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Festival di Napoli

Festival della Canzone Napoletana
(Festival of Neapolitan Song)
Ornella Vanoni at the festival in 1964
Genre Neapolitan song, folk music, classical music, pop music, rock music, etc.
Location(s) Italy
Years active 1952–1971
Founded by RAI

The Festival della Canzone Napoletana ("Festival of Neapolitan Song"), commonly known as the Festival di Napoli, is a Neapolitan song contest. The first edition was held in 1952 and the last in 2004. From 1952 to 1970 the show was broadcast on RAI and from 1998 to 2004, in a differently spirited version, by Rete 4.


  • History 1
  • Winners 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


A symbol of Neapolitan song of the second half of the twentieth century, the Festival della Canzone Napoletana was born in Naples in 1952, the year following the birth of the Sanremo Music Festival.

Among the protagonists of the Festival from 1952 to 1970 would be such Neapolitan singers as Tony Dallara, Jula De Palma, Johnny Dorelli, Equipe 84, Louiselle, Los Marcellos Ferial, Marino Marini, Miranda Martino, Milva, Gino Latilla, Anna Identici, Wilma Goich, I Giganti, Luciano Tajoli, Teo Teocoli, Achille Togliani, Iva Zanicchi, Carmen Villani, Luciano Virgili, Narciso Parigi, Katyna Ranieri, Flo Sandon's, Lara Saint Paul, Memo Remigi, Dean Reed, Anna German, Mei Lang Chang, Nini Rosso, Robertino, Teddy Reno and authors as Franco Franchi, Oreste Lionello, Nino Taranto, Renato Rascel, Ombretta Colli, Lando Fiorini, Beniamino Maggio, and Angela Luce.

As presenters the festival would see, over the years, such people as Nunzio Filogamo, Enzo Tortora, Pippo Baudo, Mike Bongiorno, Corrado, Daniele Piombi.[1]

Interrupted in 1971,[2] after many organizational efforts it returned to the city in 1981, taking the name "Festival di Napoli '81". The show, divided into three nights and organized by DAN with the help from RAI and the patronage of the Campania Region, was presented by Franco Sulfites, assisted by Maria Laura Soldano, and broadcast in full color from the Metropolitan Theatre of Naples on the television channel Rai Tre from 22.30 until the end. It was also broadcast on the radio on the second Rai second station from 22.45.

After that edition, the Festival, once again, was interrupted for a long period of time. In 1998, though with a different spirit, it returned. In 1998 it returned, though with a different spirit and results, on Rete 4 and was held regularly until 2004, when it ceased again.[3]


See also


  1. ^ *Ettore De Mura, Enciclopedia della canzone napoletana, Napoli, Il Torchio, 1969
  2. ^ , Salvatore Palomba, La Canzone Napoletana, Ed. L'ancora del Mediterraneo - Napoli 2001Festival di Napoli '81
  3. ^ Enciclopedia del Festival della canzone napoletana 1952-1981 di Antonio Sciotti (Ed. Luca Torre), 2011

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