The Hidden Story and Historical Significance Of The Festivalbar Singing Competition

Italy can take great pride that Italian is the language of romance.

Italy can take a great pride that Italian is the language of romance, and that there was no greater proof of it in the songs that were heard from the charismatic voice of a large number of not only Italian singers but from singers of other countries in the world, in a unique musical event that took place every year since 1964 and ended in 2007. To the consternation and sadness of many Italians and many fans across the globe.


For many, it was not only an event but also an institution and in this article, we will explore in depth, its origins, history, and the meaning that this event had for many people over its run and then.


At the beginning Festivalbar was composed mainly as a competition in which the singers whose songs were heard a lot in all of Italy's jukeboxes competed, but over time it took a step forward by allowing every singer to compete for no matter if the singers were Italian or not, and everyone agreed that it was for the better.


Festivalbar was held in the most beautiful season of the year, in summer, and so was done throughout its run, although the location always changed every year. They almost always turned out to be the most beautiful and exotic locations in Italy, a delight to the eye of many observers.


Many witnessed Festivalbar because there was no better way to celebrate the arrival of summer, picture this: youngsters going out of school in time for vacations, parents finally free of so doing work for a short time on vacation, teenagers with nothing to do and also on vacation started to seek the opportunity to go with friends to witness a musical event that would remain engraved deep inside their minds for the rest of their lives, and that music festival would start with the saying: "l'estate è arrivata", it means: “summer has arrived” in Italian.


The music festival enjoyed great popularity in the sixties, seventies, and eighties, many young people were always up to date with the musical tastes of the moment thanks to Festivalbar, as many native or worldwide singers appeared there to get the coveted media coverage they needed to give a much-needed boost to their music careers. There's no doubt that many of those singers ended up with a single at the top of the summer music rankings.


No one was left without witnessing Festivalbar, for a very novel and surprising reason, which would hardly be done today, every week during the summer, the music festival moved from one city to another, to cover the entire Italian territory. This helped to boost tourism in Italy, both for its inhabitants and for those who were not natives, (tourism at its finest!) it also boosted a feeling of sharing, and camaraderie among those present at the event, many happy memories were viewed as an important union symbol for Italian inhabitants.


It was not all about television broadcast but being there at the moment, sharing and talking with other people, no matter if they were your friends or relatives, that carried a lot of weight for a lot of people back then, and is something that is at lost these days, with today's current technology anyone can view their favorite musical act on their tv screen at the commodity of their home or with the use of a Smartphone all thanks to the Internet. What a shame.


Today, an event like this no longer exists and many ask for it to return, but unfortunately, it seems that it will not be possible. Festivalbar is not going to come back, and that's sad, but many feel at ease because of a fact, and this fact is that Festivalbar existed in the first place.


Why? Well, without Festivalbar many singers known today would not have taken their first steps and would have consolidated in the minds of many listeners if it had not been for Festivalbar, we would not be listening today to Canadian singer Céline Dion, Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti, Greek singer Demis Roussos, and even Spanish singer Miguel Bosè, took their first steps and thus became known to a large audience that remembered them and made them famous, all because of the impression they received from them in their performance at Festivalbar.


The memory still lives and is even more alive than ever, in the vinyl records that went on sale and that many bought and still keep, there are also forums and websites where many regular attendees tell their experiences and how much it affects them.



The legacy of Festivalbar is one that must be treasured and remembered so that perhaps someday, a musical event of equal magnitude and purpose will be made and managed to transcend in more than one generation as Festivalbar did.


/ Popnable Media
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