This is the space we are preparing for you to sleep and relax, just 8 minutes walking time from the workshops and dancing halls! The exact address is: Via della Repubblica, 4, 40068 San Lazzaro di Savena (BO).

The Palayuri gym will be open to festival attendees from Friday afternoon to Monday morning and inbetween it will be open and accessible the whole day. The gym venue will be unattended so we recommend you not to leave any valuable item inside while you are not there.

The venue has a wooden floor, so we recommend you to bring both sleeping bag and mattress for a more comfy experience.

Open and free Wi-Fi access is available from inside the gym, thanks to the municipal Wi-Fi service.

The gym is globally equipped with 10 WCs and 6 showers, divided into separate restrooms for men and women. There are 3 showers for men and 3 showers for women. They are open showers (no separations between the 3 different showers), as usual in gyms.

If you want to be sure of having a place in the gym, it is mandatory to fill this form.

News 2017! Visit to the Cave


Pay attencion: SOLD OUT
The next bookings will be placed on the waiting list

The music and popular dances are expressions of the local culture which has been shaped by the territory where she has been hosted: we have decided to present you some interesting spots of our territory, rich of his local culture and tradition linked to the place it has been developed

Friday 9th June we began the festival offering you the possibility to visit the Spipola’s Cave: which is the world’s biggest epigenetics gypsum cave known in the world!

  • Price for the visit: 5€ (instead of 15€ just for us)
  • Meeting : 12:00 hour in the little square in front of the festival venue to organize cars
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Dress code!: you need to wear clothes suitable for a 10 – 12° clima (long pants!), which can be dirtied mud, rubber boots or boots, we advice to take a clothes change.
Grotta della Spipola, Salone Giordani
Grotta della Spipola, Salone Giordani

The place are limited so we advice you to fill the iscription form.


Dance Workshops

Breton dances and body perception workshops

Breton sung dances

Breton sung dances, the most ancient forms of dances in chain and round in Brittany (and, by extension, in France and western Europe), are created by singing during their execution. The singing and the repeated patterns can vary slightly regionally but they are in essence the same.
The workshops propose a study of Vannetais-Gallo and southern Brittany singing and dancing repertory.

Dances will be taught and we will practice them a few time until they’re more familiar; we can then focus on the proper stressed rhythm and singing patterns (no real need to learn the lyrics because we will focus on learning the dances).
You can download the workshop’s songs lyrics here.
Using the same song repertory covered in BR I, we will try to get more people to lead the dance as well as change leaders; we will work in groups and try to improve the leading/following skills.
(Those who want to test leading should know the songs, those who just want to dance can come too).


Body perception

Rotations, pirouette and spinning, either alone, in a group or in a couple are the essential movements in most dance’s styles. Folk dance has lots of occasions to spin.
Spinning can be exhilarating, but also quite difficult if you don’t have a base on how to use your body when doing it.
This workshop will center around the spinning possibilities of the human body and how to make it easier, smoother and much more funnier.

Vincent Michaud

Vincent Michaud
Vincent Michaud

Vincent Michaud is a breton-scottish dancer who studied classical ballet with Francine Lancelot for several baroque projects and, at the same time, he engaged in folk dances.
He always tried to connect folk with historical and contemporary dances to create a mix of styles capable of matching tradition and individual expressivity.


Old liscio workshop

“Filuzzi” is the word used in Bologna and in its province to address a peculiar style of playing and dancing the “liscio” (central Europe traditional dances, like Waltz, Mazurka and Polka), in which some steps and figures coming from ancient countryside dances (the “bâl spécc”) are still present. This is a peculiarity that many other liscio dances in Italy have lost – as some of them are standardized or have been created in dance schools.

Workshop given by Carlo Pelagalli and Celeste Geromella


Dances for the school and the entertainment workshop

Silvia Spicca
Silvia Spicca

Through popular dances it is possible to deepen the knowledge and the value of diversity by supporting intercultural education: dancing together hand in hand breaks barriers, encourages interactions, thanks to the respect of the patterns coming from different countries, and improves the musical and rythmic knowledge; differents styles devolp interpretation.
Dancing in school is a complete project, so we offer a workshop dedicated to teachers, educators, entertainers and whoever wants to learn simple dances not only suitable for children but also to entertainment for adults.
The workshop will offer traditional and educational dances inspired by tradition and it will be given suggestions to spred them.

Silvia Spicca

She started to study classical ballet at 6 years old; then, after the artistic high school diploma, she moved to Florence at the Tuscany’s Ballet School and started a specialization in traditional and popular dances.
In 2000 she moved to Reggio Emilia and started an apprenticeship for teaching popular dances, following Cristina Casarini (Jan Knoppers method – National Academy of Rotterdam – Holland).
In the following years, she taught at Terra di Danza and Balliamo sul Mondo, giving intercultural workshops in nursery and primary schools and evening courses for adults.
She became dancer and choreographer of these associations, always attending workshops and refresher courses with main folk dancing representatives.
Now she lives in Bologne, where she teaches at the Irish Dancing Academy Gens d’Ys in Milan, which supports courses for adults and children even in Emilia-Romagna.


Hatha Yoga

God Shiva, in one of his representations, is Nataraja, the master of dance who squashes “ignorance” under his feet. At the same time he is the perfect yogi, immersed in neverending blessing and samadhi.

Hata yoga starts from the lowest level, the absolute perception of our phisical, “gross” body, a basic starting point in dance, to lead the pupils up to the superconsciousness stages.

Salvo Angelico


Salvo Angelico approached yoga very early in his life and began his learning in the well known “Yoga Academy” in Rome. While deepening his knowledge in hata yoga he also studied tantric yoga and kashmir shivaism. After several years of deep practice, he got a teacher diploma in India at the Yoga Vidya Gurukulamî Ashram held by Swami Ananda Saraswati.

Giovani Danzatori Bolognesi

Giovani Danzatori Bolognesi

The name we gave ourselves, Giovani Danzatori Bolognesi (Young Dancers from Bologna), yet defines us very well. We are an informal group of people who use folk dances as a social and relational tool. The adjective “young” does not refer to one’s age, but to dynamism, open-mindedness and a great desire to turn the world into something better.

For three years we have been holding a free course based on weekly classes/meetings that turned out to be responding to a real social need: college students – and not only them – have been able to find a meeting place for socializing with real people.

The course has been acknowledged as a moment of aggregation in continuity with ancient traditions that try to survive today and to resist the increasingly globalized industry of cultural practices. Throughout the dance we give back to people the opportunity to be human again. We often dance in the streets creating spontaneous events with the intent to give life to new urban spaces, today too often undervalued and just crossed, not lived.

Our work has no economic return: the motivation that inspires us is the deep passion that binds us all to the folk dances and to the will to bring it back to be a common way to integrate, socialize and meet new people and make experiences.

We all are volunteers.

A kind of video description

Facebook Group: Giovani Danzatori Bolognesi

Pictures by Diego Billi and Simone Cannova (Produzioni Clandestine) (Produzioni Clandestine)

Polisportiva Giovanni Masi

It is a Community Amateur Sport Club headquartered in Casalecchio di Reno (Bologna) for the last 50 years. Based on a Giovanni Masi’s idea, the Polisportiva grew by promoting the importance of sport and physical education in the whole community of the city. Its members have always met the Club’s needs, they provided facilities for eligible and qualified sports, in a healthy and culturally rich environment: they encourage people to take part in them. Moreover, they insisted to avoid segregation and racial discriminations based on sex, religion, political belief, race or ethnicity.

Nowadays, the community is proud to count 8 thousands associates, tens of different sports and wellness courses, boys and girls at a competitive level, school or charitable integration programs, internships, several pools and gyms spread in the area, and so on.

In this “Masi’s World” enthusiasm and passion lead to concrete projects and outcomes.
Giovanni Masi himself was used to say “Let’s make every effort to allow every teenager to freely express what their body are willing to”.

Their programs tell much more than words: there are 30+ local amateur sports, courses, activities, events and much social commitment.

Reno Folk Festival: a brief story

Polisportiva Masi cooperation with Giovani Danzatori Bolognesi

ARCI San Lazzaro di Savena

ARCI San Lazzaro is a social club founded by a group of San Lazzaro’s citizens in 1977.
At the beginning it was located in an old barn, restored thanks to thousands hours of volunteering. Today, the club is situated in a modern building, in which free Wi-Fi coexists with traditional card games.

This social club promotes culture with meetings of members of all ages and brings local dance-lovers together. Moreover, the club organises regional and national competitions of bocce and billiards. During the yearly overview of jazz music, it organises concerts involving musicians with a worldwide reputation as well. Furthermore, it gives an opportunity for interaction between different generations. The club building also includes a bar and a self-service restaurant providing dinner service, where associates and employees serve traditional dishes.

ARCI San Lazzaro meets Reno Folk Festival:

Further information in web site: Arci San Lazzaro (italian site)

Costs 2017

The Ticket desk will be open:

  • Friday – 12:00 – 23:30
  • Saturday – 10:00 – 23:30
  • Sunday – 10:00 – 22:30

Prices :

20 € – for one day only (workshops+concerts)

35 € – for two days (workshops+concerts)

50 € – for all three days (workshops+concerts)

10 € – One stage

15 € – one night

The music stages will be for a limited number of partecipants, fill the following form if interested:

There will be a reduction of 5 € for children under the age of 20 (20 years old included) and the event will be free for kids under 15 years old (15 years old included).

Minors are admitted only if accompanied by their parents and remain all the time under their responsibility.

To enter the venue the ARCI membership card is needed.

The Map of Reno Folk Festival

Click on the image for enlarging it!

Sala Paradiso

Sala Paradiso (Hall Paradise) is part of ARCI San Lazzaro and the main hall where we’re dancing. It has been hosting balls since 1992 and through several makeovers and upgrades, leading to state-of-the-art lighting, sound and video systems, it finally became what we can see today. Sala Paradiso hosts evening balls throughout the week, ranging from traditional ballroom dancing to Latin American dances, group dances from the 60’s to the 90’s and Bologna’s traditional dance: Filuzzi.
Sala Paradiso is also used as a theatre and conference hall, hosting from theatre pieces to puppet shows and concerts, most notably Paradiso Jazz, attracting fans from all over the province.

Sala 77

Sala 77 (Hall 77) is entitled to the club members who in 1977 decided to roll up their sleeves to repair and renovate the old farmhouse that hosts the hall (still known as the “Red House” because of its wall colour). They also created a space to play the local game of bocce (a sort of bowling game) on the side. Thursday’s balls and the contest finals will happen here.
Given the size and the wide range of uses of the building, attention was paid to thermal comfort and interior noise reduction by installing acoustic panels on the main walls, granting a very high-quality experience in all conditions of use.

The park

The structure is surrounded by a beautiful park, perfect for walks, relax, having a chat with friends or attending one of our workshops surrounded by the nature!

Where to eat

Within the venue of the festival there are:

  • A BAR at the ground floor, opened everyday from 06:30 to 00:30;
  • A SELF-SERVICE RESTAURANT with a wide range of dishes at affordable prices, opened everyday from 11:30 to 14:30 and from 19:00 to 22:30;
  • A “TAKE AWAY FOOD”, inside Sala 77, opened only for the dancers of the festival on Friday from 11:30 to 22:30 and Saturday with the opening times 11:30-14:30 and 19:00-22:30;
  • THE HALLS’ BARS, one in Sala Paradiso and one in Sala 77, opened during the balls.

Otherwise, you can find nearby:

Restaurant Il Cerfoglio
Vegan/vegetarian/organic restaurant
Via Kennedy 11 – San Lazzaro di Savena (BO)
Distance from the festival’s venue: 1,5 km


Program 2016

RFF 2016 Gallery

If you click on the name of the day you’ll be redirected to the respective day program.

Music Workshops
Dance Workshops

Friday, May 13



17:00 – 19:00

Salento’s Pizzica – C. Casiello



19:30 – 21:00


21:30 – 23:30


00:00 – 02:00

Wim Claeys & Bruno Le Tron


Saturday, May 14



11:00 – 13:00


Jam session

Hatha yoga

S. Angelico

14:30 – 16:30

Body perception



Portuguese dances

E. Parmenter

Circle songs

I. Halen



16:00 – 18:00

Old liscio


Accompanied by


Osteria del Mandolino



16:30 – 18:30

Breton dances A

V. Michaud

Diatonic accordion

M. Berselli





19:30 – 21:30

Blue Reed

22:00 – 00:00

Andrea Capezzuoli
e Compagnia

00:30 – 02:30

Parapente 700


Sunday, May 15



11:00 – 13:00

Breton dances B

V. Michaud

Emilian violin

C. Vezzali

Hatha yoga

S. Angelico

Trekking Urbano

15:00 – 17:00

Emilian dances


Ensamble Folk

D. Stetsenko




18:00 – 20:00

Musicanti D’la Bása

20:30 – 22:30


23:00 – 00:30