Barrio Cubano

Barrio Cubano

We are happy to introduce the Latin part of our lineup. This year, the Italian Fusion Festival presents Barrio Cubano.

Barrio Cubano is an acoustic trio that embarks on a journey through the timeless classics of Cuban son from legends like Buena Vista Social Club, Compay Segundo, Arsenio Rodriguez,  Faustino Oramas.

Led by Fabio Pitino on the Cuban trés guitar and vocals, the trio includes Claudio Mercante on the classical guitar and backing vocals and Nicolas Severin on the percussion and backing vocals—all the founders of Havana Roots band. Barrio Cubano’s performances will make you travel through Havana’s quarters and the streets of Santiago de Cuba.

  • Fabio Pitino – Trés guitar and vocals
  • Claudio Mercante – Classical guitar and backing vocal
  • Nicolas Severin – Percussionist, backing vocals

Italian Fusion Festival 2023 Promo Video

Short Video Contest

Short Video Competition 2023 – 6th edition

The Italian Fusion Festival 2023– Short Video Competition

“Corto | Italy and Ireland in a snapshot”.

The short video competition has been integral to the Italian Fusion Festival since its start.

The aim is to offer a spotlight to international filmmakers in Ireland wishing to showcase their works on our platforms.

Entry is open to any short films made by Italian-Irish film productions. They must include at least one Italian and one Irish cast/crew/director/writer/composer/editor/producer. We accept both unreleased and previously released short movies.

Deadline: Thursday, 12 of October 2023

Duration of short films: up to 10 minutes.

Submission: Send an email to with a short bio and a description of the video. Your email should also include a YouTube or a WeTransfer link to your video(s).

The winner will be announced during the event and will be awarded a voucher.

All the videos shortlisted by our jury will also be advertised and made permanently available to the wider public on different platforms, such as the Italian Fusion Festival and Radio Dublino web pages and social networks.

Contact us for further information.

ulyo featuring Dario Rodighiero and Jason McNamara


We are happy to introduce the Jazz / Funk part of our lineup. This year, the Italian Fusion Festival presents Julyo featuring Dario Rodighiero and Conor Ray.

Julyo is a Recording Academy voting member, Award-winner, multi-platinum producer, guitar and bass player. He has previously toured and performed with Kino, Michael Brecker, Paulo Bragança, B.B. King, Cindy Blackman, Take That, Photosonic Orchestra, Kino and Dumb Type Collective. Julyo will perform at the Italian Fusion Festival 2023 with film scoring composer and Recording Academy voting member Dario Rodighiero and Irish drummer/percussionist Jason McNamara.

Dario Rodighiero, a multifaceted artist renowned as a pianist, keyboardist, and film composer, is a figure whose musical journey is as diverse as it is captivating. Resident in Dublin for the past 9 years, he has an innate creative spirit, having masterfully woven classical and contemporary elements into his compositions, earning acclaim and admiration in the process. He recently became a member of the Recording Academy, for the Grammy Awards®.

  • Julyo – Guitar
  • Dario Rodighiero – Keyboards
  • Conor Ray – Drum

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Early Bird Tickets

Early Bird Tickets are now Sold Out

The early bird tickets for the Italian Fusion Festival 2023 have all been snapped up, and we are delighted with the success of this year’s event.

All Early Bird General Admission tickets are now sold out. The festival returns to Dublin on Sunday, 22 October 2023.

If you missed the opportunity to purchase the Early Bird tickets watch out for the full-price General Admission tickets. The sale of General Admission tickets starts tomorrow at 9 am.

The “Combo Tickets” (General Admission + Dance Workshop, General Admission + Pizza and Glass of Prosecco, and the Italian Full Experience) are still available for purchase.

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Become a Volunteer

Become a volunteer at the Italian Fusion Festival 2023

An unmissable opportunity to be part of the vibrant creativity that makes the Italian Fusion Festival the biggest Italian festival in Europe!

The Italian Fusion Festival is an event that takes place in Dublin since 2017. The festival is organised by Radio Dublino, the Italian-language Irish Radio programme, running since 2013.

The festival holistic lineup spans from jazz, folk, trad, latin, blues to rock music and will also showcase art performances, videos, dance workshop, and Italian food and drinks will be available.


Volunteers Roles

The Italian Fusion Festival is run by a small team of staff; we couldn’t do it without the help of amazing volunteers who assist us with many different aspects of running the festival. Volunteers work in pairs or small groups with the support of IFF staff. Shifts usually last 1-2 hours, and volunteers can work as many or little shifts as they like. Here are some of the ways volunteers help make the festival a success.

Check out the roles below to see how you can get involved.

Pre-Festival Team (September/October): In the run-up to the festival, volunteers focus on Distribution and marketing; we pair volunteers into groups of two or three, with the teams of volunteers distributing programs, promoting events, and putting up Festival and Artist posters. Onlromotion and sharing in social media in this phase are very important. 

Festival Team (22nd October):

  • Customer Service: Volunteers are the face of the festival, they REPRESENT! Volunteers are a go-to point for people looking for information about shows, venue, places to eat, you name it! It is important to have a sound understanding of the festival program and be friendly, enthusiastic, and patient.
  • Ticketing: It is extremely important that we have accurate information about how many tickets we have sold and what our audience numbers are. During the festival, Volunteers will take ticket stubs on the doors. Attention to detail, concentration, and calm are keys; it sounds like an easy task, but things can get pretty hectic when a throng of people is waiting in a foyer, and someone announces that the doors are open!
  • Stewarding: Stewarding volunteers are onsite at IFF shows, looking out for the public and the performers, making sure they’re safe, and alerting the supervisor if there is a problem.
  • Roadie on Stage: Volunteers support musicians and Stage Manager and Sound Engineers. Rock it!
  • Promotion: Handing out flyers/programs and helping put up posters for our different events. Promotional volunteers also gather media – audience quotes, testimonials, and photographs and pass these on to the Social Media team.
  • Photos and Videos. Express your creativity with short videos and photos.
  • Surveying: Volunteers carry out surveys to gather information about how people have heard about the festival. Volunteers ask audience members if they would like to take a survey, gather answered surveys, and make sure they get to the right person. Being friendly, confident, and comfortable with approaching people are all very important.

Please note: Volunteers must be over 18 years of age.

How to get involved

Fill out the online volunteer application form here: Please note that there are a limited number of volunteer posts available. Applications to volunteer at IFF 2023 are on a first-come, first-served basis. So submit your application for consideration without delay!

Volunteers Rewards!

  • Learn new skills
  • Improve your local knowledge
  • Enhance language skills
  • Boost your CV
  • Enjoy great shows
  • Free Entry to the Festival
  • Meet great people
  • You’ll get to know local arts venues and staff
  • Enjoy the free pizza & prosecco!
  • Volunteers will receive the famous Radio Dublino T-shirt.
early bird tickets

Early Bird Tickets Italian Fusion Festival 2023 now Available

Haven’t purchased your ticket to the Italian Fusion Festival 2023 yet? Now’s the time because you can get our early-bird rates (just €10 for a ticket). We have a limited number of early bird tickets for a limited time only, so purchase now if you don’t want to miss out.

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Italian Fusion Festival 2023 Flyer

The new flyer is ready!

The Italian Fusion Festival is coming back this autumn!

The Italian Fusion Festival is coming back! Stay tuned and book the date!