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Thursday, 25 July 2013 15:45

Malta: Return of National Song Festival Confirmed

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In 2002, the International Festival of Maltese Song was abruptly cancelled by the Public Broadcasting Services and the Government of Malta with our participation within the Junior Eurovision Song Contest two years later cited as the principle reason. It was rather unfortunate that a cultural event which promoted the official language of this small nation had to come to an end after a span of around twenty-one years with the event dating back to 1981, a time in which Malta had not been taking part within the Eurovision Song Contest.

A team of experts within the art of entertainment brought forward several proposals in order for this competition to be resurrected with the Ministry for Tourism seeing it fit to promote elements of national identity through the medium of song. Josette Hamilton, Norman Hamilton, Robert Cefai, Deo Grech and Ray Falzon alongside a representative from the Ministry for Tourism, Charlon Gouder presided over a press conference held at Isouard Hall within the Manoel Theatre last night to unveil the return of the competition. The other members of the committee are Simone Bugeja, Ignatius Farrugia and Pierre Cachia, all of which bring vital experience within several areas of the entertainment industry from songwriting to production.

Artistic Coordinator, Norman Hamilton revealed that the return of the International Festival of Maltese Song is a positive sign for the future of the national language. He also made it a point to emphasise that the fourteen (14)  local and fourteen (14) foreign finals will have the opportunity to perform with a band of ten (10) musicians, all under the stewardship of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud, Chairman of the National Orchestra. Rules and Regulations for the International Festival of Maltese Song could be obtained either through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by viewing them on the Official Website of the World Association of Festivals and is proud to announce that we will be collaborating with the organising committee in order to promote the best talent in the local music scene.

Source: Nittama (Philip Vella), Fomm Il-Vjolin (Andrew Zahra / Deo Grech)

Last modified on Friday, 26 July 2013 06:53