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2nd Annual Italian Language Kids Video Contest – Deadline is Oct. 5

Date 09.27.2018

In honor of Italian Language Week, Fondazione Italia, in collaboration with the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles, has launched the second annual Italian Language Kids Video Contest!

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 18th edition of the Week of the Italian Language in the World, scheduled to take place from 15 to 21 October 2018, will be dedicated to “Italian and the web, social networks for the Italian Language”.

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 word or phrase. 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, “Italian and the web, social networks for the Italian Language”.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners!

Guidelines & Application

Important Dates
October 5, 2018 – Video Submission  Application Deadline
October 21, 2018 – Winners announced


Kids Italian Cooking Workshop – Nov. 17

Date 09.17.2018

In celebration of La Settimana della Cucina Italiana, or Week of Italian Cuisine, Fondazione Italia, the Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles, and Saor Project™ are coming together to offer an Italian Cooking Workshop for kids ages 5-12. The workshop will be kicked off with a screening of the short animated film, “Fiabe di Riso.” First screened at the Milano Expo, “Fiabe di Riso,” teaches children about the history and importance of rice, a precious resource in Italy, through the point of view of a single grain of rice named “Lino.” After the film, the children will join Chef Alessandra in the kitchen to make some classic Italian rice dishes together. The film will be presented in English.

Saturday, November 17
$15 per child.
Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles
4:00 – 6:00 pm

Registration deadline is Nov. 14

Enroll Today!

Thank you to Guidi Martelli Ltd for helping sponsor this event!

Win a Trip to Italy!

Date 09.05.2018

L’Italo-Americano celebrates 110 years spent to the service of the Italian American community. They are a 501(c) (3) non profit organization and, as such, your support is essential for them, as it allows the newspaper, which has been walking side by side with the West Coast Italian American community since 1908, to continue its mission of promoting the knowledge of Italy, of the Italian language and of the invaluable social and cultural heritage of il Bel Paese.

Buy a raffle ticket to support l’Italo-Americano and win an amazing trip to Sicily! Package includes airfare for two (2), following an incredible tour along the breathtaking itineraries of the island’s East coast! BREAKFASTS, LUNCHES, DINNERS, WINE, PRIVATE TOURS, TRANSPORTATION, TICKETS ENTRANCE TO FAMOUS PARKS AND MUSEUMS… ALL INCLUDED!!!


$12 per ticket. Deadline is September 28.

Purchase Tickets Today!

NEWS: San Pedro gets their Little Italy

Date 08.28.2018

A section of San Pedro was dubbed Historic Little Italy by the Los Angeles City Council. Councilman Joe Buscaino, who is of Italian descent and represents the San Pedro area, introduced the motion calling for the designation, which will include the installation of street signs at key intersections. The motion says that the history of Italian immigrants in Los Angeles dates back to the 1800s, with high concentrations located initially in what is now the Arts District and Civic Center.

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New Class! Italian & Art offered at OC Language Center

Date 08.17.2018

Join us for a fun series of Italian and art classes! This four-week course at our OC Language Center on the beautiful Chapman University campus, is led by  Ylenia Mino, an expert artist and language teacher from Italy. Ylenia will guide students each week through the creation of an art project inspired by a famous artist while learning and speaking Italian. Students will also learn basic notions of Art History, as well as interesting stories about famous artists. Course combines painting, drawing and Italian language together so students can be creative while augmenting their Italian language skills. No experience needed. Course presented in Italian and English.  Enroll today to take advantage of early registration discount!

Classes start Saturday, September 29

Kids Class (ages 4+)
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Adult Class
2:30 – 4:00 pm

Buon Ferragosto! – August 15

Date 08.13.2018

Ferragosto is a public holiday celebrated on August 15 in Italy that coincides with the major Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary. The Feriae Augusti (“Festivals [Holidays] of the Emperor Augustus”) were introduced by the emperor Augustus in 18 BC. This was an addition to earlier ancient Roman festivals which fell in the same month, such as the Vinalia rustica or the Consualia, which celebrated the harvest and the end of a long period of intense agricultural labor. The Feriae Augusti, was felt necessary after the hard labor of the previous weeks.

The popular tradition of taking a trip during Ferragosto arose under the Fascist regime. In the second half of the 1920s, during the mid-August period, the regime organized hundreds of popular trips through the Fascist leisure and recreational organizations of various corporations, and via the setting up of the “People’s Trains of Ferragosto”, which were available at discounted prices. The initiative gave the opportunity to less well-off social classes to visit Italian cities or to reach seaside and mountain resorts.

Today, Ferragosto is Italy’s famous summer holiday period when most kids are on school holidays and families, business owners and frankly, most Italians, pack their bags and cars and head out of town.

Kids Italian Commedia dell’Arte 15-week course Open for Enrollment – FREE

Date 08.06.2018

Fondazione Italia’s 15-week Italian Commedia dell’Arte theater course for kids who are 7 to 14 year old, gives an introduction to the history and artistic developments surrounding the use of masks in storytelling which evolved into a rich theater tradition in Italy commonly known as Commedia dell’Arte. In addition to learning the history of Commedia dell’Arte, kids will create their own characters and become involved in putting together their own story that they will perform at the end of the course. Classes will be presented in Italian and English.

The course will be led by director/actor/writer, Max Leonida who moved in 2011 to Los Angeles from Milano where he owned and operated his own theater and performing art school for over ten years.

Class Dates: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 / Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 / Nov. 4, 11, 18 (no class 11/25) / Dec. 2, 9, 15, 16*
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: LA Connection Theater – 3435 W. Magnolia, Burbank 91505

*Performance time will be announced the first week of classes

Space is Limited! Register Today

This class is offered free due to the generosity of a grant provided to Fondazione Italia by the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles.

15% off True Italian Taste Tickets at Live & Dine LA – July 29

Date 07.24.2018

IACCW spearheads an experiential Italian section at Angeleno Magazine Live & Dine LA 2018. The True Italian Taste area will feature restaurants, wineries and Italian brands for an authentic contemporary Italian experience. Don’t forget to stop by our Instagram wall for the ultimate photo op.
IACCW Members and Friends enjoy 15% discount on tickets.
Use promo-code Iaccw15 at check-out.

San Diego Italian Film Festival: July 12 – August 16

Date 07.03.2018

The San Diego Italian Film Festival embarks on a new decade continuing their tradition of bringing San Diego County the best in Italian Cinema; it’s not just Italian films but an Italian perspective.

July 13 – August 16

Film Listings & Screening Dates and Location





MUSIC: Laura Pausini at the Greek Theater – July 28

Date 06.30.2018

After 2016 sold-out world tour, Laura Pausini is once again going on a world tour! With over millions and millions records sold, Laura is the most beloved Italian singer all around the world and now she’s taking over another incredible record for her 25-year career.

Laura Pausini at the Greek Theater
Saturday, July 28, 2018
8:00 pm