Italy: Dates for the Sanremo Music Festival 2019 confirmed

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The dates for Italy’s longest-running music festival have been confirmed! The 69th edition of the Sanremo Music Festival will take place from the 5 to the 9 February 2019.

Preparations are already underway for the 69th edition of the Sanremo Music Festival (Festival di Sanremo), with plans for next year’s grand festival already being unveiled during a presentation of Rai’s programming schedule for the upcoming season.

Returning as the artistic director for the big event is Claudio Baglioni, who this year also presented the festival alongside fellow presenters Michelle Hunziker and Pierfrancesco Favino. Meanwhile, Duccio Forzano will be in charge of directing the event, with a set designer to be determined during future talks.

Sanremo 2019 dates confirmed

The Sanremo Music Festival in recent years has taken place during the early part of the year in February, with 2019 being no different.

It has been confirmed that the 2019 edition of the event will, once again, run over the course of 5 days, taking place from the 5 to 9 February 2019.

As usual, the 2 categories – Campioni (Big artists) and Nuove Proposte (Newcomers) – will air over the course of the nights, with 2 individual winners from each category to be determined during the festival dates. An orchestra consisting on 60 elements will be present at the festival.

Last year’s Campioni winners, Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro

In recent years, the winner of the Campioni category has been offered the opportunity to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest, an offer which is usually accepted by the winning artist.

However the Italian national broadcaster – Rai – has yet to confirm the country’s participation at next year’s competition, with an official decision regarding their participation in Eurovision expected to be made and announced over the coming months.

Look back to Eurovision 2018

Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro won the 2018 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival back in February this year, later accepting the offer to represent Italy at the Lisbon-hosted Eurovision Song Contest.

The duo won the hearts of the nation with their entry Non mi avete fatto niente, a song with lyrics relating to the terrorist attacks taking place in recent years both across Europe and the Middle East.

Competing with their entry in the Eurovision host city of Lisbon, the duo received a total of 308 points in the Grand Final of the competition, finishing in 5th position.