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Festival Internazionale dell'Ocarina

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Tenth edition

Centro storico

Budrio (BO)

An international event dedicated to the Ocarina takes place every two years in Budrio, birthplace of this popular wind instrument and meeting point for ocarina enthusiasts, musicians and makers from all over the world.

The event is dedicated to the atmosphere and sound created by the ocarina. The festival, organized by the municipality of Budrio, will be home to a series of concerts, entertaining street music, exhibitions, markets, folk dancing and much more.

Budrio will become the capital of a small population of artists and passionate followers of the ocarina who every two years complete a kind of pilgrimage to see the land of origin of the ocarina, to meet ocarina players from other parts of the world, but above all to play the ocarina together.

The ocarina is a popular musical wind-instrument in terracotta, made in various dimensions capable of playing concertos in various tonalities. It is precisely a fipple flute, that's to say it has a duct that directs the air onto the edge producing a distinct sound. The instrument resembles a little beheaded goose, that's the reason for the name "ocarina", derived from the Bolognese dialect word "ucareina".

On the occasion of the 10th Ocarina Festival Budrio will welcome musicians and artisans from three continents.

Not to be missed are the opening concert (Thursday April 25), featuring a taiwanese band that will perform a sort of musical inspired by the local ocarina tradition, the Friday night concerts at the beautiful Accademia dei Notturni Villa (in Bagnarola di Budrio) and the Saturday night concert at the San Lorenzo church. Special guest of the festival will be Nancy Rumbel, american etno/jazz musician.

The Festival programme also includes workshops, an ocarina and whistle craft market in via Marconi and guided tours to the "Museum of the ocarina and terracotta musical instruments" of Budrio, with hundreds of ocarinas, musical instruments, worktools, photographs, discs, scores and documents about local ocarina bands on display.

Date: the event will be held from Apr 25, 2019 to Apr 28, 2019

Event timetable: programme is available on the festival website

Entrance: free entry

Information and Booking Centre

Ufficio Relazioni con il pubblico of Budrio
Piazza Filopanti, 11 - Phone: ++39 051 6928210 - Fax: ++39 051 808106
Weekday timetable:

Monday to Friday 8am - 1pm Saturday 8 - 11.30am

Weekend timetable:


By Pianura Bolognese editorial staff (Mar 27, 2019)

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