The newspaper "Il Mattino" is very attracted and interested by the huge qualitative growth of GFF and dedicates a special illustrated report to it. However Mr Bernardo D’Arezzo, new Minister of tourism and entertainment reduces funds drastically . Gubitosi reacts promptly with a starvation strike, Stores in Giffoni close and white sheets with protest writings hang from balconies and buildings.
However soon, a terrible disaster hits the whole Campania region. The devastating earthquake of 23rd November 1980 reduces to mere rubble scores of towns in Irpinia. Giffoni is at the border with the area majorly hit.T he Festival starts collecting funds amongst all the emigrants abroad to help the people form this area.