Published on Friday 9 February 2018

Tonight’s Carnival activities are cancelled due to the stormy weather that has hit the Maltese islands. The Carnival floats will make their way from Marsa to Valletta under a specially installed protective tent on Saturday morning instead.

During the previous night, Carnival organisers, Festivals Malta along with Carnival participants moved the floats under the shelter of this tent in order to protect them from the wind and rain. As such, all participants’ work has been safeguarded and can still be fully enjoyed by the public from Saturday evening onwards.

Festivals Malta is currently in ongoing discussions with the Police and Transport Malta, in order to best organise the floats transport once the weather clears up tomorrow. This is currently projected to begin around 11am.

Festivals Malta is appealing to the public to make use of public transport as much as possible in order to avoid using Marsa roads leading to Valletta and alleviate excessive traffic congestion. Affected Marsa roads include the industrial area near ONE stations, Aldo Moro Street (towards Santa Luċija), Marsa Cross Road, Patri Feliċjan Bilocca Street, Fishermen Street, the Menqa project area, and Spencer Hill (where Lohombus Bank was located). National Road in Blata l-Bajda (towards Porte des Bombes) and St. Anne Street, Floriana will also be affected.

Tickets purchased for the Friday show can be used for both the Saturday show, which starts at 5pm, or the Monday show, which starts at 3.30pm.

Festivals Malta will keep the public updated regarding any changes to Carnival activities via the official website and through the Facebook page

Saturday 10 February 2018

St George’s Square

9.30am – 11.30am


Children’s Carnival programme starts in St George’s Square with the participation of dancing companies from private schools, Companies C followed by a small defilé with the participation of the King Carnival Float and isolated masks along Republic street.

Saturday 10 February 2018

St George’s Square

5pm onwards


Another programme starts in St George’s Square with the participation of competitive dancing Companies A, B and D, and Triumphal Floats from Categories A, B and C. Following this, a parade will proceed up Republic Street.

Saturday 10 February 2018

St John’s Square

5pm, 6pm, 7pm


A theatrical production produced by Teatru Malta. ‘L-Għarusa Karfusa’ is the classical tale of banned love – between a fruit and a vegetable.

Saturday 10 February 2018

Triton Square

8pm till late


Triton 18 Carnival Ball will take place around the fountain outside the City entrance. All Carnival companies and the public are invited. The event will feature local DJs and a live performance by the Big Band Brothers. The event will carry on till late.