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2013 SANREMO MUSIC FESTIVAL

Published February 13, 2013 by Tony

63th SANREMO SONG FESTIVAL

Fabio Fazio and Luciana Litizzetto

Also this year the “Sanremo Song Festival” got the start yesterday night, the famous Italian song festival which sees the competition among some acclaimed Italian singers (Big) together some new talents (Rookie).
Sanremo, the city of flowers, in the past years gave at the festival a lot of bouquets for the scene design, but this tradition has slowly weakened and now the stage is completely devoid of flowers.
Since the artistic direction of the program is entrusted to the conductor, each year there are changes and additions to the anchorman himself.
This year, the presenters of the festival are a couple who for years is presenting a famous cultural program on one of the national network, called “Che tempo fà“, Fabio Fazio and Luciana Litizzetto, who also is a comedian and a writer.
Many novelties this year, five instalments, and during the first one the Big have proposed two new songs and at the same time the verdict, resulting by spectators and a jury of quality’s votes, chose which of the two songs had to continue the race.Bar rafaeli
Seven singers in the first night and seven in the second, and also this year there are international guests such as the supermodel Bar Rafaeli, Asaf Avidan, Carla Bruni, Antony & The Johnsons, Andrea Bocelli and the dancer Lutz Foster, aside from some Italian celebrity.
In the third live-kermesse,  the 8 rookies will perform with an direct vote by public and jury that must choose songs that pass the turn.
The fourth night is dedicated to the history of the Festival of Sanremo during which each of the Big will sing an old song (out of race) that has made the history of these 63 years of the festival, and during the show also will be decreed, by 50% televoting and 50 % of the jury’s votes, the winner among the debuting singers still in the race.
The 14 Big will perform again Saturday night (February 16), the last show day, when the winning song for this 2013 edition of the Sanremo Festival will be chosen.

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(Read here for the next post about SanRemo)

The miracle of San Gennaro

Published September 20, 2012 by Tony

In Naples, the miracle of San Gennaro is renewed


Also this year San Gennaro has performed again the miracle. On the day that Naples celebrates its patron, Cardinal Sepe has announced the successful liquefaction of the blood of the saint, a sign of good luck for the city and citizens. According to the popular custom, in fact, delay or failure to liquefaction announces misfortune and bad luck. This time the blood even was already melted when the small ampulla  has been drawn out from the urn, and has been greeted by a long applause from the hundreds of people gathered in the cathedral of Naples, among them the governor of Campania, Stefano Caldoro, President of the Province of Naples, Luigi Cesaro and the mayor, Luigi de Magistris. The event is repeated three times a year, on the Saturday before the first Sunday of May, 16 December and, then, on September 19, the day dedicated to San Gennaro. The presumed “miracle” of San Gennaro has been discussed a lot, also with witty scientific arguments designed to explain the dynamics of chemistry and physics that form the basis of the phenomenon of liquefaction. The fact is that every time the event attracts the attention of the whole world on one aspect and a positive characteristic of Naples, and perhaps the real “miracle” is just that.

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