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The festival

The youth of the world in Fribourg

Every summer, the Rencontres de folklore internationales de Fribourg (RFI) bring together eight to ten ensembles performing the traditional folklore of their country. Nearly 300 dancers, singers and musicians join Fribourg to share the joy and the colours of their traditions with the festival’s audience. The RFI are today the only annual event of this type in Switzerland.

The festival runs thanks to the work of a committee and the involvement of more than 300 volunteers. Around 30,000 spectators take part in this event every year.


A family-friendly and cheerful event 

Family-friendly and open, the RFI are aimed at people of all ages. They have been a moment of sharing and conviviality for more than forty years. The centre of the festival, called the Village of Nations, is freely accessible. Located on the “place Georges Python”, it comes alive every day with shows performed by the festival’s groups and by various artists. 

In addition to the animations in the Village of Nations, the RFI organise parades, indoor and outdoor performances, activities for children, concerts, as well as different collaborations with local partners. Most of these events are free.