Festivals Malta launches 2019 Summer Carnival

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The Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government through Festivals Malta has announced the programme of events for Summer Carnival 2019, which will take place between the 23rd and 25th August 2019.

Organised in collaboration with several local councils, the summer carnival is characterised by street parades in seaside villages. The floats are generally smaller than those of the winter carnival and a total of 13 floats, one of which will be coming from Gozo and 5 dancing schools will be animating this year’s events.

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici stated that events such as the summer carnival help strengthen the local cultural calendar during this time of year. 

Director of Festivals Malta Annabelle Stivala explained that this year the summer carnival will be going to a new venue in addition to Buġibba and Marsascala. “This year we are also taking the Summer Carnival to Birżebbuġa for the first time, where we will have a street parade featuring a variety of decorative floats accompanied by groups of young dancers.” 

Dates and times

The summer carnival kicks off in Buġibba on Friday 23rd August at 7.30 pm with a Gran Défilé that starts from Dawret il-Gżejjer.

On Saturday, the défilé will start from near Santana Hotel at 7.30pm and will then move along to Islet Promenade, culminating at Buġibba square. On Saturday, the summer carnival will also take place in Birżebbuġa. The street parade will start at 7.30 pm from the bus terminus and will proceed along the coast of Pretty Bay.

On Sunday, the festivities move to Marsascala where the parade, featuring the participation of the Sant’Anna Band, will take on a new route from Żonqor to Marsascala centre at 7.30 pm. 

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Another initiative from Festivals Malta for the summer carnival this year was the collaboration with University and MCAST Students whereby students were invited to submit artistic illustrations representing the summer carnival which will be used for promotional purposes.

“This initiative is one of several efforts taken up by Festivals Malta to reach wider audiences and to create contact points where the younger members of the community can engage,” added Ms Stivala.