She’s the much-loved daughter of Bologna who sadly passed away earlier this month. But Raffaella Carrà’s memory will live on at Eurovision 2022 should the city prove successful in its efforts to host the contest. That’s according to Andrea Camporesi of Free Event, one of the bodies tasked with working on the Italian city’s bid. He has also shared some insight into how the proposal is shaping up and what venues are in contention.
Eurovision 2022 in Bologna would honour the late Raffaella Carrà
Speaking to Il Resto del Carlino, Camporesi says: “The idea is to exploit Eurovision to pay a great tribute to Raffaella Carrà, an internationally renowned Bolognese artist. A queen of the scene who would be nice to pay homage to before 180 million viewers”. As many will know, Carrà passed away at the start of July aged 78. She was a huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest and was Italy’s first spokesperson after their return to Eurovision in 2011. She was also highly tipped to be involved in Eurovision 2022.
An icon of the 1970s, Raffaella was extremely popular in Italy, Spain, France, Latin America and other countries in Europe. She was both a singer and a TV presenter, and she even hosted Spain’s national selection for Eurovision 2008, Salvemos Eurovisión. Her big international hit was “Do It, Do It Again”.
More details on Bologna’s Eurovision 2022 bid
Camporesi believes that Bologna is the best city for Eurovision. He also agrees with the reports citing Milan and Turin as the only other real alternatives from the list of 17 candidate cities. “Bologna is the city in Italy perhaps most in tune with this event,” he says. “It has greater potential than Milan and Turin, in my opinion, the only real competitors”.
Bologna has two possible venues — the Unipol Arena and the Fiera exhibition centre. “Our feasibility studies will cover both the Fiera and the Unipol Arena”, explains Camporesi. “The latter is completing the external arrangement works and in December it will be the envy of other large European structures. The Fiera enjoys great versatility, increased by the new pavilion 37, and reflects the characteristics required by the production. So we have two cards to play”. Although he thinks that “that Unipol remains the most likely candidate”.
The city also has confidence in the team tasked with overseeing the bid. “We called the best in Italy. Starting with Eddy Anselmi, from Bologna, one of the greatest Italian connoisseurs of the event, and since 2012 the Assistant Head of Delegation at ESC. There is John Dennis Mc Cullagh, production consultant for the previous Eurovision, Claudio Santucci of the Giò Forma studio, king of scenographies, Emiliano Bitti, technical director specialised in large events and expert in suspended loads. Another champion, director Christian Biondani, is already at work on both venues to find the shooting tricks suitable for an exceptional television performance. Introducing ourselves to Rai with part of the work already done could represent a great plus in convincing them to choose Bologna “.
Camporesi concludes by saying that the team’s planning goes beyond the venue — “it hits the whole city.”
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