A TASTE OF ITALY AND A CELEBRATION OF ITALIAN CULTURE WAS OFFERED BY AMBASSADOR ZAZO ON 08 NOVEMBER 2015 IN CANBERRA.
Festa Italiana was held outdoors – al fresco style – with picnics, parties and revelry.
From 11am to 4pm in the grounds of the Italian Embassy at 78 National Circuit, Deakin in Canberra families, colleagues and friends gathered under the orchard trees. They partied and celebrated their cultural heritage. Many sat within reach of the Embassy’s rose garden to enjoy the scented perfume from the roses in full bloom.
Festa Italiana offered a range of food stalls. The gelato stalls were busy with queues of customers in the hot Spring sunshine. The motor display tempted driving enthusiasts to look under the hood and venture into the cabin. The most popular car seemed to be the light green Fiat Bambini followed closely by the red Ferrari.
The poster boards near the garden entrance proclaimed Italy’s geographic beauty, its splendid art and architecture, and the natural style and grace of the Italian people. The countries long history with music in folk, popular, classical and operatic forms was pronounced. Centuries-old romantic traditions have imbued Italian music with a passionate intensity. The music ranges from operatic pieces by Luciano Pavarotti to more popular hit tunes by Andrea Bocelli and Placido Domingo.
As a reminder of those wonderful melodic qualities, the music of Italy was heard throughout the day. Live entertainment including singers and accordionists kept every visitor happy. The Italian choir based in Canberra sang a range of popular and folk songs.
The songs included ‘O Sole Mio’, ‘Belle Violetta’, ‘Carnival of Venice’, ‘Santa Lucia’ and the altogether more light-hearted ‘Dance of Tuscany’ and ‘Funiculi Funicula’. It was an unforgettable theatrical event with singers in white garments with green and red scarves gathered under the marquee for shade.
Information on Italian language lessons conducted by Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra (see http://danteact.org.au/language/) was provided by Professor Franco Papandrea.
The Dante Alighieri Society offers a range of Italian language lessons: formal courses, informal conversation courses and private language tuition. Professor Papandrea is Committee Chairman of the Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra.
As always, the hospitality and generosity of the Italian Embassy was fulsome and sincere.
Thank you to Ambassador Zazo for another enjoyable day at the Italian Embassy.
Uploaded 21 November 2015.
Text and photographs copyright Fiona Rothchilds 2015.