Friday Balls, June 9th


19:30 – 21:00- Osteria del Mandolino

Osteria del Mandolino

Mandolins, guitar, ocarina, double bass and the accordion meet at the Osteria del Mandolino, an introspective place born out of the mists of the past, a place where old things return to life, where it is still possibile to listen to serenades, be twenty years old and dance hugged together, and, in a journey of discovery, where we can enter in contact with the most intimatest and truest part of ourselves.

Playing these instruments, this repertoire, is like returning home after having travelled for a long time; while completing this nostalgic journey, you will meet the ocarina, the Bolognese land which plays since 1853. This land, which falls away from the dancers’ feet, becomes a sound, it makes their steps lighter and more vorticose their spins.

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Osteria del Mandolino:
Domenico Celiberti: mandolin, violin and voice
Antonio Stragapede: mandolin and guitar
Marco Visita Marcheselli: Bolognese organino
Federico Massarenti: ocarina of Budrio
Nicolò Scalabrin: guitar
Peppe Aiello: doublebass


21:30-23:30 – La Mesquia

“A band that moves like a Swiss clock, but raises in the listener deep emotions. Even though they strongly hold their roots in traditional culture, they never give up constant musical innovation”. That’s how La Mesquia was described when they won the Suonare@Folkest2015 contest.

This band’s history began in 2011 and walked through two albums and several concerts, festivals, theaters, folk events and traditional fairs.

Their first album, En l’aire ailamont, opened the way to some important festivals and contests, including Etétrad, interesting event from Aosta Valley, which gave the band an impulse to go on deepening their musical research; from that research their second album Podre was born.

2016 has been the year in which many new songs have been conceived. Many of them have been recorded in the Drant Deman pre-release. They will soon give birth to the new CD, expected for 2017.

La Mesquia:
Luca Pellegrino: voice, accordion, flutes and bagpipe.
Remo Degiovanni: hurdy-gurdy, harmonica and lyrics
Manuel Ghibaudo: small accordion
Chiara Cesano: violin and viola
Alessia Musso: harp
Giorgio Marchisio: double bass
Silvio Ceirano: drums

00:00-02:00 – Ballsy Swing

It’s a great French group formed by three as eccentric as talented musicians: Colin Delzant, Valère Passeri (also members of Sextet à Claques) and Lucas Thebaut (also accordion player in mayor bands like Accordzéâm, Les Doigts de Carmen and many others).

To understand what will make us crazy of them, just read their self-description:
“Trained in the ruins of an ancient castle of the Rhone, this group has an epic story, an ode to the tragic youth of musicians who survived thanks to a couple pizzas marinated in jasmine tea. In a maze of dark cellars, three promising young men were forced to intensively listen to Bach, Jean-Michel Braces and other unknown repertoires of Bourrée d’Auvergne. During childhood they have been often seen dragged in chains to play on the stages of improbable balls, only fed with zucchini and nutria stew, to make them future big bosses of the “little hip hop stars with committed texts” industry. Taking advantage of a moonless night they managed to escape, and, after having found a shelter in a strip club, they ended their epic journey on the bal folk stages. So today Colin Delzant (cello), Valère Passeri (violin) and Lucas Thebaut (diatonic accordion) are proud to offer the fruit of this incredible journey: music that will make you dance, scream, and maybe even fly, to the sound of this swing … that comes from afar! “
Well … was it enough to drive you crazy?
If it is not enough, come and listen to them anyway, you won’t regret it!

Ballsy Swing:

Colin Delzant: cello
Valère Passeri: violin
Lucas Thebaut: button accordion

Saturday Balls, June 10th


17:00-19:00 – La Compagnia dei Violini

It is a group created just for this occasion of the Reno Folk 2017.
Violinists of any generation, educations and experiences (trad, classic, jazz…) have met with enthusiasm for sharing their unique passion for dancing music and bowed string instruments.
Inside the long tradtion of litte Emilian violins’ orchestras, all the different songs have a common base, the traditional liscio, and stretch from nothern Italy to France, from Luis XIV of France’s bourrée to Paris’ Bal Musette, from resiane to Occitan dances, from Bolognese valleys’ staccati dances to liscio played as it was played from Monghidoro to New York.

19:30-21:30 – Sùna!


Sùna! (Play!) is more than an order, it is a need! When the music is over and in the air remains the wish to play, to dance and to sing, a shout bursts through the silence and, as if by magic, the feast starts again. It is from this wish to have a ball that Sùna! is born!

Three Apulian musicians, Giovanni and Francesco Semeraro and Domenico Celiberti, make, thank to their voices and their instruments, the sounds and the typical atmosphere of the popular southern Italy’s feasts live again. But now that’s enough talk… SÙNA!


22:00 – 00:00 –Ballade Ballade Bois

Ballade Ballade Bois

Ballade Ballade Bois is a project started in 2009 and led by accordionist Carlo Boeddu, one of the most active musicians in the folk scene of Sardinia. The group’s repertoire is focused on traditional outdoors balls and great care is put in respecting the traditional style of playing with the interplay of the accordion, the guitar, the “trunfa” (the jew’s harp), percussion and two voices specialized in folk dancing songs.

Ballade Ballade Bois interprets tradition without loosing touch with contemporary music, alternating more traditional performances with new and diverse acoustics, always keeping in mind the aim of being the soundtrack for outdoor balls. Ballade Ballade Bois have played in international bal folk festivals (Gran Bal Trad, Capodanze, Folk in Val, Venezia Balla, Budrio Folk, Balli in Quota) and in some Jazz Festivals (Time in Jazz, Calagonone Jazz), but their main artistic activity remains linked to the seasonal cycle of village fairs throughout Sardinia.

In 2014 the group won the interregional contest Sonata di Mare and was awarded in Pisa during Pisa Folk Festival.

Ballade Ballade Bois:
Carlo Boeddu: accordion
Carlo Crisponi: voice
Gianmichele Lai: trunfa and voice
Fabio Calzia: guitar
Giuseppe Cillara: percussion


00:30 – 02:30 – 
Sextet à Claques

Sextet à Claques - sabato 10 giugno 2017
Sextet à Claques

With their unusual components, made up of strings and brasses, the Sextet à Claques builds a whole universe around a very personal sound. These six young French musicians link elegant compositions with creative arrangements, coloured with jazz, baroque and even rock sound. The group has forged its own identity for contemporary folk which swings, grooves but also gives us some astonishing intimate pieces.

Sextet à Claques:
Anthony Jambon: guitar
Colin Delzant: cello
Cécile Delzant: violin
Camille Passeri: trumpet
Marie Jouis: violin
Florian Huygebaert: percussions

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Sunday Balls, June 11th


18:00-20:00 – Ciac Boum

Ciac Boum 11 Giugno Reno Folk Festival
Ciac Boum

This trio, made by three “buskers”, proposes country dances based on traditional music from the Poitou region (Center-West France) and other original compositions.

Christian Pacher was born with this kind of music and dance environment, loving their diversity and great energy.  Julien Padovani e Robert Thébaut grew up as improvisers, but more than this.

The trio will lead you in several dances: rondes, pas d’été, waltzes, maraîchines and bals limousines… as if their life depended on it! They will play everything respecting the dance spirit of the dance that they turn into music with their fingertips. If in certain moments a wind of freshness and a joyful freedom run over the parquet, it is due to old melodies filling the air of eternal youth!

Since their birth in 2009, the Ciac Boum trio gained a great reputation among the audience (we count more than 150 performances up to now), thanks to their touch of originality and vivacity that everybody can experience during their concerts. So, ladies and gentlemen, stay tuned! We are starting soon… what will happen then?

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Ciac Boum
Julien Padovani: chromatic accordion, kick, choir
Christian Pacher: violin, diatonic accordion, choir
Robert Thébaut: violin, guitar, chant
Olivier Thillou: sound technician

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20:30-22:30 – ByTikZyz


This instrumental folkclorist band started its activity in 2008. The band appears not only in stage performances: their main goal is that during social dance party everyone is a participant, everyone is a dancer.
The repertoire consists of the XIX – early XX century dance tunes: dances for couples, waltzes, polkas, quadrilles.
In Lithuanian traditions dance and music are one body, so it is through dancing that the highest values of traditional music are best experienced. ByTikZyz is on a mission to spread the joy of traditional dancing – to loose oneself in a dance, have fun and feel alive: as it has always been and it will always be.

Edita Gumauskaitė: violin
Daumantas Čepulis: button accordion, bandoneon
Artiom Oppermann: tambourine

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23:00-00:30 – Hot Griselda

Trying to escape Irish traditional music, uilleann pipes’ musician Stijn van Beek ended up at a folkbal in Nijmegen, looking for some shelter for the cold autumn of 2007. But apparently there was no escape. Before having even entered into the dancefloor, the haunting sound of the Irish pipes surrounded him once again, this time played by multi-instrumentalist Toon van Mierlo. As a result of this most remarkable meeting Toon and Stijn decided to start playing together with two renowned string-prodigies: Kaspar Laval and Jeroen Geerinck. Hot Griselda was born. And she was hotter than hot, bigger than huge and at times quite sensitive… Hot Griselda hit the folkscene by surprise and hit it hard. After their first appearance at Boombalfestival 2008, a stormy year followed during which she conquered the hearts and minds of the folkies throughout Belgium, Holland and even Portugal. Within a year their first album was out, containing thirteen steamy tracks of folk with echoes from Ireland, Flanders, Brittany and even heavy metal. Recently Hot Griselda spread their wings to France and Germany, working in the meantime on brand new refreshing material!

Hot Griselda:
Toon van Mierlo: bagpipe
Stijn van Beek: bagpipe
Kaspar Laval: mandolin
Jeroen Geerinck: guitar


The Reno Folk Festival is a section of the G.Masi Sports club in Casalecchio di Reno, Italy. It was born in the firsts 80’s collecting and developing different experiences related to folk dances from a group of teacher and educators. Over the years it has gradually increased its activities, showing itself as one of the first organized groups for the promotion and dissemination of repertoires linked to popular tradition.
After an initial phase, where the dance courses were the main focus, in 1986 the Teamballo group born and gave a further boost to informative and promotional aspects. With the organization of the first balls the numbers of “folkers” grow and grow.

The characteristics of the Reno Folk from 96 to 2006 were: dance and instrument stages with wel-known Italian and foreign researchers and teachers ( D.Staro – P.Courbefin – B.Coclet – C.Padovani – P.Gala – R. Bucci – G.Gori – T. Chessa and G.Mereu – P. O Goddess – T. Edelman – Patrice Sauret – Bernard Coclet – Yv Leblanc – J.Rostagni – G. Godon – B. Guerbigny – J. Grollier – P. Leblanc – L. Fosset.- R. Cardona -A . Perez – D.Pece- P.Perez – U.Maiorano – Ballati everyone ), balls, shows and festivals of the territory and region.
Starting from those years Reno Folk began to differentiate its activities, the number of courses increases, on the third Saturday of each month a ball was organized and stages and activities in schools began to grow. In the same time it gives rise to external activities: a group, the Teamballo, an entertainment group, the Seven Steps, a musical group, the Strapazzon and a theater group, the Tresca. For several years this variety and richness gave strength to the group and it was unique in the revival of traditional culture.

In 2002, the Event: the first edition of the RenoFolkFestival, an idea of Mauro Burnelli and other teachers, to make Casalecchio the reference point for folk traditional dances and music. During those years, untill 2010 the two realities of the Masi and the Reno Folk get involved into different festivals as Granbaltrad, Vialfrè and Grand bal d’Europe, Gennetines , whith workshops and concerts.
After these first years, the situation changes with a progressive decrease of the variety in the activities till now, where the Masi is strongly engaged in the organization of dance courses and with a strong wish to continue the experience of the festival, at its 15th edition .

We decided to call this festival the RenoFolkFestival 2.0, the 2016 edition was a new adventure that melted the traditional folk with the new urban folk, a new approach to folk dances that from 2014 represents a real innovation in the panorama of folk music. Performers and promoters of this new trend in Bologna are the GDB or Giovani Danzatori Bolognesi. This year we have a new collaboration with the ARCI organization of San Lazzaro. It is an incredible opportunity to us all because we are going to live three days in beautiful dance rooms that will allow us to enjoy the festival at its higest point!

The collaboration between these three realities, which will be experimented troughout the year, will allow to build an important festival due to the artistic presences and dancers, a real tribute to a tradition, the popular one, which has been able to process forms of expression of great anthropological and cultural value.

Arci San Lazzaro, Umberto Bonfà (Polisportiva Masi) e Giovani Danzatori Bolognesi

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How to get there

Circolo ARCI San Lazzaro
Via Bellaria 7
40068 San Lazzaro di Savena (BO)


  • From the A1 Milan-Bologna:
    – change direction to A14/A13/tangenziale
    – leave the motorway at Bologna Borgo Panigale/tangenziale exit
  • From the A1 Florence-Bologna:
    – change direction to A14/A13/tangenziale
    – leave the motorway at Bologna Casalecchio/tangenziale exit
  • From the A13 Padua-Bologna:
    – leave the motorway at Bologna Arcoveggio exit
  • From the A14 Ancona-Bologna:
    – leave the motorway at Bologna S. Lazzaro/tangenziale exit
    – Take the bypass (tangenziale) and keep following the direction to San Lazzaro di Savena
    – Leave the bypas at exit 12 Bologna/Mazzini/Bellaria
    – At the first roundabout, turn at the 1st exit to Viale Roberto Vighi
    – At the second roundabout, turn at the 2nd exit to Viale Sergio Cavina
    – At the third roundabout, turn at the 3rd exit to Via Altura, entering in San Lazzaro di Savena
    – Keep going straight ahead on via Bellaria until the ARCI’s entrance, which will be on your left, after the parking



The bus lines that are useful for joining the festival are:

    • from Stazione Centrale (Central Station): 36 direction Ospedale Bellaria, until Altura stop (22 halfway stops), then 750m by feet;
    • from Piazza Cavour: 90 direction San Camillo/Ozzano, until Croara Bivio stop (12 halfway stops), then 55m by feet;
    • from Via Rizzoli: 19 direction San Lazzaro, until San Lazzaro Municipio stop (17 halfway stops), then 1,2km by feet.

The ticket costs 1,30€ and it’s valid for 75 minutes. It can be bought on the bus too, with an additional charge for 1,50€, from the automatic ticket machines (they don’t give back the change, so be sure of having enough coins!).

Warning!! On Saturday and Sunday buses’ itinirary can change: check the variations on TPER site by using the line’s links!


    • Guglielmo Marconi airport has a bus service BLQ that connects it with Bologna’s Central Station (Stazione Centrale). Rides start at 05:30 every morning until 00:15 from the airport, at 05:00 until 23:35 from the Central Station. The ticket costs 6€ and can be bought at the airport from the automatic ticket machines. It is possible to get off the BLQ bus at Ospedale Maggiore stop and get on bus 19 in direction San Lazzaro until San Lazzaro Municipio stop.
    • As an alternative, it is possible to walk until Birra stop (1,2 km from the airport) and get on bus 91 or 81 in direction Stazione Centrale (even in this case it is possible to get of at Ospedale Maggiore stop and get on bus 19).
      NB On bus lines 91 and 81 there aren’t the automatic ticket machines, so tickets (1,30€) must be bought before getting on the bus! You can find them at the airport, at Carrefour Express supermarkey.


The most athletic and curious dancers can join us from the city centre even by bike! Following the itinerary 2 of the cycle lane’s network, you go through the Parco dei Cedri, then you enter into Parco della Resistenza until joining the ARCI.


<<< NEWS 2019 !!! >>>

We have an agreement with Velostazione Dynamo Bologna for the rental of city bikes and trekking-mtb. The agreement provides a 30% discount for the first 24h hours of use to festival participants.

Info on prices and timetables at the following link.

How to get the discount:

  • send an email to with name and surname (subject “mail Dynamo discount”) and you will receive the magic words (discount code) to be used when booking
  • complete the booking form on the website and enter the magic words in the body of the message
  • finally, when the vehicle is returned, show the bracelet that attends the festival


Where to sleep

We know that about sleeping at a festival there are different kinds of needs … we have worked hard to fulfill them all!


There are people who love to live festivals intensively, who never want to stop enjoying every minute and every emotion during those three days … well, from Friday 7th’s afternoon to Monday 10th’s morning you can place your mattress and sleeping bag FOR FREE on the wooden floor of the gym Palayuri, at only 5 minutes walking time from the festival venue!
It is located in Via della Repubblica 4, 40068 San Lazzaro di Savena (BO). In the gym there are a dozen WC and two changing rooms (for women and men respectively) with 3 showers each (they are open, so if you need more privacy, you have to bring a swimming suit).
We advise you NOT to leave valuable goods in the gym: our volunteers will take care of the safety of the place, but the organization does not assume responsibility for theft and/or loss.

N.B. If you want to be sure about a place to sleep in the gym, registration is mandatory. 

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For those arriving with their caravan, there will be a caravan parking lot next to the Palayuri.
In the surroundings of ARCI San Lazzaro you can find other places where you can park your caravan.


There are also dancers who are more bent on comfort, though. For those who prefer more comfortable accomodations, near the ARCI San Lazzaro there are hotels and B&Bs. We’ve made some special arrangements with the following one!

Hotel Relais Bellaria
It will be enough to indicate RENO FOLK FESTIVAL or GIOVANI DANZATORI BOLOGNESI to have acces to reduced prices

Prices per night*

Standard room for individual use – € 65,00
Double room or twin room – € 80,00
Triple room – € 100,00

Prices per room per night, including breakfast, monitored parking, Wi-Fi, Technogym® Fitness Room. NO TOURIST TAX!!

For booking:
Hotel Relais Bellaria
Via Altura 11/bis – 40139 – Bologna
+39 051 453 103

*Nights from the 7th June to 9th included. Prices are fixed and you can cancel your reservation until 18.00 of the previous day of your expected arrival

Program 2017

RFF 2017 Gallery

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

Dance Workshops

Friday, June 9



12:00 – 16:00

Speleological excursion in “La Spipola” cave

17:00 – 19:00

Old liscio

Claudio Pelagalli

Occitan Valleys’ dances


Introduction to ocarina

Fabio Galliani



19:30 – 21:00

Osteria Del Mandolino

21:30 – 23:30:00

La Mesquia

00:00 – 02:00

Ballsy Swing


Saturday, June 10



9:30 – 10:30


S. Angelico

10:30 – 12:00

Breton sung dances I

Vincent Michaud

Introduction to Balfolk



12:00 – 13:30

Lituanian dances 1


Southern Italian Dances

Silvia de Ronzo

 Emilian violin

Claudio Vezzali

14:30 – 16:30

Staccati dances

Sardinian Dances

Ballade Ballade Bois




17:00 – 19:00

Violini Emiliani

19:30 – 21:30


22:00 – 00:00

Ballade Ballade Bois

00:30 – 02:30

Sextet à Claques


Sunday, June 11



9:30 – 11:00


S. Angelico

11:00 – 13:00

Body perception

Vincent Michaud

Dances for the School and entertainment

Sardinian song

Ballade Ballade Bois

15:00 – 17:00

 Lituanian Dances 2


Breton sung dances II

Vincent Michaud

Accordion for beginners

M. Berselli



18:00 – 20:00

Ciac Boum

20:30 – 22:30


23:00 – 00:30

Hot Griselda

Dance Workshops

Salento’s Pizzica workshop

Analysis of:

  • COUPLE’S DYNAMICS (man/woman, woman/woman, man/man);
  • PURPOSE DURING THE DANCE: from the corteggiamento (“courting”) to the sdegno (“scorn”), from the agreement between the dancers to the provocation, from the complicity to the hostility;

At the end of the workshop a work on spontaneous dance is expected: after having learnt the basis, all the participants will be invited to dance freely and to improvise on traditional and contemporary songs, researching expressions more suitable to our reality. Freer and, maybe, more shameless and energetic movements will be investigated, always respecting the original dynamics.

Cecilia Casiello

Cecilia Casiello

Cecilia Casiello learnt traditional dances during town festivals and folklorist ronde, taking part in many milieus of traditional dance and music of southern Italy. She has founded and managed the Progetto Satyria, a group of researchers that works on traditional music, dance, acting and circus art. Since 2000 she has deepend also ethnic dances thanks to many workshops and courses.
She gives workshops, does performances and participates in many festivals in Italy and abroad. She worked as dancer with famous groups, such as Taranta Power of Eugenio Bennato, Arakne Mediterranea, Aramirè, Ariacorte, Malumbra, Officina Zoè, Cauliae, Arangara.


Breton dances and body perception workshop

Aven’s area: mod Kemperle, mod en Aven, mod Fouesnant, mod Bannaleg, dances and game-dances.

Glazig’s area: mod Kemper, mod Landudal.
Bigoudenn’s area: mod Pont’n Abad, mod Pouldreuzig, mod Penmarc’h, dances and game-dances.

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.

Portuguese dances workshop

From Repasseado to Fado de Espinho, from Pingacho to Erva Cidreira, this workshop will show us the energy, the diversity and the joy of traditional Portuguese dances, with a specific attention to Parapente 700’s repertoire so it will be easier to enjoy their concert in the best way!

Eva Parmenter

Since her childhood, Eva Parmenter is passionate about dance and music. With her participation in the first edition of Andacas Festival in 1996, European music and traditional dances started giving rythme to her life, becoming her “second home”.
In 2006 she started her activity as traditional dance’s teacher at Aveirense Theatre and at Coimbra University. Then, he gave many workshops in different part of her country as in Belgium, France, Holland, Spain and Italy.
Her educational path is always undergoing an update, because every year Eva participates in workshops given by different teachers, mainly in France.
Now she has a degree in Dance at Faculdade de Motricidade Humana (Lisbon) and she is a musician and a teacher.


Old liscio workshop

“Filuzzi” is the word used in Bologna’s territory for a specific way of playing and dancing the liscio (dances from Centre-Europe such as waltz, mazurka and polka), which keeps alive some steps and patterns of ancient farming dances (the so called bâl spécc). This feature can’t be found in other Italian lisci, because some of them have been standardised in dancing schools.

Giancarlo Stagni

This workshop will be given by Giancarlo Stagni, pupil of memorable Filuzzi’s dancer Nino Masi: all “masters” who learnt this dance not in a school but in cellars, warehouses and barns from people that knew how to dance it, without any technical support (a gramophone, at best). A precious help during this workshop will be Carlo Pelagalli, Stagni’s pupil and expert in Filuzzi’s history.


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.

Music Workshops

Diatonic accordion – Maurizio Berselli

Maurizio Berselli
Maurizio Berselli

He started playing the accordion in 1979 after a research on Bologna’s and Reggio Emilia’s Appennines’ typical dance musics, a tradition that now form his main repertoire. He also plays music from other parts of Italy and Europe but always related to dances. Since 1990 he has taught how to play the accordion at Polisportiva Masi in Casalecchio and in 1983 he founded the Suonabanda group from Modena that, over the years, has helped to keep alive and to spread the music and dances of Emilian Apennines.

Maximum number of praticipants: 15 Compile the form to be part of the workshop


Ensemble Folk – Denys Stetsenko

A theme of this workshop will be “a body plays, a body dances: communication between musicians and dancers”. Then, let’s open our ears: they are the key for learning and remembering. Moreover, we will talk about arrangement instruments and possible forms in the language of folk, ways to harmonize and decorate your dance, leading vs following, how to listen, to have ideas, to suggest.

Denys Stetsenko

Denys Stetsenko, from Ukraine, has studied classical music since he was a child and in 2003 he entered the world of traditional and improvised music with the group Monte Lunai e Dancing Strings, participating in various European music and dance festivals. He studied violin at the School of Music of Lisbon and got a master degree in Ancient music-baroque violin at the High School for Music and Performing Arts  (Esmae) in Porto. He is a founding member of Quartetto Arabescque, Duo Stetsenko, Favola d’Argo and Parapente 700. He taught from 2011 to 2014 in Esmae as an assitant to Amandine Beyer. Now he is a violin professor in Lisbon. He has taught traditional music classes in Lisbon, Cordoba, Crisol de Cuerda Madrid and in many festivals like Andancas (Portugal), Folkarria (Spain), Festiv’Alzen (France).

The maximum number of partecipants: 15 Compile the form to be part of the workshop

Emilian Violin – Claudio Vezzali

The interest in folk music led him around the Apennines looking for old lost dances. Thanks to the meeting with Melchiade Benni, his passion began to focus on the violin. He learned his repertoire directly from dancers and musicians and then he presented it again in concerts and workshops with the Buonanotte Suonatori orchestra. He currently plays traditional Emilian dances with Suonabanda group and Scottish music with TriCorde trio. He recently starts working with the Musicanti d’la Basa with another old repertoire.

Level: for beginners, with a basic technique of the instrument, interested in the repertoire and style of execution of staccati dances from Emilian folk tradition.

Maximum number of partecipants: 15 Compile the form to be part of the workshop


Circle Songs – Ivan Halen

Created by vocalist Bobby McFerrin, the “Circle Songs” are a form of choral improvisation: in a free improvisation process, a director, through specific vocal rhythmic modules, creates the singing roles, assigning them gradually to the singers disposed in a circle. Coming from their connection, an harmonious development creates a real “song”. The experience of the Circle Songs is not only artistic but didactic and anthropological because, transcending “common schemes”, they manage to make us work with our ears, our memory, with the rhythm, the body, the breath and the voice.

Ivan Halen

Ivan began his activity as a singer in the early 2000. In those years he received a lyrical and modern training from various teachers and he approached popular culture and ethnical and oriental traditions. He experienced with his voice through learning overtone singing, diplophonies and multifonia, always looking for new sounds and styles. A passionate researcher in vocal anthropology, he approached Circle Songs with Albert Hera and then he worked on a personal method he uses during workshops in Bologna and Europe.

Maximum number of partecipants: 15 Compile the form to be part of the workshop