Sanremo music festival to start with stars but no audience

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(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 2 – Italy’s much-loved Sanremo Music
Festival kicks off on Tuesday, with the show set to go on even
though there will be no audience at the Ligurian city’s ‘Ariston
theatre because of COVID-19 restrictions.
    The annual music extravaganza, screened by State broadcaster
RAI, usually takes place in February but has been pushed back
this year due to the pandemic.
    The festival,which runs until Saturday, revolves around a
best-song competition.
    The winner gets to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song
Contest.
    Presenter and Artistic Director Amadeus has said the “at-all-costs” festival is aiming to give Italy’s families some
carefree moments at a difficult time.
    Laura Pausini, who won the best original song prize at the
Golden Globes on Sunday for ‘Io Si’ from in The Life Ahead,
Sophia Loren’s latest film directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, is
one of the guests of honour.
    She is one of many Italian artists whose careers were launched
by the festival.
    Expectations are also high for an appearance by AC Milan forward
Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (ANSA).
   

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