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Carmen Consoli “Eco di Sirene” World Tour in LA 11/18

Date 11.11.2019

Iconic Sicilian-born Musician CARMEN CONSOLI‘s “Eco di Sirene” (Echo of Sirens) World Tour marks the artist’s return to the States after nearly a decade. For this project, based on her “Eco Di Sirene” critically acclaimed 2018 live album and Italian concert tour, the “Cantantessa” performs from her career-spanning repertoire accompanied by a female string duo consisting of violinist Emilia Belfiore and cellist Claudia della Gatta.  

Carmen Consoli is the most successful female singer-songwriter Italy
has ever produced. Throughout a 25 year career, the musician has been defined by her unflinching emotional live performances of songs that examine broad themes of love, illness, solitude and friendship from a feminine — and feminist — perspective. Her innovative mixture of Italian song with indie-rock influences, bossa nova rhythms, traditional Sicilian musical styles and jazz and blues-inspired riffs have engendered a generation defining sound unique to the Italian music scene.  
November 18, 2019 | 8:00 PM Zipper Hall 200 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Get 10% off your tickets by using the code IICCARMENLA!

LG airs commercial in Italian in the US

Date 11.08.2019

LG Appliances airs commercial in America in Italian with subtitles featuring Italian photographer Delfino Sisto Legnani. It is very exciting to see a link being made between technology, art and Italian!

The Importance of Keeping Italian Traditions Alive, with Mike Gatto and Teresa D’Agostaro

Date 10.29.2019

Fondazione Italia’s Burbank Italian Language Center Director, Teresa D’Agostaro is interviewed on Spectrum about her experience growing up Italian-American in Los Angeles.

Italian CSET exam for teachers offered Nov. 16

Date 10.24.2019

Test Date:             Saturday, November 16 @ 9:30 am
Location:              St. Robert Bellarmine – 154 N. 5th Street, Burbank, CA
Regular Fee:        $110
Late Fee:              $35 – added if registration received after November 4, 2019

To complete the Italian CSET, which serves to establish core competency in Italian for a single-subject credential in California, candidates must register for, and pass TWO separate sub tests: the cultural sub test I & II (General Linguistics, Literature, History, Geography and Culture), and the language sub test III (Oral and written competency).

Fondazione Italia is an Italian Assessor Agency that has been approved to administer ONLY the language sub test III (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) of the Italian CSET, and report those results back to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

We administer ONLY the language sub test III of the Italian CSET.

It is the candidates’ responsibility to make sure they have registered for and completed the cultural sub test I & II through the CCTC website. The cultural sub test portion of the Italian CSET is administered by the CCTC during the following 4-week testing windows Sep. 2–Sep. 29, 2019 and Apr. 13–May 10, 2020. To schedule an appointment with the CCTC for the cultural sub-test click here.

Candidates must pass both the language and cultural sub tests
to pass the Italian CSET.

Passing both parts of the Italian CSET does not provide you with a single-subject credential. Passage of the Italian CSET only allows you to teach Italian in a middle or high school once you have completed a single-subject credentialing program. It is the responsibility of the candidate to make sure they have completed all the requirements for a single-subject credential by visiting the CCTC website.

Test Overview
Italian Test Structure
Sample Test
Directions (Parking instructions will be sent one week prior to exam date)


Italian Language Week in the World

Date 10.22.2019

The world is celebrating Italian Language Week this week, and in America October is Italian Heritage month! Visit Italian Cultural Institute for events around town!

San Diego Italian Film Festival runs through 10/27

Date 10.21.2019

A showcase of the best of new Italian cinema Organized by SDIFF in collaboration with the IIC from October 15 – 27.

Schedule and tickets here.

Il Consolato si Informa! News from the Italian Consulate

Date 10.18.2019

Week of the Italian Language in the World starts October 21! Did you know that Italian is the 4th most studied language in the world? During the “Week of the Italian Language in the World” we strive to promote our language and cultural heritage worldwide! This year’s theme is “The Italian Stage.”

The Accademia della Crusca is offering a free download of the book “L’Italiano sul palcoscenico” (Italian on Stage) by Pietro Trifone and Nicola De Blasi Forza.

Remember to check out all of the scheduled events at the Italian Cultural Institute and “News” Consul General.
#IlConsolatoInformaLA #SLIM2019

2019 K-12 Italian Language Video Contest Now Open

Date 10.04.2019

In honor of Italian Language Week in the World, Fondazione Italia, in collaboration with the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles, is proposing our 3rd annual fun video contest that will showcase kid’s creativity and Italian language ability.

The 19th Annual Week of the Italian Language in the World! This event is promoted yearly by the cultural and diplomatic network in the third week of October (Oct. 21 – Oct. 27). The week focuses on a theme that acts as the leitmotif of a vast cultural program to promote the diffusion of the Italian language. This year’s theme is the “Italian Stage”.

Contest Overview

Students in grades K-12 are asked to create a video in Italian that is a mini language lesson where they teach their audience about their favorite Italian city, food, tradition, song, phrase, film or person. The possibilities for kids to talk about what they love about the Italian language are limitless! Contestants may also create a video around this year’s theme, “The Italian Stage.”

Contest Requirements

  • Participating student must be enrolled in K-12
  • Video must be in Italian
  • Video cannot exceed 3 minutes
  • Video with group of up to 4 students okay
  • Video submitted should be in MP4 or QuickTime format


Cash prizes will be given to three winners who will each be chosen from below age groups.

  • one first place winner for K-4 – $50
  • one first place winner for 5-8 – $50
  • one first place winner for 9-12 – $75

All submissions will be viewed by a panel of judges.

Important Dates

November 15, 2019 – Video Submission Deadline

December 20, 2019 – Winners announced

Download Application

19th Edition of the Italian Language Week in the World

Date 10.03.2019

The Week of the Italian Language in the World is an event promoted yearly by the cultural and diplomatic network in the third week of October. It focuses on a theme that acts as the leitmotif of a vast cultural program to promote the diffusion of the Italian language. The initiative was launched in 2001 through the joint action of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Accademia della Crusca, which was subsequently joined by the Swiss Confederation, where Italian is one of the country’s official languages. During these past eighteen years, the Week of the Italian Language in the World has ended up representing the Foreign Ministry’s privileged Italian promotion channel in terms of the number of activities simultaneously organized all over the world. This success story is due to the growing engagement of the Italian and Italian-speaking communities abroad, along with local cultural institutions and a host of writers, poets, artists, teachers and academics who have passionately enlivened all the past editions by taking part in hundreds of conferences, meetings, lectures, refresher courses, thus opening a cultural and intercultural dialogue with other writers, artists, intellectuals and representatives of civil society in a large number of Countries. Since 2013, the theme of the Week has dealt with the world of business and culture, highlighting the link between language and creativity.

The 19th edition of the Week of the Italian Language in the World, scheduled to take place from 21 to 27 October 2019, will be dedicated to “Italian and the stage”.

For events in Los Angeles visit the Italian Cultural Institute website.

Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri at the Getty Villa

Date 10.01.2019

The Getty Villa is modeled on the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy, which was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Exhibition ends on October 28, 2019.

This exhibition presents rare original artifacts and traces attempts to unroll and decipher the carbonized papyri found during the latest excavations.

On June 27, Francesco Sirano, Director of Herculaneum Archaeological Site, will hold a special presentation on the Villa dei Papiri and the exceptionally preserved city of Herculaneum

Free, advance ticket required.

Info and tickets at 

Organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the IIC and Parco Archeologico di Ercolano.