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Protest Songs: Bella Ciao

Protest Songs: Bella Ciao

In the final episode of our Protest Songs mini-series, we discuss the history and ongoing significance of the Italian protest song ‘Bella Ciao’.

Josephine Burton speaks to Professor Philip Cooke about the origins of the song and how its history has been gendered throughout time. Italian singer and songwriter, Virginia Sirolli, speaks of her personal connection to the song and its adaptations, and Composer Orlando Gough discusses how he used it in a recent production at The Globe and its powerful adaptability across multiple cultures and countries.

Music Credits

Intro music: Fakiiritanssi by Marouf Majidi

Bella Ciao Acoustic, Virginia Sirolli

Bella Ciao - Royalty Free Italian Music, Casa De Papel Gemaf

Bella Ciao, Grégoire Lourme/abr Título de Música: Bella Ciao (Epic Cover)

Bella Ciao in Punjabi, written, performed and produced by Poojan Sahil

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