Lights reflected in the water and cool breezes make this one of the most atmospheric and relaxing of all summer festivals.
Musicians from around the world play on a lakeside stage beneath the venerable trees of the Villa Ada park. Lights reflected in the water and cool breezes make this one of the most atmospheric and relaxing of the summer festivals. Now in its 24th season, this multicultural series of events is an institution of the Roman summer. Music ranges from reggae to jazz, in a spectacular yet laidback setting. Beyond music, the festival also showcases political debates, art exhibitions, book readings and workshops.
You’ll need a ticket for all major events, but anything taking place at the D’Ada Park space is free. Events are scheduled every day of the week, from the afternoon on, with a dedicated area and programme for kids.
What makes the Villa Ada festival stand out is its promotion of world cultures, with a strong political and ethical message permeating each edition. Started as a small production, the outdoor jamboree kermesse has become extremely popular, especially among Romans, as it offers the city at large an unparalleled occasion to open up to the rest of the world. Ky-Mani Marley, Femi Kuti, Sun Ra Arkestra, and Wire are some of the names that have recently inflamed the park arena. You’ll also find mouthwatering international food, thanks to stellar chefs who prepare delicacies both for aperitif and dinner, and a wide array of street food.
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Via di Ponte Salario
001 Roma RM