“Porretta belongs on every serious blues and soul festival-goer's bucket list, a confluence of positive forces to be honored and treasured.”
Dick Shurman, Paul Harris Living Blues 2017

ART DIRECTOR Graziano Uliani


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The Sweet Soul Music association, in cooperation with ARTlab – the creative community in Alto Reno Terme – and with the Municipality of Alto Reno Terme, with the support of Regione Emilia-Romagna, announces the first edition of the “Sweet Art” 2020 Prize.

The contest is aimed at the promotion of wall art – street art, soul music history and Porretta Soul Festival as well as the Alto Reno Terme territory, in the Tuscan Emilian Apennine. Within this framework, 5 different works will be selected for their realization in the municipality of Alto Reno Terme. The specific places will be chosen and notified by the organization.


The contest is open to all 18+ artists worldwide. Crucial to the selection will be quality, design, exploration, originality and relevance to the topic of the contest.

Theme/subject of the submitted drafts should be at least one of the following performers of the Porretta Soul Festival: Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke, The Memphis Horns (Wayne Jackson & Andrew Love), Carla Thomas, William Bell, Percy Sledge, Sugar Pie DeSanto, J. Blackfoot, Isaac Hayes, Sam Moore, Otis Clay, Ann Peebles, Irma Thomas, James Carr, Mavis Staples, Eddie Hinton, Dan Penn, Eddie Floyd, Booker T. & The MG’s, James Govan, Clarence Carter, Millie Jackson, Neville Brothers, Swamp Dogg.


Application deadline is at 11.59 pm on October 30th 2020 on the website To validate the application, candidates must send an e-mail to graziano.uliani@gmail.com with the filled out and signed enrolment form, works sketches (max. 2 sketches p.p.), a short biography (20 lines max.) and a portfolio of existing works and their location.

After having sent the above mentioned materials, the applicant automatically runs for the assignment of the special prize, consisting in the hedging of the round trip travel, experiencing artistic life in the Apennine and the necessary supplies to realize the work or works.


Application is free.


Works will be evaluated by a jury taking into account the characteristic of Street Art and the topic development, as well as qualitative criteria, exploration, technical skills and originality. The jury reserves the right to evaluate all the transmitted materials to select the five winners withing January 2021; the results will be issued on the website www.porrettasoulfestival.it. The selected artists will be contacted via e-mail.


A jury of 5 members will select the works and will declare the final ranking as well as the 5 winners.
Members of the jury are:

Graziano Uliani president of the Sweet Soul Music association and art director of the Porretta Soul Festival

Marco Della Fonte writer, director and producer of “A Soul Journey”

Lucio Mazzi journalist, music critic and author

Alice Palmieri painter and street artist

Andrea Pizzuti eclectic artist, sculptor, drummer and film director

Should the above mentioned jury members be unavailable, they will be replaced in the process.


The jury of Sweet Art, an artistic competition for the creation of new murals in the territory of the Municipality of Alto Reno Terme with works of art related to the Porretta Soul Festival has chosen the five winning artists as well as three artists with special mention. The works will be carried out in June 2021.

Winners Are:
Aurora Bresci (Florence)
Ermanno Mari (Bologna)
Nadia Vola (Francavilla al Mare – Ch)
Edoardo Ettorre (Giulianova – Te)
Antonio Cotecchia (S. Nicolò Rottofreno – Pc)
Special Mentions:
Ivan Netsvetailo (San Pietroburgo – Russia)
Riccardo Fornasini (Bologna)
Maurizio Cioni (Porretta Terme)
Annalisa Fusilli (Pistoia)