Watch: Malta’s cultural budget is now almost €83m – Bonnici

Investment in Malta’s cultural budget is 18% higher this year than 2018, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici, has said.

This places the budget for cultural events and activities at almost €83m (82,800,000).

The Minister provided these figures during the annoucement of this year’s Carnival programme.

He explained that the Carnival will be extended throughout the year allowing visitors to witness carnival both to experience it as an artform and a tradition, exposing people to the different elements of its creative process.

The Festival Malta Director Annabelle Stivala also explained that the within the programme there are more events planned for the Saturday.

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici gives a press conference about Carnival 2019
Next to Millennia Building, Marsa
DOI – Jeremy Wonnacott

‘This year we have added a considerable number of activities on Saturday, so much so that there will be ongoing activities throughout the whole day – these include a dance companies parade in Tritons Square followed by The Grand Ball which was a tremendous success last year.’

Along with the annual celebrations in Valletta and Floriana, there are expected to be a number of other organised carnivals occuring in villages across Malta and Gozo.

More information about the carnival and its events can be accessed here

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici visits Carnival floats
Garage near Catamaran
DOI – Jeremy Wonnacott