No New Year's Eve concert in Rome

Sponsors pull out following scandals in Rome city hall.

There will be no New Year's Eve concert in Rome this 31 December after sponsors pulled out following the ongoing scandals in city hall, including the rejection of the capital's budget.

The free concert, known as the Concertone di Capodanno, traditionally takes place in the centre, often at the Circus Maximus or Via dei Fori Imperiali, and usually attracts big-name Italian acts.

The administration of embattled mayor Virigina Raggi is now trying to come up with a low-cost "plan B" to celebrate New Year's Eve, however the city has announced a New Year's Day programme of cultural events on four Roman bridges: Ponte della Scienza, Ponte della Musica, Ponte Sisto and Ponte S. Angelo.

The capital's security chiefs have increased security in the city centre, in the wake of the Berlin terror attack, particularly at Christmas markets and shopping malls.