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Upcoming FI Cultural Workshops for Kids & Adults – Mar. 20 & Apr. 11

Date 03.02.2021

Dante Art Workshop for Kids
Saturday, March 20 @ 2:30 pm PST

On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante, please join us for a 1-hour virtual guided painting workshop where kids 5+ will learn about Dante . Your teacher is Maestra Ylenia. Presentation will be in Italian (English will be used when necessary). Fee:|$10.00. Register HERE.


Dante Art Workshop for Adults
Saturday, March 20 @ 4:00 pm  PST – In English | Saturday, March 20 @ 5:30 pm PST – In Italian

On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante, please join us for a 1-hour virtual guided painting workshop where you will also learn about Dante’s life and career. Your teacher is Maestra Ylenia. Fee: $10.00. Register HERE.


The Etruscan Civilization
Sunday, April 11 @ 10:00 am PST
The Etruscans were the most important civilization in the Italian peninsula prior to the Romans. Their sophistication greatly contributed to the formation of Roman civilization and culture. This 1-hour virtual workshop will explore aspects of Etruscan such as their view of the afterlife and the legacy they left behind. There will also be a virtual tour of what was once part of Etruria in Italy. Presentation will be in English. Your teacher is Maestra Antonella.  Fee: $10.00. Register HERE.


Festa della Donna | International Women’s Day – Mar. 8

Date 02.22.2021

On March 8 at 11:00 am PST everyone is invited to join Paola Riccardi and the American-Italian Philadelphia Society for a conversation in Italian on the contributions of great Italian women. Presentation is via Zoom and will be conducted in Italian.

Must RSVP.


Black Italy: A Conversation With Italian Activist Kwanza Musi Dos Santos – Feb. 27

Date 02.04.2021

Italy, a country of emigrants, victims themselves of prejudices and discriminations in the past, faces its own ‘hidden’ legacy of colonialism and racial discriminations. Inspired by the the Black Lives Movement protests in Usa, black and second generation Italians have reignited the debate about citizenship and what it means to be Italian. Activist Kwanza Dos Santos will explain how artists, intellectuals, and activists use civic engagement, film, literature, music, and fashion to fight for the right to belong to the country in which they were born.

Kwanza Musi Dos Santos is an Italian activist politically engaged for social change and human rights. She is the founder of Questaèroma (Thisisrome), an organization whose members from different countries and socio-cultural backgrounds have decided to build their future in their city, Rome. She is also the winner of @MediaAgainstHate videocontest.


History of Italian Music – Feb. 20

Date 02.20.2021

Andrea Scasso, host of the Italian Hour on KBOO, a radio station in Portland, Oregon will give a presentation on contemporary popular Italian music, starting from the Neapolitan tradition of the Festa di Piedigrotta, the Music Festival of Sanremo of the ’50s all the way to today.
 
HISTORY OF ITALIAN MUSIC
February 20th
7-9pm Pacific Time.
In English

Learn about Italian Regional Carnevale Traditions – Free Virtual Event Feb. 16 at 4:00 pm PST

Date 02.16.2021

Please join CSULB Club Italia and Los Angeles’s Little Italy TODAY at 4PM PST for a virtual presentation on the regional traditions of Carnevale in Italy! They will talk about regional Carnevale traditions, take a culinary tour of some food traditions, and learn some trivia with Kahoot.

The Zoom meeting ID is: 829 3650 7234


Carnevale di Venezia 2021-Live Streaming & Calendar of Virtual Events for Feb. 16

Date 02.15.2021

It’s Carnevale! Register for virtual adult and kids workshops organized by the Carnevale di Venezia!
Starting from  7:00 am PST. presentations are in Italian

Calendar and To Register


Spring 2021 Adult Italian Classes Open for Registration

Date 02.11.2021

Visit our registration page to see the Italian courses we are offering for adults starting in March!

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Calling all Italian Teachers! FI has created a Teacher Portal Just for you

Date 02.04.2021

Fondazione Italia has created a “Teacher Portal” on our website in support of all Italian teachers. In the portal teachers will find classroom resources, professional development training opportunities, scholarship information, job postings and more!

Visit Teacher Portal


Ital Career Talks Series – “Resources for Future Translators” – Feb. 5

Date 01.29.2021

“Ital Career Talks” is a series of discussion with professionals who use Italian in their work lives presented by the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles in collaboration with the Italian Clubs at USC, CSULB, UCLA and Chapman University.

Next talk via zoom is with CSULB Prof. Giulia Togato on “Resources for Future Translators”

February 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm PST.

Please connect to zoom via your account and enter Meeting ID: 872 8814 7966

Come and explore the different study and career paths leading to Italy.


International Holocaust Memorial Day: Screening of “I Only Wanted to Live” – Jan. 27

Date 01.13.2021

This documentary chronicles the Holocaust as experienced in Italy, from the racial laws Mussolini enacted in 1938 through the German invasion in 1943 and the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945. The experiences are made personal through the use of testimony from the archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. Nine Italian citizens, all survivors of Auschwitz, share their stories; their testimonies are woven among personal and historical photographs and additional archival footage.

Accompanied by an exclusive video introduction by the Director Mimmo Calopresti and remarks by the Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles, Silvia Chiave.

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Time: At 6:00 pm PST
Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute and Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles
In collaboration with : he Holocaust Museum LA, the Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles, the USC Shoah Foundation., AJC Los Angeles and ADL Los Angeles
Entrance : Free

Organized by the Cultural Institute in Los Angeles and the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles with the Holocaust Museum LA, the Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles, the USC Shoah Foundation., AJC Los Angeles and ADL Los Angeles

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