Filmed: Thursday 3 - Saturday 5 February 1983
Location: Teatro Ariston and Casino Sanremo, Sanremo, Italy
Broadcast: LIVE on RAIUNO, Italy
Release status: Unreleased
Duration: 2:08:50 for 1st, 1:35:00 for 2nd and 4:01:06 for final evening, 2 x 3:55 for Frida
Shown in: Italy
XXXIII Festival della canzone italiana = Festival of Italian Song
The Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo is a popular Italian song contest, held annually in the city of Sanremo, Italy and is a competition between previously unreleased songs. It's usually referred to as the Festival di Sanremo, or outside Italy as the Sanremo Music Festival and it was the inspiration for the Eurovision Song Contest. (The first Sanremo Music Festival was held between 29-31 January 1951.)
The festival is usually held over three evenings - Prima serata (1st evening), Secondo serata (2nd evening) and Finale Serata (final evening).
In 1983, the festival was hosted by Andrea Giordana and Isabel Russinova and there were two more associate hosts for the outside location, auditorium and introducing the guest stars: Anna Petinelli and Emanuela Falcetti.
Other guests, together with Frida, this year (1983) were:
Naturally Frida appeared as a guest star and not as a competitor on the Prima and Finale Serata (ie. the first and last evenings (Thursday 3 and Saturday 5 February 1983 ) where she performed I Know There's Something Going On both times and was introduced (both times) by Anna Pettinelli.
The Serata finale (last evening finale) was broadcast by some foreign countries via Eurovision, for example Switzerland on Saturday 23 April 1983, 21:00-22:05 and at some point also in Portugal, but these transmissions were 2-hours long and edited down without the performances of the guest stars - so therefore it means that Frida's two performances of I Know There's Something Going On (in different outfits) were shown only in Italy.
Until the above information was available, it was long believed that one of Frida's performances was actually a rehearsal, especially because there seems to be no applause on the recording - plus, without knowing the format of the festival, it would seem strange that two performances of the same song would be performed. We can see from the running order that Frida was not alone - Peter Gabriel, Saxon and the Commodores all performed their songs twice apiece also.
Running order of the whole event:
1st evening (Prima Serata, Thursday 3 February 1983, 21:30 onwards):
2nd evening (Secondo Serata, Friday 4 February 1983, 21:20 onwards):
3rd evening (Finale Serata, Saturday 5 February 1983, 20:30):
Click here for a TV listing from La Stampa - 3 February 1983, p.17
Click here for a TV listing from La Stampa - 4 February 1983, p.17
Click here for a news article from La Stampa - 4 February 1983, p.19
Click here for a TV listing from La Stampa - 5 February 1983, p.15
Thursday 3 - Saturday 5 February 1983, LIVE on RAIUNO, Italy
Saturday 23 April 1983, 21:00-22:05, Switzerland (edited show - no Frida)
Portugal (edited show, the commentary with Portugese subtitles - no Frida)
Thanks to Philip Muytjens, Philippe Dupont and Petr Mlejnek and Guido. Extra thanks to Henk Jansen c/o ABBAtalk.
Massive thanks to Jozsef for the comprehensive information.
YouTube links c/o thepiperchile and Sanremo and more