19 - 21 Aug 2016
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


The Summer Carnival will return for its fourth edition from the 19th till the 21st August, entertaining tourists and locals alike.

For the first time in four years, this year’s festivities will include the introduction of a carnival parade along the M’Scala Promenade on the 21st August from 7pm onwards. This is the first time that the carnival is reaching the southern part of the island, allowing participants and passers-by alike to enjoy the vibrant and festive activities.


Image source: Elisa Von Brockdorff


The rest of the programme will take place in Buġibba, where the summer carnival is quickly becoming an awaited yearly event. On both the 19th and the 20th August, the traditional ġostra will be taking place at the bay below Buġibba Square. This will be followed by a défilé and parade along the main streets of Buġibba.


Image source: Elisa Von Brockdorff


The ġostra is a traditional game which goes back to the Knights’ period. The word is derived from the Italian giostra, which means ‘tournament’. Locally, however, it refers to a game in which a large pole is mounted on a barge or on a pier, and smeared with grease and animal fat. Competitors would then climb up the pole to reach flags placed at its top and claim a prize, while those who slip will fall into the sea.


Image source: Elisa Von Brockdorff


This year’s défilé and carnival parade will see the participation of seven dance companies who’ll be performing in the square in their carnival costumes, and the colourful atmosphere will be further enhanced by eleven new floats which have been created specifically for this event.

The Summer Carnival celebrations are organized by Arts Council Malta with the support of the Valletta 2018 Foundation, the Malta Tourism Authority, and the local councils of St Paul’s Bay and M’Scala.