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Italy Begins Year of Dante

Date 01.19.2021

2021 marks 700th anniversary of Dante’s birth! Check out local Italian Cultural Institute for events in celebration of Dante taking place throughout the year. @AccademiaCrusca will tweet out a word by Dante every day!  @iiclosangeles

Il Piccolo Violino Magico – International Violin Competition in Italy for Young Violinists

Date 01.15.2021

Il Piccolo Violino Magico is an international Violin Competition for young violinists up to 14 years old that will be held in July in Italy.
Deadline to apply is April 15, 2021

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Online Screening: “I Only Wanted to Live” for International Holocaust Memorial Day – Jan. 27

Date 01.13.2021

This documentary chronicles the Holocaust as experienced in Italy, from the racial laws Mussolini enacted in 1938 through the German invasion in 1943 and the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945. The experiences are made personal through the use of testimony from the archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. Nine Italian citizens, all survivors of Auschwitz, share their stories; their testimonies are woven among personal and historical photographs and additional archival footage.

Accompanied by an exclusive video introduction by the Director Mimmo Calopresti and remarks by the Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles, Silvia Chiave.

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Time: At 6:00 pm PST
Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute and Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles
In collaboration with : he Holocaust Museum LA, the Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles, the USC Shoah Foundation., AJC Los Angeles and ADL Los Angeles
Entrance : Free

Organized by the Cultural Institute in Los Angeles and the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles with the Holocaust Museum LA, the Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles, the USC Shoah Foundation., AJC Los Angeles and ADL Los Angeles

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La Befana Comes Tonight! – Jan. 5

Date 01.05.2021

On January 5th throughout Italy, excited children prepare for a late-night visit from La Befana by hanging up socks to be filled with small delights. Befana, a grandmotherly woman who resembles a kindly witch, brings gifts to good little children, depositing them in stockings hung above the hearth, then tidying up a bit before taking her leave.

Befana arrives after children have gone to bed on the eve of the Festa dell’Epifania (Feast of Epiphany), which is a celebration of the visit of the Three Kings or Magi to the newborn Christ child in Bethlehem. It’s thought that her name derives from the word “Epifania.” Another theory posits that an important figure from Italian folklore is a Christian version of an earlier Roman goddess, Sabine (also known as “Strenia” and “Bastrina”).

While the ancient goddess connection is probably accurate, Befana has been transformed through the ages from her likely ancient Roman origins. The medieval figure conceived of in 13th century Rome is very similar to the grandmotherly Befana children adore today.

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Fondazione Italia’s Winter 2021 Classs for Kids & Adults Open for Registration!

Date 12.17.2020

Check out our toddler, kids, teen and adult language class offerings for 2021! Courses start the second week of January. Registration opens January 1, 2021.

Kids Course Schedule – The AP prep course is back!

Adult Course Schedule – We are offering a host of NEW classes from phonetics to art to comic books!


Felice Anno Nuovo!

Date 12.30.2020

“Fellini of the Spirits” – U.S. premiere Streams Free – Dec 28-30

Date 12.26.2020

On the occasion the 100th anniversary of Federico Fellini, the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles in collaboration with the San Diego Italian Film Festival present the U.S. premiere of Fellini of the Spirits (Fellini degli spiriti | Italy 2020, 100′), directed by Anselma Dell’Olio with an exclusive introduction by the director Anselma dell’Olio and remarks by Luca Celada, Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Fellini of the Spirits is a documentary film that tells for the first time the “unseen,” spiritual and supernatural world of Federico Fellini through extraordinary materials from the Rai Teche and Istituto Luce archives, images from his movies and exclusive interviews. A lot of voices will tell about the magic world of Fellini, from the tarot reader that Fellini always consulted to Terry Gilliam (Oscar winner for Brazil), from Giuditta Miscioscia, Gustavo Rol’s friend, to the director Damien Chazelle (Oscar winner for La La Land), from Fellini’s collaborators and dearest friends to Oscar winners’ directors such as William Friedkin (Oscar winner for The Exorcist). Fellini of the Spirits is an unprecedented, intimate and spiritual portrait of the great director. Produced by Mad Entertainment with Rai Cinema in coproduction with Walking the Dog, Arte and Rai Com (in English, with some parts in French and Italian with English subtitles)

December 28 – 30, 2020

Online Streaming

Free ticket – registration required

Film available from 6 pm PST on Dec 28 until 11:59 pm PST on Dec 30

Buone Feste / Happy Holidays!

Date 12.18.2020

Italy on Screen-Today Movie and TV Virtual Festival – Dec. 23-29

Date 12.22.2020

Enjoy a week of contemporary Italian films and TV shows by attending the Italy on Screen Virtual Fest from December 23 – 29.

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Italian Government K-12 Italian Language Grant 2021-22 Application Now Available!

Date 12.21.2020

Italian government funded Italian language grants are available through Fondazione Italia to K-12 schools throughout Southern California. Italian language grants are offered in an effort to promote and support the teaching of the Italian language and culture in schools outside of Italy. Public and private not-for-profit K-12 schools throughout Southern California, New Mexico, Nevada or Arizona offering or intending to offer Italian during the school day, or as an elective course in the 2021-2022 school year are invited to apply.

Please note that a grant cannot be awarded for fee-based after-school programs. Grant funds may be applied towards the Italian teacher or teaching assistant pay, or to purchase Italian books/didactic materials needed for the program.

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Deadline is February 1, 2021