News & Events

Happy Thanksgiving! Buon Ringraziamento!

Date 11.23.2020

Fondazione Italia wishes you and your family a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

“Ogni tanto bisognerebbe fermarsi e pensare per una volta a tutto ciò che va bene invece che soffermarsi solo sugli aspetti dolenti della nostra situazione.”

Free Webinar: Etruscan Civilization in Ancient Italy – Dec. 13

Date 11.19.2020

Who were the Etruscans? Where did they come from? What role did they play in the Italian peninsula and what was their relationship with the Romans? What influence did they have in forging the future Roman civilization? Join Fondazione Italia for this FREE virtual seminar with maestra Antonella presented in English to explore this fascinating, yet mysterious, civilization that left a strong legacy of its own. Registration closes on December 12 at 5:00 pm (PST).

Sunday, December 13 @ 10:00 am (PST)


“Raphael: The Lord of the Arts” Online Screening – Dec. 4-6

Date 11.20.2020

On the occasion of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Raphael The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco and the San Diego Italian Film Festival present Celebrate the 500th anniversary of Raphael! “Raphael: The Lord of the Arts” is the first film adaptation of the life and work of one of the most famous artists in the world – Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483-1520).

December 4 – 6, 2020

Online Streaming Free ticket – Limited space, registration required.

Tales for Every Age: A Conversation about Gianni Rodari – Nov. 24

Date 11.18.2020

To continue our celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gianni Rodari, Italy’s most beloved children author, join us for a conversation with Grazia Gotti, President of the Italian official committee for Gianni Rodari’s centenary, translator Antony Shugaar and illustrator Valerio Vidali. The panel will discuss the relationship between word and picture and explain the challenge, joy, and provocation in translating and illustrating the work of such an influential and iconic figure like Rodari.

Gianni Rodari (1920-1980) is known for his love of word play, nonsense, and for looking at social justice and equality issues with a fresh, playful perspective. His works for children are wildly inventive, sometimes funny, sometimes surreal, but always profound and timely.

WHEN: November 24th, 2020 at 4:00PM ET
WHERE: Zoom Webinar – Registration Required REGISTER HERE

This event is organized in collaboration with Enchanted Lion and is co-presented with the Italian Cultural Institutes of Chicago, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and San Francisco.

World Week of Italian Cuisine in L.A. – Nov. 15 to 22

Date 11.13.2020

On the occasion of the fifth edition of the World Week of Italian Cuisine, that will take place from November 15th to November 22nd, the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles presents a copious menu of initiatives to celebrate the importance of post COVID eating habits: honoring the Mediterranean Diet as a defense mechanism against possible diseases and highlighting the importance of authentic ingredients in the Italian cuisine. The Week’s Menu of Activities in L.A, starting Sunday November 15th, includes an inspiring exhibition of Video Recipes by famous Italians living in L.A to follow on our social media channels; two on line events, one on how the Italian and the Mediterranean Diet can help you stay healthy and fit and, one on how to shop, eat and cook like an Italian; the on line presentation of the Consulate’s first digital map of Italian Restaurants in Los Angeles and, finally, three COVID-friendly and socially distanced competition events hosted by Gelato Festival.
Events are free but require RSVP

Franklin Elementary Italian Dual-Immersion Program Open for Applications

Date 11.03.2020

The Glendale Unified Foreign Language Academies of Glendale (FLAG) program offers dual language immersion in seven languages including ITALIAN beginning in kindergarten. In the Italian dual-immersion program at Franklin Elementary in Glendale, the target language is taught through content, not as a separate course of study. Dual immersion classes are taught by fully credentialed, bilingual teachers who have additional preparation and expertise teaching in both English and their target language.

FLAG Students:

  • Develop high levels of language proficiency and literacy in both English and the target language
  • Demonstrate high levels of academic achievement
  • Develop an appreciation for and an understanding of diverse cultures

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A Life for Cinema: Fellini’s Creative Journey Free Virtual Seminar – Nov. 18

Date 10.30.2020

Federico Fellini, Italy’s greatest film director, was voted in 1992 the most important film director in the history of the cinema by 100 directors and people in the industry (edging out Orson Welles); and, in a parallel vote on the best films during the same year, two of Fellini’s films–La strada and 8 1/2–were selected in a list of the best 10 films ever made. Join us on Wednesday, November 18 @ 5:00 pm (PST) for a FREE virtual presentation with Prof. Federico Pacchioni as he traces the evolution of Fellini’s cinematic career through recurring themes and creative phases, highlighting the film’s artistic and cultural originality. Registration closes on November 17 at 5:00 pm (PST).


Information Session on Italian at The International School of Los Angeles – Nov. 16

Date 10.28.2020

The International School of Los Angeles (Burbank Campus) announces virtual information session scheduled for November 16 at 5:00 pm (PST) on 9th grade entry point and how Italian can be offered in 2021-2022 school year.

Send email to to register.

Portrait of an artist, “Maverick Modigliani” Streams Online – Nov.13 -15

Date 11.05.2020

On the occasion the 100th anniversary of Amadeo Modigliani, The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles in collaboration with the San Diego Italian Film Festival, present the U.S. premiere of, “Maverick Modigliani” (Maledetto Modigliani), Italy 2020. With an introduction on the artist by Gloria Williams Sander, Curator at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena “Maverick Modigliani” is a portrayal of Amedeo Modigliani, the famous Italian Jewish painter, that goes beyond the legendary.

Born in Livorno, Tuscany, Dedo or Modì, as he was known, lived a short, tormented life, narrated here from an original point of view—that of his young common-law wife, Jeanne Hébuterne. Together with the Russian aspiring poetess Anna Achmatova and the English journalist Beatrice Hastings, these were the women whose portraits he painted, and whose faces became the icons of his art.

The action of the film unwinds through museum halls, enriched by the works of the Albertina in Vienna and the splendid exhibition dedicated to the artist at Livorno’s City Museum, as well as the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the great museums and art collections in Paris.

In English, with some parts in French and Italian with English subtitles. 

Film streams online from November 13 -15, 2020

Registration Required

Innovation, Style And Sustainability In Italian Design Webinar – Nov. 5

Date 10.30.2020

Consul General, Silvia Chiave, invites you to celebrate Italian Design Day with her at a webinar event, “Design for a better Future,” organized by the Consulate General and the Italian Cultural Institute, on Nov. 5th at 11.30 am PST.  The webinar will explore how the present crisis reshaped and reconfigured the world of design to improve the quality of our lives and give us a better future that focuses on Development, Innovation, Sustainability and Beauty.

The “Design for a better Future” webinar will be preceded at 7.00 am PST, by the webinar, “Innovation, Style And Sustainability In Italian Design” organized by the Italian Trade Commission and featuring the Ambassador of Italy in the USA, Armando Varricchio. This webinar highlights how Italian design can promote synergies and new opportunities in the US market.

Register for “Innovation, Style And Sustainability In Italian Design” (Nov. 5 @ 7:00 am PST)

Register for “Design for a better Future” (Nov. 5 @ 11:30 am PST)