PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Festivals Malta launches the 2019 Summer Carnival

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.

Speaking at the programme launch, 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. Carnival celebrations are well sought both by locals and visitors alike, and through the organisation of the summer carnival, not only are we enhancing a unique initiative, but we’re also reaching out to our communities by organising such events in different localities and reaching a wider audience, whilst making the summer carnival more accessible.

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

The summer carnival kicks off in Bugibba on Friday 23rd August at 7:30 pm with a Gran Defile that starts from Dawret il-Gzejjer. On Saturday, the defile will start from near Santana Hotel at 7.30pm and will then move along to Islet Promenade, culminating at Bugibba square. On Saturday, the summer carnival will also take its cheer to Birzebbuga. 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 Zonqor to Marsascala centre at 7:30 pm.

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.

Source: Government of Malta