Sanremo Rainbow


Most of you have probably never even heard of the Sanremo Festival before. It’s an Italian competition where established singers present a new song. After five shows (in five days!) the best one is chosen and the singer receives an award. It’s been held for over sixty years, so it’s kind of a big deal over here.

I’m not going to bore you with the music details though, that’s not what this article is about. I just wanted to share my enthusiasm over the support that many participants have shown to the LGBT community over the past few days. Out of 20 performers, 10 of them have showed up on stage either with rainbow strips of fabric on their mic or with various rainbow articles of clothing.

This is especially important this week since a bill in order to approve civil partnerships is being discussed in Parliament. Whether or it will be approved is still uncertain, but the idea of all these people willing to publicly show their support is definitely a step in the right direction. So thank you Noemi, Arisa, Enrico Ruggeri, Bluvertigo, Irene Fornaciari, Dolcenera, Patty Pravo, Valerio Scanu, Francesca Michielin and Annalisa for reminding us that sometimes good things happen in this country, too.

The contestants haven’t been the only ones joining in in the fun though: the Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti – a guest during the second evening of the show – also performed while waving his rainbow strips, and the famous conductor Beppe Vessicchio even sported a rainbow bowtie – that was a classy touch!


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