As a result of the ongoing pandemic, which has disrupted everything from small weddings to major international sporting events, Italy’s Sanremo Festival has long been in doubt. Fortunately, the festival’s music director Amadeus confirmed earlier this month that it will happen in 2021. Now, Italian broadcaster Rai has gone one step further, saying that Sanremo 2021 will also have a live audience.
Sanremo 2021 will have an audience
In what Velvet Music Italia defined as “an important step in solving the issue of Sanremo 2021”, Rai director Stefano Coletta has issued a reassuring statement. According to Coletta, Rai expects that the festival will take place with little to no structural changes from last year. Velvet Music reported the situation as follows.
“Sanremo 2021 will take place, and will be done with the public present at the Ariston Theatre. The two presenters, who have always been in the foreground for an all-or-nothing organisation of the program, can therefore breathe a sigh of relief. Interviewed by the journalists present in the hall at the official presentation of Tale e Quel Show, Stefano Coletta explained how the new edition will officially air with the audience present in the studio, in the closest possible way to the historical modalities of the festival. This opens the door to a series of logistical questions.”
In terms of precautions, all spectators at the Ariston will have to take swab tests before entering the hall. They will then have to take their temperature upon entering to confirm they do not have a fever.
The festival will begin on 2 March and will end on 6 March. These dates are later than usual, but allow Rai a longer timeframe to work on the festival — and the inevitable issues that will crop up during a pandemic.
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