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Buona Festa della Repubblica 2021!

Date 06.02.2021

Today celebrates Italy’s 75th Republic Day, or Festa della Repubblica. On June 2 in 1946, Italians voted in a referendum that formed Italy into a republic.
Ceremonies begin with the laying of a laurel wreath atop the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in the Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland). Also known as the Vittoriano, this massive white marble monument stands at the symbolic center of ancient Rome as a representative of Italian unity and identity.
To express national pride, a giant Italian flag is mounted on the Roman Colosseum, the world’s largest surviving ancient amphitheater.
Buona Festa della Repubblica, Italia!

“The Importance of the Italian AP” Interview now available

Date 05.25.2021

Study+Italian+Work virtual series presented by the Italian Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco and Fondazione Italia in collaboration with The Italian Language Foundation and AATI is now available!

Maneskin from Italy wins Eurovision 2021

Date 05.24.2021

Italy Wins the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest! The Eurovision Song Contest, the first major global cultural event to be held in person since the coronavirus pandemic hit last year, ended in a triumph for Italy’s Maneskin, who won with a hard-rocking song called “Zitti E Buoni.”

“Italian Migrants and the Land Free” Virtual Event – May 22

Date 05.17.2021

Caffe Culturale will host historian Vincenza Scarpaci who will present on “Italian Migrants and the Land.” Thousands of Italians migrated to the US, most of them from rural villages. They came for work and settled wherever they found employment, usually not in agricultural jobs. How did they translate their rural lifestyles to urban/industrial America? What strategies enabled them to retain their relationship to the land? Some became grocers, and greengrocers. A minority, who settled in some “unlikely places“ became farmers, truck farmers, tenant farmers or migrant farm workers. These few produced fresh vegetables, introducing new kinds to the public. This virtual webinar is FREE.

Saturday, May 22 @ 11am PST

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EduItalia Scholarships 2021For HS Students Taking AP Italian Test

Date 05.12.2021

The Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. and Eduitalia, an association of 111 qualified schools, colleges and universities that offer courses for foreign students in Italy, have partnered to offer 22 scholarships aimed to promote Italian language and culture in the U.S.

The grants will cover accommodation in Italy for up to 5 weeks at one of Eduitalia associated schools, enrollment, Italian classes, didactic material, and extracurricular activities.

The scholarships will allow winners to live an unforgettable study experience in Italy. All students who will take the AP Italian Language and Culture exam are eligible. Winners will be chosen by the Education Offices of the Consular network from the most deserving students.

Deadline is May 21, 2021


Artemisia Gentileschi, The Woman, The Artist – May 13

Date 05.05.2021

In anticipation of International Museum Day (May 18), The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles presents “The Spirit of Caesar in the Soul of a Woman: Artemisia Gentileschi, the Woman, the Artist.” Join Davide Gasparotto, Senior Curator of Paintings at the Getty Museum, in this virtual webinar, to discover the life and career (1593-post 1654) of the most famous woman painter of the Seventeenth Century Italy.

Thursday, May 13 @ 6:00 pm PST

Registration Required

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles has recently acquired a rediscovered painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, “Lucretia,” that will be on view when the Getty Museum reopens to the public in late May.

Watch this short video in which the Getty Senior Curator of Paintings Davide Gasparotto announces the acquisition of “Lucretia.”

Tips for Taking the Italian AP Language & Culture Exam

Date 04.28.2021

AP® Italian teacher and College Board AP® presenter, Maria G Borsa, shares her top tips for taking the AP® Italian Language & Culture Exam!

This video is part of a series presented by the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco and Fondazione Italia in collaboration with the Italian Language Foundation and AATI – American Association Teachers of Italian.

Food&Culture: An Italian Perspective-May 1

Date 03.26.2021

Food & Culture: An Italian Perspective presented by the Chapman University Italian Studies Department will now be coming to you virtually from the Musco Center For the Arts.  Mark your calendar for this event that will feature Dario Cecchini- famed butcher seen on the Netflix series ‘Chef’s Table’, Sir Bruno Serato- a celebrity chef and CNN Hero praised for feeding pasta to thousands of hungry kids each year though his non-profit Caterina’s Club and many more. The event is free but you should register.

Saturday, May 1st at 11:00am (PST)

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The IIC Los Angeles & Fondazione Italia organize kids course, “A Journey to Discover Italy”

Date 04.13.2021

Join Geronimo Stilton and his team in a new adventure throughout the “Thousand Wonders” (Le Mille Meraviglie) of the regions of Italy! This NEW course presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles is based on a special edition of Geronimo Stilton, “Viaggio alla Scoperta Dell’Italia,” that was created for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the aim of bringing kids closer to the many artistic and cultural beauties of Italy, even the lesser-known ones! In our highly engaging multi-level course, kids 7+ will be involved in a treasure hunt that takes them on a journey to discover the land and culture of Italy. The classes will be taught in Italian (English when necessary). Click here for schedule and registration information. A copy of the book will be donated to each student by the Italian Cultural Institute!


Free Online Screening of Italian Animated film, “Trash” for Earth Day – Apr. 22

Date 04.13.2021

On Earth Day the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles presents an online screening of the animated feature, “TRASH” (2020) directed by Luca Della Grotta and Francesco Dafano. Special pre-recorded video introduction by the directors Della Grotta and Dafano. In English.

Boxes, bottles, cans. Garbage. Abandoned everywhere. Ignored by everyone. Inert. Until nightfall… Slim is an old cardboard box. Resigned to his fate, he doesn’t believe in the legend of the Magic Pyramid: a magical place where it’s possible for all garbage to be Carriers again, useful to themselves and others. His life changes when a small box, Spark, interrupts his routine. Spark involves Slim and his pal Bubbles in an adventure which will take him to the place where he belongs, a toy store. But someone is looking for Spark. The disused Kudo, lord of the landfill. Kudo’s gang pursues the group until they capture him. After an epic battle Slim saves Spark and they are able to find the Magic Pyramid. At its feet their destiny is fulfilled, they are given a second chance: another life.

Click here to REGISTER and get the link to access the movie

Available from 6 PM PDT on April 22 until 11:59 PM PDT on April 24, 2021.