Walking into Valletta, one is borne upon the current of bustling suits, briefcases, shopping bags and cameras. The scenery: a river of faces avoiding glimpses of acquaintances keeping with the steady beat of rubber soles slapping the ground and the occasional clank of metal being assembled in the shape of modernity. Yet take a left turn around …Read
This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mikiel Anton Vassalli, reformer of the Maltese education system and a veritable founder of modern Malta. One of the most extraordinary effects of his achievements has been the creation of art in Maltese across the fields of literature, theatre and music. During the past decade, Maltese lyrical …Read
Does Malta have an architecture that is representative of our time? Malta is saturated with architecture. Building sites have become a permanent visual feature within our collective perception. Yet with all that is being built and modified, we are rarely ever permitted the time to stop and comprehend what is developing before us, why certain architecture exists …Read
Five years ago, Malta made international headlines for the banning of a play by a board that didn’t even get around to seeing it. Banned for being blasphemous, perverted, offensive to Auschwitz victims, and celebratory of child murderers and sexual assault, the Stitching debacle was a sign of the times for Malta. The ideals of freedom of …Read
So many things going on, and no one talking about them. Between our burgeoning arts scene, developing cultural infrastructure, and ever increasing EU influence on culture and values, Malta is at a point of evolution – one that we intend on documenting. From features on the best in Maltese arts, locally and abroad, to reviews of the most impressive scenes in culture and counter-culture, to critiques of Malta’s norms and mores and the unceasing struggle between convention and creativity, Patron Magazine is intent on chronicling the most interesting ideas that form in Malta, and the vehicles used to convey them. Join the conversation: upload #YourPatron on Instagram. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.