Yesterday ended La Milanesiana, the event conceived and directed by Elisabetta Sgarbi, one of the most interesting events and of greater artistic and cultural depth on a national and international level now in its 24th edition, which for the second consecutive year chose Little Tibet as its stage for three days.

From July 24 to 26, in fact, the center of Livigno came alive with three events under the banner of culture and
dedicated to the theme "Returns"," inspired by Nigerian writer Ben Okri, which aroused strong emotions in the
spectators of the different evenings.

Elisabetta Sgarbi, as usual, opened the first of the three appointments, then followed by the institutional greetings of Remo Galli (Mayor of Livigno) and Sharon Zini (Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Livigno), which then gave way to the piano concert of singer-songwriter Raphael Gualazzi, an artist known worldwide, several times protagonist of the Sanremo Festival and renowned European music festivals, who retraced the most significant songs of his career related to the world of jazz. It was a great success for the first evening on July 24, which saw the Cinelux Theater come alive and engage the audience - which was attended by Livignaschi and many tourists - with an ironic genre, "divertissement", bringing on stage, among others, an arrangement of a song from Verdi's opera Falstaff and the song "Follia d'Amore" - presented at Sanremo 2011, with which he won the youth category - and "Sai ci basta un sogno", presented at Sanremo 2013.

During the evening of July 25, the special guest was instead singer-songwriter, theater actor and writer Simone Cristicchi - as well as winner of the Sanremo Festival in 2007 with his song "Ti regalerò una rosa" - who performed an illustrated concert entitled "Ho disegnato troppo." In addition to his passion for music, the artist has developed since childhood an interest in drawing and comics, which, over the years, have become an integral part of his musical performances, thus giving rise to the "illustrated concerts" in which Cristicchi simultaneously sings, narrates and draws, illustrating "live" the most famous songs in his repertoire. The performance featured an exciting mix of monologues, songs and drawings in which Cristicchi showed a poetic and introspective vision of life. During the course of the evening, his latest two books were also presented - "We'll ask the trees" and "HappyNext: in search of happiness" - with the possibility also to buy them and have them autographed by the author.

The last event of the Livigno leg of the festival, on July 26, featured Tullio Solenghi, theater and television actor, comedian and imitator, who, together with Nidi Ensemble, staged a show dedicated to Woody Allen entitled "God is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Either." For the occasion, the actor tried his hand at reading some hilarious excerpts from Woody Allen's books, combining them with the music that characterized his most significant films, performed by maestro Alessandro Nidi and his Ensemble, thus alternating sounds and voices, music and storytelling until giving life to a performance with ironic tones.

The last evening of the Valtellina leg of La Milanesiana ended with final greetings and the customary Rose Ball, which saw all the protagonists of the last event on stage.

All La Milanesiana events are also available online, on the Corriere della Sera website and on La Milanesiana's official Facebook page.

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