News & Events

HBO Seeking Italian Speaking Actresses Ages 14-17 for Elena Ferrante Neapolitan Series

Date 08.29.2017

HBO is doing a North American casting search for the HBO limited series, MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, based on the first book of the acclaimed Elena Ferrante Neapolitan series. The first season will cover the entirety of the first book. Saverio Costanza is directing the adaptation.

Need native/fluent speakers in the Neapolitan dialect and classic Italian. These roles will shoot in Naples, Italy and the surrounding area January through June, 2018.


ELENA – 13 to 18 year old to play 14 through 17 years. MUST BE FLUENT IN ITALIAN AND NEAPOLITAN DIALECT. Light haired with light, liquid eyes, she’s the one who observes everyone and everything and does things only because of Lila’s energy. She sees her own body suddenly exploding, her nose becoming larger, her breasts growing, pimples on her skin. She needs glasses now, feels uncomfortable with her body and she sees herself as shabby, messy. But when she goes to Ischia for the summer, her hair becomes blond, she gets a suntan, her skin gets better and she starts to feel more confident. She finds herself sensual and curious for the first time. SERIES REGULAR

LILA – 13 to 18 year old to play 14 through 17 years. MUST BE FLUENT IN ITALIAN AND NEAPOLITAN DIALECT. Dark haired with big and lively eyes. Tall, thin, elegant, white and soft skin, still nervous and skinny, but now sinuous, pale face, long and thin neck, an unexpected and delicate beauty. SERIES REGULAR

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What is the difference between the Italian SAT® and the AP®?

Date 08.21.2017

Many parents with bilingual children who have entered middle school contact us to understand what the differences are between the Italian SAT® and the Italian AP® Language and Culture exams, and how taking these exams would benefit their child.

Fondazione Italia has created an Italian SAT® and Italian AP® FAQ  flyer to better help parents understand these two exams. In addition, Fondazione Italia has designed courses specifically designed to help students take and pass these two exams.

Tradtional group classes start on September 9.

CULTURE: What is Ferragosto?

Date 08.11.2017

Ferragosto is a public holiday in Italy celebrating the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15 each year.

It is a religious holiday that also celebrates the middle of summer in Italy. Ferragosto is unique because it also marks the beginning of 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 to the Italian coast.

EVENT: Italian Midsummer Night Party – August 8

Date 07.28.2017

The Italian Chamber of Commerce West Los Angeles (IACCW) is hosting a midsummer (“pre-Ferragosto”) mixer with delicious nibbles, libations and cool sounds.

This is a great opportunity to converse in Italian, network, relax and enjoy a midsummer night with the flavors and energy of an Italian summer party.

Friends of Fondazione Italia receive $5 off ticket price with discount code ESTATE2017!

Please RSVP by August 6.

Contact with questions.

Parking: West Hollywood Gateway (TARGET) 7100 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles 90046 – First Hour FREE. $1.50 for 2nd Hour and $1.50 Each 30 minutes thereafter.

Win a Scholarship to Study Italian in Camerino-Recanati, Italy

Date 07.28.2017

Study Italian at the Dante Alighieri School in Camerino-Recanati (in Marches). Supported by the University of Camerino, the Scuola Dante Alighieri – Campus L’Infinito Recanati has a long tradition in teaching Italian language and culture to foreign students. The school is located in the historic center of Recanati, a beautiful town in central Italy, rich in beautiful scenery, interesting cultural events, gastronomic, folkloric festivals and magnificent works of art.

They offer a wide range of courses and programs to all age students and are the official partner of Perugia’s University for Foreign Students CELI and DILS exams.  The University of Camerino, established in 1336, is one of the oldest universities in Italy and assures its students high academic quality, high quality of life and technologically advanced services in harmony with nature.

Scholarships available through Fondazione Italia include:

  1. 80% off a four-week language course with housing, and
  2. 48% off a four-week language course with housing

Winners will be selected at random.

The scholarships can only be used for courses offered in the months of October and November 2017 and March and April 2018. Winning students must notify the school 60 days in advance of the month they wish to attend as space is limited.

Deadline to apply is August 15, 2017.

For more information on what is included please download the APPLICATION.

Support the Italo-Americano! Enter their summer raffle with chances to win fantastic prizes

Date 07.30.2017

The Dream of Venice Summer Raffle is part of the Italo-Americano’s fundraising efforts that allow them to be able to continue the amazing work they do to promote and preserve Italian culture and heritage in the Unites States.
The first place prize is a trip to Venice for two that includes round trip airfare and a one-week stay at the Ca’Pisani Hotel in the center of Venice!
Raffle is open until October, 7 2017.

Alessandero del Piero Football Academies offer 30% Discount to attend LA Soccer Clinic

Date 07.27.2017

Alessandro del Piero Football Academies in Los Angeles is offering 30% discount for their August 8-10 soccer at UCLA. To receive a 30% discount use discount code DW2017 when enrolling online.

The three 100% scholarships that were previously posted are no longer available. Due to a technological glitch, if the previous discount code for the 100% scholarship was/is still being accepted, you will be contacted by ADP10 to confirm if you were one of the first three to enroll. We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more information and to enroll visit

Charter School with Italian Immersion K-8 Program Seeking Support

Date 07.27.2017

The International Studies Language Academy (ISLA) is gathering signatures in support of their petition to LAUSD to open a K-8 school that will include a Italian language immersion track!

Please visit their website to read about the school, and read and sign their petition to show your meaningful interest in the school.

“Il Boom” by Vittorio De Sica now playing for limited time at Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills

Date 07.23.2017

Rialto Pictures presents Vittorio De Sica’s 1963 comedy IL BOOM, never before released in the US, at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills. IL BOOM long remained one of the most undervalued of all the films to emerge from director Vittorio De Sica’s long and fruitful collaboration with screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, that include the landmark neo-realist films Shoeshine, Bicycle Thieves and Umberto D. Other De Sica films as director include Two Women, Gold of Naples, and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.

Read the LA Times review by Kevin Turan.

IL BOOM will have a one week-only engagement from July 21-27, 2017
Ahrya Fine Arts by Laemmle
8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills





ART: “Vogliamo Tutto: Postwar Italian Art” at The Hammer – July 11

Date 07.06.2017

The Hammer and the Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles invite you to experience a new exhibit, “Vogliamo Tutto: Postwar Italian Art.” Italian art after World War II experienced a remarkable renaissance as artists began experimenting with traditional forms and styles in provocative ways – from the Arte Povera movement in which everyday materials replaced the stones and precious metals of traditional sculpture, to radical innovations in design.
Participate in a conversation with Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art curator Marianna Vecellio, New Museum artistic director Massimiliano Gioni, UCLA Professor of Italian and gender studies Lucia Re, art historian Jaleh Mansoor, and moderator and Hammer chief curator Connie Butler as they discuss the dynamic contexts that surround the work of art.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
7:30 pm
Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd – Los Angeles, CA 90024
This program is free and open to the public