Preparations are well under way for the Carnival celebrations of 2017, which will commence on the 23rd February in Pjazza Teatru Rjal with an opening ceremony and speeches. Soon after, there will be an exhibition of the competing costumes.
23rd February @ 5.30pm – Opening Ceremony of Malta Carnival 2017 activities at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta.
24th February @ 5.30pm – Dance competitions at St George’s Square and Carnival defilè, consisting of the King Carnival float, satirical floats, grotesque masks and Dancing Companies Floats, Section A (tickets at €5)
25th February @ 9.30am – Children’s Carnival at St George’s Square, Valletta (tickets at €5)
@ 3pm – Dance Competition at St George’s Square, Valletta, together with the Grand Defilé performance (tickets at €10)
@ 7pm – Hilarious Carnival including the traditional Qarċilla, street theatre performance of B’Tal-Linja Jaqbillek Żgur and a lot more at St George’s Square. This year’s Qarċilla was penned by Immanuel Mifsud and produced by Joseph Galea.
26th February @ 9.30am – Carnival Band Parade in High Street, Ħamrun
@ 1pm – Carnival Floats Parade at Castille Place, Valletta. The parade will proceed along Merchant’s Street to St George’s Square and then along Republic Street.
@ 2.30pm – Special Sunday afternoon Carnival Grand Show at St George’s Square, Valletta (tickets at €12)
@ 8.30pm – Triq it-Taraġ at DuwiBalli, Valletta
27th February @ 10am – Dance School’s Carnival Parade followed by a dance show at St George’s Square, Valletta
@ 10am – Triq it-Taraġ at DuwiBalli, Valletta
@ 4pm – Dance Competition Programme followed by the Grand Defilé at St George’s Square, Valletta (tickets at €7)
28th February @ 10am – Dancing School’s Carnival Parade followed by a dance show at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta.
@ 6pm – Grand Finale at St Anne’s Street with the participation of all carnival floats and general merriment.
Since Malta has the EU Presidency, there will be a float dedicated to it designed by renowned cartoonist Steve Bell and constructed by the Maltese Carnival participants. The month of May will also see Malta hosting the annual convention of the Federation of European Carnival Cities, which will bring delegates from over twenty countries. This is the fourth time Malta will be organising such an important event.
Carnival will also be celebrated at the Science Interactive Centre in Kalkara, thanks to Carnival@Esplora on the 18th and 19th February during the day. Visitors will be able to experience short expert talks related to the physics, engineering and the mechanics involved in making a carnival float. Two of these will be present on site, and two interactive walk-in workshops will also be offered, where visitors will be able to paint on carnival masks, model with clay and explore the chemistry of clay minerals.
After last year’s success, Ħamrun will celebrate Carnival on Sunday morning, with at least five bands marching along the streets accompanied by a number of floats. The festival will also be celebrated in Żabbar, Għaxaq, Qormi, St Julian’s, Dingli and Naxxar.
Seating will be available for events at St George’s Square, and tickets can be purchased here. The event will also be covered live on TVM on Saturday morning, Sunday from 2pm till 8pm and Tuesday from 6pm till 9.30pm.