Italian Fusion Festival 2020

Grazie e Arrivederci 2020

I wish to thank the audience for watching the fourth edition of the Italian Fusion Festival!

To decide to go ahead with the festival during the health crisis which struck 2020 was not easy, but we are happy about our decision to organise another edition of our festival in livestream. Those who watch the livestream  and would like to send their feedback can do so by e-mailing

If you are a musician/filmmaker/artist/ poet based in Ireland and you would like to participate 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 and buy the ticket in advance, you can subscribe to the Radio Dublino newsletter where we’ll announce the next year’s festival edition or follow our facebook page and our other social media channels.

We also wish to thank everyone who collaborated with us:

  • The event partner Italian Institute of Culture – Dublin
  • The musicians Frank Francone, Iordanis Sidiropoulos,  Giulio “Julyo” D”agostino & Dario Rodighiero (lofi Jazz), Maja Elliott with Dylan Lynch, Suzanne Savage with Danny Forde
  • Roy Paci, Francesco Furlanich and Renata Sperandio for the partecipation
  • All filmmakers who applied for the short-video competition

Last but not least, I huge thank you to the team for making this edition possible: Giuseppe Crupi,  Silvana Benedetto, Alessandra Luppino, Valentina Settomini, Lorena Lampedecchia. This event was entirely organised with the efforts of committed volunteers who regularly volunteer the Radio Dublino community project.

Stay in touch with us (WebsiteRadio DublinoFacebookTwitterYouTube) and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Maurizio Pittau
Festival Director

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Short-Video Competition

Winner Short-video Competition 2020

Cockles & Mussels by Bruno Barone is the winner of the Short-Video Competition at the Italian Fusion Festival.

Bruno Barone is an actor, director and playwright from Italy. He was born in Naples in 1979. After taking his degree in Management Engineering at Federico II University of Naples, he graduated from Tasso Musical Academy in Sorrento. After that he moved to Milan where he could improve his acting with master Claudio Orlandini and with the French pedagogue Jean Paul Denizon. Meanwhile he continued his studies in singing following the EVT Voicecraft method, with Loretta Martinez, then becoming a certified teacher.

His work has been mainly focused on prose and Musical (“Amalfi Musical”, “70 times 7”: best unreleased musical in Italy 2016), leading him to perform in important theatres such as ‘Mercadante’ and ‘Augusteo’ (Naples), ‘Teatro Nuovo’ (Milan) and in important contests as the ‘Milan Gospel Festival’.
He also worked with the Canadian travelling company “Caravan Stage Company”, being part of an international cast during the “Command Performance” tour.

As author and director in theatre he participated in the “Napoli Teatro Festival Italia 2015” with the show “P.I.A. – the Principle of Uncertainty of a Soul” , selected in the competition “Inventaria 2017” and winner in the competition “Corti della Formica 2017” with the pièce “Acqua Sporca”, author and director for the show “Protocollo XY”

He finally approached for the first time to the video production field during the international contest ‘Kino Kabaret’. He founded the ‘BRAVEMAN productions’ company, producing many short films including “The Spell”, “Never Forget” and “Cockles and Mussels”, premiere at “Milano Film Festival 2016” (out of competition) and selected for ICFF 2017 CANADA.


“Cockles and mussels depicts the healing and uplifting power of the true soul of Dublin represented by one of its most iconic characters. Far from the aesthetics of the international business European capital, the town is presented in its alleys where a marginalized member of society feels embraced by the city. This encounter between two women so different and yet so close will give to the protagonist the hope and strength to move forward. The narrative moves away from the most popular image of Dublin as a land of career opportunities and stays true to the most authentic character of the town down-to-earth, non assuming, welcoming and wise.”

Short-Video Competition 2020 | Special Mention

Other Finalists


Roy Paci

Roy Paci and Francesco Furlanich guests

In this edition, we will interview two Italian musicians: Roy Paci and Francesco Furlanich.

Roy Paci

Roy Paci @ Youness Taouil

photo credits: Youness Taouil

Roy Paci is a singer, trumpeter, composer, record producer and founder of the Etnagigante label and production company. Born in Augusta (Syracuse, Italy) in 1969, he began playing the piano at a very young age and started playing the trumpet at the age of ten.

In 35 years of career, he has produced and participated in more than 500 albums, collaborating with the likes of Manu Chao, Mike Patton, Negrita, The Ex, Vinicio Capossela, Gogol Bordello, Macaco, 99 Posse, Daniele Silvestri, Bombino, Caparezza, Hindi Zahra, Ivano Fossati, Subsonica, Piero Pelù, Marlene Kuntz, Frankie Hi-nrg, Tony Levin and many others. He has made soundtracks for cinema, TV and theatre receiving various awards including the prestigious Nastro d’Argento and a nomination for the David di Donatello.

With his band Aretuska, he animated European and Latin American stages with a hybrid but personal sound which marries his regional Mediterranean quotes with Latin rhythms such as samba and cumbia, as well as ska, reggae, R & B and Jazz. Other active projects include Banda Ionica, Corleone and Orchestra del Fuoco and for 5 years he has been the artistic director of Uno Maggio Taranto.

Among the latest releases is Fight for freedom: tribute to Muhammad Ali (Etnagigante, 2017) in collaboration with Remo Anzovino. At the end of September of the same year, he released two singles, Tira (with text written by Daniele Silvestri) and Revolution, followed by Valelapena (Etnagigante / Artist First), the sixth album by Roy Paci & Aretuska.

In February 2018 he participated to the 68th edition of the Sanremo Festival together with Diodato with the song Ora. In July 2018 the last single Roy Paci and Aretuska released Salvagente (Etnagigante / Artist First), with the participation of Willie Peyote, one of the most brilliant rappers of the moment. A track with a funky groove won the Amnesty International Prize “Voices for Freedom” 2019.

In February 2019 he duetted with Negrita and Enrico Ruggeri at the 69th edition of the Sanremo Festival and in June the new single of Mamacita in feat was released. While tirelessly continuing the “Valelapena Tour” around Itay, Roy Paci started his collaboration in theatre playing as an actor and author of the music of The Knights by Aristophanes at the 2018  Greek Tragedy Festival in Syracuse (Italy). Shortly after his first theatrical show, Carapace premiered in March 2019. Carapace sees him on stage as an actor as well as a musician, accompanied by the Corleone Ensemble. In December 2019 he return to Corleone, experimental and avant-garde jazz with references to many other artists.

In May  2020, Roy released, Siamo Capaci, in the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the mafia attacks to Giovanni Falcone, Francesca Morvillo, Paolo Borsellino and their staff.  The event, entitled “the courage of every day”, was dedicated to the commitment of all citizens who worked for the good of the community in the months of Covid-19 emergency.  Roy Paci also released the single and the video of the song. The text, written in four hands by Roy and Giuseppe Anastasi, wants to be a song of rebirth in a historical period where it is necessary to send a strong message, to avoid sinking our land into the darkness of the past.  All proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated in collaboration with the Ministry of Education to the Pertini school in the Sperone district of Palermo, recently vandalized and to other schools in difficult contexts in the area .; in collaboration with the Free Association in support of educational projects aimed at young Sicilians.

Francesco Furlanich

 Francesco Furlanich

Francesco Furlanich, was born in Trieste in 1969. He graduated in Piano, Bassoon, Organ and Organ Composition.

He records for RAI and for various record companies, EMI, BMG, NBB Records, Dabliu Records, Columna Musica, Ema Vinci. He participates in festivals such as: Martha Argerich Project, Oleg Kagan Festival, Moscow International Music Festival, Verbier Festival, Telaviv Music International Festival.
In 1997 he won the international second bassoon competition at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, working with Mehta, Maazel, Abbado, Muti, Prêtre, Sawallisch, Chailly, Ozawa.

In 2006 he founded the improvised Jewish music quartet Klezmerata Fiorentina and in 2015 the modern trio Quartocolore, with which, as an accordionist and composer, he explored the sounds and genres of the accordion world.

Italian Fusion Festival 2020 Promo Video

Short Video Competition 2020

Short Video Competition 2020 Short-list

Corto is back this year in its online version.  Here you can find the works shortlisted for the 2020 edition of the Festival. We are overwhelmed by the response of the Hiberno – Italian shortmovie productions.

During the Italian Fusion Festival 2020 on the 25th July the finalists will be screened live on streaming introduced by a quick chat with the directors.

As every year we will give a special mention for the winner of the Spirit of the Festival award and we will announce the winner that will be awarded with a small cash price.

Citizen Frame by Salvatore Polizzi

Banana Silent Movie by Frederice Klinge

Ducks Fly Together by Cilléin McEvoy

Lady Macbeth and the Monologue of the Raven by Chiara Provenzano

Cockles & Mussels by Bruno Barone

Room to Let by Ferdia Murphy

Different directions by Sefora Castro

Suzanne Savage

Suzanne Savage with Danny Forde

We are happy to introduce the soul/jazzy part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents Suzanne Savage with Danny Forde.

Awarded the N.Ireland Arts Council SIAP for work on her critically acclaimed solo album ‘Jellymould’, charismatic songwriter and performer Suzanne Savage’s most recent project, The Savage Five, for voice and international string 4tet, was nominated for the 2016 German Record Critics’ Awards (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik), with their debut album Sleepwalking.

She is now back doing her own thing, and bringing it to the people: fronting her Art-soul solo music with violin, guitar and her unique voice – with a quartet of Dublin’s finest killer musicians. Suzanne recently appeared with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre, performing ‘the Music of Leonard Cohen’ as guest soloist alongside Lisa Hannigan, Phelim Drew and Mick Flannery on 4th & 5th March 2020. Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me To The End of Love” live with the RTE Concert Orchestra on the Ray D’arcy Show (Oct 2019)

Live with RTE Concert Orchestra on The Ray D’Arcy Show In demand as a session vocalist for high profile acts across jazz, singer-songwriter, Irish and classical music. From touring Europe and U.S. as Principle Soprano Soloist with Riverdance, to a scholarship at Italian FABRICA MUSICA institute, she has made music internationally, including with: Paul Brady, Elenor McEvoy, Roseanne Cash, Van Morrison, Jimmy Cobb, Ernie Watts Quartet, Gary Husband and emerging talent such as David Lyttle (UK), Markus Strothmann (GER), the Matteo Addabbo Organ Trio (IT), and the great Oscar and Tony-winning composer David Shire. The Belfast native plans on coming home to a full Irish and UK tour late 2020, and is working on album #2 for solo and Savage Five material. Dublin’s Arthurs Bar Dec 2019

Suzane will be playing with Danny Forde.Danny is an award-winning songwriter, singer/multi-instrumentalist, and composer from Ireland. Danny is a passionate performer and has played most major venues and festivals across Ireland. He has performed his music live on national TV and radio. Recent collaborations include a concert of his songs with Téada Orchestra, Ireland’s premier contemporary string orchestra. His performing credits also include touring and collaborations with I Have A Tribe, Hozier, Slow Skies, Ebo, Loah, Discovery Gospel Choir, Kila, and Giraffes.

While at Berklee College of Music on a Fulbright scholarship, he teamed up with two Scandinavians to form the indie-folk inspired Karmacloud. Karmacloud have toured throughout Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and the UK. Following the release of their debut EP, selected for the Spotify ‘New Folk & Acoustic’ playlist and described as “beautiful vocal harmonies and folk vibes that make me think of CSN&Y, Joni Mitchell and the early seventies”; they will release three new singles in Autumn/Winter 2015. Danny’s music lies on the musical map at the crossroads of Bon Iver, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Elbow and Damien Rice, accompanied by harmony voices and delicate string arrangements.


Istituto Italiano di Cultura Dublino

Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Partner of the Italian Fusion Festival 2020

The Italian Fusion Festival is proud to present the event partner Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Dublin.

Currently active across the major cities of the five continents the Istituto Italiano di Cultura network represents not only an ideal meeting point for intellectual and artistic dialogue, but also an excellent opportunity for Italian and foreign citizens who wish to establish or maintain a relationship with our country.

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is the fundamental reference point for the Italian community abroad and centre of the growing demand for Italian culture around the world. The network offers the possibility to discover and learn more about Italian language and culture by offering courses, operating libraries and providing educational and editorial material; moreover, it supports the initiatives that enhance intercultural dialogue based on the principles of democracy and international solidarity.

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Ireland was established in 1954. It is situated in an early nineteenth century Georgian building in the centre of Dublin, in Fitzwilliam Square, architecturally one of the most ‘historic’ and interesting squares in the city, facing a beautiful private park.

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura was founded with the aim of fostering and increasing the already existing cultural links between Ireland and Italy through joint initiatives in the fields of education, culture and science.

These initiatives range from the promotion of teaching of Italian with relevant opportunities for cultural exchange, to the valuation of academic qualifications and the awarding of Italian Government scholarships to Irish scholars, University students, researchers and artists.

With regard to cultural activities, the Institute strongly believes in co-operation with Irish institutions and other European cultural bodies in Ireland, while providing regular cultural services through various facilities: library, language courses and lectures on various topics embracing different areas of Italian culture to be given either at the Institute or at other venues by eminent scholars and specialists.

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The IIC hosts cultural events such as seminars, conferences, book presentations, exhibitions, concerts, theatre and film screenings every week. The full programme of events can be found on

Italian language courses at the IIC will resume in September. Through their Italian classes, students can develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in a structured and gradual manner with the help of highly qualified native speakers. Check their website for further details and updates:

We are happy to introduce the Italian Jazz part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents Giulio “Julyo” D’agostino & Dario Rodighiero.

Giulio “Julyo” D’agostino & Dario Rodighiero

We are happy to introduce the Italian Jazz part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents Giulio “Julyo” D’agostino & Dario Rodighiero.

Giulio “Julyo” D’agostino (born in Genoa, Italy) is a guitarist, mandolin player, producer and bass player of Italian origin who has several International Awards for his film scoring work. Julyo has worked and performed with Armando Corsi (Paco de Lucia, Ivano Fossati), Mark Mangold (Cher, Michael Bolton), Mike Mangini (Steve Vai, Extreme), Keith Patchel (Johnny Thunders, Television), Michael Maccini (Simple Minds) and Laurence Gartel (Andy Wharol, Coca Cola).

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A Milan-born, Dublin-dwelling improviser, pianist, keyboardist and composer Dario Rodighiero is a versatile musician. He left Italy in 2014 to pursue his music career in Dublin, where he performs in live shows, regularly collaborates with a wide range of artists, and composes soundtracks and scores for films. After moving to Dublin in 2014, Dario started his own musical project by founding Miss Phoenix and the Jaffa Cakes a trio that makes retro swing versions of modern pop songs. He is also a keyboard player in two other Dublin-based bands. He arranged, recorded and performed several singles in London for Ciara Donnelly, talented Irish singer and songwriter. Passionate about films, Dario found his true vocation when he started composing film scores. He collaborated with the Irish director Cathal Feeney as well as other film producers and directors in Ireland. Recently, several of the movies he scored have been selected for film festivals and competitions.

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Italian Fusion Festival 2020 Flyer

The final version of our 2020 flyer is finally ready.

Iordanis Sidiropoulos

Iordanis Sidiropoulos

We are happy to introduce the Mediterranean part of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents Iordanis Sidiropoulos.

Iordanis Sidiropoulos is a Greek poli instrumentalist music composer, singer- songwriter. He explored the paths of Rock through his bands and also classical music through string orchestration and piano. He collaborated with major Greek artists, released various albums. He also shared the stage with Donal Lunny and has played in the Mansion House in Dublin in the presence of the Lord Mayor. In 2020 he composed music for a short length film that was awarded at the New York International Film Festival. Currently he is preparing his next album and also a cover of the “Sardinian Deus Ti Salvet Maria”.