Gozo Carnival Programme 2017

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  • Fri, 24th Feb 2017 to Tue, 28th Feb 2017

Karnival

Sunday 19th February

Organised Carnival  – Nadur village square – Noon

 

Wednesday  22nd February

Children’s carnival – Għarb village square – 5.30pm

 

Friday 24th February

Gozo Regional carnival – Independence Square, Victoria – 7.00pm

Spontaneous Carnival – December  13th Street, Nadur – After sunset

Organised Carnival – San Lawrenz – 7.00pm

Organised Carnival – St Joseph Square, Qala – 7.30pm

 

Saturday 25th February

Gozo Regional Carnival – Independence Square, Victoria – 9.30am

Gozo Regional Carnival – Republic Street and Fortunato Mizzi Street, Victoria – 6.00pm

Traditional Carnival – Nażżarenu, Xagħra – 7.00pm

Spontaneous Carnival – December 13th Street, Nadur – After sunset

 

Sunday 26th February

Organised Carnival – Xewkija village square – 9.30am

Organised Carnival – Victory Square, Xagħra – 10.00am

Organised Carnival – Żebbug Village Square – Noon

Gozo Regional Carnival – Republic Street and Fortunato Mizzi Street, Victoria – 2.30pm

Spontaneous Carnival – December 13th Street, Nadur – After sunset

 

Monday 27th February

Organised Carnival – Sannat Village Square – 6.30pm

Gozo Regional Carnival – Republic Street and Fortunato Mizzi Street, Victoria – 7.30pm

Spontaneous Carnival – December 13th Street, Nadur – After sunset

 

 

Tuesday 28th February

Gozo Regional Carnival – Republic Street and Fortunato Mizzi Street, Victoria – 6.00pm

Spontaneous Carnival – December 13th Street, Nadur – After sunset


Carnival in Gozo

Carnival Week is undoubtedly one of the most colourful events in the Gozitan – and Maltese – calendar. Traditionally preceding Christian Lent, Carnival provides five days of revelry with many people dressing up in colourful costumes and covering their faces with masks.

Carnival is closely associated with Maltese folklore. It has been celebrated in Malta since the arrival of the Knights of St. John in 1530, and some studies date the first carnival revelry back as early as 1470. Up until 1751, carnival was an activity exclusive to Valletta, but that is certainly not true today.

In Gozo, the main activities take place in It-Tokk (Independence Square), the main square in Gozo’s capital Ir-Rabat and in In-Nadur. Ir-Rabat (Victoria)’s celebrations are the usual carnival fare much like those in Valletta with floats, costumes and general revelry. Carnival in Nadur is quite different.

Nadur’s carnival is deeply traditional and essentially spontaneous. There is no organising committee and there are no rules. In Nadur the purpose of costumes is disguise – quite simply not to be recognised. Sunset reveals a multitude of masked and hooded creatures thronging the streets. People wear all kinds of funny and grotesque costumes, some satirical, and most remain silent to aid their disguise, gaining the Nadur celebrations the sobriquet, The Silent Carnival.

The Nadur ‘floats’ are often little more than carts released from their duties on local farms but there is an edge to the celebrations. Amongst the absurd costumes are to be seen placards daubed with remarks, most of them insults to public (and sometimes private) personalities. In order to avoid libel, many are indirect or veiled references that need the knowledge of a local to interpret them.