The Malta Independent 5 March 2024, Tuesday
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Updated: Carnival icon Pawlu Curmi passes away, aged 92

Wednesday, 8 November 2023, 08:10 Last update: about 5 months ago

Pawlu Curmi, known as Pampalun, has died, aged 92.

Curmi was the “face” of Carnival for many years, building floats and organising Carnival dances year in nyear out.

His participation in the Carnival events only stopped a few years ago, although he remained an active figure during the days of fun and frolic.

Il-Pampalun contributed to the Christian tradition, which was introduced to Malta by the Knights, since the 1950s.

"I became involved because I followed in my father's footsteps," he said in an interview with The Malta Independent in 2017, recounting how his father had once put wheels on a wooden bed and dressed like a baby.

"He also organised carnival parades, so I was always very much involved in dancing and playing instruments. When I was a bit older, I started playing the drums. My father was delighted that I was taking such a big interest, especially after I played the conga for him, and he bought me drums and cymbals."

"People are right in saying that my face is synonymous with Carnival because I do all that I do out of love for this tradition, not for money," he had said.

Watch interview with Curmi in 2017 here

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