Flamboyant Italians: Platinette

In contrast to the apparent ditziness of other activists/politicians like Cicciolina and Vladimir Luxuria Mauro Coruzzi alias Platinette has done a lot for LGBT rights, with a sober and persistant approach. Mauro Coruzzi gradually worked his way up the ranks after many years of work as a journalist, broadcaster and t.v personality. He has never…

Flamboyant Italians: Vladimir Luxuria

Vladimir Luxuria came into the popular Italian mainstream after she was elected into the European Parliament in 2006 as a member of the Communist Refoundation Party. Luxuria lives her life as a female, and she has not undergone sex-change surgery, she perceives herself to be neither male nor female. Vladimir has been active in the…

A basic guide to the San Remo Festival

The San Remo Italian song Festival is classic Italian television at its best wonderfully hyperactive, ostentatious, trashy and irrational all at the same time. This year the festival is in its sixty-fifth edition making it a dinosaur compared to the continually evolving landscape of the small screen. San Remo is always filled with controversy as…