Malta Carnival 2018 Official Programme

Malta’s Carnival is one of the oldest historical festivals held on the island, with just under five centuries of credited and documented history which can be traced back to the early 1400’s. It was the Knights of the Order of St John that endowed the national festivities with spectacle and pageantry. New artistic creations are born while traditions are kept alive and revived, particularly with the revival of satire, a fundamental facet to the historical Maltese Carnival.

THURSDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2018
ST GEORGE’S SQUARE 6pm – 7.40pm
Entrance: €5

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
ST GEORGE’S SQUARE 6pm – 8.45pm
Entrance: €5

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.

 

SATURDAY, 10 FEBRUARY 2018
ST GEORGE’S SQUARE 9.30am – 11.30am
Entrance: €5

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.

ST JOHN’S SQUARE 5pm, 6pm, 7pm
Entrance: Free

A theatrical production produced by Teatru Malta. ‘L-Għarusa Karfusa’ is the classical tale of banned love – between a fruit and a vegetable.

ST GEORGE’S SQUARE 5pm onwards
Entrance: €10

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.

TRITON SQUARE 8pm till late
Entrance: Free

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
MAIN STREETS AROUND VALLETTA 12.30pm
Entrance: Free

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 2.00pm – 8pm
Entrance: €12

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.

MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2018
ST GEORGE’S SQUARE 10am – 1pm
Entrance: Free

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, MERCHANT STREET, ST GEORGE’S SQUARE, REPUBLIC STREET 3.30pm – 9pm
Entrance: €7

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.

TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2018
ST GEORGE’S SQUARE, REPUBLIC STREET, PJAZZA TEATRU RJAL 10am – 2pm
Entrance: Free

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
Entrance: Free

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.

For more info please visit www.karnivalmalta.org

Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck 2018

This Saturday 27th January 2018 the first of the year’s major feasts is celebrated in the Parish Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck in Valletta and in the streets of Malta’s capital city. It commemorates the shipwreck of the Apostle St. Paul on the Maltese Islands, an event which took place in 60 AD and which is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.

According to legend, Saint Paul shipwrecked on the island of Malta on his way from Jerusalem to Rome. Publius, the first Bishop of Malta, cordially received Paul and his fellow travelers. During his stay on Malta, Paul healed Publius’ sick father and the rest of the sick on the island. The islanders paid Saint Paul great honor and brought him the provisions when he eventually set sail. Saint Paul’s shipwreck is considered one of the greatest events in the history of Malta.

 

Program of events:

Friday 26th January – Eve of The Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck

17:15     Solemn Translation of the Relic of Saint Paul led by Archbishop Emeritus Mons. Paul Cremona O.P.

19:00     Solemn Mass led by Vicar General Mons. Joe Galea Curmi.

19:00     Traditional and popular band march by the Societa Filarmonica Nazionale La Valette together with the Beland Band of Zejtun. The celebrations begin from Republic  Street and continue through St. John, Merchants, Melita, and St. Paul’s Streets. The route then diverges for the two bands: the Beland Band continues from St. Christopher Street, while the La Valette Band continues from St. Nicholas, Mediterranean Street and finally both converge to end near the Lower Barracca Gardens. This will be followed by a fireworks display involving pyrotechnics and Catherine wheels near the Great Siege Bell Memorial organized by the Fireworks Commission of the Ghaqda tal-Pawlini

 Saturday 27th January – Feast of The Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck

9:00        Arrival of Archbishop Mons. Charles J Scicluna and the President of Malta Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca at the Collegiate of Saint Paul’s Shipwreck

9:15        Pontifical Mass including a panegyric by Archbishop Mons. Charles J Scicluna

12:00     Salute: the Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna will re-enact a full-gun salute from the Saluting Battery at the Upper Baracca Gardens in Valletta

13:00     Traditional band march by the Societa Fil Naz La Valette along the main streets of Valletta

15:45     Mass in English for foreign visitors led by Canon Magister Carmelo Busuttil, Archpriest of Vittoriosa

17:30     Synodal Procession featuring the statue of St Paul (a wooden sculpture by Melchiore Gafa) as well as the relic of St Paul. This procession will be accompanied by the Count Roger Band of Rabat and the St. Sebastian Band of Qormi. The procession begins and ends in St Paul’s Street.

17:30     Pyrotechnics display commemorating the event until 21:30 organised by the Fireworks Commission of the Ghaqda tal-Pawlini

18:30     The Immaculate Conception Band of Hamrun will perform a musical programme on the band stage in St Lucy Street corner with St Paul Street

21:30     Procession Entrance into the Collegiate Church. As the procession dedicated to St Paul re-enters the Collegiate Church, it is greeted and celebrated with the Hymn of St Paul, antiphon Sancte Pauli composed in 1840 by Dr. Paolo Nani and the Eucharistic Benediction

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