Sanremo is turning multi-coloured! Yesterday afternoon, on Twitter, the Italian director, videomaker and photographer Luca Finotti created the initiative #SanremoArcobaleno (Sanremo Rainbow) calling on the big names participating in the Italian music festival to wear the rainbow flag in support of LGBT rights.
In just a few hours many prominent Italian gay figures and national websites got behind the campaign. And five singers answered the #SanremoArcobaleno call: Arisa, Noemi, Enrico Ruggeri, Bluvertigo and Irene Fornaciari. They all performed with rainbow ribbons on either their microphone stand, hands or jackets. During the evening the hashtag trended on Italian Twitter and today all the newspapers are talking about the success of this colourful project.
LGBT rights in Italy
You may be asking where this idea came from and why now. Let us explain. The Italian Senate is currently discussing the “law Cirinnà” which would allow civil partnerships and stepchild adoption for LGBT people, a revolutionary step for the only western European country that does not provide rights or legal protections for same-sex couples. Since Sanremo attracts the whole of Italy’s attention for one week, the topic is holding court in every artist’s press conference and even the stage has become the protagonist of the debate… silently.
Sanremo continues tonight.
More artists donned the rainbow ribbons during the second Sanremese live show — Dolcenera, Patty Pravo, Valerio Scanu, Francesca Michielin, Annalisa and the special guest Eros Ramazzotti.
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What do y’all think of the initiative? Do you support the campaign? Let us know below.