CIR Food, the historical sponsor of the big May Day Concert in San Giovanni Square, was amongst the protagonists of the musical marathon’s success achieved this year on the 20th anniversary of this event.
For the entire day, colleagues from the Rome branch, with great enthusiasm, resupplied the two big buffet stations in the hospitality area and backstage where singers, musicians, and guests were able to sample the authentic products of the Emilia-Romagna and Lazio regions. These products range from mortadella to porchetta, from fava beans to erbazzone, and from parmigiano reggiano to pecorino.
The 2009 edition of the May Day Concert, born under the auspices of Vasco Rossi, will certainly remain ingrained in the minds of the eight hundred thousand people present at San Giovanni Square, as well as the four million people transfixed in front of the RaiTre broadcast to witness the closing performance of Blasco.
The great concert, promoted every year by CIGL, CISL, and UIL( three major labor unions in Italy), was emceed this year by Sergio Castellitto. The great actor animated the musical marathon which in addition to Vasco, brought to the stage musical stars like Edoardo Bennato, Caparezza, Nomadi, PFM, Bandabardò, Enzo Avitabile, Cisco, Velvet, Casino Royale, Motel Connection, Giorgia, Paola Turci, Marina Rei, Smoke, Asian Dub Foundation, and a super group composed of many representatives from some of the best bands in Italy including Manuel Agnelli of Afterhours, as well as Cristiano Godano and Gianni Maroccolo of Marlene Kuntz. The name of another great actor, Marco Paolini, can be added to this group.
Over the course of many years, the May Day Concert, one of the largest free concerts in Europe, has been bringing great attention to the solidarity and consistency of the various Italian groups which, have enjoyed ample exposure and have grown in many ways on this very stage.
This year, in fact, the May Day Concert was the main fundraising event for “Il mondo che vorrei”, an initiative promoted by ISI onlus – Istituto Sindacale per la Cooperazione Internazionale –. This program promotes, through academic scholarships education to children of workers who died in work related accidents. The initiative gets its name from the title of Vasco Rossi’s last album.