46th Edition


From June 13th to August 17th a journey through the music and cultures of the world to celebrate the 46th edition of Folkest - International Folk Music Festival. Other special events will surround the 2024 edition.


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    The Winners of Alberto Cesa Prize2024

    On the festival’s final evening, the Alberto Cesa Prize, now in its twentieth year, went to I...

    Folkest 2024 Press Conference

    The Folkest 2024 press conference, titled The World-Curious Festival, will be held on Thursday, May 30th, at...

    Postponement of Publication of UPBEAT Artists 2024

    Due to the elevated number of applications we received for this edition of Upbeat Showcase, we are...

    Italian Tour of Calexico lands at Folkest

    Calexico's Italian Tour in Udine on July 17th. Buy your tickets online o at our ticket office....


    On July 17th at the Udine Castle Folkest will host the alternative country band par excellence founded by John Convertino and Joey Burns. Together with great classics they will present El Mirador, their latest album released in 2022. The Friulian date is part of a tour of only four dates in Italy.
    Alberto Cesa Prize - XX Edition

    Finalists 2024

    For twenty editions now, the Alberto Cesa Prize has been aimed at musical projects that know how to enhance world music and cultures. After a selection process throughout Italy, the six finalists were selected and will perform on 7th July 2024 in San Daniele del Friuli.

    Folkest 2024 Finalisti Premio Cesa

    There’s no such tune as a black tune.
    There’s no such tune as a white tune.
    There’s only music, brother,
    and it’s music we are going to sing
    where the rainbow ends.

    Leopold Sedar Senghor
    Folkest Friuli 2024

    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 July 5h to July 7th San Daniele will boast numerous activities such as live concerts, showcases, master classes and sensory workshops. 



    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.

    46 years of music

    Our History

    A 46-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

    Under the high patronage

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