On March 5, 2023 the Bologna Marathon runs in memory of Lucio Dalla
A Marathon is always intimately linked to the city that hosts it, to its history, art, culture and architecture, to the energies that animate it and to the citizens who live it.
The Bologna Marathon was born in a city with an incomparable cultural and historical climate, but also in an international city, young, innovative and in step with high standard of quality of life.
Bologna is also a Unesco Creative City of Music, which has always been the cradle of many artists of all kinds who have made the history of Italian music and beyond.
Music is the theme that inspired the organizers of the Bologna Marathon 2023 who decided to dedicate the second edition of this important running event to the memory of a fundamental figure of reference in the Italian music scene, perhaps the most histrionic and "sui generis", the great Lucio Dalla who would have turned 80 on March 4, 2023.
The official medals of the Maratona, of the 30 Km dei Portici and of the 21 Km Unipol Move Run Tune Up, presented today, are dedicated to the great Bolognese artist.
The project was made possible thanks to the patronage and close collaboration with the Lucio Dalla Foundation and the support of Pelliconi Spa.
This collaboration between Bologna Sport Marathon and the Lucio Dalla Foundation is not limited to celebrating the musician with this unforgettable Medals dedicated to all the runners who will complete the race, but also develops with a very special street art initiative, in collaboration with the Music Office of the Municipality of Bologna, entitled "If I were an angel" (SE IO FOSSI UN ANGELO (L. Dalla) / © 1985 EMI Music Publishing Italia - Universal Music Publishing Ricordi), recalling one of the songs that most represent Lucio Dalla and his thought, his free spirit, his wit and his irony.
This is a call open to all musicians who will accept the invitation to play along the route of the Bologna Marathon 2023, tracks of their choice together with songs composed by Lucio Dalla, giving life to an affectionate musical tribute from the whole city on the occasion of what would have been the artist's 80th birthday.
Performers of all nationalities and ages will be able to apply for free, from 1 December 2022 to 31 January 2023, on the websites www.bolognamarathon.run, fondazioneluciodalla.it, by sending a presentation of their repertoire which must include at least one song by Lucio Dalla, to be selected among the 10 artists who will perform on Sunday 5 March along the marathon route.