Italian broadcaster RAI announced that the 2018 Sanremo Festival will take place from 6th to 10th February 2018 and  that the artistic director for the show will be Claudio Baglioni.

Claudio Baglioni is very well known italian singer and composer, and he is kwown in this business for more than 40. He will be the man of having the responsibility of organizing this big and long – time event. Mario Orfeo, Director of RAI, spoke about the decision to hire Claudio Baglioni and made the following statement:

“We are honoured and happy that Baglioni has accepted our invitation. With Claudio we will build an edition of Sanremo where the songs and interpretations will be absolute protagonists of the greatest event dedicated to Italian music”.

No other announcements have been made yet. All the other details will be announced at the press conference before the show in January. This years festival is the 68th edition of the show and it will be held in Ariston Theatre in the italian city of Sanremo.

It has to be referred that the representative of Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be chosen through the Sanremo Festival, despite the fact that this has not been an official statement of the broadcaster. Since 2011, 6 of the 7 italian entries had participated in the Sanremo Festival. The winner of the show is asked to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest and if the winner declines, the offer goes to the runner – up. This is the most typical situation of the previous years. It had to be mentioned that the artist that will be chosen to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest, is not obliged to choose the same song that sang in the Sanremo Festival. However, Marco Mengoni, Il Volo and Franscesco Gabbani represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Conest with their winning song of the Sanremo Festival.