Good Evening Europe: EFRU’s contribution to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

March 28, 2015 in General

Malta has talent… it really does, and in many areas as well. One of the areas where our talent shines is music, and Gaia Cauchi proved our point by winning the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, in Kiev. This brought the contest to Malta in 2014, where talent also featured this time in the production of a wonderful spectacle.

Traditionally, Eurovision contests feature video “postcards” in between songs, showcasing the host country’s culture and heritage. Being a contest centred on young people, adventure was the focus of this year’s postcards, all set with beautiful backdrops around the Maltese Islands. The Emergency Fire & Rescue Unit (EFRU) is honoured to have been involved in the filming of two of these postcards.

Considering EFRU’s experience with ropes, abseiling and zip lines (aerial runways), these were a natural choice of activities to film. Of course, in choosing the locations showcasing Malta’s beauty was essential: abseiling down Portomaso tower, the Red Tower in Mellieha, San Anton Palace as well as down Castille Palace. Other activities included the zip lines which were set up at Migra l-Ferha, the Upper Barrakka Gardens and the Limestone Heritage.

Working on these video shoots has been an incredible experience. Every location had its challenges in terms of set up, especially in order to ensure team mates’ and bystanders’ safety. The producers were also very challenging, making sure they only obtained the best possible shots. However this totally paid off at the end – as you can see from the results:


This project was brought to the EFRU due to the good relationship it maintains with various production companies. In fact, the EFRU has varied filming related past experiences with Venere, Venture 6 series, Where’s everybody, and currently with 26th Frame. Keep an eye out for more of our collaborations to come this year.

Joe Bonnici
EFRU Rescuer

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