National Cribs Competition applications open

Festivals Malta is launching the National Cribs Competition for Christmas 2019, which will be spread over six different categories.

The categories are divided according to the cribs’ size, whether they are mechanical, the originality of the materials used, as well as the concept itself. In each category monetary prizes will be awarded to the best three winners, who will be chosen by members of the jury.

More details about the six crib competitions

This year, the competition will feature these categories:

  1. Mechanical Crib
  2. Large Crib Biblical Style
  3. Large Crib Other Style
  4. Medium-Sized Crib
  5. Small Crib
  6. Original Crib

In order for the cribs to qualify for the competition, every crib must be open for public viewing from Friday 13th December 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020. Exhibition opening hours should be from 5.00 to 8.00 pm throughout all the above mentioned days. Every applicant may keep the exhibition space open for longer hours and/or days than is stipulated. The entrance to the crib exhibition should be free, but it is permissible to place a receptacle close to the crib for donations from the public.

All members of the jury have the right to visit the cribs as many times as they wish in the days and times listed for exhibition. They may also take photographs and/or videos of the crib or parts of it, by themselves or with the help of a hired photographer. The jury has the right to withhold prizes if, according to its judgement, the required level has not been reached. In every case its decision is final and may not be appealed.

The applications will be available from Monday 14th October 2019 and should be sent by post to or submitted by hand at the Festivals Malta offices, 13, Europa Centre, Giovanna Lopez Street, Floriana, filled in clearly with all details written down,  together with a fee of €10, not later than noon of Friday 15th November 2019.

No applications will be accepted if received after the stipulated time of the above mentioned date. For more details about the regulations and application form, visit the website, or contact Festivals Malta on or tel. no: 23347301/2.