News & Events

Fare Cinema 2020 – Italian Cinema Online June 15-21

Date 06.17.2020

The Italian Cultural of Los Angeles in collaboration with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is pleased to invite you to the third edition of Fare Cinema, a special event dedicated to Italian film industry professionals, highlighting their talent around the world, goes virtual from June 15 to June 21, 2020 and will be available for free on RaiPlay and on our YouTube channel. Exclusive video content that will be broadcast internationally includes award-winning short movies and masterclasses, as well as a special tribute to director Federico Fellini and actor Alberto Sordi, whose centennial are being celebrated around the world.

On Friday, June 19, in collaboration with the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and it’s current President Lorenzo Soria, we will also share some exclusive Fellini related content and more. Materials from the Los Angeles presentation of a the stunning 4k restoration of Fellini’s ROMA funded by the HFPA to honor the director’s Centennial plus other videos from the HFPA archives will be posted on our YouTube channel with an introduction by HFPA Board member Luca Celada.

The initiative is promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, ANICA, Agenzia ICE and Luce Cinecittà and is organized in Los Angeles by the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Andiamo a Roma! A Virtual Tour of Rome for Kids (Italian or English) – June 12

Date 06.08.2020

Join artist Maestra Ylenia on a children’s tour of Ancient Rome! Art expert Ylenia Mino and her friend Pimpa will take children on a virtual tour of Rome to visit its main attractions and learn fun facts about its history! This free 30-minute virtual seminar is for children ages 4+ and will be presented in Italian.

2:00 pm PST – English – Register
2:30 pm PST – Italian – Register

Italian Cooking Hacked! Sicilian Cannoli Made Easy – June 10

Date 06.08.2020

June 10 @ 12:00 pm PST – Join Deborah Graci in this free 1-hour cooking workshop as she walks you through how to make the undisputed prince of Sicilian desserts…cannoli! Deborah’s grandmother used to tell her that cannoli originated in Caltanissetta. The name Caltanissetta in Arabic means “women’s castle.” During the period that the Arab empire was in Sicily, the emirs possessed a harem rich in women who would devote themselves to the preparation of many dishes. One of these dishes was the cannolo. Cannolo is a fried pastry filled with sweet ricotta cheese. Deborah will share her grandmother’s recipe with you and show you tricks to make the preparation of the dessert easier without compromising taste!

Presentation is in English. Upon registration you will receive list of ingredients to purchase before the workshop. Advanced registration by June 9 is required.


Buona Festa della Repubblica! Italian National Day Address by the Ambassador of Italy to the US – June 2

Date 05.29.2020

On the occasion of the National Day of Italy, the Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Armando Varricchio, and the Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs of the Department of State, Philip T. Reeker, will be addressing the Italian and the Italian-American community.

All are invited to connect on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11:30AM EST to the official Facebook page of the Italian Embassy in Washington DC. For the occasion, you can also download the e-book “Piazze (In)visibili”, in PDF format or ePub.


In occasione della Festa della Repubblica, l’Ambasciatore d’Italia negli Stati Uniti, Armando Varricchio, e l’Assistant Secretary European and Eurasian Affairs del Dipartimento di Stato, Philip T. Reeker, rivolgeranno un messaggio alla collettività italiana ed italo-americana.

Vi aspettiamo in diretta video streaming sulla pagina Facebook dell’Ambasciata d’Italia a Washington martedì 2 giugno 2020, alle 11:30AM EST.

Per la ricorrenza, si trasmette anche l’e-book “Piazze (In)visibili”, scaricabile nel formato pdf oppure ePub .


Second Summer Session of FI Italian Classes for Kids and Adults start this month!

Date 06.01.2020

Fondazione Italia continues to offer online Italian language classes for kids and adults in June and July. Visit our locations page to see a complete list of offering for kids online and adult online classes. Kids Italian Art virtual summer camp too!

Free FI Italian Culture Virtual Workshops for June Open for Registration!

Date 06.01.2020

Fondazione Italia invites you to join us for free Italian culture workshops during the month of June. To see our full list of offerings and to register visit out Workshops page.

La Sicilia dai Greci ai Normanni – Virtual Seminar in Italian

Date 05.30.2020

venerdì 5 giugno, h. 7:00 pm (ora italiana, CET) – LA SICILIA DAI GRECI AI NORMANNI  con la Professoressa e Archeologa Elisa Bonaccini

La Professoressa Bonaccini ripercorrerà un periodo storico di grande importanza e di estrema rilevanza non solo per la Storia della Sicilia ma per la Storia di Italia se solo si pensa alla Siracusa greca la cui influenza arrivava fino alla Toscana (influenzando la cultura etrusca), il Veneto, le Marche e la Romagna (dove i siracusani fondarono la colonia di Adria e Ancona) o se si pensa ai Re Normanni (Ruggero, Guglielmo, Enrico, Tancredi, Costanza) fino ad arrivare a Federico II “Stupor Mundi”. Storia angolare della Storia di Italia spesso negletta dalla storiografia ufficiale.

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Free Stream Italian Short Documentary, “Barbiere”

Date 05.29.2020

Until May 31 the Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles in collaboration with with Enormous Films presents a special free streaming of the Italian short documentary, “Barbiere.”

In Barbiere (2008 Documentary, Short, Biography| 36′) Franco Bompieri, owner of the historic Milanese workshop Barbieria Colla and self-taught novelist, tells the story of his life. The arrival in Milan after the war and the difficult beginnings. We immediately immerse ourselves in another era, made of sensational characters who cross all social classes; in the background a nation that after the horrors of the war finds the strength to raise its head by taking the path of the economic boom. In Italian with English subtitles.

Directed by Gianluca Migliarotti, written by Luchino Visconti di Modrone, starring Franco Bompieri. Produced by Enourmous Film.


The Classical Education of the Founding Fathers Seminar – June 5

Date 05.29.2020

As proud Italians and Italian Americans, we all know the immense impact that Italy has had on forming the United States that we know and love today. But did you know that when the Founding Fathers envisioned the United States’ governmental structure, they based it on mid-Republican Rome? Join NIAF for its first Ernest Pellegri Virtual Event and discover how the Founding Fathers’ classical educations played a role in how they envisioned the United States; it is free but you must register to attend!


Help Save the Italian Program at Westchester HS!

Date 05.22.2020

Please give us your support to help save an Italian program and teacher’s job at Westchester High School in Los Angeles, CA. The dedicated teacher, Mr. Frank Lenoci, has successfully grown the program over the last five years but was recently let go and told that only Spanish would be offered at the high school next year. Can you take a moment and help us try to save this Italian program? Below is a petition to sign and the email addresses for the principal of the school and district administrators. We need your support!

Help Save the Italian Program at Westchester High School in Los Angeles!

Please sign the petition and write a letter to the school district

Jennifer Theodore-Sullivan: Community of Schools Administrator
Travis Instructional Director
Cheryl Hildreth: Local District Superintendent