Andrea Facco Eliana Valentini

The Ballroom Sessions in 4 Photos and 2 Videos

This year at the Italian Fusion Festival we proposed language, music and dance workshops and two acoustic sessions with two of the best musicians in Dublin.

3:30 PM Workshop Irish Trad DanceIrish Dance

4:30 PM Workshop The secret of Italian gestures

italian body language

5:30 PM Workshop Uilleann Pipe

6:30 PM Workshop Traditional Dance from the South of Italy

7:30 PM Andrea Facco

8:30 PM Sean Whelan

Francesco Turrisi Trio

The Loft Lineup 2018 in 6 Videos








Photos Edition 2018

Credits: Piero Cafarelli

Credits: Alessandra Luppino


Winners Gift Vouchers 2018

The winner of the Italian Fusion Festival 2018 edition are:
  • Rafika Kelly
  • Matilde Kostmann
  • Xun Liu
  • Cristina Bernardis

Breakfast/Lunch for Two

  • Tom Brennan

Italian Dinner for Two

  • Ercole Rocca
Short-Video Competition

Winner Short-Video Competition 2018

Short-video-competition-Italian-Fusion-Festival-2018My Red Hot Car by Max Boccalari is the winner of the Short-Video Competition at the Italian Fusion Festival.

Max Boccalari is a 360-degree multidisciplinary artist, his interests are in visual arts, design, sounds and music. Creativity and visions are his focal point of communications, indeed through his art, he communicates his visual experiences, his thoughts and his emotions to the public. Max was born Italian and is in Ireland from 11 years. Max is graduated in Media Arts at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Realised by a multi-racial group (three from Nigeria, an Irish and an Italian) My Red Hot Car is an interpretation by Max and his classmate in DKIT of the song by Squarepusher. Final Assignment first year of Media Arts and Technologies.

Short-Video Competition 2018 Special Mentions

First Day by Alexandre Vetter (Dublin Filmmakers Collective)

Italian Fusion Festival 2018 Crew

Arrivederci e Grazie

Italian Fusion Festival 2018 CrewI wish to thank the audience for coming to the second edition of the Italian Fusion Festival!

This edition was very successful and we are happy about our decision to organise another edition of our festival in a bigger space with more musicians and several workshops. We sent a survey to the online ticket holders. All feedback will be taken into consideration to improve the event next year. Those who participated and would like to send their feedback can also do so by e-mailing

If you are an Italian musician/filmmaker/artist based in Ireland and you would like to partecipate to the next edition of the Italian fusion festival please contact us.

If you are business and are you interested in one of our sponsorship packages get in touch and we will be happy to assist you. Contact us also to become an Italian Fusion Festival volunteer next year.

If you wish to stay in touch and know when the early bird tickets are available, you can subscribe to the Radio Dublino newsletter where we’ll announce the next year’s festival edition or follow our facebook page.

We also wish to thank everyone who collaborated with us:

  • The six music bands Pointbreak, 
Water’s Edge, 
Headtrip Acoustic Project
, Francesco Turrisi Trio
, Order of the Mess, The Stoles
  • The musicians Andrea Facco, Sean Whelan
  • The workshop coordinators Alan McGreek, Andrea Gatta, Donnacha Dwyer, Eliana Valentini
  • Vespa Club of Ireland
  • Journalists and websites that promoted our initiative
  • The title sponsor ENIT – Italian National Tourist Board
  • The event partner Italian Institute of Culture – Dublin
  • The food stalls Fusciardi and Sweet Sicily
  • Pinocchio Cookery School, Ciao Bella Roma Restaurant Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Bounceback Cafè for the Vouchers
  • National Bus and RailRoad Union (NBRU) for the printing support
  • The filmmakers who participate in the short-video competition
  • The Grand Social staff and sound engineers

Last but not least, I huge thank you to the volunteers for making this edition possible. This event was entirely organised with the efforts of committed volunteers who regularly volunteer the Radio Dublino community project and new volunteers who join us for this edition of the festival.

Stay in touch with us (Website, Radio Dublino, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), the next days we are going to share our photos and videos, the name of the winners of the vouchers, the video of the short-video competition winner and more…

We look forward to seeing you next year.

Maurizio Pittau
Festival Director

Maurizio Pittau firma

Last Chance

Last Chance to Secure your Ticket

Italian Fusion Festival LogoOnline sales end in less than 24 hours and just a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Now you have the last chance to secure your ticket and win the vouchers:

This is a limited capacity event, so to avoid disappointment buy your ticket now.

Eventbrite - Italian Fusion Festival 2018

Francesco Turrisi Trio

Francesco Turrisi Trio

Francesco Turrisi

We are happy to introduce the jazz part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents Francesco Turrisi Trio.

The Francesco Turrisi Trio is Francesco Turrisi (Accordion), Julien Colarossi (Guitar) and Barry Donohue (Bass).

If a musician is defined by the company he keeps then it is little wonder that Italian pianist Francesco Turrisi skirts facile categorization. The Turin-born, Dublin-based pianist and multi-instrumentalist has played with former Miles Davis reedsman Dave Liebman, flamenco icon Pepe El Habichuela, kaval player Theodosii Spassov and singer extraordinaire Maria Pia de Vito. He is equally at home playing with jazz veteran Gianluigi Trovesi as he is with Irish sean-nós singer Roisin El Safty and with tarantella specialist Lucilla Galeazzi. Turrisi has toured with Bobby McFerrin, interpreted the music of Steve Reich with Bang on a Can All Stars and, since 2004, has been a core member of celebrated early music ensemble L’ Arpeggiata. And at heart, he is a jazz improviser.

Turrisi, it’s safe to say, is a musical polyglot par excellence and it’s natural that he feels at home in multiple musical settings for his vocabulary is a colorful weave of early music, pan-Mediterranean modal melodies and European flavored jazz. In spite of his numerous collaborations it’s as a leader that Turrisi has earned his spurs. His four beautifully crafted solo albums and two co-led releases have garnered widespread critical acclaim.

Originally from Settefrati, Italy, guitarist and composer Julien Colarossi graduated with a first-class honours degree in jazz performance from Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, Ireland has established himself as one of the most exciting young guitarists to emerge in recent years on the Irish contemporary jazz scene. He is gaining a strong reputation not only as a performer but also as a composer and teacher. Julien is a highly versatile and what is known as a ‘dyed in the wool jazzer’ and brings a lyrical quality to his guitar playing from his roots deep in the mountains of beautiful “Val Di Comino” in Italy.

Barry Donohue is one of the most in-demand bassists on the Dublin scene, equally adept on the acoustic upright and electric guitar versions of his instrument.



Vespa Club of Ireland

Vespa Club of IrelandRadio Dublino is pleased to announce their partnership with the Vespa Club of Ireland. During the Italian Fusion Festival there will be an exhibition of vintage Vespas outside the venue. The iconic Italian design motorcycle will welcome music lovers in an authentic Italian atmosphere!

The Vespa Club of Ireland can trace it’s routes back to the 1950s but by the 1980s it became non active, back in 2005 after a long and healthy discussion on “Scoot Eireann”, an online forum before social media, a group of enthusiasts from all over the country decided it was time to resurrect the club. The aim of the club is to promote and support the Vespa lifestyle and heritage in Ireland as well as being a vital resource when it comes to preserving and restoring old vehicles, to most enthusiasts the Vespa isn’t just a machine, it’s a social network.

Facebook page:

Special thanks to the vespisti Darren Fox, Noel McEvoy, Stephen Hempenstall, Frank Lynch, Jay Curleys, Derek Fitzpatrick and Ray Davis.

Some Vespas we can see at the Festival:

The Italian Fusion festival is becoming more and more exciting, not only for music lovers!

vespa club of ireland

The Vespa Club of Ireland recently at the Vespa World Days event in Belfast

Headtrip Acoustic Project

Headtrip Acoustic Project

Headtrip Acoustic ProjectWe are happy to introduce the acoustic metal part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents the Headtrip Acoustic Project.

Headtrip Acoustic Project is a trio of two acoustic guitars mixing lap tapping and fingerstyle + one cajon and various percussive elements.

Headtrip Acoustic Project is Zar (Vocal and Guitar),  Giovanni Agostini (Vocal and Guitar), Niccolò Matterazzo (Vocal and Percussions).