“Voices for Freedom – A Song for Amnesty”, the historic festival that combines music and human rights, will expand its spaces this year. The 26th edition of the festival proper, which will be held in Rovigo from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July, will in fact be anticipated by other events starting on Monday 17, constituting a ‘Human Rights Week’, spread across various locations in the city every day from afternoon to evening. A great multidisciplinary event to promote human rights through art and culture.

In the meantime, the eight semi-finalists of the Amnesty International Prize in the Emerging section, who will perform on the main stage of ‘Voci per la libertà – Una canzone per Amnesty’, in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II in Rovigo, have been defined.

The first semi-final on Friday 21 July will feature Buva from Cerignola/Rome with “Sud”, Cenere from Bologna with “Chi lo decide chi lo siamo?”, Da Quagga from Verona with “Casa mia” and Pankhurst from Ferrara with “Watch him bleed”. In the second, on Saturday 22 July, it will be the turn of: Candeo from Milan with “Le tue stesse gambe”, Cocciglia from L’Aquila with “La mia giostra”, La Malaleche feat. Diva Eva from Milan with “Cuentalo”, Obi from Turin with “Attimo”. The best five will access the final, which will be held on 23 July, when the awards ceremony and performance of the Amnesty International Prize in the Big section, now in its 21st edition, will also be held. The prize goes to a song published in the previous year by a leading player in Italian music.

The winner of this section is chosen by a prestigious jury from among ten finalists, which have been announced in recent weeks. They are:

Manuel Agnelli with ‘Severodonetsk’,

Chiara Civello with “Sono come come sono” (Kaballà / Chiara Civello /Macau),

Dargen D’Amico with “Gaza” (Dargen D’Amico),

Grazia Di Michele with “Dall’altra parte” (Grazia Di Michele /Mario Rosini),

Dolcenera with “Mediterraneo” (Dolcenera / Francesco Sighieri),

Marlene Kuntz with “Bastasse” (Cristiano Godano / Davide Arneodo / Taketo Gohara / Riccardo Tesio / Cristiano Godano),

Nada with “In mezzo al mare” (Nada),

Rancore with “Lontano 2036” (Rancore / Mattia Crescini / Cristiano Campana),

Massimo Ranieri with “Lettera di là dal mare” (Fabio Ilacqua),

The Zen Circus ft. Claudio Santamaria with “118” (Andrea Appino, Karim Qqru, Massimiliano “Ufo” Schiavelli).

The winner will be announced soon together with the entire programme of Voci per la libertà and the Human Rights Week.

The Human Rights Week is the result of the commitment and cooperation of many associations and cultural realities in Rovigo. It will be a journey through music, debates, literature, sports, workshops, exhibitions, art, theatre and film shows. A full-bodied programme that will have “D(i)ritti al futuro” as its red thread and will feature musicians, writers, actors and intellectuals as guests, with the intention of bringing different audiences and generations together.

The list of organisations involved is constantly growing. At the moment the following have joined in: Voci per la libertà, Amnesty International, Libera Rovigo, Centro di Documentazione Polesano, Emergency, Sportello Avvocato di Strada di Rovigo, Legambiente Rovigo, Circolo Arci 2 giugno, Arci Rovigo, Spazio T, Rete Kurdistan, Vivi Rovigo, UISP, FIAB, A.I.T.Sa.M., REM, A Thousand and One Nights, Politropia Arcigay Rovigo, Il Manto di Martino, Centro Francescano Ascolto, Artinstrada, Rovigo Municipality Equal Opportunities Commission, Centro Servizio Volontariato di Padova e Rovigo, Caritas Adria Rovigo, Consorzio Università Rovigo, Conservatorio Rovigo, Porto Alegre, Zico, CGIL, CISL, UIL.

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