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IIC Bambini San Francisco presents Italian Puppet Shows for Kids! Next Episode Nov. 6

Date 11.03.2021

Italian Puppet Show for Kids! IL CONTAFAVOLE (Teller of Tales), is a fun and engaging series of online episodes from the beloved Italian children’s theater company, Teatro Verde. This series was created exclusively for IIC Bambini as a co-production of Istituto Italiano Cultura SF and Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Chicago .
Follow the adventures of Diego the storyteller and a menagerie of hilarious animal puppets as they play, sing and discover together. Ideal for kids who speak Italian and “favoloso” for Italian language learners, too! This series of eight episodes is performed in Italian.
Teatro Verde is a children’s theater company that has been a cornerstone in the lives of Roman children, teenagers, schools and families since its founding in 1986. Their shows engage audiences with a variety of theatrical techniques including acting, puppetry, clowning, juggling, shadow play, projections, and more. Often addressing social issues, they are rich in color, music, and emotion.
These are FREE events.
Sep 25 | Episode 1
Oct 2 | Episode 2
Oct 9 | Episode 3
Oct 16 | Episode 4
Oct 23 | Episode 5
Oct 30 | Episode 6

Nov 6 | Episode 7  REGISTER

Nov 13 | Episode 8

Study+Italian+Work: “Italian & Engineering in the Classroom”

Date 10.25.2021

Dr. Marialuisa Di Stefano from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is interviewed for the series “Study+Italian+Work” on her development of curriculum opportunities around engineering in the K-12 Italian language classroom. Dr. Di Stefano is an Assistant Professor of Language, Literacy, & Culture Concentration and the Bilingual and Dual Language Education Coordinator at UMass-Amherst. She is joined in the interview by two of her students, Valentina Cella and Kenneth Scriboni.

Italian Television Festival – Oct. 30

Date 10.25.2021

The three day event kicks off with a free public screening of family-oriented Italian television animated series and short films in Little Italy, San Pedro. Free and open to the public. First come first sit!
Saturday, October 30 from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
5.00 – 5.30 PM ITTV presentation and award
Joe Buscaino – Councilman and Los Angeles mayoral candidate
Silvia Chiave – Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles
6.00 – 8.30 PM “Young TV” opening night
Dedicated to family-oriented animated short, movies and television series
– ‘Mila’ a CG Animated Short Film about a little girl who survived bombings during WWII in Trento, Italy during 1943, by Cinzia Angelini
– ‘Puffins’ 3 episodes, featuring the voice of Johnny Depp and ‘Arctic Friends’ 2 episodes by ILBE Group film production
– ‘Pinocchio and Friends’ International and US Premiere by Rainbow Group, founded by Iginio Straffi, and Rai Ragazzi
– Best of ’44 Cats’ and ‘Winx’ by Rainbow Group

NEW Italian Language Courses Start Soon! Find Out More

Date 10.19.2021

Check out Fondazione Italia’s NEW Courses!  In addition to continuing traditional Italian language group courses during our second fall session that begins in a couple of weeks, we are also offering the following NEW classes:
📌Italian Holidays: Conversations on Traditions, Food and Superstitions
📌Italian Idiomatic Expressions
📌Italian Phonetics and Accent Reduction

Italian Spotlight Film at Newport Film Festival – Oct. 26

Date 10.18.2021

On Tuesday, October 26th, 2021, the 22nd annual Newport Beach Film Festival will present its Italian Spotlight, an evening celebration of Italian cinema and culture. The event will screen the US Premiere of the Italian feature film When Mom is Away…With the Family (‘10 GIORNI CON BABBO NATALE’), followed by a festive post-screening celebration.

Since Guilia has started working again, Carlo is starting to find the role of “Mr. Mom” a bit tight fitting. Just when he decides to get back into the job market, Guilia reveals she is up for a position that would lead to a move to Sweden and requires her to take an interview on December 24th in Stockholm. Things do not go as planned and everything seems to threaten family unity. When Mom is Away…With the Family (‘10 GIORNI CON BABBO NATALE’) is directed by Alessandro Genovesi and stars Fabio de Luigi, Valentina Lodovini, and Diego Abatantuono.  

“The Festival continues a proud tradition of presenting the very best in Italian Cinema,” stated Gregg Schwenk, CEO of the Newport Beach Film Festival.

The Spotlight film, When Mom is Away…With the Family (‘10 GIORNI CON BABBO NATALE’) will screen on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. at The Triangle Starlight Cinemas (1870 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627). The post-screening celebration will take place at 10:00 p.m. at Time Nightclub (1875 Newport Blvd B245 Costa Mesa, CA 92627), and will include select tastings from top Orange County restaurants, traditional entertainment as well as multiple DJs and a hosted bar by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Peroni Beer.

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The Newport Beach Film Festival Italian Spotlight is in collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Los Angeles and supported by the Consulate General of Italy – Los Angeles, Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West, Catalino Law, and DelGrosso Foods.

Italian Film Workshop on Dino Risi’s “Il Sorpasso” (The Easy Life) – Oct. 24

Date 09.21.2021

Join Valerio Viale for a one-hour free workshop as he illustrates for you the double-edged Italian economic miracle represented in Italian director, Dino Risi’s, masterpiece, Il Sorpasso (1962), a bittersweet road movie set between Rome and Tuscany.

Valerio will present meaningful clips from this Italian film classic that will take participants for a ride through the lights and shadows, the gains and losses of the early 1960s in Italy; a period in which remarkable technological and industrial innovations were looming over and transforming Italy’s centuries-old values and traditions.

This free one-hour seminar will be presented in English. Advanced registration is required. Please note: space is limited so if more than one family member is using the same computer to participate you only need to register for one person. 

Sunday, October 24 @ 10:00 am PST

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Week of the Italian Language in the World – Oct. 18-23

Date 10.01.2021

The XXI Week of the Italian language in the world will take place from October 18 to 23 2021. The theme for this year is “Dante, the Italian.”

What is the Week of the Italian Language in the World?
The Week of the Italian Language in the World is an event promoted by the cultural and diplomatic network every year in the third week of October around a theme that acts as a leitmotif for the organization of a vast cultural program focused on the dissemination of the Italian language. The initiative was born in 2001 from an agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Accademia della Crusca which was later joined by the Swiss Confederation, a country where Italian is one of the official languages.

La XXI Settimana della lingua italiana nel mondo si svolgerà dal 18 al 23 ottobre 2021 e avrà come titolo “Dante, l‘italiano” una tematica che potrà essere declinata sia in chiave storico-linguistica, sia ponendo l’accento su forme espressive come il fumetto, la novella grafica e l’editoria per ragazzi.

Cos’è la Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo?
La Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo è una manifestazione promossa dalla rete culturale e diplomatica ogni anno nella terza settimana di ottobre intorno ad un tema che funge da filo conduttore per l’organizzazione di un vasto programma culturale focalizzato intorno alla diffusione della lingua italiana. L’iniziativa nasce nel 2001 da un’intesa tra il Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale e l’Accademia della Crusca cui si affiancò in seguito la Confederazione Svizzera, Paese in cui l’italiano è una delle lingue ufficiali.

Check the cultural events calendar of your local Italian Consulate, Italian Cultural Institute, Italian Associations, Societies and Clubs for many events happening during the month of October in celebration of the Italian language!

Passeggiando tra ville e giardini… di Lombardia e Veneto – Oct. 29

Date 10.10.2021

New Series about Botanical Gardens, Villas, and Alpine Lakes presented by the Italian Society of Philadelphia will take you on a free virtual journey with Paola Bottigelli through some of the most beautiful villas and gardens in the Lombardy region of the Veneto. Your tour starts from the eighteenth-century Villa Della Porta Bozzolo in the province of Varese with its splendid Italian garden, then you will admire one of the most beautiful Italian gardens, the Sigurtà Garden Park. Tour ends at Villa Pisani, also called the “Queen of Venetian Villas,” the most beautiful Palladian villa. Presentation is in Italian.

October 29 at 2:00 pm EST 


Free Caffè Culturale Workshop: “Italian Food: an object of desire” – Oct. 9

Date 10.05.2021

Join Caffè Culturale this Saturday, October 9 at 11:00 am PST for free virtual workshop on Italian Food: An object of desire, a discussion with food enthusiast Cinzia Di Vasta on food preferences, change in recipes and the many routes that made Italian food what it is today.

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Free and open to the public.

Celebrate Italian Heritage Month in Little Italy, San Pedro at Festa Italiana – Oct. 2

Date 09.30.2021

Celebrate Italian Heritage Month in Little Italy – San Pedro at Festa Italiana. What better way to celebrate all things Italian than at an Italian Street Fair! There will be food vendors, beer & wine gardens, Italian cars, live entertainment and much more.  Located on 6th Street between Centre St. and Palos Verdes St. in San Pedro.

Sunday, October 2 | 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm