Malta at San Remo Junior Festival
The name has long been associated with music, so it goes without saying that the San Remo Junior Festival, despite focusing on young talent, is prestigious nonetheless.
The junior festival, organised by Kismet srl (Italy), is a singing and musical contest for soloists. The aim is to spread and give importance to music and singing among young people, bringing them in touch with professionals in this sector in an international, multi-ethnic environment.
In the run-up to the finals in Italy, Maltese agency Stand Out Events has been entrusted to stage the finals that will decide who will represent Malta at the fifth edition of the festival. The festival, which caters for children between the ages of six and 15, will take place on May 8, 9 and 10 at the Teatro Ariston in San Remo, Italy, and will feature a live orchestra accompanying the participants.
For the national final, 20 songs will be selected from the singers’ category, and the musicians will then be selected according to the number of entries. The ones that get through will perform in the finals, following which the winner of each category will be awarded the ticket to represent Malta at San Remo Junior in May.
All the singers will be performing live in accordance with the festival rules. There will be a selection process on February 22, following which a panel of judges will decide which songs will go through to the final.
Gaia Cauchi, who last year won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, first garnered national fame following her performance as Malta’s representative at the San Remo Junior (then organised by Jef) where she won with her interpretation of the song One Night Only from the musical movie Dreamgirls.
The national finals will be held on April 5 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.