Malta, a nation renowned for its vibrant carnival celebrations, is today bidding a fond farewell to one of its most beloved figures, Paul Curmi, who passed away at the age of 92. Born in 1930, he was the youngest of nine siblings, and his enduring legacy as the life of Malta’s carnival parties spanned several decades, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who had the privilege of witnessing his joyful exuberance.

In a testament to his unwavering dedication to the carnival tradition, Curmi’s connection to this festive extravaganza was deeply rooted, as he inherited his fervor for the carnival from his own father. For an impressive 67 years, he wholeheartedly immersed himself in the revelry of Malta’s carnival season, consistently offering spontaneity, music, and dance that brought smiles to the faces of all who happened to be nearby.

Under the captivating moniker of “Pawlu l-Pampalun,” Curmi spearheaded numerous carnival dance companies over the years, further cementing his status as a central figure in the country’s carnival scene. His dynamic and lively presence graced the official Carnival poster in 2021, signifying his significance in the cultural celebration.

News of Paul Curmi’s passing elicited an outpouring of tributes and condolences from all corners of the carnival community. Various dance companies and dedicated carnival participants united in their appreciation for his unparalleled contributions to the annual festivities. Many hailed him as the “father of Malta’s carnival,” acknowledging his irreplaceable role in ensuring the carnival’s vitality and entertainment value. They expressed gratitude for his unceasing efforts to make the celebration a memorable experience for all. Today, as Malta reflects on the life of Paul Curmi, the vibrant spirit of the carnival lives on through his enduring legacy.

PHOTO: Paul Curmi & Christopher Caruana Carnival Dance Company