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La Festa Italiana Family Event in Laguna Beach – Oct. 9

Date 10.03.2022

You and your family are invited to LA FESTA ITALIANA! 🎉Sunday, October 9th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. “Festa Italiana” is an event where we can celebrate our culture among Italians. Music, Entertainment, Food & Wine brought to you by our amazing sponsors @barolocafe @ritasofcalifornia @antonelloscp @iltrulloyl @iltrulloristorante @il_trullo @ilfarrorestaurant @valeriobottigliadisavoulx 💙🙏🙏🎉
There will be activities, music, food and more!
SUNDAY OCT. 9 2pm – 5 pm
BH Event Center
23802 Avenida de La Carlota
Laguna Hills CA 92653
(714) 319-7060

“Italians for the Future” Poetry Contest – K-12 Students Encouraged to Apply by Oct. 15

Date 08.26.2022

The Italian Cultural Institute of New York announces a multilingual, multigenerational poetry prize for residents and citizens of the United States.
There are three age categories for poetry in Italian or dialect. The theme is open-ended.
The age categories are as follows:
Category 1: up to 12 years old
Category 2: from 13 to 19 years old
Category 3: from 20 to 35 years old
Out of competition: from 36 years
Submissions must be the author’s work only, must be unpublished, and must not have entered any other award.
All submissions must be submitted in MSWord, Times New Roman, 12 PT, on U.S. letter-size paper, in a sealed envelope without any identifying marks or information. The page of individual poems should not include the author’s name. The entire text should not exceed 60 lines. A cover letter with the author’s name,
address, and e-mail should be included in the envelope addressed to the Institute, along with the anonymous sealed envelope containing the text.
Awarded texts will be published by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute and formally presented, with a reading by the authors, during an event organized by the Italian Cultural Institute.
There is no entry fee.
Poems should be sent on or before October 15, 2022, to:
Poetry Prize /Premio Poesia
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
For further information please write to the following e-mail address:

Kids Pinocchio Italian Online Art Workshop – Oct. 15

Date 10.03.2022

On the occasion of 2022 Week of Italian Language in the World, and in anticipation of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles’ next exhibit, “A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio,” Fondazione Italia is offering a Pinocchio guided painting art workshop for kids ages 5+. During the workshop, Italian teacher Maestra Ylenia, will discuss cultural origins and the story of Pinocchio followed by leading a guided painting of one of the most popular characters in children’s literature. This presentation will be in Italian (English will be used when necessary).

Did you know that “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Carlo Collodi, published as a book in 1883, is the second most translated book in the world (after the Bible)?

Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST



NewPort Beach Film Festival’s Italian Spotlight – Oct. 18

Date 09.20.2022

You are invited to the The Newport Beach Film Festival Italian Spotlight on October 18th, 2022 for the U.S. premiere of “La Cena Perfetta.” Red carpet, film showing, and after-party includes food, music and drinks!
“La Cena Perfetta”
Directed by Davide Minnella
October 18th @ 7:00 pm
Triangle 3
Plot: Carmine is a good-hearted mafioso who runs a money-laundering restaurant. Consuelo is an ambitious chef in search of perfection. When they meet and discover a shared love for food and the dream of winning a Michelin star, their odd relationship affords them both a second chance at life, and an opportunity for redemption.
Friends of Fondazione Italia receive $5 off ticket price with coupon code Italian2022!

Opera Italia Los Angeles: “L’Inganno Felice” – Oct. 30

Date 09.15.2022

Opera Italia – Los Angeles presents Gioachino Rossini’s opera “L’Inganno Felice” at Casa Italiana on October 30 in Los Angeles. The opera will be presented with subtitles in English and is stages with a full orchestra! Ticket price also includes lunch.

Opera trick-or-treat and mask for kids!

Sunday, Oct 30, 2022
Casa Italiana
1051 N Broadway Ave, LA 90012
Doors open 12:00 p.m.
Luncheon 12:30 p.m.  —  No Host Bar will be open
Opera follows lunch

General Admission – $74
Senior 60+ – $64
Youth (18 and under) – $34

Fondazione Italia friends receive a 10% discount off above ticket prices!

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6-12 Students Italian Language “Black-Out” Poetry Contest – Deadline Oct. 5

Date 09.20.2022

On the occasion of the “22nd Week of the Italian Language in the World”, the Embassy of Italy, together with the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington, is pleased to announce a Contest for students of the Italian language in the United States. The Week of the Italian Language in the World is an event promoted yearly by the cultural and diplomatic network in the third week of October, under the High Patronage of the President of Republic. Each year, the Week has a different underlying theme for a vast cultural program to advance the promotion of the Italian language. The initiative was launched in 2001 through the joint action of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Accademia della Crusca, a leading institution in the field of research on the Italian language, which was subsequently joined by the Swiss Confederation where Italian is one of the three official languages. This year, the theme is “L’italiano e i giovani. Come scusa? Non ti followo”.

Considering the focus not only on youth but also on how language interacts with digital tools, this year’s contest concentrates on erasure poetry, a literary form that has encountered success on social media and, at the same time, is tied to Italian contemporary art. Also known as black-out poetry, this form of found poetry allows a writer to change an existing text by erasing, blacking out, or otherwise obscuring a large portion of the original material, creating a wholly new work from what remains. This practice, similar to that of Italian contemporary artist and writer Emilio Isgrò, allows for striking patterns to appear, turning the text into a work of art. The visual nature of this literary form has allowed it to thrive on social media. Students, either individually or in group, are asked to compose a poem in Italian on a topic of their choice, using the technique of erasure poetry. The final result can be a text of up to 100 words. The visual aspect of the work can contribute to its message and can be taken into account by the jury.

– Deadline: Wednesday, October 5, 2022
– Eligibility: Middle school and high school students of Italian language, enrolled in the 2022/2023
academic year in one of the public schools in the United States of America.

– Categories:
1. Middle school students of Italian
2. High school students of Italian

Submission method: the productions must be sent to with the indication of the name of the author, Italian level class, the teacher’s name and the name of the middle or high school. Participants are also encouraged to share their work on social media with the following hashtags: #CancellatureSLIM22 #SLIM22. They are also encouraged to tag the Embassy of Italy (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @italyinus) and the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington (Facebook: @iicwashingtondc, Instagram: @iicwashington).

Three winners for each category, for a total of six winners, will be selected by a jury composed of the following members:
– Ms. Maria Fusco, Director of the Education Office, Embassy of Italy
– Ms. Rita Iannazzi, Assistant Director of the Education Office, Embassy of Italy
– Ms. Elettra La Duca, Director, Italian Cultural Institute of Washington

The decisions of the judges are final and binding.

The winners will be announced on Monday, October 10th ,2022. The award Ceremony will take placemin presence or online on October 19th, 2022. The winners’ productions will be posted on the website and social media profiles of the Embassy of Italy and of the Italian Institute of Culture of Washington. The schools attended by the winners will receive an official plaque and each participating student will receive a medal of merit, as well as a selection of Italian books worth $ 150.00.

For more information, please write to:

Zucchero: World Tour 2022 in Beverly Hills – Sept. 30

Date 09.02.2022

Adelmo Fornaciari, better known to the world as Zucchero, a nickname given to him by one of his school teachers, is back on a worldwide tour that will take him to three cities in the US South West: Los Angeles (September 30 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills) and San Diego (October 1 at Balboa Theatre) in California and Tucson in Arizona (October 2 at The Fox Tucson Theatre – just announced).

Save 10% on tickets with code ITALIACULTURA10 for Los Angeles & San Diego and code IICLA10 for Tucson


Fondazione Italia Seeks WASC Accreditation

Date 08.31.2022

We are very proud to report that Fondazione Italia is seeking WASC accreditation in order to begin offering annual Italian language courses for credit to High School and college students.

Stay tuned!

IAMLA Crochet Circle & Art Performance – Sept. 17

Date 08.25.2022

Join IAMLA for an in-person collective performance, workshop, and crochet circle led by artist Luci Callipari-Marcuzzo. Participants are invited to crochet chains of red cotton thread as a symbol of the chain migration of Italians to North America and Australia, while the artist embodies her grandmothers through dialogue and interactions. The performance, workshop, and conversation are a manifestation of the hopes, dreams, and desires of immigrant women. The collective performance honors their lives, experiences, and voices.

Saturday, September 17
3.30- 5.00 pm

Register Here



LA Dodgers Italian Heritage Night – Sept. 3

Date 08.23.2022

⚾️🇮🇹#losangelesdodgers in collaboration with #littleitalyofla are hosting an Italian Heritage Night!
📌Saturday, September 3
⚾️Dodgers vs. Padres
Please bring your tricolore gear and do not forget to share the news with family and friends!
If you purchase tickets using link below you will receive a free Dodgers hat with an Italian flag!👇🇮🇹