Spirit of Italia

Students will be immersed in stories of Italian immigrants arriving in Australia, and the challenges that they face upon entering a new country. The presenter leads discussions of Italian culture, language, food and a folk dance workshop.

La Gioia Delle Donne

The Joys of Women Choir sings a vibrant blend of traditional and contemporary Italian folk songs with a passion and enthusiasm that is infectious. A vibrant Group of women, La Gioie Delle Donne present traditional folk songs sung from their hearts with passion and enthusiasm. The aim of this remarkable showcase of mothers, wives and sisters is to retain and promote the Italian heritage, culture, arts and traditions through music and song.

Bella Italia

Explore the unique and vibrant culture of Naples in Italy! Napoli native Mira takes students through her childhood to learn about this ancient city. Students will sing along to Neapolitan folk songs and practice traditional folk dances. The Italian language level can be adjusted to the ability of the students.

Music of Southern Italy

In this interactive workshop, students will discover the rhythms and sounds of the traditional music styles of southern Italy. The castanettes, the diatonic accordion, the tamburello, the putipu and the ciaramella are some of the instruments that bring energy and melody to this program! Then, with the infectious live music backing them, students will practice the lively folk dance the Tarantella.

Tarantella Duo

Join Italian teacher and folk dancer Carmella and Calabrian folk singer Amadeo for a lively session of Italian ballads and Tarantella dancing. Carmella will also show a display of artefacts and trinkets collected from her travels around Italy. Both wear beautiful Southern Italian folk costumes and are native Italian speakers, so language can be incorporated to suit students levels.

Ciao! Migrating to Australia

Emilio Ricciuti brings alive the true story of Pasquale as he comes to Australia for the first time in 1950. This unique story is based on Emilio’s father and is told through dance and theater, revealing historical and cultural insights to one of Australia’s most significant migrant communities. The presentation ends with a celebratory traditional dance of southern Italy – the Tarantella!

Commedia Dell’Arte – The Greatest Pie in the world

‘The Greatest Pie In The World’ has been crafted by proud baker Pantalone for his love interest Columbina. This comedy follows clumsy servant Arlecchino as he attempts to deliver the pie under the attentive eye of Scaramouche the thief! This program features music, dance, slapstick and iconic Commedia dell’ Arte characters.

Commedia Dell’Arte – Il Capitano

Returning from war a hero, Il Capitano is offered the hand of wealthy Pantalone’s daughter. Yet is Il Capitano the man that Pantalone believes him to be? And what about the love-struck servant who alsoloves the beautiful Columbina? Students will be introduced to the traditional masks and characters of this historical Italian theatre form in this clever comedy.