posted Tuesday, February 16, 2010 |
Europe's largest music festival, and one of the world's most famous, culminates at the Teatro Ariston in Sanremo. The Sanremo music festival ("Festival di Sanremo") is a gala event and an awards ceremony for some of Italy's most famous musicians with awards in various categories. This year the event will be broken down into 2 categories: "Artisti" (for the established, big names of Italian music) and "Nuova Generazione", a category for the up and coming Italian singers.
The festival changes every year: a new artistic director / presenter is chosen every year and is responsible for the guests, songs, all aspects of the show. This year, it is presented by the lovely Italian journalist Antonella Clerici.
New rules for Sanremo 2010
For the first time in the history of the event, songs in Italian dialect will be allowed. Thus we will probably hear songs in Neopolitan and Sicilian, the most distinctive of all the Italian dialects. In addition, inclusion of foreign artists' work will also be allowed, as long as the songs are performed in Italian.
Sanremo is a city with about 57,000 inhabitants and lies on the Mediterranean coast of western Liguria in north-western Italy, located on the Italian riviera. The festival has also launched the careers of many very famous italian singers. The most notable ones include Andrea Bocelli, Giorgia, Mietta, Laura Pausini and Eros Ramazzotti.