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Giornata Nazionale dello Sport – June 3

Date 05.30.2018

On June 3 join Fondazione Italia and the Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano (CONI), to celebrate Italy’s National Sports Day, Giornata Nazionale dello Sport! The day aims to raise awareness on the subject of physical and mental health related to the practice of sport, as well as on the importance of healthy eating habits typical of the Mediterranean diet.

 


Festa della Repubblica – June 2

Date 06.01.2018

La Festa della Repubblica is an important National holiday in Italy that is celebrated every year on June 2. Similar to Independence Day in the US and other countries, it celebrates the official formation of the Republic of Italy after World War II.

Here’s what you should know.

It all started in 1946

June 2nd, 1946, was the day Italians voted to abolish the monarchy, and the Republic of Italy was born; hence Republic Day.

After an 85-year monarchy, which had for the most part been very popular with the people, a referendum resulted in 12,717,923 votes ‘for’ (54 percent) and 10,719,284 votes ‘against’ (45 percent). All male members and future heirs of the ruling House of Savoy were deposed and exiled.

Italy’s final king only ruled for one month

The House of Savoy had ruled since Italy’s Unification in 1861, but its final monarch, Umberto II (or Umberto Nicola Tommaso Giovanni Maria di Savoia, in full), only got to be king for a month, earning him the nickname ‘Re di Maggio’ or ‘the May King’ – slightly unfair since he actually ruled from May 9th to June 12th.

Umberto had actually been acting as head of state since 1944; after Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime – to which the monarchy had been closely allied – collapsed, King Victor Emmanuel III transferred his powers to his only son in the hope it would give the monarchy a PR boost. It didn’t work.

Italy will never have another monarchy

For one thing, the constitution now forbids a monarchy, and for another, the House of Savoy family formally renounced their claim to the throne as one of the conditions for the right to return from exile, in 2002. Umberto refused the right to return to his homeland, dying in Geneva in 1983.

So what happened to the others? Prince Victor Emmanuel, his wife, and son returned to Italy in 2003 after Silvio Berlusconi’s party overturned their exile. However, they weren’t exactly welcomed home with open arms – not least because Victor Emmanuel had not long before defended Mussolini’s racial laws as “not all that bad”. There were numerous protests and the mayor of Naples refused a €15,000 donation from the family to a local hospice.

Republic Day changed dates for 24 years

In March 1977, Italy’s economy wasn’t doing so well, and all its public holidays were thought to be having a negative impact. So to avoid affecting business, Republic Day was moved to the first Sunday in June. It was only changed back to June 2nd in 2001.

The first Sunday of June had a long history as Italy’s national holiday; before Italy became a Republic, this holiday was known as the Feast of the Albertine Statute – the constitution of 1848, which was seen as the foundation of the Kingdom of Italy.


Adult Italian Conversation 8-Week Summer Session Open for Enrollment!

Date 05.24.2018

$20 off if you enroll by June 8, 2018! 8-week session for beginning and intermediate level adult language conversation classes at our Burbank location start on Saturday June 23.

Beginning Adult Conversation
Join Fondazione Italia for a fun introduction to Italian language and culture! This class focuses on essential conversational skills that will help build a student’s confidence in speaking and listening to Italian. Through different instruction delivery platforms including, interactive games, and fun role playing, students will learn how to introduce themselves, make a hotel/restaurant reservation, order an espresso and much more while building their vocabulary. An aspect of Italian culture will be integrated into every lesson. This class is for beginners with no prior exposure to Italian or any level student wishing to converse and review beginning level Italian sentence frames and structures.

June 23, 30 / July 7, 14, 21, 28
10:00 am – 11:30 am
$155 with discount

Intermediate Adult Conversation
Join Fondazione Italia this summer for a full immersion class to become more fluent in the Italian language. This course is suitable for students who have an existing knowledge of Italian, and would like to improve their conversational skills by exploring the Italian culture and lifestyle though Italian Literature, Drama, and History of the Arts.

June 23, 30 / July 7, 14, 21, 28
11:45 am – 1:15 pm
$155 with discount

Enroll Today!


Private Italian Seafood Dinner with SAOR Project – May 26

Date 05.24.2018

You are invited to attend a private Italian Seafood Dinner on May 26 organized by chefs Gianluca and Alessandra of SAOR Project. Only ten seats available.

MENU

ANTIPASTO

Capesanta Lardellata, Crostino con Alice, Tonno marinato in balsamico Scallop with Bacon, Anchovy Crostino, Tuna marinated in balsamic vinegar

PRIMO

Spaghetti alle Vongole Spaghetti with Clams

SECONDO

Seppie in Umido con Polenta Squid “in Umido” with Polenta

DOLCE

Mousse Limone e Yogurt Mousse Lemon and Yogurt

Menu $ 55.00 per person

(Wine not included, feel free to bring your own bottle, no corkage fee)

Tickets

 

 


Italian Genealogy Workshop: Discovering Your Ancestral Records – May 19

Date 05.15.2018

Millions of Americans identify themselves as having Italian ancestry. If you’re one of them, this workshop might be of interest to you because it offers a hands-on approach to researching documents relevant to families that emigrated from Italy to the U.S. Participants will learn valuable research techniques specific to Italian genealogy to enhance their genealogical skills and offers novice and intermediate genealogists practical methods of research to utilize immigration and government records, and church documents to establish travel patterns, hometowns, and personal records. No knowledge of Italian is needed.

Saturday, May 19, 2018
10am-1:30pm
Fee: $105

Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue

To register please call 310-824-7408 or email to classes.iicla@esteri.it


Auguri di cuore a tutte le mamme!

Date 05.13.2018

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mamme out there!


Adult Summer 6-week Italian Conversation Classes Open for Enrollment!

Date 05.12.2018

Continue studying Italian over the summer by joining one of our conversation classes taught by Fondazione Italia teacher Stefania Valentino!

Adult Beginning Conversation
Price: $175 $20 off if you enroll by June 8, 2018!
Location: Burbank
Dates: June 23, 30 / July 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: Saturdays from 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join Fondazione Italia for a fun introduction to Italian language and culture! This class focuses on essential conversational skills that will help build a student’s confidence in speaking and listening to Italian. Through different instruction delivery platforms including, interactive games, and fun role playing, students will learn how to introduce themselves, make a hotel/restaurant reservation, order an espresso and much more while building their vocabulary. An aspect of Italian culture will be integrated into every lesson. This class is for beginners with no prior exposure to Italian or any level student wishing to converse and review beginning level Italian sentence frames and structures.


Adult Intermediate Conversation
Price: $175 $20 off if you enroll by June 8, 2018!
Location: Burbank
Dates: June 23, 30 / July 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: Saturdays from 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Join Fondazione Italia for a fun introduction to Italian language and culture! This class focuses on essential conversational skills that will help build a student’s confidence in speaking and listening to Italian. Through different instruction delivery platforms including, interactive games, and fun role playing, students will learn how to introduce themselves, make a hotel/restaurant reservation, order an espresso and much more while building their vocabulary. An aspect of Italian culture will be integrated into every lesson. This class is for beginners with no prior exposure to Italian or any level student wishing to converse and review beginning level Italian sentence frames and structures.


A Tutta Pizza! Food Event in LA – May 13

Date 05.03.2018

The LA Times Food Bowl & Di Stefano Cheese Present: … A Tutta Pizza! on Sunday 5/13 @ 3pm at the Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA.

Last December Neapolitan pizza earned UNESCO Intangible Heritage Cultural Status.To celebrate this recognition, the LA Times and Live Nation are bringing the best “pizzaioli” to showcase their incredible ability and creativity during the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl festival. This event will showcase over 20 food vendors between pizzerias, restaurants, and pizza trucks. During the course of the day, there will be cooking workshops, a DJ spinning music and a panel discussion on “Pizza: How Italy’s most loved dish brings community around the world.”

Program:
12:00 PM VIP Doors ​
1:00 PM GA Doors ​
1:15 PM Workshop Session – A’ PIZZA! A PIZZA LAB with Enzo Coccia ​
5:00 PM Workshop Session – Flour and egg: The magic of Pasta! ​
6:30PM End of Event

Use the following promo codes to take advantage of great discount offers!

GA10 for $10 OFF General Admission Tickets
VIP10 for $10 OFF VIP tickets
WS10 for $10 off Workshop tickets


Italianità: Italian Diaspora Artists Explore Identity at IAMLA

Date 04.25.2018

The Italian American Museum Los Angeles presents, Italianità: Italian Diaspora Artists Explore Identity, a temporary exhibition of visual art that  explores the cultural richness of the Italian diaspora. In the arts, the term  diaspora refers to artists who have migrated from one part of the world to another, or whose ancestors have. Their dissimilar experiences influence their work, which explores themes such as dual identity, memory, folklore, faith, dislocation, and migration. The artists create alternative narratives and challenge the structures of the established notions of belonging.

Using the visual arts as a vehicle,  Italianità showcases the history and cultural richness of the Italian Diaspora, and celebrate the beliefs, practices, traditions, and customs connected to these movements. It features work by revered artists including Joseph Stella, Italo Scanga, Ralph Fasanella, Rico LeBrun, and Leo Politi.


Italian Spotlight at Newport Film Festival – May 1

Date 04.24.2018

The Italian Spotlight at the Newport Film Festival on May 1 will screen “Wife and Husband.” Directed by Simone Godano, “Wife and Husband” is about a neurosurgeon and an ambitious television host find their marriage crumbling, grasping at straws to stay together. But after an incredible experiment switches their bodies, they’re in for more than they bargained for. Now they must see things from their spouse’s point of view and live out their days in the other’s shoes, quite literally. While trying to switch back, they find the reasons that have led to their mediocre love life, and try to fall in love again.

Friends of Fondazione Italia receive a $5.00 discount off ticket price with discount code ITALIANFIVE.

Date: Tuesday, May 1, Time: 7:30 pm to 9:10 pm
Triangle Cinemas- SCREEN 5
1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Film Only Ticket: $20

Information and  Tickets


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