Earlier today Malta's 2018 representative Christabelle performed at the United Kingdom's Houses of Parliament in London. As vocal advocate for solving issues around mental health she performed at an event called 'Girls in Emergencies'.
Besides performing at preparties across Europe, the Maltese contestant tries to make good use of her time on the road to support her social cause. During 'Girls in Emergencies' in London, hosted by the Houses of Parliament, Christabelle performed an acoustic version of her Eurovision entry Taboo accompanied by a guitarist. The event was organised to bring together influencers and decision-makers and highlight the needs of girls in times of conflict.
Christabelle’s Eurovision entry Taboo is about "breaking down the barriers surrounding mental health so that people don’t suffer alone." Earlier, the singer was appointed Ambassador of the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society on Mental Health on Malta.
Christabelle's role within the foundation is to continue to raise awareness about the reality of living with mental illness, while also supporting local charities that focus on mental health. As the singer has stated herself in various interviews, this is something that hits very close to home due to her suffering from poor mental health at certain stages in her life.
The music video of Christabelle's Eurovision entry tells a story, which she explained in an Instagram post: "The concept behind our music video was to represent different factions of society and their own personal struggles. Their leaders are exploiting their weaknesses by forcing them to battle each other, whilst exposing them to the emperor, a representative of the society which decides to blindly judge the tribes in the video. The cheering crowd symbolises individuals who would rather choose to believe the prejudices in society, rather than forming their own opinion. The box is a representation of the state of mind one goes through when fighting his personal battles. My role was to willingly enter the ring, on a mission to break the taboo and lead the rest of the factions to winning over their own personal struggles, without the fear of seeking help."
Christabelle will perform Taboo in the second Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon on Thursday, 10th of May.