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The Folk Festival

FOLKEST 39th edition

Udine, Spilimbergo, Villa Manin, Tolmezzo, but also Koper and Slovenia will host the Folkest travelling caravan, a colourful festival with many different artists that will tell us ancient legends, everyday tales and heroic deeds that belong to everyone and are part of the people’s cultural pride, and often even are the same stories in different languages. Gods and demigods, unleavened bread and rye…
Let’s discover a Europe that has always been mid-blood, by its own nature, deeply bound to the Mediterranean basin. This discovery will focus on Naples and its complex cultural and ethnic intertwining resulting in unique musical calling. Here we have several great mediterranean artists, Enzo Avitabile, winner of two David di Donatello awards, Teresa De Sio, VESEVUS project with the Solis String Quartet, Gianluca Brugnano and Giovanni Falzone, Jenny Sorrenti with Saint Just and the youngest Vianova and Suon&Passion.
Songs of English tradition will cover an important role too, with british folk-rock Godfathers like the Fairport Convention, awarded with Folkest career award, and Ray Wilson, former Genesis singer. On the other hand, attention will be given to the Italian band called Folkstone, folk-metal innovators, and of course to the Italian song-writer Ron.
Celtic melodies will be performed as usual, together with manouche, balkan, klezmer and blues.
An important preview of the Festival will be held in Ospedaletto di Gemona: an all-female night with Ambra Pintore and her quartet, winner of Suonare@Folkest 2015, and the young ladin artist Martina Iori.
To sum up, many new italian talents will be showcased at Suonare@Folkest. On the 4th of July in Udine, thanks to the successful organization of the previous year, the final night of the competition will take place. Here, for the first time, Folkest will collaborate with Premio Fabrizio De Andrè from Rome. Pupi di Surfaro from Sicily, winners of Andrea Parodi award, will participate as special guests to the final night.
Many special events are featured as well (Tina Modotti, Tapestry, Ponti/Puints/Bridges, Capitano Tutte a noi).
Books will be presented, debates and meetings will be promoted alongside with the peak moments of the Festival.

See you at Folkest!