Italian Fusion Festival 2023 Crew

Grazie and Arrivederci

I wish to thank the audience for coming to the sixth edition of the Italian Fusion Festival!

This edition was very successful, and we are happy about our decision to move to a bigger venue after the sold-out of the previous editions and be able to include an art exhibition, a dance workshop, and a band coming from Italy this year. Those who participated and would like to send their feedback can complete our survey. We want to hear your feedback to keep improving our logistics and content. Please fill out this quick survey and let us know your thoughts.

If you are a musician/filmmaker/artist based in Ireland and you would like to participate in the next edition of the Italian Fusion Festival don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

If you are a business and are interested in one of our sponsorship packages get in touch , and we will be happy to assist you.

If you want to help us organize the festival, contact us to become an Italian Fusion Festival volunteer next year.

The Combo tickets in this edition were sold out early. 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 social media channels.

We also wish to thank everyone who collaborated with us:

  • The event partner Italian Institute of Culture – Dublin.
  • Mario Sughi (nerosunero), who donated his beautiful artworks.
  • BalfFolk Dublin.
  • The music bands Julyo, Barrio Cubano, Lulu’s World Band, Truma, and Mark Geary.
  • The filmmakers Renee Walke, Chiara Viale, Claire Issartel, Jan Sisley, Silvana Benedetto, Stefano Rolando, and Beta O’Dwyer for their participation in the short video competition.
  • Comites Irlanda for the support with the volunteers.
  • Journalists and websites that promoted our initiative.
  • Claudio Mercante for the backline.
  • Marcus Lester, the sound engineer, and all The Well staff.

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 linked to Radio Dublino community project. Thanks to Silvana, Ilenia, Chiara, Cindy, Marzia, Lorena, Beatrice and Daniela!

Stay in touch with us (WebsiteRadio DublinoFacebookTwitterYouTube); soon, we will announce our 7th edition of the festival.

We look forward to seeing you next year.

Maurizio Pittau
Festival Director

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Photo Gallery Italian Fusion Festival

Italian Fusion Festival 2023 Photos

Photo Gallery 1 | Credits: Daniela Nicolosi

Photo Gallery 2 | Credits: Silvana Benedetto

Photo Gallery 2 | Credits: Maurizio Pittau

Winners Short Video Competition 2023

Winners Short Video Competition 2023

The Winner of the Sixth Edition of the Italian Fusion Festival – Short Video Competition is Served by Renee Walker.

Motivation: Served is a darkly delicious masterpiece that echoes Italian stereotypes and cunningly challenges gender roles and expectations. With vivid colours, clever use of camera shots and angles, a twisted plot, and a play on words, “Served” serves up a thrilling narrative that makes this a gem of storytelling.

The short video also won the Audience Award after a hard-fought week against the short video “A Drinking Pub With A Music Problem” by Claire Issartel. The main actress of “Served”, Maria Monteleone, accepted the awards.

“Renvyle by the Sea” by Jan Sysley and Silvana Benedetto won the Jury Award.

Motivation: “Renvyle by the Sea” is an enchanting portrayal of life in the remote West of Ireland which comes alive in the form of a poetic documentary, with its breathtaking ocean landscapes, authentic tales of perilous fishing, traditional melodies, and the pure and authentic voice of the locals. A harmonious blend of art and reality, it’s a profound ode to an extraordinary way of life.

Silvana Benedetto accepted the award.


TRUMA Riccardo Vianello

Festival Lineup 2023 in 11 Videos

6PM BalFolk Ensemble

7Pm Julyo

8PM Barrio Cubano

9PM Lulu’s World Band

10PM TRUMA with Mark Geary

The Italian Fusion Festival 2023 in 5 minutes

Combo Tickets Sold Out

All Combo Tickets are now Sold Out

All Combo Tickets are now sold out. A limited number of  Standard Tickets will still be available on Eventbrite until tomorrow at 12 pm and on Sunday at the venue from 5:30 pm.

Still available some of the Full Italian Experience tickets associate to the Mario Sughi (nerosunero) Art Exhibition.

Mark Geary

Mark Geary

We are happy to introduce the special guest of the Italian band Truma for a great fusion of italian and Irish music. This year, the Italian Fusion Festival presents the Irish singer-songwriter born in Dublin Mark Geary.

Mark Geary with Truma

Mark Geary with Truma

Dublin native and Celbridge resident Mark Geary has been writing, singing and playing music for the last 30 years; he has 5 studio albums and has toured across the world. In 1992, Mark bought a one-way ticket to New York City and spent several years honing his craft playing the local circuit in the East Village, including numerous appearances at the renowned Sin-é cafe with other upcoming artists, including friend Jeff Buckley.

During that time, Mark’s songwriting skills and engaging live performances garnered him a dedicated audience, the respect and esteem of his peers, and a reputation as one of the finest song-smiths of his generation. Mark is described as a “quintessential singer-songwriter,” and his records of finely crafted songs have been hailed as encapsulating both boisterous joy and gentle, delicate moments that endear themselves to the listener and evoke comparisons to artists such as Van Morrison, John Lennon, Elliot Smith, and Richard Thompson.

His body of work includes 5 studio albums, 2 live recordings, and collaborations with a number of artists, including the release in 2013 of a charity version of his song ‘Christmas Biscuits’ with friend Glen Hansard in aid of St Vincent De Paul. Mark has also lent his talents to the visual arts, scoring several films, including Loggerheads (2005), Steel City (2006), and TriBeCa Film Festival favourite Sons of Perdition (2010).

Over the last 20 years, Mark has toured all over Europe, the US, and Australia and has shared the stage with performers such as The Swell Season, Glen Hansard, The Frames, Josh Ritter, Bell X1, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, and Joe Strummer. In recent years, he has played shows and festivals in the US and Europe, notably in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany.

The new album In the Time of Locust is coming soon.

Combo Tickets 2, including Standard Admission + Pizza + Glass of Prosecco, are now Sold Out.

Combo Tickets 2 are Sold Out

Combo Tickets 2, including Standard Admission + Pizza + Glass of Prosecco, are now Sold Out.

The Standard Tickets, and a very limited number of Combo Tickets 3, including Standard Admission + Pizza + Glass of Prosecco + Dance Workshop, are still available.


BalFolk Ensemble

BalFolk Ensemble

We are happy to introduce the bal folk part of our lineup. This year, the Italian Fusion Festival presents BalFolk Ensemble.

The Balfolk Ensemble was born from the BalFolk dance group to add live music to their events. The Ensemble meets regularly at The Hut pub in Phibsboro for an intercultural musical exchange (and to socialize). BalFolk music broadly inspires dances from around the world (Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Israel etc.): Chapelloise, Mazurka, Circassian Circle, Waltz, Hassapiko, Sbrando, Repasseado, Schottische.

If you wish to join us in the dances, please come to the workshop from 5 pm to 6 pm, and please buy the limited combo ticket, including this session, where they will teach you the steps. Those who know the dances are welcome to join them on the dancefloor following the class; otherwise, you are welcome to enjoy the live performance and watch the dances they have taught.


  • Agnese D’Anna, fiddle
  • Els Lemahieu, fiddle
  • Steve Mc Cann, bodhran
  • Laurence Gill, flutes and pipe
  • Nico, flute and clarinet
  • David Delph, bouzouki
  • Rita Garland, guitar
IIF Video Finalists

Short Video Competition 2023 Finalists

We are happy to present the finalists of the Short Video Competition 2023.  The winner will be announced during the event and will be awarded with a plaque and a small cash price. You can vote your favourite video at the end of the post for the Audience Award.

Served by Renee Walker

A calculating woman cooks her estranged husband a meal to die for and serves him with divorce papers. He arrogantly obliges believing that he has the upper hand. But she has other plans. Renee Walker returned to college at 48 to study TV and Media Production. She has immersed herself in many creative projects through the years ranging from choreographing, design painting to being a singer and musician in a wide range of bands. She feels that all of these creative parts of her contribute to the bigger picture. “Art” in all its many forms intertwine and push forward each new stage of her development. Renee continues her persuit of bringing life to thoughts and ideas within the film-making community.

The Return by Chiara Viale

Chiara Viale is an Italian born writer, director and producer based in Ireland. After a degree in English as a Foreign Language and Literature in Milan, she went on studying screenwriting in Dublin and began making independent films. Since then she has written, directed and produced numerous short films. Her first Independent Feature Film ‘The New Music’, was released in 2021. She is co-founder of the Dublin based production company Built To Fail Productions.

A Drinking Pub With A Music Problem by Claire Issartel

Claire is a French writer, director and editor living in Dublin. She studied Theatre and Film at the University in France and moved to Dublin 6 years ago to study film. Since she has made several short-films as writer, director and editor. She shot ‘’ A Drinking Pub With A Music Problem’’ during Kino D event (48 hours Filmmaking challenge) in Dublin with Marco Griffini as a DOP and support in editing and Martin Brady in sound recording. A Drinking Pub with A Music Problem is a short-documentary about the pub The Cobblestone in Dublin.

Renvyle by The Sea by Jan Sisley and Silvana Benedetto

Jan Sisley was born in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She graduated with an M.A. from the Auckland University Film School. She has worked on documentaries, music videos, films and television while continuing to make short films of her own. Jan’s festival screenings include CON-TEMPORARY Art Observatorium in Venice, Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Torino film festival, and as part of The One Minutes screening across Asia and Europe.

Silvana Benedetto was born in Albenga (Italy), but she moved to Ireland in 2008. Fascinated by everything about visual Arts, acting and music since she was a child, she started to be involved in film projects in Ireland in 2013, juggling between long hours in the office and sleepless nights learning lines, writing scripts, producing short films. Can’t wait to retire and focus on acting and documentary film making. Jan and Silvana shot together “Renvyle by the Sea” over two very stormy days in Connemara. It’s an experimental poetic short documentary where we gave voice to local people of one of most remote areas in the West of Ireland. This short documentary won an award as “Spirit of the Festival” at “Shot by the Sea Film Festival” in Galway.

The Circle of Infinity by Stefano Rolando

Stefano Rolando is originally from a small village near Domodossola (VB) and he has been living in Ireland since 2006.He studied at DAMS (Bo) and attended a 2 years filmmaking course at BCFE college in Dublin. He currently works as a digital compositor for EGG vfx. In his VFX career he had the chance to work for international projects as Game of Thrones, The Favourite, The Woman King, Good Omens.  Circle of infinity is the short film he made in 2011 as his personal graduation project at BCFE. It is a personal interpretation of Nietzsche’s eternal return idea. The short film was a no-budget project and it was entirely filmed, edited and directed by Stefano.

Style by Beta O’Dwyer

Geraldine, writing under the name of Beta, is new to filmmaking having made her first short in January of 2023. She is a qualified Accountant by profession. Style was filmed at the Kino Kabaret Dublin filmmaking festival in August in collaboration with Maria Etienne (DOP). Maria graduated from the University of Bologna in 2022 with a masters in cinema and moved to Dublin to pursue a career in the Arts.

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