Porretta soul festival
july 20/23 2023

Porretta Terme (BO)
rufus thomas park


Porretta soul festival
july 20/23 2023

Porretta Terme (BO)
rufus thomas park


Peace, Love & Soul

most loved European
soul festival

With over thirty years of history, Porretta Soul Festival has hosted the best Soul music Bands, many of whom have come to Europe for the first time.

Rufus Thoms Park

Dedicated to Rufus Thomas, this Park host Porretta Soul Festival main stage.

Rufus Thomas Cafè

Central Square, the best location to enjoy daily free shows.

Street Food Village

With more than 30 street foods from around the world, Street Food is in for all days of the shows.

30+ years of Funky Good Time

Peace, Love & Soul
since 1988

Sweet Soul Music, is an association created to promote Soul music knowledge. It was founded by Graziano Uliani in 1987.

The following year Porretta Soul Festival was born, which over the years has taken on such dimensions of prestige and notoriety as to make it the most important European event dedicated to Soul and Rhythm & Blues music.

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2 Stages, 1 Square, 1 Town, 1 Territory to be discovered

Line up artists

In Otis Redding name, 35th edition of the Porretta Soul Festival returns, from 20 to 23 July at Rufus Thomas Park in Porretta Terme, in the Bolognese Apennines heart.



Thursday - 8.00pm



Friday - 8.00pm



Saturday - 8.00pm



Sunday - 7.30pm

Related events

From Thursday July 21 to Sunday July 23 from 11am to 7pm
Rufus Thomas Cafe Stage (Free Shows)
Piazza della Libertà and Piazza delle Tele, Porretta Terme 
Local and International rhythm & blues bands

From Saturday July 22 to Sunday July 23
On the streets of Porretta Terme
Oversoul Street Band (15 piece band)

Monday July 17
“Commitments” movie at Parco delle Najadi

Tuesday July 18
Hotel Helvetia, Porretta Terme, Limes “La Musica Oltre i Confini – America”. Limes is an Italian geopolitical magazine belonging to GEDI Gruppo Editoriale. It was founded in 1993 by Lucio Caracciolo, who directs it. Speakers Alfonso Desiderio, Chuck Bernardini

Wednesday July 19
Hotel Helvetia, Porretta Terme, Party

Friday July 21 at 5pm
Hotel Helvetia, Porretta Terme, presentation of “Northern Soul” with author Antonio Bacciocchi

Saturday July 22 at 5pm
Hotel Helvetia, Porretta Terme, presentation of Rufus Thomas biography “Funkiest Man Alive” with author Matthew Ruddick

Sunday July 23
11am Chiesa dei Cappuccini, Porretta Terme, Gospel concert with Joy Gospel Choir & The Norman Sisters
12pm Hotel Helvetia, Porretta Terme, Artists Press Conference

The Valley of Soul (travelling free shows with artists of Porretta Soul Festival)

  • July 24 at 9pm, Vergato Piazza Capitani della Montagna “Memphis Soul Revue”
  • July 25 at 9pm, Tolè Piazza Giovanni XXIII “Memphis Soul Revue”
  • July 26 at 9pm, Monteacuto delle Alpi (Lizzano in Belvedere) “Crystal Thomas Band”

A Soul Journey

“An accurate portrait of Porretta Soul Festival legends”

Available on demand on

Porretta Soul Festival

Video Gallery

The Best of Porretta Soul Festival 2022 – Women

The best of the female vocal performances of the Porretta Soul Festival 2022. Made by Alessandro Baroncini (Lepida TV).

From Porretta to Memphis and back. Special Porretta Soul Festival

Special Porretta Soul Festival 2022 by ERcole Cultura Ambiente Territorio. Broadcast every Saturday on 7GOLD (and Radio Italia 60s TV) as well as on the web. 

Art by Antonio Cotecchia

Porretta street art

Porretta Soul Festival Street Art has created a path that allows you to discover characteristic corners of town. Selected European artists.


porretta terme
the house of soul

Porretta Terme is located in the middle of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, halfway between Bologna and Florence, not so far from International Airports.

By Plane

Airport Guglielmo Marconi Bologna
Airport Galileo Galilei Pisa
Airport Amerigo Vespucci Florence

By Train

Hourly departures from: Bologna Centrale, Pistoia, Florence Santa Maria Novella Trains Station.

By car

From Northern Italy, enter the A1 Milan-Rome Autostrada del Sole and exit at Sasso Marconi. From Southern Italy, enter the A11 Firenze Mare highway and exit at Pistoia.


On most trains to Porretta there is a bicycle transport area equipped with e bike charging. Surrounding area nature is definitely worth a ride!

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