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Turismo in Pianura

Official Tourist Site of the Pianura Bolognese

Ocarina Festival

Art installation by Marcello Magoni – April 2013
Art installation by Marcello Magoni – April 2013

Where: historical centre - 40054 Budrio (BO)
 April 27 - May 1, 2017



An international event dedicated to 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, animated 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 to a little beheaded goose, that's the reason for the name "ocarina", derived from the Bolognese dialect word "ucareina". 

People can learn more about the history of the ocarina by visiting 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.


Under the portico of via Marconi there's an ocarina and whistle craft market.






21.30, Bologna, Cantina Bentivoglio (via Mascarella 4/b) Jazz Concert: Satoshi Osawa Quartet (Japan)



10.00-13.00; 14.00-17.00, Sala S (via Garibaldi 39, Budrio): An Ocarina workshop for visiting musicians from all over the world with the aim to form a group which will perform during the festival. Info and enrolment:

20.30, Consorziale Theatre (via Garibaldi 35) Ocarinando, IX Rassegna di musica per Ocarina. L’ocarina nelle scuole Giovani allievi delle scuole di ocarina (Italia, Cina)



9.30-12.00, Consorziale Theatre (via Garibaldi 35) “Ocarinando”, IX Edition of music for Ocarina. The ocarina in school Young pupils from the ocarina schools (Italy, China) 

17.00, The Water Towers (via Benni 1) Concert 

21.00, Consorziale Theatre (via Garibaldi 35) Ocarina jazz and pop



11.00, South -East Tower (corner via Benni and via Verdi) Presentation of the new statue dedicated to the ocarina made by the classes of the Fedora Servetti Donati Primary School during workshops held by Lorenza Mignoli

10.00- 13.00, Sala S (via Garibaldi 39) Masterclass held by Giorgio Pacchioni on multi chamber ocarinas

14.30, Ocarina Museum (via Garibaldi 35) Guided Tour of the museum with Fabio Galliani

15.30, Water Towers (via Benni 1) Concert

16.30, Water Towers (via Benni 1) Ocarina Lullabies: “Ocarina Ensemble Budrio”, concert for the very young

17.30, Sant’Agata Church (via Marconi) Concert 

21.00, Consorziale Theatre (via Garibaldi 35) Classic Ocarina: Riko Kobayashi duo, Giorgio Pacchioni, Gruppo Ocarinistico Budriese and Violinist Marco Fornaciari



9.30, Bologna (The Portici of San Luca) San Luca Ocarina Walk Ocarina groups, solo musicians and ocarina makers from all over the world will accompany the public on their walk under the porticoes up to the sanctuary on the hill passing by the 15 stations of the Mystery of the Rosary

17.30, Filopanti Square (Budrio) Folk and Ocarina Music: Osteria del Mandolino e Tonpfif Ensemble

21.00, Accademia dei Notturni (via Armiggia 42 Bagnarola di Budrio) Concert 



ore 10.30, Sant’Agata Church (via Marconi) Concert

Info sull'evento

Timetable: see programme
Entrance: free entry except where differently indicated

Organization: Comune di Budrio

Info: Comune di Budrio

Ph. 0039 051 6928281 -  051 6928306 - 051 6928279


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Info on the tourist location

URP - Public Relations Office

Address: Piazza Filopanti 11 - 40054 Budrio (BO)
Ph. +39 051 6928241 

Fax +39 051 6928285
Toll-free number 800 215255

Opening times:

Monday, Tuesday, Thusrday, Friday 8.00am – 1.00pm

Wednesday 3.00pm - 6.30pm 

Saturday 8.30am – 11.30am
Closed on Sundays

Opening times in August:

Monday to Friday 8.00am - 1.00pm

Wednesday 8.30am - 1.00pm
Saturday 8.30am - 11.30pm

Closed on Sundays

Last update: 07-04-2017

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