Maps to discover the territory

Thanks to the Cartographic Archive of the Emilia Romagna Region, plenty of publications and maps will be available during the festival that allow everybody to venture into surrounding territory also independently.


Here you can find hiking maps of the area and follow the many paths that wind through these wonderful hills and the regional park of Gessi Bolognesi and the Calanchi della Abbadessa: (this site is only in Italian)

For detailed information on this park: – Parco dei Gessi Bolognesi (this site is only in Italian)


There willbe also maps-guide on the various historical-cultural and geological aspects of the centre of Bologna, to help the curious who want have some adventures and explore the non-obvious aspects of our beautiful city.

Speleological adventure at the Spipola Cave

On Friday – June 9 – we offer the possibility to visit the SPIPOLA CAVE, that is the largest hypogenic cave moulded in gypsum so far known!

  • Economic contribution: € 5 (exceptionally instead of € 15)
  • Meeting point: 12:00 am in the yard of ARCI San Lazzaro, in order to organize the transportation.
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Equipment: wear clothes suitable for 10-12 ° C (including long trousers) and rubber boots or boots. Path is usually muddy, therefore we recommend spare clothes.

Grotta della Spipola, Salone GiordaniGrotta della Spipola, Salone Giordani

Do not expect boardwalk and artificial lighting, the Spipola Cave is an ADVENTURE! It is a speleological visit that involves the use of safety helmets with lighting and physical contact with rocks and mud. It’s not just for ironmen, but it’s still a great adventure to warm up your muscles for 3 days of dancing.

La Nottola Aps-Asd provides an expert guide, dancer as well: a unique opportunity, not to be missed!

The tour is organized exclusively for the participants of the Reno Folk Festival with a reduced participation fee!
LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS! So you need to book and register by filling out the registration form.

Music workshops

Gasconian chant – Cocanha

The three Cocanha singers will introduce an ensemble singing, based on the Occitan repertoire. With a rythmic and polyphonic game, this workshop is aimed to offer a fun practice of traditional rythmic singing, either to lead the dance and to experience the shared energy of polyphonic singing. Occitan idiom will be our vocal playground: we will eat it, enjoy its flavor and make it play together with us.

Max 25 participants.

Traditional techniques of Apulian tambourine

The tambourine is the most arcaic and meanful element of the manifold and variform tradition of the South of Italy. The several rhythms, sounds and techniques of this instrument are the expression of the diversity of the peoples who play and even “live” this music. During the lesson we’ll explore some different styles of the Apulian local variations  of “tarantella” (so has been named the big “family” of the dancing traditions of the South) and particularly analyze the techniques of Pizzica Pizzica from Salento and from Lower Murgia, and the rhythm from Gargano Peninsula.

We suggest to bring your own instrument, because we can lend just 7 tambourine.

Domenico Celiberti

Domenico Celiberti, renowned multi-instrumentalist from Apulia,  started researching and safeguarding the repertory of his originary territory several years ago. He collaborates with many musical groups with strong traditional characteristics throughout Italy and France (Capa Cupa, Tittòmmë, Tomma Tommë, Paranza del Geco, Capa Cupa, Tittomme, Tomma Tomme, Le Bal Rital-Paris).


Traditional Bolognese mandolin – Lorenzo Cuppi

“I approached the Bolognese mandolin from childhood through an acquired relative, Nino Ricci, who loved being accompanied during family parties by my father Bruno, who had been a semi-professional guitarist in dance orchestras in the 50’s and 60’s.
At 11 years old I received my first mandolin as a gift from my paternal grandmother. But it was above all my father who picked up the instrument, playing some pieces of ancient Bolognese “liscio” and other melodic pieces, especially Neapolitans. I accompanied my father to the guitar, grinding agreements and harmonic tours otherwise outdated.
As a teenager, I left the mandolin studio, but when I arrived in England I felt the need to learn my father’s Bologna’s songs. I had just listened to the most authoritative and famed unique Filuzzi-style mandolinist in activity, in art Sisén, who had in his repertoire some pieces of ancient “liscio”.
With these studies, excavations in memory and researches, I have thus put together a small repertoire of waltzes, mazurkas and polkas, typical of the city and its surroundings that certainly refer to the pre-war period but have been transmitted until today. The workshop will deal with this repertoire, its history and the main figures. Owning an instrument and having some previous knowledge of the tool is desirable.”

We suggest to bring your own instrument,r4 because we can lend just 2 mandoline

Dance workshops

Baltic dances (Lithuanian, Estonian, Belarusian)

Most of these dances are figured dances connected to music, mainly based on polka and waltz rythms. You will also try crazy, energetic dances. And if you find some new figures to add to your balfolk dance’s repertoire, please try them!

Norwegian folk dances: Rudl and Pols (close to Swedish polska)

These dances are quiet, calm and deeply grounded. They come from different parts of Norway, one from north Roros (Pols) and other from West coast (Rudl). Both dances require a lot of balance. Try them and have fun!

Daumantas Čepulis

He’s a musician and a dance teacher. Dancing from young age, he learned dances from his mother and various folk ensembles. For one year he improved his dance skills in Norway. After returning to his homeland, he paid a lot of attention to analysing Lithuanian folk repertoires with the aim to strengthen his tradition and dance technique knowledge. His dance teaching style is based on his apprenticeships in other countries and long-lasting dancing experience.
He learned to play music by himself and mostly improved his skills during dance events. He plays two row-button accordions and bandoneons, either alone or with friends. Now he leads TŠK of Vilnius, teaching dances and playing during parties.


Dances from the Basque Country: fandango – Bilaka

Fandango is no doubt the most known basque dance, either in Basque country and abroad. It’s a couple dance on a triple time rithm, based on a cycle of moving closer and farther from each other, with a frantic legs and feet movement. Fandango is spread all over Basque country and its variations differ from region to region: there are variations in the movements sequence, step style, floor striking technique and dancers bearing.
Bilaka will introduce one of the easiest fandango versions, that is from their own region: Labourd – where Bayonne e Biarritz are placed.
You will discover a first easy version of steps and movements sequence. Thus, you will be able to embark with no fears on your first fandango!


Dances from the Basque Country: Mutxiko (Basque jump) – Bilaka

Mutxiko, Basque jumps, is a family of social traditional dances widely spread in the Basque country, where every fair is an occasion to dance. Danced in a circle, these dances are made of an unordered sequence of steps with no special pattern or meaning. To make the dance accessible to everyone, the steps are often announced on the music rythm.
An initiation workshop will be given by Bilaka members, to let you discover the main mutxiko steps, along with their names and technical details, granting you the chance to enjoy and share different basque dances.

Sardinian dances – Gianni Mereu

Traditional dance in Sardinia is certainly one of the most interesting aspects of local culture, especially in the inland areas. It is a rich range of choreutical forms, musical structures and contexts of execution. Somewhat diversified in respect to the area of origin, Sardinian dances certainly have in common their particular posture, which allows to keep the torso rigid enough for freeing the lower part of the body, that can perform all variations and embellishments peculiar to each dance. Originally they were executed in a circle, which confirms their religious origin, but currently the dancers, tight in solid “grip”, alternate circle dance with couple dance, or in a chain, even made only by men or women.
This workshop will deal with various aspects of the Sardinian dance and of the culture in which it is developed. Starting from its origins and its evolution over time, we will focus on the analysis of the dances, examine various musical aspects and the instruments used to accompany it, take into account its diffusion in the territory.
Both those who have no knowledge of the Sardinian dances and those who intend to deepen them can participate.

Dances from Southern Italy

The workshop focuses on the dancing tradition from Apulia: Pizzica Pizzica. Starting with a historical contextualisation, we’ll explore the rhythms and the basic movements, and then we will go deeper into the dynamic relations, the circular dancing space, the important connection between sound and movement, the rhythmical and choreutical differences between Upper and Lower Salento. The dancing lesson will be accompanied by live played music.

Paola Perrone

Paola Perrone, born in Calabria, follows a parallel dancing and university formation path, with the graduation thesis in the subject History of dancing and miming in 2005 at the Alma Mater Studiorum (University of Bologna). In 2008 she begins learning italian popular dances at the TarantArte academy (at first in Taranta Power) under the artistic direction of the choreographer Maristella Martella. Perrone becomes a member of Martella’s dancing company, taking part in many performances throughout Italy. As dancer, she collaborates in several music groups and, as teacher, she gives workshops to adults and children in Bologna (Baraccano Theater, Danz’Aire Academy, Museum of The Music in Bologna) and all over the national territory.


Bourrée in triple meter – Komred

“From the simple three-time forms of bourrée collected by the Les Brayauds association, our approach will focus on the improvisation and the relationship with the partner. After a consolidation of the different basic steps (support, posture, relationship with the ground …), we will lead you into the universe of bourrée in pairs, danced through improvisation and not with codified steps in advance. During this stage we will see everything that makes this dance a moment of sharing and we will try to make it a form of expression in which everyone can bring his personal touch thanks to: relationship between music and dance, space management, energy control, freedom and constraints of each, game and involvement in dance, addition of various ornaments (beats, gestures, attitudes).”

The workshop is suitable for all levels: beginners, don’t be afraid, you are welcome!

Dances from Savena Valley: power and communication

The practical lesson develops on experiencing the dances from the Savena Valley, near Bologna, giving indications about the important communicative meaning, which the several gestures, steps and postures do have.

Placida Staro

Placida Staro, also called Dina, is an internationally famed ethnomusicologist and ethnochoreologist, also a fiddler and singer of the Suonatori della Valle del Savena.


Dances from Romagna – Giuseppe Scandiffio

This workshop includes the whole Romagna’s dance repertoire from the seaside to the mountains: from traditional saltarelli (jumping steps), in two facing lines of three couples, to the cheerful circle dances called manfrina, from couple dances to an interesting and fun version of quadriglia.

Giuseppe Scandiffio

He began practising folk dances in the early 90s attending workshops, courses and festivals held by the best teachers of that time. In 1996 he joined the culture association L’Uva Grisa in Bellaria (Rimini) with which he started a lifelong research on folk culture of Romagna. There he soon became a dance teacher.
He’s now Chairman of Culture Association Fermento Etnico (Ethnical Yeast). Its main purpose is enhancing folk traditions of several areas creating, promoting and setting up events and initiatives in this field.


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 Accademia Yoga 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.

Sunday 10th June

14:30-16:30 – Cocanha

Three voices, grounded, resonant, moving with sharp and edgy percussions: Toulouse is the meeting point of this trio, which proudly sings its Occitan language of daily life, an absolute playground for them. The three musicians dig into the traditional repertoire and embody this resounding and vivid material. They emphasize their dancing nature and deliver it as an exuberant percussive polyphony. Hands and feet tap out the rhythms of the dance. The Pyrenean tamborin de còrdas or stringed-drum sets the percussive drone, raw and captivating, bringing a vital beat to the singing. Melodies, harmonies, and vocal rhythms create an alchemy of voices: the sustaining drone, the shining high notes, the unison that grabs you in the guts… A vast range of sounds that gets your imagination flying.


16:50-18:30 – Carampana

This quartet, leaded by the violinist and ethnomusicologist Roberto Bucci, represent the truest tradition of “staccato” (no contact dance) and “liscio” (contact dance) from Romagna and Bolognese mountains. A really rich dance repertoire that is unfortunately in danger of oblivion.


18:50-20:50 – KV Express

From Belgium travels KV Express – a group centered on the band’s founder Sophie Cavez, who is one of Belgium’s most prolific accordion-players. Together with Bo Waterschoot on bass guitar, they create a fresh sound combining folk, jazz and rock, mixed with many traditional world styles, particularly from the southern parts of the European and American continents.
Featuring many of Sophie’s own compositions, KV Express have released two albums to date: LUNA in 2007 and D-Sensation in 2010. Both deliver the KV Express slice of Belgian folk-roots music performed with punch, rhythmic variety and ease. They showcase top quality Belgian tunes for lovers of relaxing, creative and crossover acoustic music. As coined by one reviewer, KV Express play bal folk music (beautiful waltzes, polkas, scottishes) at Belgian folk festivals and clubs, which is made for dancing but you can have great fun to listen to as well!
With the new and 3rd album Zafon, they are ready to make you enjoy again.

Sophie Cavez: diatonic accordion, arrangements
Bo Waterschoot: bass guitar
Jo Zanders: drums


22:00-23:40 – Tomma Tommë

Domenico Celiberti and Alessia Cravero, multi-instrumentalists and singers, have been engaging themselves for many years in several projects of folk musical traditions from the South of Italy. They will be accompanied here by Antonella Tavaglione, young and talented singer and tambourine player from Gargano. Their repertoire focuses on the typical polyphonic songs and the dancing traditions, in a musical journey through Apulia, Campania, Basilicata and Calabria.

Saturday 9th June

18:00-20:00 –  “Mauro Burnelli” music contest

The 3 finalists of the music contest will perform 30 minutes each with the two pieces they have sent for the contest, plus other balfolk pieces at their own choice. During the night of the 9th of June the winners will be chosen and awarded!


21:00-23:00 – Komred

Komred are five young musicians who discovered together the traditional music and dance of Auvergne, in Gamounet, at Les Brayauds association of the Champion brothers, who promoted the knowledge of Auvergne’s musical and dance roots. They are always at the service of dancers with a rich variety of arrangements amazingly exploiting the timbres and sounds of the different instruments. Bourrées and other traditional melodies are worked out, digested, colored… always respecting style, phrasing and cadence. Bringing their own compositions to this rich local repertoire, Komred‘s musicians offer an energetic and lively Auvergnat ball, with the bourrée in triple time as the driving force!

Clémence, Mathilde, Antoine, Cyril and Loïc meet in the ensemble music workshop in the association Les Brayauds, under the supervision of Jean-Marc Delaunay, Sonia Rogowski and Basile Brémaud. After several years discovering how cool it is to play music for dancers, they decided in 2003 to found their own group: these five musicians play in a comité réduit, that’s why their name is “komred”.
The band starts playing at several balls all over France. Their success leads them to record several albums and win a lot of prizes and competitions.


23:20-01:20 – Bilaka

Bilaka is the dance production center of the Basque Country. A collective from Bayonne that welcomes and brings together dancers and musicians in research and conservation projects about the intangible heritage of the Basque Country, from its most popular roots to the most avant-garde expression.

These traditional Basque dance and music specialists will be present at the Reno Folk Festival 2018, not only for the concert and to present their Soka show, one of their recent creations, but also to introduce two Basque traditional dance workshops and a “trad” dance.

01:40-03:40 – Duo Montanaro-Cavez

An accordion, a violin
A journey between the north winds and the eastern moods
An emotion, sometimes improvised, free, kind or tensed
A music without frontiers, without a name… free

Cavez-Montanaro is a duo known for its musicality.
Sophie and Baltazar, because of their mutual respect and natural complicity, are together even more expressive. This duo, made by a diatonic accordion and a violin, is able to let us experience  a truly intimate travel.

The Duo released in 2015 his third opus Le troisième temps, with a new sound: the baryton violin of Baltazar.

Baltazar Montanaro (France, Marseille): violin, baryton violin
Sophie Cavez (Belgium): diatonic accordion

Friday 8th June



20:00-22:00 – Sonadores de Lobas

The band was created in collaboration with the Lobas association, founded by Gianni Mereu, who has been engaged in spreading Sardinian dances in major national and international festivals for over 30 years. The ensemble uses the most traditional instruments and its repertoire includes many dances from Sardinia characterized by a strong sound and rhythmic impact.


22:30-00:30 – TŠK, Tradicinių Šokių Klubas (Traditional Dance Club)

“We all play as free musicians willingly gathering at dance parties. We all like traditional music and improvisation. Mostly five of us are playing together during events of the Traditional dance club in Vilnius (TŠK). During dance parties we play lithuanian, latvian, estonian, belorusian, polish and elswhere folk dances. In the same group of 5 we often represent TŠK (both playing for dances and teaching how to dance) in bigger events in Vilnius and other cities.”

The Traditional Dance Club
Since the Autumn of 2002 The Association of Lithuanian Ethnic Culture is regularly organizing events of TŠK (Traditional Dance Club) in Vilnius. The main goals of the club are to spread traditional Lithuanian dances to the society and to develop methods of teaching traditional dancing by cooperating with teachers from all over Lithuania and other European countries. This club got popular between all-aged dancers and became Lithuania’s leader of spreading traditional dances. The club is often visited by foreign students and by the representatives of similar clubs in Latvia, Belarus, Estonia and elsewhere. Following the example of this club alike clubs where established in other towns. Dancers from Vilnius club attend their events and initiate educational events to attract local people into the movement of traditional dances!

Daumantas Čepulis: armonika
Teresė Andrijauskaitė: violin, mandolin
Milda Andrijauskaitė: violin, mandolin
Austėja Davulytė: violin
Raminta Medvedevaitė: tambourine

00:50-2:50 – ZEF

“A common desire to shake conventions and to drag the dancers on a breathtaking ride! A mix of strong personalities, a colorful storm on stage … Concerts and dances, electrifying, hypnotic music, from neo-trad to current music. “


This is how the ZEF is introduced: a French band that for over fifteen years has been inspired by the popular transalpine music tradition, rearranged in a modern key with original compositions.

Baltazar Montanaro: violin
Damien Dulau: guitar
Jean-Michel Martineau: bass and flutes
Aurélien Claranbaux: diatonic accordion
Laurent Geoffroy: diatonic accordion

Thursday 7th June

21:00 – Suonatori della Valle del Savena

The traditional band Suonatori della Valle del Savena witnesses the musical culture of the valleys around Bologna to the audience of the city. The band brings together on the scene three generations of players, everyone coming from a traditional apprenticeship; they perform the repertoire of the ancient dances  “by ear”, along with waltz, mazurka and polka, edited during the last decades by the small local ensambles.


23:00 – Archam

Archam is a bad awful band, that plays horribly. Nobody knows why people dance and have fun with their music, but they do. Their pieces, an atrocious mix of French, Irish, Sardinian and other Mediterranean influences, in some weird way are able to catch our poor dancers. This disgusting phenomenon started in Bologna, a notorious perdition place, thanks to the well known Giovani Danzatori Bolognesi, who nurtured and protected its creepy members.

Notice that the name “Archam” comes from arciàm, a Bolognese word that means “call”. Hence you can deduce the evil cheatful nature of such an empious entity.

Its conspiring participants, useless nothing-doers, have been recognized and reported several times.

Fosca: violin and voice
Giorgio: accordion
Elisabetta: accordion, whistle
Lippo: guitaand flutes
Luca: guitar, mandola and bass ukulele
Sebastiano: cajon, darbuka, voice
Gloria: musical hacksaw and voice