Italy: OGAE Italy celebrates 25th Silver Anniversary in Parma

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OGAE Italy, the Italian Eurovision fan club has turned 25 years old and thus will be celebrating its Silver Anniversary in a grand way in Parma on Saturday 25 April.

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OGAE Italy will be celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary this year and the club has organized a special meeting for the occasion in the beautiful city of Parma next Saturday. OGAE Italy members will vote for preview of the 2015 OGAE Poll. The special guest of honour at the special meeting will be none other than Omar Naber the 2005 Slovenian Eurovision representative. He will be joining the  party in the afternoon and will hold a special mini concert in the evening. This will be followed by a Seratta of Karaoke, Disco & Dance where the members will be able to party hard!

The following day a special tour of Parma has been organized followed by lunch in a traditional restaurant!

The 2015 OGAE Italy 25th Anniversary & Previews meeting will be held at Hotel Verdi in Parma and will kick off at 14:30 CET.

OGAE Italy goes Silver!

Yes OGAE Italy is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! It happened just 25 years ago, thanks to a guy named Federico Stufi and his response to an announcement , Ilari Karhapää, a Finnish Eurovision fan who was looking for someone who was willing to create an Italian fan club for the Eurovision Song Contest. Hence after the very first meeting between Federico and Ilari via correspondence and letters OGAE Italy was born. Federico played a key role in the founding of the club and was the first president of OGAE Italy.

OGAE Italy was founded in 1990 the very same year Italy won the competition for the 2nd time in Eurovision history. Toto Cotugno won the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest with his entry Insiemme 1992, thus bringing the contest back on Italian soil for the second time. Rome successfully hosted the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest.

Many national and international Eurovision stars have graced OGAE Italy’s events and parties: Jalisse (Italy 1997), Roberto Meloni (Latvia 2007, 2008), Fabrizio Faniello (Malta 2001, 2006), Tonina Torrielli, Jacopo Massa (Belarus 2012), Roberto Bellarosa (Belgium 2013), Valentina Monetta (San Marino 2012, 2013, 2014), Maya Sar (Bosnia Herzegovina 2012) and Hersi Matmuja (Albania 2014).

You follow the latest news on OGAE Italy on its official  OGAE Italy Facebook page.

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