Applications open for the Alberto Cesa 2022 Award

The selections for the Alberto Cesa Award, organised by Folkest, the festival dedicated to world music that will be held its final evenings in Spilimbergo, have just concluded. The award has carved out a prominent place for itself among national music competitions, attracting the attention of RAI Radio 1, which has decided to support and sponsor the event, as well as the Nuovo Imaie, which has added a substantial cash prize to the Award.

The Award, now in its seventeenth edition, is designed to enhance all music that, beyond being classified as folk, folk-rock, ethnic, ethno-jazz, world, new acoustic, minimalist, guitar, songwriter, storyteller, street artist (with prevailing musical activity), can give voice to one or more cultural roots of any part of the world.

The event was created to pay homage to a great artist such as Alberto Cesa, voice and hurdy-gurdy of Cantovivo, a Piedmontese and a great friend of Folkest, one of the pioneering groups of Italian folk music who, over forty years ago, made it clear that singing in a minor language or dialect is not to be on the fringes, but to increase one’s expressive potential.

The 2022 Award

The organisation of the Award is supervised by the Folkest festival management, the editorial staff of and the Cultural Association Folkgiornale; about twenty associations and institutions from various parts of Italy collaborate, where the live selections of the participating artists take place from year to year.

Entry to the competition is free of charge.

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