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Communication for Dance lovers: Combo Tickets 1, including Standard Admission and Dance Workshop, are now Sold Out.

A limited number of Combo Tickets 2, including Standard Admission + Pizza + Glass of Prosecco, are still available, and a very limited number of Combo Tickets 3, including Standard Admission + Pizza + Glass of Prosecco + Dance Workshop, are available.






We are happy to introduce the folk part of our lineup. This year, the Italian Fusion Festival presents, from Italy, Truma.

The Truma project was born in Chioggia, Italy, in 2010, with the aim of publishing authored folk songs in the dialect that describe the life, culture, and professions of the people of the Venetian lagoon and in particular, of the city of Chioggia. The lyrics and music are written by Riccardo Vianello. On May 5, 2016, the CD of the same name was presented in the auditorium of the lagoon city.

Followed by participation in the national competition Musica nelle Aie for folk music in Faenza with the achievement of 2nd place in the exhibition, then another appointment in Chioggia, Padua, and Treviso. Their performance in Faenza and the content of the album aroused the interest of Rockit and Blogfoolk (the most important music magazines) who review the band and consider it as one of the best new releases of the year. The disco was chosen as a finalist in the dialect disks category for the TENCO AWARD the same year.

In 2017, the second album, “Per Grazia Ricevuta”, was recorded, with another dozen unreleased songs, which will see the light in the spring of the following year. In 2018, Truma participated as guest of honor at Musica nelle Aie (one of the most important folk festivals in Italy), and they have behind him numerous concerts throughout Italy. They collaborated in concert with Mark Geary well-known Irish singer-songwriter, with Vini Lopez (formerly Bruce Spreengsteen’s drummer), and in 2022 Vianello Riccardo played with Scarlet Rivera (Bob Dylan’s violinist). They produced the music for the theatrical works “Rosso Fuoco Truma” and “Legni Spiaggiati”.

In November 2022 they made their first mini tour to Ireland and played at Wheelan’s in Dublin with Mark Geary and Glen Hansard. In May 2023 their single and video for ORO was released, a version of the song GOLD by Fergus o’ Farrel. Their third album is expected to be released in December 2023.

The Truma is the land on which the foundations of the cities are laid of the Venetian lagoon. There Truma keeps us suspended between earth and sky. Truma plays folk music in the Chioggia dialect. The background against which their songs move is the city of Chioggia, its people, its crafts, and its legends. What better language than its dialect can be used to describe this land and its sea? The result is an operation of pride for one’s origins and dignity for dialects and traditions which in this era of globalization tends to be hidden.

At the Italian Fusion Festival, guest of the band will be the  Irish singer-songwriter born in Dublin Mark Geary.


  • Riccardo Vianello: vocals, guitars, ukulele, marranzano. (author of the lyrics)
  • Michele Tiengo: accordions, theremin, music boxes, choirs
  • Giuseppe Fedrigo: guitars, mandolins, ukulele, backing vocals
  • Francesco Ferrarese: violin
  • Renato Naccari: electric bass, double bass
  • Marco Chiereghin: drums, percussion, keyboards

Pizza & Prosecco Night

Pizza & Prosecco Night

We are happy to introduce the food/drinks part of our festival. This year, the Italian Fusion Festival includes Pizza and Prosecco options. The Pizza & Prosecco van will welcome you to the concert venue to keep you going during this exciting evening of music! Delight your hearing and your taste with the special festival entry + pizza/prosecco ticket to make the most of this experience!

To enjoy the Pizza & prosecco at a very special price, you can buy one of our combo tickets

  • Standard Admission + Pizza & Prosecco
  • Standard Admission + Pizza & Prosecco + Dance Workshop
  • Full Italian Experience (Standard Admission + Pizza & Prosecco + Dance Workshop + an artwork of the Italian artist residents in Dublino, Mario Sughi/nerosumeo).

A very limited number of combo tickets are still available. Book now to avoid disappointment.

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Mario Sughi Art Exhibition

Mario Sughi (nerosunero) Art Exhibition

During the festival, it will be possible to admire and buy at a very special price some artworks of Italian artist residents in Dublin, Mario Sughi (nerosunero).

Mario Sughi (nerosunero) is an Italian painter and illustrator based in Dublin. His solo exhibitions include Couple in the large space of the Complex Studios in Smithfield Square (Dublin 2011). He participated in the 54th Venice Biennale, the Italian Pavilion in the World, at the Italian Institute of Culture (Dublin 2011), and his work has been regularly shown in the RHA Annual Exhibitions

Over the past ten years, other solo exhibitions followed abroad and across Ireland, at Greyfriars  Municipal Art Gallery (Waterford 2012), Luan Gallery (Athlone 2017), Droichead Arts Centre (Drogheda 2017), the Italian Institute of Culture and the United Arts Club (Dublin 2022 & 2023).

In recent years, his works have been chosen for book and magazine covers, such as the Italian editions of novels by Sally Rooney, Emilie Pine, Emma Straub, and David Nicholls, and the weekly newspaper Domani.

The Full Experience Ticket includes General Admission, Pizza, Glass of Prosecco, Dance Workshop and one of the 16 original digital paintings author proofs generously donated by the artist nerosunero (Mario Sughi), displayed at the festival. The artworks, where Dublin is the main theme, are signed by the author. They are framed and printed on Hamermulle 308 gsm photo rag fine art paper. Size: 40x50cm. Before buying the ticket check the artworks and contact us at to choose the artwork among those still available, and you can collect it at the end of the festival.

Artworks in the exhibition and on sale

Lulu's World Band

Lulu’s World Band

We are happy to introduce the soul/funk part of our lineup. This year, the Italian Fusion Festival presents Lulu’s World Band.

Lulù is the nickname of Luisa Annibali, an Italian-born singer and songwriter living in Dublin and performing both in Ireland and Italy.  She started playing piano at the age of 7, but it took time to understand that music wasn’t just her hobby fully. As a matter of fact, after high school, she studied Law.

During her legal studies, she kept taking vocal classes and attending different Jazz, Blues, and Musical Theatre Workshops in Rome and worked part-time as a singer in bars and clubs, and at private events.

As soon as she graduated in Law, she worked in a law firm. Once she moved to Dublin, she started playing guitar and composing her own original music to realize that her career needed to change definitely.

In 2017 she made an application and successfully entered Newpark College (now in DCU) to study “Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance”.

Perfecting her technical abilities and unique sound over the years, Luisa Annibali is constantly working on live shows and studio recordings.

Her music naturally compounds different styles of music, exploring Jazz, Neo Soul, Funky, Brazilian music, and Free Jazz.

Indeed, the encounter between people from different cultures and musical influences makes her music and her performances so unique.

Very active in the jazz community, she recently got her BA in ‘Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance’ from Dublin City University. She is also an experienced vocal coach and music teacher. She worked as a singing teacher, music tutor, and vocal coach at the Sound Training College, the Sound Training Music Academy, and Music Generation Dublin City.

At the Italian Fusion Festival, on Sunday 22nd of October, she will present with Lulu’s World Band an exclusive repertoire of world music, exploring Italian, Brazilian, and Spanish music never really giving up her soul and R&B influences.

  • Luisa Annibali – Voice
  • Johnny Taylor – Piano
  • Johnny Batista – Guitar
  • Cormac O’Brien  – Bass
  • Dominic Mullan– Drums

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Dance Workshop

We are happy to introduce the dance part of our festival. This year, the Italian Fusion Festival presents BalFolk Dance Workshop.

BalFolk Dublin is a community dance group organising balfolk dance sessions most Sundays at The Cobblestone pub (in the back room) from 4pm to 7pm. They are an inclusive and diverse group of people from all around the world, who meet to dance, socialise and have fun!

The Balfolk Ensemble was born out of the BalFolk dance group to add live music to our events. The Ensemble meets regularly at The Hut pub in Phibsboro for an intercultural musical exchange (and to socialise).

Balfolk dances are broadly inspired by folk dances and music from around the world (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Israel etc.). The steps are generally easy, and technique is not the main concern. Having fun dancing together is more important! Balfolk dances take many shapes as they can be done in circles, in lines, or with a partner. Here are the names of some dances: Chapelloise, Mazurka, Circassian Circle, Waltz, Hassapiko, Sbrando, Repasseado, Schottische.

The Dance facilitators present at the festival will be Cristina San Miguel, Christine Warner, Myriam Deshaies, and Serena Piotti.

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. A very limited number of entry + dance workshop tickets are still available. Book now to avoid disappointment.

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Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Partner of the Italian Fusion Festival 2023

Currently active across the major cities of the five continents, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (IIC) network 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 the Italian language and culture by offering courses, operating libraries, and providing educational and editorial material.

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Ireland was established in 1954 to foster and increase the existing cultural links between Ireland and Italy through joint initiatives in education, culture, and science. It is situated in an early nineteenth-century Georgian building in the centre of Dublin, in Fitzwilliam Square, architecturally one of the city’s most ‘historic’ and interesting squares, facing a beautiful private park.

Learn more about Italian Institute of Culture on

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

Italian language courses at the IIC resumed 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.

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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.