Torino 2025 announced the Pinguini Tattici Nucleari’s performance for the Closing Ceremony in Lake Placid

It was written in their name that sooner or later they would land on snow and ice. The Pinguini Tattici Nucleari will perform following a speech by Torino’s first citizen Stefano Lo Russo at the Closing Ceremony of the Lake Placid 2023 World University Games Winter, scheduled for January 22 (7:30 p.m. local time, 1:30 a.m. Italian time on January 23) to celebrate the flag handover between the U.S. city and Torino, host of the XXXII FISU Games from January 13-23, 2025

Winners of the Mtv Europe Music Awards 2022 in the best Italian artist category, third at the 2020 Sanremo Festival with the song Ringo Starr, they are the choice of the Torino 2025 Organizing Committee to represent the desire for the future of this festival and, not surprisingly, one of the songs chosen in the performance will be Giovani Wannabe, the hit that conquered Italy last summer, when it was featured as the first song extracted from their fifth album, Fake News, which has already gone platinum. 

This time, no fake news, it’s all true: the Pinguini Tattici Nucleari will sing for Torino 2025 and perform for the first time in the United States, also offering another hit from their latest album, namely Zen.  

The Closing Ceremony of the World University Games Winter, in which 1443 student-athletes representing 595 universities scattered in 43 different countries will participate these days, will be broadcast live worldwide and will also be visible at the FISU Tv ( The moment that will anticipate their performance will be the passing of the FISU flag from the hands of Art Devlin (mayor of the New York State locality) to those of Stefano Lo Russo (first citizen of Torino), in the presence of the highest authorities of the Regione Piemonte including President Alberto Cirio and Regional Councillor for Sport and Chairman of the Torino 2025 Committee of Honor Fabrizio Ricca, and the Councillor for Sport of the City of Torino Domenico Carretta.  

Directly from Lake Placid, where he is participating in the Observers Program organized by FISU, the president of the World University Games Winter and Edisu Piemonte, Alessandro Ciro Sciretti, spoke: “Being present in the stands at last night’s Opening Ceremony in a temple of world sports such as the field hockey arena of the famous miracle on ice of the 1980 Olympics was fantastic, but even more magical will be when the FISU flag passes into our hands and officially begins our journey toward the Turin 2025 Games that await us in exactly two years, as the Opening Ceremony will be precisely on January 13. We have chosen this date to announce the presence of prominent artists such as the Pinguini Tattici Nucleari, whom all of Italy has come to know from their third place at the 2020 Sanremo Festival to their victory at last year’s Mtv Europe Music Awards, and who perfectly embody the values we want to express and which are directed at our target audience: young university students who will be the future of tomorrow’s society. We want Torino 2025’s message of a sustainable, inclusive and academically strong event to echo around the world, so we believe we have chosen the best way to spread it”.

The Italian segment was artistically curated by the Torino-based events and entertainment company Consiste Entertainment srl under the direction and artistic direction of Stefano Pesca. For the Penguins, moreover, it will be a good dress rehearsal in anticipation of the stadium tour that awaits them in the summer season, and which has already sold out several shows in record time all over the Boot. Just yesterday, the last date of 2023 was announced, which will be in the striking setting of the RCF Campovolo Arena in Reggio Emilia on September 9. Tonight then, the band launched the fourth single extracted from Fake News: Maybe is the title of the new song destined to climb all the charts. 

The band was born artistically in 2010 in the province of Bergamo and is currently composed of Riccardo Zanotti (vocals, guitar), Nicola Buttafuoco (guitar), Lorenzo Pasini (guitar), Simone Pagani (bass, vocals), Matteo Locati (drums), and Elio Biffi (keyboards, accordion, vocals). 

“This is the hunger that moves us, the will to seek our place in the world. They call us wannabe, but we just need to close our eyes to be where we want to be”: the launch message on social networks of Giovani Wannabe last May 27, which embodies Torino 2025‘s yearning for the future because in the next two years there will really be fun to be had. The journey has just begun and we look forward to seeing you on January 28, 2025 for the arrival of the FISU flag in Torino with the party that will kick off at 9 p.m. in the foyer of the Pala Alpitour, the arena that will host the Opening Ceremony of our and your Games in exactly two years from now.

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