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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
For more info please visit www.karnivalmalta.org