Il-Karnival ta’ Malta is one of the oldest historical festivals in Malta, with just under five centuries of credited and documented history dating back to the Knight’s of St John’s occupancy in Malta. 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 Karnival. Infact, an artistic float has been purposely designed and dedicated to the EU Presidency in Malta for the 2017 edition of Carnival. The design was created by Steve Bell, renowned English political cartoonist.
It is a festival that gels the community together, with a non-discriminatory participation of all from differing ages and social backgrounds. Il-Karnival ta’ Malta is one of the world’s unique carnivals whereby a celebration of artistic floats, dances and elaborate costumes are entwined with the grotesque and satire, making the genre exclusively a ‘maltese carnivalesque’.
1st of March 2019
Programme starts with competitive dancing by Companies A, B, C & D followed by a defilé featuring the King Carnival Float, Grotesque Masks & Category A floats.
2nd of March 2019
Programme with competitive dancing Companies B & D, Triumphal Floats from Categories A & B, Satiric Float, Grotesque Masks & Company Floats Category A.
3rd of March 2019
Programme with the participation of Cat.C & D Companies followed by a defilé feat. King Carnival Float, Company B, Triumphal Floats A, B & C and Company Floats Cat.A
5th of March 2019
Programme with the participation of Companies in Costume A, B, C & D, King Carnival Float and dancing companies floats.
Entrance is free.