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Workshop Traditional Dance from the South of Italy

pizzicaThe Italian Fusion Festival is happy to introduce the Traditional Dance from the South of Italy Workshop lead by Eliana Valentina.

The Pizzica is a dance for couples which forms part of the Popular Italian Tradition of the South. It is linked to the therapeutic ritual of Tarantismo, which started and thrived in the geographical area amongst the three towns of Bari, Taranto and Lecce.

The Tarantismo ritual was focused on the power of music to aid in the healing of physical and psychological disease during the Medieval Age, but its origins go back even further in time.
During the intervening centuries it became a social phenomenon that evolved into a dance for couples called Pizzica Pizzica. By the 1970’s the Tarantismo ritual had died out. However, a new movement arose to rediscover this traditional music and dance and this has generated both national and international interest.

A new generation has grown up in a modern social context and is reinterpreting the ancient tradition that today is known as Neo-Pizzica. To excavate the depths of this tradition it is necessary to study the original historical documents and written testimonies of those who lived and witnessed the magical and pseudo-scientific aspects of the “Aracnideo Myth “ (the original spider rituals and social events).

The Workshop

We are going to pass on the history and meaning of these dance through our personal experience and passion for them. We are hoping to give a greater awareness of these dances which today are part of a living tradition in the South of  Italy and can be experienced at first hand in festivals and celebrations by any interested traveler.

Eliana Valentini

Eliana’s arrival in Dublin on July 2008 marked an important moment in her life, a decision to give a concrete expression to her previous dance experience. Eliana was born in Milan where she lived and spent many years particularly studying and researching ancient dances.  Several holidays in the South of Italy reawakened a particular interest in the musical rhythms connected to the ritual of tarantism. With the musical band “Briganti” in Milan she practiced Pizzica, Tammurriata and other Tarantellas (Traditional Dances from the South of Italy), bringing her closer to other European folk dance traditions. Eliana’s project of multicultural fusion through the bodily communication of dance was born in Ireland, hich for her has been a place full of creative vibrations. In the process of getting used to a new culture, she chose folk dance from her own background as ameans of cultural and historical heritage of the world. Eliana hopes to reawaken in our modern society the ancient human instinct to express oneself through the movement of the body, enabling a communication without words, of deep values that seems destined to disappear.

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Volunteer Open Call

Become an Italian Fusion Festival volunteer!

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

The ENIT Italian Fusion Festival is an event that will take place on the 8th of July in Dublin from 3 o’clock ’til 11pm at The Grand Social, Liffey Street, Dublin 1. The festival is organized by Radio Dublino, the only Italian language Irish Radio programme, running since 2013.

The festival holistic lineup spans from jazz, folk, trad, blues to rock music and will also showcase art performances, videos, workshops of Italian and Irish trad music, Italian gestures and traditional Irish and Italian music instruments and Italian artisan food will be available.

APPLY NOW at: https://goo.gl/forms/CIIXTEHAFpAvcFTz1

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 (May/June): In the run up to the festival volunteers focus on Distribution & Marketing, we pair volunteers into groups of two or three with the teams of volunteers distributing programmes, promoting events and putting up Festival and Artist posters.

Festival Team (8th July):

  • 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 very sound understanding of the festival programme and to 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 be taking ticket stubs on the doors and using a clicker to count audiences as they enter. Attention to detail, concentration and calm are key; it sounds like an easy task but things can get pretty hectic when there’s a throng of people 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/programmes and helping put up posters for our different events. Promotional volunteers also gather media – audience quotes, testimonials, 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: https://goo.gl/forms/CIIXTEHAFpAvcFTz1 Please note that there are a limited number of volunteer posts available. Applications to volunteer at IFF 2018 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 exclusive Festival Closing Party!
  • Volunteers will receive the famous Radio Dublino T-shirt
Short-Video Competition

Short Film Competition

The Italian Fusion Festival is happy to announce the Short Film Competition “Encounters-Incontri | Unexpected casual meetings of cultures”.

The short film competition is integral part of the Italian Fusion Festival. The aim is to offer a spotlight to film-makers in town ready to showcase their works.

The short movies will focus on the meeting of different cultures. The idea can be conveyed through a wide range ofstoryliness expressing the unexpected and casual nature that meetings of this type tend to have. The length of the short movies can be up to 10 minutes.

The registration period will be open from now to the 16th of June 2018.

The jury will select the finalists during the month of June and on the 8th July the spectators will be able to watch the short-movies during The Italian Fusion Festival in the Grand Social, Dublin.

The winner will be announced during the event and will be awarded with a plaque and a small cash prize.

The finalists’ works will be spread through different platforms, such as the webpage and the social networks.

How to Apply

Send and email to info@italianfusionfestival.com with a short bio and a description of the video. You can add the link of the video on youtube or you can send the video via we transfer. Deadline 16th of June 2018 at 12PM. Contact us for more info.

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ENIT – Main sponsor of the Italian Fusion Festival

The Italian Fusion Festival is proud to present the title sponsor ENIT – Agenzia nazionale del turismo, the Italian National Tourist Board.

Founded in 1919, ENIT is responsible for promoting worldwide a unified image of the Italian tourist offer. It looks after the promotion abroad of the Italian tourist image and of the various types of national tourist offers, as well as the integrated promotion of tourism resources of the Regions, and, through them, the local authorities.

Music forms part of his rich heritage being classical, opera, jazz or contemporary, Italy is the home of music and ENIT is very happy to be the Title Sponsor of the Italian Fusion Festival 2018 in Dublin.

Learn more about Italy on : www.italia.it

Sponsorship Opportunities 2018

The Italian Fusion Festival is offering the following the sponsorship opportunities.

PREMIUM TITLE SPONSORSHIP € 2000

  • Name in title: “Presented by Your Company”.
  • Name in 10+ radio spots.
  • Special PR release announcing sponsorship.
  • First tier logo placement in all event related printed materials and internet.
  • Name in title, logo, link and message from your company on event website.
  • 10 exclusive social media postings.
  • Dominant stage banner placement (back drop, roof, stage front or sound wing)
  • Dedicated space (3×2.5 m2 stand area) at the venue during the event.
  • 10 entrance passes to the festival.

GOLDEN SPONSORSHIP – € 500

  • Second tier logo placement, just behind Presenting Sponsor, in all print advertisements, collateral materials and website.
  • Logo on event website and flyers.
  • 5 exclusive social media postings.
  • Dedicated space (2×2 m2 stand area) at the venue during the event.
  • Mention during the shows on Radio Dublino.
  • Web Banner on the Partner section for 12 months on radiodublino.com
  • We will accept maximum 2 Golden sponsorships, to ensure them maximum visibility.
  • 5 entrance passes to the festival.

SILVER SPONSORSHIP – €250

  • Third tier logo placement, in all print advertisements, collateral materials and website.
  • Logo on event website and flyers.
  • 2 exclusive social media postings.
  • Dedicated space (1×1 m2 stand area) at the venue during the event.
  • Mention during the shows on Radio Dublino.
  • 2 entrance passes to the festival.

If you need more information contact us:

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Early Bird Tickets now Available

Haven’t purchased your ticket to the Italian Fusion Festival 2018 yet? Now’s the time, because you can get our early-bird rates (just €5 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.

Early Bird Sales end on 31 May

Eventbrite - Italian Fusion Festival 2018

The Italian Fusion Festival is back! Launch of the Italian Fusion Festival 2018 next week.

The Italian Fusion  Festival is back! Full programme is now online.

Radio Dublino is celebrating its 200th episode with the launch of the next Italian Fusion Festival!


Radio Dublino 200th Episode Celebration | Italian Fusion Festival Launch

Sunday 15 April 2018 | 6PM | r.i.o.t,  Aston Quay, Dublin


A limited number of early bird tickets (5 euro with no fees) for our Italian Fusion Festival in July will also be available on the night.

During the evening Andrea Facco and Eliana Valentini will entertain us with their fantastic music.

Andrea Facco is singer-songwriter from Genoa, Italy. At the age of nine, he began to cultivate his passion for music by taking the first guitar lessons with Giorgio Falco. Search artistically grows with the teachings of Katzumi Nagaoka, Armando Corsi and Gianni Martini. Thanks to which thirteen years he began to compose his own songs (music and lyrics). Parallel to the guitar he engages in the self-taught study of ethnic and ancient instruments. Among them: the Oud, the Lute and the Bouzouki, which became his favorite instrument.

Eliana has been experiencing italian traditional dances and music since 15 years. Several journeys to the South of Italy reawakened a particular interest about the musical rhythm connected to the ritual of Tarantism. She has learned “Pizzica Pizzica”, Tammurriata and other Tarantellas dancing with some of the most representative musicians and dancers of this sector. Eliana plays two traditional Italian tambourines (tamburello salentino and tammorra napoletana).

Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m.

The Radio Dublino 200 episode fest and the launch of the Festival event is free but the space is limited and you need to book your tickets.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/161501441162724/

Eventbrite Ticket: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/radio-dublino-200th-episode-celebration-italian-fusion-festival-launch-tickets-44592205487

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Grazie and Arrivederci

​I wish to thank the audience for coming to the first edition of the Italian Fusion Festival! This first edition edition was very successful and was sold out.

For those who missed the event and would like to see it next year, following the great interested of this edition we are glad to announce that the festival will also come back in 2018!

We would like to thank the online ticket holders for filling the survey. 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 ​info@italianfusionfestival.com

For the next edition we are planning to book a bigger venue to accommodate a bigger audience, have more food stalls with italian food and drinks and workshops/ art exhibitions related to Italy.

​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.

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 Miss Phoenix and the Jaffa Cakes, SteamFolks, Infinitwirl, The HQs, The Ballad of Adam and Eve, Mongrel State
  • Pit Stop Krew Vespa Club Dublin
  • Journalists and websites that promoted our initiative
  • The sponsors Sacla, The 100 Club, Chilly Monkeys Card, SenzaMeta
  • The food stalls PastaBox and Sweet Sicily
  • The filmmakers who gave permission to show their videos
  • The Italian Institute of Culture of Dublin for promoting the event
  • The Grand Social staff and sound engineers

Last but not least,​ I huge thank you to​ the Radio Dublino 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​.

We look forward to seeing you next year​.​

Ciao
Maurizio Pittau
Festival Director

maurizio@radiodublino.com

Photos Edition 2017

Credits: Piero Caffarelli