Ocarina Festival

Art installation by Lorenza Mignoli
Art installation by Lorenza Mignoli

Where: various locations - 40054 Budrio (BO)
 April 25-28, 2019



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". 


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


Most of the concerts will take place at the Torri dell'Acqua building and at the St. Agata church. 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 tour 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.



Concerts and workshops programme is attached below.


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-Wednesday and Friday 8am-1pm
Thursday 8.30am-1pm, 3pm-6pm


Last update: 16-04-2019