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Italy stages benefit concert for flood-hit region

Italia Loves Romagna concert to be held on 24 June.

Italy will hold a benefit concert in aid of the northern Emilia-Romagna region, which was devastated by floods last month, on Saturday 24 June.

Titled 'Italia Loves Romagna', the fundraising concert will be held at the Campovolo venue in Reggio Emilia, with the support of the Italian culture ministry.

Gianmarco Mazzi, undersecretary for culture, said the concert has two aims: to raise as much money as possible for those affected by the floods - which claimed 15 lives and caused widespread damage - and to invite people to spend their summer holidays in the region to help it recover.

The concert line-up features big names from the Italian music scene including Blanco, Andrea Bocelli, Elisa, Elodie, Emma, Giorgia, Luciano Ligabue, Madame, Fiorella Mannoia, Gianni Morandi, Negramaro, Laura Pausini, Max Pezzali, Salmo, Tananai, Zucchero.

Tickets are on sale from Vivaticket, TicketOne, Ticketmaster and TicketSms.

The concert comes 11 years after the "Italia Loves Emilia" concert whose proceeds went to support the region after two major earthquakes that caused 27 deaths and serious structural damage.

The 2012 concert, which attracted more than 150,000 spectators, featured major Italian artists including Tiziano Ferro, Jovanotti, Litfiba, Renato Zero and Zucchero.

Next month's concert is the latest fundraising move to help the flood-hit Emilia-Romagna, and comes after the Golden Globe-winning singer Laura Pausini from the Ravenna area announced that she would donate the proceeds from three concerts in June to her native region.

Luxury sports car manufacturers Ferrari and Lamborghini, both based in Emilia-Romagna, have donated €1 million each to a relief fund to help tackle the flood damage.

For more details about the concert, and how to donate, see Italia Loves Romagna website.

Cover image: Italia loves Emilia concert at Campovolo of Reggio Emilia on 22 September 2012. Photo credit: D-VISIONS /

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