Carnival this year is starting much earlier than usual. Usually the Valletta Carnival opens on Friday and continues till Tuesday. However, this year not only will Valletta celebrations kick off a day before, but Carnival will be celebrated this Sunday in Cottonera. Cottonera has a very old history of Carnival which goes back to the Knights, but was ended in World War II. (Cover photo: Joseph Agius Attard)
Moreover Esplora, the Interactive Science Centre in Kalkara, is organising Carnival related activities for this weekend. Take a look at the Carnival programme in Malta below:
THE 2018 PROGRAMME (Agħfas hawn għall-programm bil-Malti)
SATURDAY 3 & SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2018
Esplora: Kuluri Karnival, Kalkara
12.00 – 8pm; 10am – 6pm
Prices start from €5 – €12, children under 4 free
Esplora is organising 15-minute expert talks about Carnival, science shows, Carnival Costume Competition at 4pm on both days, and interactive workshops. Visitors are encouraged to attend in their carnival costumes. Tickets at the door. Prices vary according to age and shows.
SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2018
9.30am – 1pm, Isla to Birgu
A defilé in collaboration with the Cottonera local councils and local organisations, and with the participation of various dancing groups and small floats, among others. It starts from near Senglea Parish Church, moves on to Cospicua Waterfront and ends in Victory Square Birgu.
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THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2018
Official Opening of Valletta Carnival
6pm – 7.40pm, St George’s Square, Valletta
The programme starts in St George’s Square with the opening ceremony, followed by competitive dancing by Companies C and D and the Costume Parade.
FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2018
Programme in Valletta
6pm – 8.45pm, St George’s Square
The programme starts in St George’s Square with competitive dancing by Companies A and B, followed by a small defilé featuring the King Carnival Float, grotesque masks, satirical floats and Category A floats.
Marsa Carnival Activity
6.30pm onwards, Pjazza Ġ.F. Abela, Marsa
Organised by the Marsa Local Council, with the participation of the two local bands, including singing and dancing by various schools, including school children from Marsa Primary.
SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2018
9.30am – 11.30am, St George’s Square, Valletta
Children’s Carnival programme starts in St George’s Square with the participation of dancing companies from private schools, Companies C followed by a small defilé with the participation of the King Carnival Float, isolated masks and satirical floats along Republic street.
5pm onwards, St George’s Square, Valletta
Another programme starts in St George’s Square with the participation of competitive dancing Companies A, B and D, and Triumphal Floats from Categories A, B and C. Following this, a parade will proceed up Republic Street.
Birżebbuġa Carnival Activities
4.30pm onwards, starting from Triq Żarenu Dalli, ending at the Greek Theatre in Pretty Bay
Organised by the Birżebbuġa Local Council, with a parade featuring the two local bands, including various organisations and clubs, as well as dance and music spectacles by carnival companies.
5pm, 6pm, 7pm; St John’s Square, Valletta
Il-Qarċilla, a theatrical production produced by Teatru Malta, named ‘L-Għarusa Karfusa’ is the classical tale of banned love – between a fruit and a vegetable.
Triton 18 Carnival Ball
8pm till late, Triton Square, Valletta
Triton 18 Carnival Ball will take place around the fountain outside the City entrance. All Carnival companies and the public are invited. The event will feature local DJs and a live performance by the Big Band Brothers. The event will carry on till late.
SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2018
Dingli Carnival Event
9am onwards, Frenċ Abela Square (in case of bad weather to be held at Dingli School)
Organised by the Dingli Local Council, with the participation of dancing companies and singers, this event will also see a costumes parade, a masks exhibition by children, and will feature a number of games.
Naxxar Carnival Activity
9am – 1pm, Labour Avenue
Organised by the Naxxar Local Council, this activity includes parades, costume shows, and dances from various local Carnival companies.
9.30am, Triq Dun Nerik Cordina Perez (Broad Street), Ħamrun
A theatrical production by Teatru Malta, ‘L-Għarusa Karfusa’ is the classical tale of banned love – between a fruit and a vegetable.
Carnival Band Parade, Ħamrun
10am, St Joseph High Road, Ħamrun
The 4th edition of the Band Parade is organised by the Ħamrun Local Council in collaboration with Festivals Malta. It is a parade made of the Ħamrun bands, the bands participating in the Valletta Carnival, King Carnival Float, satirical floats and other floats created on purpose for the float together with other participants from Carnival.
Carnival Floats Parade
12.30pm, main streets in Valletta
Carnival Floats Parade at Castille Place, Valletta. The defilé will proceed via Granaries, Great Siege Road, Floriana to Glormu Cassar Avenue to Castille Place, Merchants Street, Archbishop Street, St John’s Street, Republic Street to City Gate, Tritons Fountain Area to Sarria Road and St Publius Road, Floriana.
St George’s Square – Republic Street, Valletta
2.00pm – 8pm
The programme starts in St George’s Square and sees the participation of Category C Companies followed by a defilé featuring the King Carnival Float, grotesque masks, Companies D, satirical floats, Triumphal Floats A, B and C and Company Floats Category A. Following this activity a defilé will proceed up Republic Street.
Żabbar Carnival Activity
4.30pm, Ex-Bus Terminus
Organised by the Żabbar Local Council, with dance parades and singing.
Għaxaq Carnival Event
7pm onwards, Għaxaq Square
Organised by the Ħal Għaxaq Local Council, with the participation of dancing groups, singers and bands.
MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2018
St George’s Square, Valletta
10am – 1pm
A Children’s Parade with the participation of private dancing schools from both Malta and Gozo as well as Category C companies. Starting at St. George’s Square and parading through Valletta, the parade will culminate with a performance by all companies in St George’s Square.
Castille Place – Republic Street, Valletta
3.30pm – 9pm
The programme opens with a show by dancing Companies A, B and C in front of Castille. It is followed by a defilé with the King Carnival Float, grotesque masks, satirical floats, Triumphal Floats A, B and C and Companies on Floats Category A. A defilé proceeds up Republic Street.
Għaxaq Spontaneous Carnival
7.30pm, streets of Għaxaq
Organised by the Għaxaq Local Council, with the participation of floats and masquerades, including those in grotesque masks. During this event various competitions for the best masquerade, group of masquerades, and floats will be held. At 7.30pm there will also be Il-Qarċilla: L-Għarusa Karfusa.
TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2018
St George’s Square – Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta
10am – 2pm
At 10am there will be a Children’s Parade with the participation of a private dancing schools and groups from St George’s Square through Republic Street. It will end with a show at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, which will also include a performance from Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe from China.
The GRAN FINALE, Floriana
6pm – 11pm
The King Carnival Float and his retinue of floats, and dancing companies in costume celebrate around Floriana, culminating in St Anne’s Street, Floriana, for the final defilé. Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe will also be performing.
Għaxaq Spontaneous Carnival
7.30pm, streets of Għaxaq
Organised by the Għaxaq Local Council, with the participation of floats and masquerades, including those in grotesque masks. During this event various competitions for the best masquerade, group of masquerades, and floats will be held.