The entire program of the 45th edition

Folkest 2023

From June 15 to July 3, a journey through the music and cultures of the world to celebrate the 45th edition of Folkest - international folk music festival

Local area

The integration of the cultural and artistic proposal, aimed at cultural tourism, has always been the flagship of Folkest. It is a project of involvement of the regional medium-small municipalities that collaborate through sustainable economic development for the promotion of lesser known territories and communities in Friuli Venezia Giulia region and abroad.


San Daniele del Friuli

A great return to the beautiful setting of San Daniele where it all began under the name of “Fieste di Chenti” back in 1979. From 30th June to 3rd July San Daniele will boast numerous activities such as live concerts, showcases, master classes and sensory workshops dedicated to local cuisine, all within the food and wine festival “Aria di festa”.



Folkest festival features a rich program of events and gigs held throughout the year, and it also includes two European projects: UpBeat- the European Showcase Platform, dedicated to emerging artists, and the European Folk Network which will be followed by Alberto Cesa Prize and Folkest Career Prize 2023.


Non esiste un motivo che sia nero.
Non esiste un motivo che sia bianco.
C’è musica soltanto e canteremo musica,
fratello, dove finisce l’arcobaleno.

Leopold Sedar Senghor
Tuesday, July the 11th - Udine Castle

Xavier Rudd

After touring successfully to present his new album Jan Juc Moon (Virgin Music, 2022), Xavier Rudd comes back to Italy with his hopeful ode to life along with a powerful message of solidarity and social commitment.
Author of the famous Follow the sun, he is back on stage with steel guitar, acoustic guitar and percussion which feature his sound and confirm his talent as composer and multi-instrumentalist.

Rendy brecker with accademia Naonis live a Folkest 2023
Monday, August 7th - Udine Castle

Randy Brecker with Accademia Naonis

  • Multiple Grammy Award Winning artist;
  • Among the most prominent jazz musicians of the last fifty years;
  • Collaborations with international artists.

Udine will host the famous Randy Brecker together with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Musicale Naonis, directed by Valter Sivilotti, and pianist Glauco Venier. They will present a multi-faceted program, ranging from some great classics of the XX century, such as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and George Gershwin, in a homage to American music thanks to Randy Brecker’s legendary trumpet.


45 anni di musica

La nostra storia

A 45-year journey which has enlivened Friulian summer -but not only- since 1979. A festival that is articulated in four countries where several ethnic groups have lived together for centuries. Its aim is to give a voice to the diverse communities of the world thanks to substantial enhancement of all forms of expression to reinforce cultural exchanges and intercultural dialogue. Culture is the catalyst able to bring people together by overcoming social and political barriers in order to build an inclusive society based on the respect for diversity.

  • 45 editions
  • 2.000 artists hosted
  • 50 + municipality involved
  • 2 European projects
  • 2 dedicated awards
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Festival news

Folkest 2023: the world’s curious festival

Folkest signs the milestone of its 45th anniversary with some important novelties: starting with the return to...

Randy Brecker among the artists of Folkest 2023

A very prestigious guest is added to this Folkest 2023: at the tail end of the events...

“Accordi” by Enzo De Giorgi to paint the thousand colors of music of Folkest 2023

For the image of this 45th edition Folkest has chosen Accordi (oil on canvas, 2021, private collection...

XAVIER RUDD at Folkest 2023 – July 11 Udine Castle

After last year’s successful tour to present his latest album Jan Juc Moon (Virgin Music, 2022), which...

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