The festival

Music workshops

San Benedetto in Alpe Folkfest offers a variety of traditional music courses.

  • Fiddle (two classes: beginners – advanced)
  • Flute (two classes: beginners – advanced)
  • Tin whistle (beginners)
  • Uilleann pipes
  • Singing
  • Bodhrán (two classes: beginners – advanced)
  • Irish harp (intermediate – advanced level)
  • DADGAD guitar (beginners only)
  • Button accordion (all levels)

You will find the list of the tutors on the programme’s page.

Music sheets are not provided, you will need to be able to learn by ear: it may be useful to bring a recorder but make sure you ask your teacher the permission to record him/her playing.

Dance workshops

If you’re into folk dances from all over Europe, San Benedetto in Alpe Folkfest is the festival you’re looking for!
Every year we offer Irish dancing (set dances and sean-nós) and Sardinian dancing classes, workshops of French and Breton dances and so on.
Please check the official programme to see which dance classes are scheduled this year!


A recital featuring most of the tutors teaching in the Irish traditional music classes: listening is a fundamental step in the learning process. The festival offers plenty of chances to play music in sessions. The recital is a great opportunity to learn from the teachers by listening to their playing and styles. Admission included in the registration fee.


It’s not just a ceili, it’s a multicultural dance party which takes place every night during the festival: Irish, French, Italian traditional dancing with live music. Just awesome! Admission included in the registration fee.


Taking place all the time, everywhere. Even when you’re trying to sleep…


San Benedetto in Alpe is located in the stunning National Park of Casentino Forests: sometimes hikes are organised and featured in the programme. Check it out!