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In 2013, following an 11-year absence, the International Festival of Maltese Song returned to the local cultural calendar under the auspice of the Secretariat for Culture, then led by the Hon Dr Jose Herrera. The music industry was excited, and exuberant to learn of the return, with several well known artists putting their name forward in the hope of restoring pride back into a returning showcase which had in the past featured winners such as; Ira Losco, Lawrence Gray and Georgina. 

What added to the grandeur of the showcase though was the inclusion of a small orchestra, led by Maestro Sigmund Mifsud, largely responsible for the Rockestra in recent years. Following the exclusion of live music from the Eurovision Song Contest, no local festival decided to invite the orchestra back, citing it as a waste of financial resources, a reason which we disagree with, wholeheartedly. Anyway, the issue at hand is that rumours are quickly spreading round that despite the promise made by the Secretariat for Culture less than 12 months ago, the International Festival of Maltese Song might not be making a return in 2014.


This comes as a surprise to many, especially in a year in which Malta is celebrating several anniversaries in relation to becoming an independent and republic country. Nothing represents Malta better than original music in the national language, but it seems that this element is well and truly miscalculated by our lawmakers, because if the festival does not take place then we are back to square one, lacking an independent competition which best represents the local music scene and the language that represent the nation and it's communities abroad, in countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States, who proudly following the competition in 2013.


The International Festival of Maltese Song has helped several artists, acting as a launch pad, noting that even upon it's return, it saw to the beginning of a brand new music career, that of Dorcas Debono whose merited 4th place with the song "Din Jien" written by Minik and Rita Pace would have never took place. At this stage, this editorial is being written for the authorities to make the right choice and not remove this competition from the cultural calendar. It would be wrong, immoral and deeply unpatriotic. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.


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It has been a turbulent couple of days with the announcement of the finalists of this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with no less than 5 artists getting through the second phase of the competition with two songs or more. I do not envy the committee for having to go through the tedious waiting game before making the final announcement as reserves are somewhat awaiting the call to see whether they got in, especially when they should have got in by merit through their vocal capabilities.

Throughout the day, texts and calls from renowned artists, and songwriters were received by editorial members of escflashmalta.com, to try and answer queries with regards to the supposed changes, seeing to the emergence of another 10 entries in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2014, despite having seen an original list of 20 published on no less than three media outlets; MaltaRightNow, ESCflashmalta and TVM. Nevertheless, the errors are being cleared out after having received an assurance by Chairperson Claudette Buttigieg whose team is working hard to make the final revelations in the next couple of hours.

For any future festivals, the suggestion that I would like to pass is that any artist who is submitting more than one entry, should only get through to phase two with just ONE entry, and that way, giving the opportunities to the local music scene in general, as well as creating less problems for the organising committees. Otherwise, I wish every one the best of luck in every competition. As escflashmalta.com continues to search for financial support, we are here to cover the Summer Hit Song Contest, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the International Festival of Maltese Song for sure, so we urge you to stay tuned to this portal for all the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com


Published in Local Music News

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 Artistsescflashmalta.com 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)


Published in Local Music News