The Sanremo Music festival (in Italian: Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo) is the most popular Italian song contest. It is organized by RAI, the Italian national public broadcasting company and held every year in Sanremo, a city on the Mediterranean coast in the region of Liguria. The peculiarity of the Festival is the fact that all of the songs performed are previously unreleased. The Eurovision Music Festival was inspired by the Sanremo Music Festival. Since its creation, it has been drawing national and international guests from various fields.
The idea of the Festival came after World War II, as a proposal to revitalize the economy of the city. It was between the 29th and 31st January 1951 that the first edition of the show was held, after an agreement between the administrator of the Sanremo Casino and the conductor of the RAI orchestra. The first edition was held at the Sanremo Casino and broadcast by one of RAI´s radio stations. It wasn´t until 1955 that the show appeared on television, broadcasting in Italy (always live by the TV station Rai 1), Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In 1977, the Festival was transferred to its current location: the Ariston Theatre.
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