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I Sapori dell’Antichità (Ancient Flavors) Free Virtual Workshop – Aug. 29

Date 07.27.2021

Join Maestra Antonella Gleason for a one-hour free virtual exploration of the ancient Etruscan and Roman food culture and learn about what Italian cuisine tasted like in the ages before its most popular ingredients arrived. Presentation will be in English.
Sunday, August 29 @ 10:00 am PST

Sex, Drugs & Opera? Free Virtual Workshop – July 25

Date 06.30.2021

Join Dr. Erika Nadir during this one-hour free virtual workshop as she illustrates how Italian opera was the sex, drugs, and rock & roll of its time. Find out what all the fuss is about as Dr. Nadir traces the historic roots of this most elemental and exciting art form and decodes some of the most influential arias from the Baroque to the present.

Dr. Nadir was an opera singer for 17 years in New York, and besides singing the traditional canon, she appeared in three American premieres. Dr. Nadir received her PhD in Italian Literature at UCLA in 2017 and has lectured on the intersection of Italian opera and cinema in London, New York, and at various conferences across the United States.

Sunday, July 25 @ 10:00 am PST


Vivere all’Italiana on Stage – July 5 to July 31

Date 06.30.2021

Throughout the month IIC Los Angeles will highlight theater, dance and new circus performances from the online series VIVERE ALL’ITALIANA (VIA) ON STAGE, a project by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation that presents the great variety, quality and newness of live performances in Italy.

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July Italian Language through Culture Classes Open for Registration!

Date 06.30.2021

Join us for our next session of language courses that focus on learning Italian through Italian culture! To enroll click on Adult Online Classes or Workshops.

Pride Passion and Pandemonium: Il Palio di Siena – June 23

Date 06.22.2021

Join NIAF to experience the sights and sounds of Il Palio di Siena, a four-day cultural sporting extravaganza, culminates in the world’s most thrilling horse race. Witness the crowds that mob the Piazza del Campo leading up to the race as processions of the Contrade bedecked in armor and silk transform the city into a spectacle right out of the Cinquecento. Register for “Pride Passion and Pandemonium: Il Palio di Siena” to virtually experience the Palio’s colorful pageantry virtually through stunning photographs as author, lecturer and photographer, Carla Gambescia, explores with you the race’s fascinating history and traditions. This event has a fee.

Wednesday, June 23 | $25 | 3:00 pm PST / 6:00 pm EST


Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, Silver Prize winner of “Best Travel Book of the Year” awarded by the North American Travel Journalists Association. A regular lecturer on topics of Italian cultural interest, Carla has written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle and curates the photoblog Postcards from the Boot. Carla conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour winner of OUTSIDE Magazine’s “Best Trip in Western Europe,” and, for a decade, owned and operated Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco, NY.


If you are unable to participate in the live webinar, all registered attendees will automatically receive a recording of the session within two business days after the event. Refunds will not be issued.

Italian & Career in US Dept. of State Foreign Service Online Interview

Date 06.15.2021

Brian Commaroto-Roverini, a lead economist at the U.S. Department of State, interview on Italian and a Career in Foreign Service created for the Study+Italian+Work online series is now available!

Fare Cinema 2021 World Day of Italian Cinema – June 19

Date 06.14.2021

Since 2018, Fare Cinema is the week that the Farnesina dedicates every year to the ‘seventh art’ with events around the world organized by Italian Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes to introduce foreign audiences to the best of Italian cinema. Since the first edition, the focus of the festival has been the professions of cinema, that is, on all those workers who make up the complex machine of film production and who, in front of or behind the camera, contribute to the success of our cinema in Italy and abroad.

This year’s program includes the following sections:

REBOOT – ITALIAN CINEMA RETURNS and THE NEW EMBRACE OF CINEMA: FROM THE PANDEMY TO THE SET two series of original videos dedicated to the professional careers in Italian cinema and the resiliency of the Italian film industry, produced in collaboration with the Cinema Foundation for Rome

WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA an online film series  on presented in collaboration with the distribution house True Colours.

BEYOND THE SCREEN a series of documentaries that recount the story of Italian cinema behind the scenes in collaboration with Audiovisiva.

BIOPIC TV two biographical TV limited series available on in collaboration with RAICom and Movieheart.

DAVID DI DONATELLO AWARDS – BEST SHORT FILMS online screenings of the five titles selected for the 2021 edition of the award in collaboration with the Academy of Italian Cinema and ANICA.Available on the Vimeo channel of the Italiana portal.

CORTI D’AUTORE six original shorts from a MAECI project in collaboration with ANICA. Available on the Vimeo channel of the Italiana portal.

FROM BOOK TO SCREEN  three documentaries on the making of successful television series, in collaboration with the Salone del libro di Torino, the Turin Book Fair, available on the Vimeo channel of the Italiana portal and on the official channels of the Salone.

During the 2021 edition of Fare Cinema, the World Day of Italian Cinema will be celebrated on 19 June.

“My Authentic Table” Free Virtual Italian Culinary Experience – June 19

Date 06.08.2021

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West, in partnership with La Cucina Italiana, presents an exclusive Virtual Culinary Experience with Michelin awarded and leading Italian chef Antonia Klugmann on June 19 at 10:00 am PST.

Join our editor-in-chief Maddalena Fossati as she takes a seat at Antonia’s Authentic Italian Table – showcasing recipes and inspiring conversation that capture the multifaceted essence of authentic Italian cuisine. As part of the IACCW’s annual True Italian Taste events (funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and led by Assocamerestero), you’re invited to explore and connect with Italy’s culinary heritage through the lens of its most iconic leading chefs.

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Cineday for kids! Free Italian animated film streaming – June 13-15

Date 06.12.2021

Free Italian animation movies for kids (and adults) available online during this summer for the first 300 subscribers (in Italian with English subtitles).
June 13 @ 5:00 pm PST (link active for 72 hours)
Momo alla conqiusta del tempo (Momo – The Conquest of Time)
Directed by Enzo D’Alò

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“Poetry in Italian Film” Free Virtual Workshop – June 13

Date 06.08.2021

From the enchantment of love to the thirst for infinity, join Valerio Viale in this fascinating one-hour FREE virtual workshop in which he explores the subject of poetry using the visual impact of cinema through discussion on the similarities and differences between Il Postino (1994) and Leopardi (2014). In these two Italian movies the poets and their characters come alive and give us the key to understand and appreciate their words and works. With the aid of a few movie clips, the workshop delves into Pablo Neruda’s passionate love poetry and Giacomo Leopardi’s introspective, philosophical poetics.

Sunday, June 13 @ 10:00 am PST

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