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    Polo and Hip-Hop: Learn About Rap’s Obsession With Ralph Lauren

    Polo and hip-hop – a brief history. Back in the 1980’s Ralph Lauren founded his fashion label. His intentions were to form a menswear line for wealthy elites. It was a brand that encapsulated the American dream of quality, allure, and wealth. Ralph Lauren built an empire on selling something unattainable for most people. It was […] More

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    A Guide To The Top 4 Martial Arts for Street Survival

    Martial Arts come in many forms and styles. Some are used in competitions and tournaments. However, the real danger is always found on the streets. Top 4 Martial Arts for street survival With no rules and no judge to stop the fight. Street fights are unpredictable and can easily result in heavy injuries and, unfortunately, […] More

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    Shibari the Pleasurable Art of Japanese Rope Bondage Explained

    Shibari -Japanese rope bondage, is an ancient art form that made its way West and gained popularity through the underground BDSM scene. Shibari – The Japanese art of tying In the Western world, this term has become established as a synonym for Japanese-oriented tying. In Japan itself, the term Kinbaku is more commonly used for tying […] More

  • Belly Dancing: The Passionate Art of Female Empowerment

    Belly dancing can be described as energetic, flirtatious empowering, and lustful. These are a few reasons why this once forbidden dance has been around for thousands of years. Finding the art of Belly Dancing The first time I saw a dancer snake her way through a shisha bar, I was utterly enamored and told myself, […] More

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    Mosh Pit: A Place to Slam into One Another – But Why?

    Welcome to the mosh pit. It’s a place where people throw themselves against each other. Imagine a sort of ritual where people belligerently thrash around to heavy, hard-hitting music.  We delve into the psychology of this and why it may be good for your (mental) health. Mosh pit, the physical manifestation of music Being shoved […] More

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    Musical Aphrodisiac: Why Is Sex Better with Music?

    Music is an aphrodisiac. There are many reasons to explain a natural intertwining between intimacy and music. There’s a natural intertwining between intimacy and music. Both sex and music help us lower our inhibitions, detach from the world beyond the immediate sensory experiences and lose ourselves in our desires. So, is there a link between […] More

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    How Charles Manson Tried & Failed To Launch A Music Career

    How the infamous cult leader Charles Manson tried – and failed – to launch a music career. We look at his album “Lie: The Love And Terror Cult”. Charles Manson and his creative side If you’re intrigued by the inner mechanisms of the psychopathic mind, the best way to get a closer look is through their creative […] More

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    Twerk with Bam Bam Boogie Dance Fitness for International Dance Day

    Bam Bam Boogie Dance Fitness invites us to dance and twerk. Read about what Bami, entrepreneur and founder has to say about her work. Twerk after work For International Dance Day I joined an event on Instagram to raise money for the Young Women’s Trust. Through the @twerkafterwork channel, this event had something that really […] More

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    Vinyl Records – Eye-Catching & Unique Kaleidoscope of Vibrant Colors

    Vinyl records and originality have no limits, especially when considering some of the more creative LPs that are uniquely being manufactured. Here are some of the most unorthodox vinyl records out there, made from zany materials, clever designs and a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours and patterns. Jack White- Sixteen Saltines This two-track record, featuring ‘Sixteen […] More

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    Lolita Fashion: Amazing Couture From Oppression to Self-Expression

    Lolita fashion is cuteness culture from Japan. Discover how it was an expression of defiance and how it spread globally. Lolita fashion & cute aesthetics From bows, to bonnets, to frills, pleats, and lace, Lolita fashion sets the bar for ‘cute aesthetics’. What’s it like to be a Lolita? Mexico’s Kawaii Ambassador (Kawaii is another […] More

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    Pagan Community Malta, Meet the Spirit of the Goddess Community

    Outside of the Catholic character of Malta, Paganism exists on this island with a Catholic majority where signs of a pre-Christian past can still be seen today. Pagan community – what is it? Paganism is an umbrella term; used to refer to a number of sub-sects like Wicca, worship of the Mother Goddess and many […] More

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    Quarantine Poetry: How Argentine Writer Tamara Grosso Survives

    Tamara Grosso is an Argentine writer, editor, and poet. Due to the pandemic, people are forbidden to go outside. From home, she tells us how poets live (and survive) this world crisis. Tamara Grosso on solitude & isolation Poets are great friends of solitude and isolation. It is there they connect with inspiration and creativity. […] More

  • Living Statues Festival Argentina: See the Amazing Art of Not Moving

    Welcome to the National Living Statues Festival of Bahía Blanca. Discover this cultural wonder of Argentina and the art of standing absolutely still. National Living Statues Festival in Argentina How much can silence transmit? And stillness? Is there communication between an immobile body and another that observes? For more than seven consecutive years, in the […] More

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    Juggalo Culture: Theatrics, Face Painting & Murder Rap

    The basis for most modern-day music is drug, sex, and violence, but no other artists take it as far as in Juggalo culture with their theatrics, face paint, and murder rap. Juggalo music – murder, mental health, sex, and alcohol The Juggalo culture is one that has been faced with many trials and tribulations. It’s […] More

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    Burlesque Queen Undine Laverve – The Siren of The Mediterranean

    Burlesque was used and is still used, in musical performances to indicate a zestful mood often in contrast to the serious nature of the acts. The Siren of The Mediterranean Early in the 18th century, the term burlesque was used across the European continent. It described musical works which had serious and comedic elements that […] More

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    Tarot Reading: Faye Alamango, Her Tarot Cards and the Future

    Tarot reading dates back centuries and is still continued to this day. Have you ever wondered what the future holds for you or you’re just simply interested in the subject? Tarot reading at Zombie Apocalypse If you answered yes to the above then catch Faye Alamango on Nov. 2, 2019, at Zombie Apocalypse, St’Julians and […] More

  • It’s Ma’am – How Misgendering Lead to Viral Meme Fame

    It’s Ma’am… We speak with SaraTonin an infamous woman on the internet. The camera catches her losing her cool at a GameStop store in the US, after being misgendered. Stoking the flames of anger….. It’s Ma’am What then ensued was an angry rant aimed towards the employee who is seen trying to calm the situation. […] More

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    Introducing GAZED: Sustainable Threads & Talented Designers

    Support GAZED and their “Plastic Is Not Fantastic” fundraiser to save the environment and support artists. We’ve interviewed Joanna, Magdalena and Praga – the Malta-based Polish trifecta – to find out why donating to their cause is so important.  #PLASTICISNOTFANTASTIC GAZED – the new brand in Malta selling only organic and fair-trade clothing.  GAZED is set to […] More

  • Art in Malta in a Nutshell, Greed vs. Creativity One Winner

    Art in Malta thrown in the corner A Real Estate company has covered an important cultural mural in downtown Sliema Malta,they decided that putting up a billboard over a piece of street art that depicts the struggle of migrants into Europe was a great idea that would go unnoticed.  However, the wall is set to […] More

  • Slovakian – Dance Powerhouse Zuzana an Unmistakable Energy

    Slovakian Zuzana Medvedova’s arrival in Malta last year marks another addition to the island’s talented dance community. Kicking ass in Slovakian competitions From kicking ass in competitions back home in Slovakia to teaching Malta’s next dance generation in hip-hop dancing., We catch up to find out how she got here and where she is going. […] More

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    The World’s Smallest Stripper Sassy Cassee, Little Person, Big Voice

    The World’s Smallest Stripper Sassie Cassie is proud to be just 2’10. What she may lack in size she certainly makes up for in personality and energy. Officialy recognised as The World’s Smallest Stripper Born in Minnesota, US Sassee Cassee, weighs just over ninetenn kilograms,and was was once told she’d never make it in the […] More

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    Discover Contemporary Art: Nadine Baldow & Josefine Lehner, Valletta

    There I was in Valletta waiting on the arrival of two contemporary artists from Germany. Music fills the air from the buskers that were blazing away just a short distance from me. Contemporary Art in Valletta I’m here at the Valletta Contemporary Art Gallery to meet the curator of Pristine Paradise: Occupied Objects. Nadine Baldow […] More

  • A Look Into Malta’s Independent Movie Scene III

    Independent movie and web series Gypsy & The Devil is now currently in production of the third installment. The series explores tarot reading, tarot cards, astrology, and crystals. Maltese production We had a chat with producer Faye Alamango. Gypsy & The Devil is a new and original independently shot Maltese production that is available to […] More

  • Malta’s Independent Movie scene Part 2: “Coming Soon”

    Malta’s independent movie scene part two now we take a look into the newly released web series “Coming Soon”. Malta’s independent movie scene brings us “Coming Soon” The web series “Coming Soon” has twenty stories or short films in seven episodes – all filmed in Malta. Every episode is aired on YouTube every Sunday evening […] More

  • Malta’s Independent Movie Scene Part 1: A Better Life

    Malta’s independent movie scene doesn’t get the coverage it deserves. So, we think it’s about time to shine a light on the hub of ex-pats and Maltese people bringing various film/acting talents and general creativity. We sit down for a chat with director Mike West on his short movie A Better Life. Malta’s independent movie […] More

  • Cheryl Lofreda the Queen of Maltese Hip Hop Dance

    Cheryl Lofreda is one reason why we say time and time again that this little island of ours in the Mediterranean harbors some serious talent in a multitude of artistic disciplines. Concept of Movement & Cheryl Lofreda She Started Dancing at 15 and now at only 22 years old, She’s traveled extensively over the past […] More

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    Come Get Down and Dirty with UgS in New Orleans

    Two years ago I left part of my soul in New Orleans. Now I return to give a little more and to discover Cajun, jazz, and hip-hop in the Big Easy. Swamplands Getting off the plane at Louis Armstrong International airport you can already smell the difference in the air. The humidity on your skin […] More

  • Hearts for Arts Malta Launches 2v2 Dance Competition

    Hearts for Arts is working hard to move Malta’s dance scene forward. Who vs Who by Hearts for Arts Hearts For Arts is a dance community happy to announce that they will be starting a monthly 2 v 2 dance competition held in Msida. Under the direction of the talented Antonio and Herve, the competition […] More

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    In-House Graffiti with The Mister Pink at Underground Sound Office

    I wipe the beads of sweat running down my eyebrow. An invisible cloud of aerosol pervades the air around us. Roasting like fresh meat on the grill, we gather in the enclosed Msida courtyard. Slowly getting burnt in the Maltese afternoon sun, it’s graffiti day. Graffiti with Mister Pink We are watching Aleksandar Vojvodic aka The Mister […] More

  • Madrid Hosts Capoeira Nago Malta for a Weekend of Training and Partying

    Capoeira involves live music, intensive bodyweight training, and a worldwide family, so when we were invited to play in Madrid along with the city’s nightlife you better believe we jumped at the chance. We went with four other Maltese residents for a three-day Capoeira workshop in Madrid with Capoeira Nagô Malta. An international community of […] More

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    Late Night Food from Penzalapanza – Street Eats Served with Love

    Beef? Buffalo? Donkey? Sicilians will go to great lengths to free your mind of the daily grind and let you focus on what really matters in life: greasy, juicy, fattening, and unhindered late-night grub for a reasonable price. Late night post party pork Only a short walk away from Funky Monkey in Gzira, Penzalapanza (Italian for “thinking […] More

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    Discover Capoeira in Malta – Where Music Meets Martial Arts

    Capoeira is a sport that flows to the sound of music – one that perfectly blends strength and flexibility. A martial art played to the classic sounds of Brazilian music, it was once practiced by the African slaves and is now the national sport of Brazil. It’s intense, it’s passionate and it’s in Malta. Origins of […] More

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    Why Choose Vape over Tobacco? An Explanation by the Vape Store

    Smoking is a big part of party culture and we take interest in what is being inhaled and why. It is not uncommon to find more and more people smoking vaporizers or “vapes” rather than cigarettes. We approached Tom Waugh of The Vape Store, Buggiba to find out why people are choosing vapor over smoke. Anyone […] More

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    Impressive Prose & Quirky Tales at Casey’s Bar Spoken Word Event

    Once a month, on one of the many backstreets of Gzira, you will find a quaint and cosy bar playing hosting storytelling and poetry. Welcome to the Casey’s Bar Spoken Word Evening, courtesy of some of Malta’s very talented writers and poet Cultural stone  That’s right, Malta is not all about big baselines and killer […] More

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    See and Hear Ashekman – Graffiti Twins Painting Lebanon’s Walls

    It’s nearly noon and Beirut’s Hamra Street is churning full of traffic. Weaving past gridlocked cars and dodging the occasional buzzing scooter, I walk into a nearby commercial building to meet Beirut’s graffiti kings. Lebanese graffiti and rap duo I’m here to meet Ashekman, a Lebanese street art and rap duo that have become a […] More