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.
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.
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