News & Events

Festa della Donna – March 8

Date 03.08.2017

Every year, women of all ages in Italy have this special day dedicated to them with celebratory dinners or they just get together with other female friends. Known globally as International Women’s Day, in Italy the festival has some wonderful traditions.  The official Italian symbol is the yellow mimosa flower which men give to the special women in their lives.  Italian feminists chose the mimosa as a symbol of the holiday in 1946, soon after the end of  World War II.  It was chosen for its bright, cheerful color and fragrant scent, plus it is in bloom in March and is relatively inexpensive.  Men and women express best wishes – AUGURI! to any woman they encounter.


EVENT: Mysterious Venetian Masks at the IIC – March 9

Date 03.07.2017

On the occasion of the Carnival festivities, a special event featuring an exhibition of artisan Venetian masks and concepts designed by art director, Luca Nemolato, for the upcoming film, “The Plague Doctor”, a psychological thriller inspired by the namesake historical figure and the story of a haunted island in the Venetian Lagoon.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
6:30 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue – Los Angeles, CA 90024
The film’s directo, Emanuele Mengotti, will be in attendance to talk about his inspiration for this project after a trailer of the feature is screened.
Mask maker Davide Belloni, from Ca’ Macana, one of the few workshops in Venice that continues to create masks using antique methods, will also give a brief presentation in English on the Venetian tradition of mask wearing and making.
RSVP is mandatory

Savor Italy Roadshow Food & Wine Event – March 8

Date 03.07.2017

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West presents Savor Italy roadshow Los Angeles, an all-Italian food and wine event featuring a grand tasting and educational seminars. Savor Italy roadshow offers foodies and wine connoisseurs and lovers alike a peek into Italy’s unparalleled food and wine culture. Savor, discover and learn about authentic Italian food and wines from an array of selected premium boutique producers hailing directly from Italy!

Eucational opportunities are also provided through two seminars and guided tastings:

Wine – “Lugana: the aristocratic lake Garda white” – 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm

Food – “Extra virgin olive oil & balsamic vinegar, Modena’s liquid gold” – 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm

Please note: seminar space is limited. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Don’t miss this extraordinary walk-around tasting featuring some of Italy’s best and most authentic wines and culinary productions.

Fondazione Italia friends receive $15 discount with ITALIA discount code!

NEW CLASS! Hermosa Beach Center offers “Parliamo 101!” – Course Starts March 17

Date 03.02.2017

Jump start your Italian in 8 weeks with Fondazione Italia’s Parliamo 101! adult Italian language course for beginners. This crash course of high frequency conversation starters.  You’ll feel empowered and successful from day 1.  If learning a second language has been a challenge for you, this class will break through those barriers.  Discover your hidden talent for speaking Italian!

Location: Hermosa Beach Language Center
Start Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Price: $190 with early bird discount ($240 after March 10)

For schedule and how to enroll visit our website today!

Carnevale Masquerade Party for the Whole Family on February 23

Date 02.23.2017

Celebrate Carnevale with the whole family at an Italian style masquerade ball at the Casa Italiana! Organized by Italiani a Los Angeles, this family event will include music, food, and a costume contest!

Thursday, February 23
5:00 – 10:00 pm
Casa Italiana
1051 N. Broadway, Los Angeles 90012

*$40 adults
$20 kids

Purchase tickets today!

*Dinner included in the price of the ticket. Menu features Tortellini al pesto, Penne alla Bolognese, Scaloppine al Marsala, salad, grilled vegetables, bruschetta and bread. Wine by Erminio! Feel free to bring your favorite dessert to share.

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12th Annual Los Angeles, Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest – Feb. 19 – 25

Date 02.12.2017

The 12th Annual Los Angeles, Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest  is the “world’s best Italian film fest” that features many world and US premieres of recent Italian movies as well as retrospectives, tributes and musical performances. This year legendary Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni will be honored and a tribute to the life and work of Dean Martin are not to be missed highlights of the festival.

February 19 – 25
TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, Hollywood
2017 Festival Program and Schedule


Presented by Capri in the World Institute under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation together with the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, the Ministry of the Economic Development and with the support of IIC, MIBACT (DG Cinema), Italian Trade Commission and ANICA.


Buon Carnevale 2017 – Feb. 11 to 28

Date 02.11.2017

The carnival in Venice was first recorded in 1268. The subversive nature of the festival is reflected in the many laws created over the centuries in Italy attempting to restrict celebrations and often banning the wearing of masks.

Masks have always been a central feature of the Venetian carnival; traditionally people were allowed to wear them between the festival of Santo Stefano (St. Stephen’s Day, December 22) at the start of the carnival season and midnight of Shrove Tuesday. As masks were also allowed during Ascension and from October 5 to Christmas, people could spend a large proportion of the year in disguise. Mask makers (mascareri) enjoyed a special position in society, with their own laws and their own guild.

In 1797 Venice became part of the Austrian-held Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia when Napoleon signed the Treaty of Campo Formio. The Austrians took control of the city on January 18, 1798 and it fell into a decline which brought carnival celebrations to a halt for many years. It was not until a modern mask shop was founded in the 1970s that a revival of old traditions began.

Today, February in Italy means that just about every city on the Peninsula is invaded with masks, confetti, colors and lights that make for a very exciting and unique atmosphere: it’s Carnival! It is a party with ancient roots, and today has become a folkloristic rite in which traditions and fun work together to bring enormous life to this unique celebration.

“Io voglio imparare l’Italiano perché…”

Date 02.10.2017

L’Italo-Americano has recently written an article on the small newspaper, Il Piccolo Corriere, that was created by Fondazione Italia’s Italian language students ranging in age from 6 to 16. Thank you to Italo-Americano for supporting the teaching of Italian in our community!

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Fondazione Italia Reopens Italian Language Center in OC on Chapman U Campus – Classes start Feb. 18

Date 01.23.2017

Fondazione Italia is excited to reopen its Orange County Italian Language Center at a new location on the Chapman University campus! The Spring 2017 Italian language session for kids and adults starts Saturday, February 18.

Enroll by February 8 to receive a $50 discount!

14-week session starts Saturday, February 18
$325 ($375 if enrolling after February 8)
That’s under $16 an hour to learn a new language!

Visit our website to find out course offerings and schedule.



“Music and Culture: An Italian Perspective” at Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts – Feb. 11

Date 01.10.2017

Everyone is invited to a special event titled Music and Culture: An Italian Perspective taking place at the new Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Presented by the Chapman Italian Studies Department, the event celebrates Italian music and culture by exploring the beauty and complexity of Italy’s cultural and artistic import, will bring together faculty, staff and students from Chapman University and other local schools, as well as the broader local community of Southern California.
Music and Culture: An Italian Perspective will be a unique opportunity to understand and appreciate the cultural significance and influence of Italian music throughout the ages. A group of distinguished scholars of Italian Studies will guide us through a fascinating journey beginning in the Middle Ages (discussing influences on Dante’s Divine Comedy), continuing through the Italian Renaissance and today’s regional cultures. The symposium will include representative music examples from different periods and parts of the Italian peninsula as well as feature the unique performance of the Sicilian worldview as expressed by authentic popular songs from the island.
The event promises to be a powerful educational experience with significant cultural breadth, an event blending lecture and music appreciation, stimulating the mind and the heart.
Entrance fee is $8.00.