Thoughts Behind The Concept
This year's Carnival concept is a visual celebration of hope and peace amidst the ongoing crisis of the Ukraine-Russia war. The theme is inspired by the 1565 Great Siege of Malta, where the Knights of St John and the Ottomans were fierce adversaries and incessantly fought numerous battles which left thousands of soldiers and civilians dead. However, in this version of the story, they have become friends and the two sides come together to join in the Carnival celebrations. The colours used are bold and cheerful, the shapes are soft and rounded, transforming war machines, fortifications and weaponry into symbols and acts of joy, exuding a sense of happiness and celebration. The message of the visual is one of hope. The poster is a call to action, inviting viewers to join in the Carnival celebrations and to embrace a future without the horrors of war, but one based on peace and prosperity.
Ivan Sciberras is an experienced art director and illustrator with over 30 years in the industry.
He has a natural talent for drawing and started honing his skills at a very young age. Throughout his career, Ivan has worked with both local and international companies, gaining a wealth of experience and building a strong portfolio of work. He is currently the creative director at Studio Eleven54, where, together with his team, he continues to deliver unique and innovative solutions to commissioned projects.
Ivan's illustration style is bold, colourful and vibrant, usually with a strong use of geometrical shapes. He has a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of colour and form, which he uses to create dynamic, eye-catching visuals.