It is my pleasure to welcome you to the second edition of Carnival in 2022 – This time featuring a fully-fledged programme, without any restrictions.


This May edition of Carnival will celebrate this cultural tradition in its original format after two years of abridged programmes due to the pandemic. Festivals Malta saw the need for this edition to give Carnival participants and enthusiasts their chance to enjoy the fruits of their labour as intended, including competitive dances and a défilé around Valletta.


I would like to thank the Carnival community for their cooperation and the Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government for their support, as well as the Festivals Malta staff for their dedication to our cultural events. I hope this edition serves as a much needed breath of fresh air as we get back to normality.

Photo by Sebio Aquilina

Annabelle Stivala

Festivals Malta CEO Foreword