table concept to create wholesome rustic food from the rural Dingli environment. With strawberry season fast approaching, they take the opportunity to create some lovely dishes using their
hand-picked strawberries for Valentine’s day. For two nights only on 14th and 15th February, Diar Il-Bniet is turned into a little love nest for their clients to celebrate this special occasion. Not only do they serve a sensational menu for Valentine’s weekend, but also create some lovely, unique country crafts too to reflect the occasion, which are available from the in-house farm shop. Strawberry season also means their fields will be abundant with the sweet red gem and there is nothing more satisfying than picking your own fruit to take away with you. Farmer Mario will have been hard at work planting the strawberry runners in their fields
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and nurturing them tenderly to give him the maximum yield. And at the end of February, families come together in a true bonding experience to fill their baskets. The Diar Il-Bniet brand does not stop at the restaurant – it also ventures into sensational preserves, jams, chutneys and tapenades
using only the finest of their fruits, vegetables and olives. Jams feature concoctions of loquats, prickly pear, figs, quince and peaches, while you can also sample lemon and orange marmalades, and even their very own lemon curd. Indulge in delicious olive and delicatessen tapenades, sundried tomatoes and spiced olives, among the ever-growing range. The pièce de resistance has to be the outstanding cold pressed olive oil which releases spicy sensations, the flavour of which is unparalleled when dipped with a chunk of crusty Maltese bread. But that is not all Ħad-Dingli is famous for. It has some pretty amazing historical sites. There is a water spring that dates back to 1365 and is well worth a visit, not far is the beautiful Chapel of Sta Duminka which dates back to the 14th century, and of course a walk towards Dingli Cliffs will reveal its own amazing secrets. Diar Il-Bniet also organises a whole host of workshops which range from bread
making to preserve making, as well as cooking classes and team building events, and last but not least, sheep farm tours, vineyard tours and olive grove tours. Bring a copy of this magazine on Valentine’s weekend and be treated to some lovely gifts from the patrons of Diar Il-Bniet. A reservation is required as places are limited. 121, Triq il- Kbira, Ħad-Dingli. T: 2762 0727; E: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.diarilbniet.com
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La Sorpresa La Sorpresa is a family-run restaurant and pizzeria where customers are welcomed like friends and family. Colin and Doreen pride themselves on making consistent, high-quality food and service a priority. La Sorpresa restaurant offers both a Mediterranean-based à la carte menu, as well as a variety of set menus designed to suit every guest’s preferences. Our à la carte menu includes pasta dishes, mouth-watering steaks and other carvery dishes, fresh local fish, homemade pizzas, traditional Maltese dishes and other special dishes which change frequently. Our little guests have their own kids menu and gluten-free options are also available. Open Monday to Saturday 6-11pm; Sunday 11.30am-3pm, 6-11pm. La Sorpresa, Tourists Street, Buġibba. Contact Nicholas Farrugia on T: 2157 7301; M: 7925 4324.
Luna – The Restaurant at Palazzo Parisio The Luna Restaurant combines a variety of culinary concepts set in one of Malta’s finest privately-owned stately homes. Every corner assures you luxury, grace, elegance and a taste of history by the mouthful, offering breakfast, snacks, lunch, traditional English afternoon tea or dinner. Choose between the sublime interiors and the beautifully shaded tables on the garden terrace basking beside fragrant orange blossom and flamboyant bougainvillea. Luna, in all its forms, offers relaxation and understated luxury in an incredible and refined ambience. Open Sunday lunch from the end of September and Sunday evenings. 29, Victory Square, Naxxar. Book your table on T: 2141 2461 Ext 2; E: email@example.com; www.palazzoparisio.com
Palazzo Preca Restaurant Palazzo Preca Restaurant is repeatedly awarded as one of the best restaurants in Malta and Gozo. It is situated in one of the best-known historic streets in Valletta, within a beautiful 16th-century palazzo in Strait Street. An extensive and creative menu provides mouth-watering choices of food and fine local and foreign wines – and do not miss our delicious home-made desserts! Professional, dedicated and attentive staff will ensure that your visit is a completely enjoyable experience. Wednesday is our special night when the lights are turned off and the restaurant is entirely lit by candles, creating an intimate and romantic ambience. Open Tuesday to Saturday 12.30-3pm; 6.30-10.30pm. Open Sunday lunch and closed Sunday evenings. Bookings are recommended and are to be confirmed by phone. Palazzo Preca, 54, Strait Street, Valletta. T: 2122 6777; M: 9986 6640; www.palazzoprecarestaurant.com
Ta’ Marija Restaurant – Est. 1964 Awarded ‘Best Maltese Food Restaurant’ for 10 years, Ta’ Marija doesn’t just serve Maltese cuisine, but creates dishes with what is local and traditional, while adding their own signature flavours and sumptuousness. Head to their Folklore Dinner shows every Wednesday and Friday evening for a touch of Maltese liveliness. Enjoy your dinner as musicians play mandolins and guitars, and singers belt out Maltese songs throughout the evening. After your delicious dinner, the folklore show featuring six dancers will lure you into a jovial story of Maltese history told through dance. Ta’ Marija is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Transport can also be arranged. Constitution Street, Mosta. T: 2143 4444; E: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.tamarija.com.mt
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Ta’ Victor Authentic Maltese food located in the heart of Marsaxlokk, it’s easy to spot Ta’ Victor in the main square of this fishing village, right in front of the local parish church. Well renowned among locals for authentic and seasonal Maltese dishes, Ta’ Victor is also widely known for its Maltese hospitality, warmth and friendliness. The chef and owner, Victor, has even been asked to represent Malta overseas with his traditional dishes! Choose from a mouth-watering menu that includes a variety of local seasonal fish, as well as the traditional dishes of beef olives and rabbit. 36, Madonna Ta’ Pompei Square, Marsaxlokk. M: 9947 4249.
Terrone Terrone is a restaurant in the charming fishing village of Marsaxlokk that combines rustic charm with contemporary, regional cuisine. Focusing on southern Italian and local Maltese cuisines, and hand-picking the best local and organic produce, we aim to recreate a healthy and enjoyable way of dining. We are open every day for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on Saturdays. The restaurant is situated on the Marsaxlokk seafront. Open Sunday to Friday noon-10pm, Saturday 10am-11pm. Terrone, 1, Wilġa Street, Marsaxlokk. T: 2704 2656; E: email@example.com; www.terrone.com.mt FB: terronemt; Instagram: terronemalta.
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Celebrities and Feminine shapes “In the past years, we’ve had the pleasure to dress many international celebrities. Paula Abdul, Lauryn Hill, En Vogue, Jessie J, Kelly Rowland, Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones), singer Ashanti, Ally Brooke (Fifth Harmony) and Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child). This is very satisfying for a designer, however, we take pride in designing for all women. The Charles & Ron woman does love statement pieces with a feminine silhouette and is never afraid to stand out in a crowd.” The importance of accessories “Key items in our range are our Malta inspired luxury scarves and leather bags. Our handbags are made from the finest Italian leather
Menswear Charles & Ron has also introduced menswear to its range with a stand-alone shop at Minus3, The Point Shopping Mall, Sliema.
Charles & Ron 58D, Republic Street, Valletta. T: 2124 0184. Minus3, The Point Shopping Mall, Sliema. Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, Attard. www.charlesandron.com 63
fab fashion trends expected to rule in
The start of a new year, no less a new decade, is a time for embracing transformation as well as the things we love, and the fashion predictions for 2020 reflect this. Martina Said highlights a handful of trends that hold on to the old while welcoming the new.
2. All-out suits The idea of donning an empowering suit as smart or occasion wear remains an exciting trend in women’s wear. Oversized
1. Puff life Bulbous sleeves are being embraced by many women across all kinds of clothing – be they tops, blouses, shirts, dresses or suits. Designers appear to be having quite a bit of fun with the trend too, including
renowned Maltese duo Charles & Ron, who created showstopping numbers with equally striking sleeves for their Autumn/ Winter 2019/2020 collection.
and slouchy suits have been popular in recent years, and in 2020, the look is both monochrome and deconstructed. Consider a matching two-piece but mix it up with a bralet or crop top worn under a blazer for a new-decade twist. ➜ 65
FASHION Hit the shops 3. Vibrant leather Short jackets aren’t the only thing you’ll be seeing in leather this year, and in all colourful shades imaginable too. Black will be replaced by lively reds, earthy browns, moody greens and blues for a twist on conventional leather attire that is fresh, fun Hugo Boss and feisty too.
VALLETTA Our stunning capital city offers so much more than history and architecture. In and around the beautiful Baroque buildings that line the city’s streets lie several highstreet outlets for a dose of retail therapy amid the culture and history lessons. Don’t miss: Republic Street and Merchants Street
of attire tends to trickle down to the rest of us. Myriad designers have turned to the golden decade of bell bottoms for inspiration, bringing us a variety of flared cuts for trousers and denim.
SLIEMA Sliema is the undisputed shopping centre of Malta. Look out for the main streets that house a variety of highstreet and designer brands, as well as the islands’ biggest shopping malls. Don’t miss: Bisazza Street, Tower Road, The Plaza Shopping Centre and The Point Shopping Mall ST JULIAN’S For the more discerning shopper, the area opposite the upmarket complex of Portomaso is home to a selection of designer shops that beckon you to explore what’s on their rails. A shopping complex just down the road from the nightlife capital of Paceville is also open on Sundays. Don’t miss: Bay Street Shopping Complex and Portomaso
5. Hoop alert Hoops were a hot jewellery trend in 2019 and are expected to retain their status and grow in popularity. Now that we’ve been reminded about a trend we loved so much in our teens, it’s time to bring them back in all the shapes, sizes, designs and materials imaginable. ➜
4. Bells and flares Celebrities of global fame have played a part in the resurgence of the popular 70s cut, and their choice
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FASHION 6. Cute crochet Get ready to welcome spring 2020 with a little (or a lot) of crochet. The knit-like fabric has made it to the runways of many A-list designers, including Salvatore Ferragamo and Stella McCartney, in the shape of long billowing dresses and cropped minis, the kind youâ€™d wear for a stroll along the glittering beaches of St Tropez. 7. Pretty in polka Last year, it was all about animal print. This year, expect to
see a revival of polka dots of all sizes. The spotted design tends to be a hit or miss for many, but the start of a new decade might be the perfect time to embrace an old favourite in the fashion world that never really falls out of favour.
8. Loafers are back Could there be a better flat shoe than the loafer? Its stylish, practical with its slip-on style, and the kind of shoe that truly does go with everything â€“ skinny and wide-leg trousers, mini and mid-length skirts, sweater dresses and suits. Its versatility makes it a winner for all outfits and seasons!
WHERE TO SPEND IT
The Point Shopping Mall Celebrating NINE years of growth and success
Since opening its doors in 2010, The Point Shopping Mall has become Malta’s favourite shopping destination, attracting 2.5 million local and overseas visitors every year. Exuding a stunning five-star ambience, it offers a wide variety of shops in the latest range of fashion, beauty, health, lifestyle, and food outlets for convenience and shopping pleasure. The Point hosts family retailers such as flagship store Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Costa, alongside designer boutique stores like Armani Exchange, Lacoste, Guess, CK Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, Massimo Dutti, Ted Baker, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tru Trussardi. More affordable, trendy and fast fashion brands like New Look, River Island and Bershka are also available, together with sportswear retailers such as Adidas and Nike. The Point’s extensive array of food outlets has also
been handpicked to appeal to a cross-section of tastes and budgets. Ample parking with 24-hour security completes a package that is the last word in comfort, service and convenience for The Point’s visitors.
The Point Shopping Mall, Tigné Point, Sliema. www.thepointmalta.com
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Born to perform For these two dancers, who hail from the distant worlds of flamenco and burlesque, the art forms they have chosen to explore and embody are all about dance, but also inclusivity, diversity and authenticity. Martina Said chats with Deborah Falzon and Undine LaVerve to find out about the paths they chose, and where theyâ€™re heading.
The flamenco way of life Hot on the heels of a first ever series of flamenco tours across Malta and Gozo last year, flamenco dancer and performer Deborah Falzon is on a steady path to spreading the word about the much-loved southern Spanish art form on the local scene. And she’s only getting started. Throughout 2019, Deborah was at the heart of a team that brought together Maltese and Spanish flamenco artists to collaborate and perform together. The aim, she explains, was “to highlight the authentic essence of flamenco with its guitar, song and dance through the traditional ‘tablao flamenco’ setting, making it accessible to multiple and diverse audiences, exposing flamenco to people who may have never experienced it before.” Her infectious zeal for flamenco was fanned across the islands through 26 shows staged over 74
months in various bars, restaurants and venues in Malta and Gozo, one of which was an invitation for a private performance at the Spanish Embassy in Malta. “From being responsible for coordination, management and marketing to choreographing, rehearsing, performing and teaching, I had to persevere through various personal and artistic challenges, but being part of the tours has been mind-blowing, enriching and deeply fulfilling both artistically and personally.” As a youth, Deborah trained and performed in various dance styles, including classical ballet, contemporary, hip-hop and Escuela Bolera. But her first brush with flamenco was quite serendipitous – after winning a choreography competition for which the prize was a free term of classes of a dance style she hadn’t done before, Deborah chose flamenco.
Photo: Edward Farrugia
Or perhaps it chose her. The term ended and her fascination with it grew, and in no time, she developed a deep connection with flamenco and its origin. After studying and performing locally for many years, Deborah’s skill and fervour for flamenco took her beyond our shores, straight to one of the cities in Andalucia where it was born: Seville. During her time there,
Photo: George Abdilla
she trained with numerous professionals, and received a scholarship from Arts Council Malta to complete her studies with world-renowned flamenco dancers Juana Amaya and Nazaret Reyes. “Flamenco is not merely an art form or dance style; it is a culture with a deep history of diverse people who were discriminated against in the south of Spain, who survived their challenges by coming together and expressing themselves through flamenco song, music and dance,” she explains. “It goes beyond doing steps, singing lyrics or listening to music; it is a way of life about being connected, supporting people, celebrating authenticity, and living soulfully.” Flamenco is also about raw emotional expression and pure social connection; of doing what you love with whom you love, while being supported and supporting others in return – “it is a philosophy I live by on a day-to-day basis.” Deborah adds that, given the universality of flamenco, she noticed
“Flamenco is a way of life about being connected, supporting people, celebrating authenticity, and living soulfully.”
Photo: Nano Montero
Photo: Danny Leigh
a growing interest and following among audiences throughout the shows, which drew dancers, teachers, students, locals who enjoy flamenco, Spanish people visiting Malta, as well as visitors from across the globe. “It has been amazing to share flamenco with such engaged, warm and supportive audiences throughout the tours; helping to make their success possible.” As a professional flamenco artist in Malta, Deborah says that the best and hardest parts are one and the same: being creative, resourceful and persistent to develop opportunities for doing, living and sharing flamenco. “This is challenging because it requires a clear vision and perseverance to find and sometimes create spaces to perform, but it is also liberating as I get to have a choice in how and where I get to express myself through flamenco.” Looking ahead, Deborah hopes to continue the tours this year, while also working on flamenco fusion projects. With a transcultural counselling background incorporating counselling methods into her dance teaching, she’s also working on individual and group vocational courses, while developing a flamenco community programme for women and children. “In the future, I aim to organise fundraising events and awareness-raising campaigns through workshops and performances for social causes and local NGOs, as well as travel to perform, teach and collaborate with artists internationally.” ➜ Follow Deborah on Fb/Instagram: df.deborahfalzon 75
Undine LaVerve has been at the forefront of Malta’s burlesque scene for as long as she’s been in it – almost 10 years. Back when she started, there was no concept of it locally, and only after she started
thanks to this beautiful journey I embarked on almost a decade ago. Burlesque has given me so much happiness, confidence, inspiration, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. At the beginning, however, it was an uphill battle,” says Undine. “Along with my students, we are out to set the record straight and show real, good, quality, cheeky, fun and sensual burlesque… always classy and of the highest standard, with messages of inclusion, variety, art without age, size or gender, personal empowerment and self-love.” In its early days, burlesque began as satire in England in the 1900s, until it found its way to America, which is when it became sexy and very popular. Although it rose and fell in popularity over time, it benefitted from a massive revival in the 1990s with the likes of worldrenowned burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese. A newfound public interest developed in this form of theatre which Undine describes as “the art of tease, and the art of seduction.” Apart from its sex appeal, burlesque has an inclusive role in the performing arts too. ➜ Photo: OJN Studio Photograph
Beauty in burlesque
performing and people got to know more about it that it really started to take off, but with a lot of work. “I love my art, I'll never get tired of saying that burlesque is my raison d’etre. I am who I am today
Burlesque Academy of Malta - Photo: ScheiMedia
“Apart from its sex appeal, burlesque has an inclusive role in the performing arts too.” “The greatest attribute, in my opinion, is the community aspect of burlesque, which is run by women, queer women and men, and their allies. The performers manage themselves completely. They produce their own shows, create their own roles, characters and styling. There's no one interfering with your artistic vision – I have managed myself for 10 years!” Undine discovered burlesque at the age of 18 through a Canadian performer who was living in Malta at the time. When she eventually moved back to Canada, Undine was left without a mentor, and decided to make the brave move, aged 19, to the Big Apple. New York was a huge eye-opener, and she was both awe-struck and amazed at the glamorous scene, practiced by the likes of Lady Gaga in her early days. Fast forward a few years and Undine has performed on many local and international stages, including, most recently, in Germany. “I love performing abroad – I got hooked 78
ever since my first international show in 2012 in Amsterdam. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel far and wide with my art, but Germany remains one of my absolute favourite countries to perform in,” says Undine. “Last year’s tour was composed of a number of very different shows, from huge theatre stages at the Bavarian Burlesque Festival, to a small stage in Stuttgart and to a charity gala in Hamburg, to mention a few.” She also draws huge satisfaction from performing on home turf. Undine started producing burlesque shows in Malta five years ago, and last November produced the third edition of “the show that is my baby – MalTease! This is my celebration of my art and a showcase for my home of the very best artists I can bring over,” she explains. “Last year, I topped myself again and had a stellar cast of incredible performers, as well as my student from BAM (Burlesque Academy
of Malta) who performed for the first time and made me so proud.” And while she’s already started thinking of the 2020 edition of MalTease, Undine’s first production this year is a Valentine’s Day dinner show, which will be held at the Thirsty Lawyer in Valletta. In the coming months, she’ll be embarking on another tour, getting involved in Malta Fashion Week, as well as the Adult Panto in June, among others. “The Adult Panto is my annual guilty and naughty pleasure. I don’t just do burlesque, I like to have a finger in every pie, however I am a burlesque performer first and foremost, and there are many exciting plans in the pipeline this year.” Follow Undine on Fb/Instagram: Undine LaVerve
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