09 May 2015

Gibraltar International Song Festival

Although every edition of the Gibraltar International Song Festival (GISF) has witnessed an increase in the number of songs received, the coming edition – due to be held at the Tercentenary Sports Hall on Saturday 9 May, 2015 – has broken all records. Close to 700 songs have been received, some from surprising countries of origin, such as the United Arab Emirates, India, Indonesia, Malawi and Vietnam.

The full list of the 30 countries from which entries have been received  is as follows (in alphabetical order):Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malawi, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, UK, Venezuela and Vietnam.

The undeniable fact is that, year by year, the GISF is reaching an ever-wider international audience, resulting in the receipt of songs of great quality, diversity and cultural/ethnic influences. Each edition also acts as an important shop window for the authors and composers whose songs are sung live on the night, as well as for the singers who perform them. The whole show is live streamed via partners in Latin America, Europe, Russia and surrounding regions, as well as the GISF website itself, to a potential worldwide audience of over 100 million.

GISF is also living proof of one of music’s central premises: that music knows no frontiers. In this, it receives valuable support from the UK’s PRS for Music (the UK’s Performing Right Society) and Spain’s Sociedad General de Autores, y Editores. Both organisations publicise the festival via their internal and website communications with their members, thus reaching both their national and international memberships, providing them with a direct link to the GISF’s own website.