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.

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.

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.

Check the band fanpage by clicking here.

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

Facebook: Sextet à Claques

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?

Facebook: Ciac Boum

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

Facebook: Ciac Boum

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

Facebook: ByTikZyz


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

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