23 June-25 July. The 22nd edition of Rome’s annual world music festival returns to the shores of the little lake in the gardens of Villa Ada this sumer. The event, whose name translates as "Rome meets the world", offers interesting multi-ethnic and multi-cultural music in very pleasant surroundings.
The festival kicks off with veteran Italian jazz-rock group and Neapolitan saxaphonist J. Senese e Napoli Centrale (26 June), Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter Josè Gonzàlez (27 June), Australian brother-sister folk and indie pop group Angus & Julia Stone (1 July), Rome's Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio (3 July), Australian musician Xavier Rudd and The United Nations, an ensemble of musicians representing the cultures of Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Germany and Papua New Guinea (7 July), St. Vincent, the American musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist otherwise known as Annie Clark (8 July), Italian pop singer Paola Turci (9 July), ending with Belgian rock band Deus on 25 July.
The festival area opens each night at 20.00 so that the public can enjoy food and drink from one of the ethnic food stalls before the music kicks off at 22.00. There are ticket discounts for families, the unemployed, and students.