Carnival is one of the oldest festivals in Malta, dating back to at least the sixteenth century when the Knights of St John’s occupied 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 Carnival.
Today, carnival has become part of Malta’s cultural calendar and attracts thousands of people to Valletta to participate in this colourful and fun festival. After year-long preparations, carnival enthusiasts come together in a celebration of unity, entertainment and creativity. Parades are organised around Valletta with massive artistic floats and colourful costumes providing spectacle to those attending carnival.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s carnival has moved from February to 20-22 May. This is the full programme of events for carnival 2022:
Time: 6PM – 8PM
A programme featuring competitive dancing at St George’s Square Valletta followed by a défilé with King Carnival, Installations from Company Section A and Grotesque Masks.
Ballu Tritoni featuring various Carnival Installations.
- SATURDAY 21 MAY