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Daffini Archive

Established in 1998, the Archive is dedicated to Giovanna Iris Daffini and it holds materials from traditional folk balladeers and authors: texts, documents, photographs, articles, specialist magazines and a considerable amount of audio-visual documents.

Giovanna Daffini: - Folk Festival 1 / Parco Basso / Nuovo Canzoniere Italiano - 5 set 1965, Venaria Reale (Torino) / Italy - © Riccardo Schwamenthal / CTSimages.com - Phocus

Established in 1998 thanks to the work of the Comune of Motteggiana and the Historical Documentation Centre/Ethnographic Centre of the Comune of Ferrara, the Archive is dedicated to Giovanna Iris Daffini and it holds materials from traditional folk balladeers and authors: texts, documents, photographs, articles, specialist magazines and a considerable amount of audio-visual documents. In addition to a small section dedicated to Daffini’s artistic output, each year the Archive organizes a national competition, a series of publications in her memory and “Il giorno di Giovanna”, a festival featuring a national conference on the themes of folk music, popular history and balladeers.

Giovanna Daffini.

Giovanna Daffini.

Giovanna Daffini.

Don’t cry my love / if I go away, / I’m leaving the paddy / going back home. / There between the trees / I see my little white home / over there in the doorway / I see my mother waiting for me. / Mother, father don’t cry / I no longer work in the paddy / I’ve come back home / to be a young lady. / Mother, father don’t cry / if I am worn out / it was the paddy / that ruined me.

Massimo Zamboni from CCCP - CSI band, about Giovanna Daffini.