On Friday 20th January at 3.30pm in the Cappella Farnese of the Palazzo d’Accursio, the mayor of Bologna, Virginio Merola, will award the Nettuno d’Oro (Golden Neptune) prize to the band Stadio. Stadio was born under Bologna’s Two Towers in 1977 and has enjoyed a long artistic career that has maintained strong links with Bologna and culminated in their victory of the Sanremo Festival, 14th February 2016.
The official justification reads that the decision to award the group the Nettuno d’Oro prize was made last April on the basis of the “feeling of the city” and confirms Bologna’s “deep musical richness, worthy of the accolade of UNESCO City of Music”. It also thanks Stadio for “the emotions that [they] have given us throughout the course of their long and prestigious career, including the immense joy of evening of Valentine’s day at the Teatro Ariston”.
The Nettuno d’Oro prize has been awarded by Bologna City Council since 1974 to businesses, citizens, institutions and cultural associations whose professional and public activities have honoured city of Bologna. Before Stadio, the Nettuno d’Oro has been awarded to, among others, Ezio Bosso (2015), Marco Belinelli and Martina Grimaldi (2014), Alex Zanardi (2012) and Francesco Guccini (2010).
The prize, awarded after the deliberation of the council board, consists in a reproduction of the statue of Neptune on the fountain that takes his name, one of the symbols of the city.
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