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Milena Vukotic: Fellini Changed My Life

Interview with Milena Vukotic: the actress, one of the most beloved stars of Italian cinema, theatre, and television, discusses Fellini and Woody Allen. Regarding MeToo, she says “it’s good that we are talking about this today and that certain facts have emerged. Yet, I don’t think it will cause the power dynamics between producers, directors, and actresses to change much. And there is also still much work to be done regarding the issue of equal pay, which in the United States is a hot source of debate amongst male and female colleagues.”

Jazz Italiano: Neapolitan Folk Jazz kicks off JCTC’s Voices: International Theater Festival

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) kicks off New Jersey’s first annual, international theater festival with Jazz Italiano, an intimate, black-box theater concert by IDR_Italian Doc Remix, the internationally acclaimed ensemble known for its vibrant combination of cutting-edge jazz improvisations and traditional Neapolitan folk music. Jazz Italiano takes place Thursday, August 22nd at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, N.J. 07302.
Roberto Scarcella Perino's Furiosus

Roberto Scarcella Perino's Furiosus in Florence

A performance of Roberto Scarcella Perino’s Furiosus, a two-act opera based on Ludovico Ariosto’s chivalric epic Orlando Furioso

Mogol: A Classical Music Project With Berklee College

Mogol, the poet of Italian music, has worked with great singers such as Battisti, Mina, Riccardo Cocciante, Adriano Celentano, Mango, Gianni Morandi and many others. His literary works embrace the notes, creating musical milestones that have topped the charts 121 times throughout his career.

Andrea Camilleri’s “ indecipherable Note”

He leaves us today, at age 93, the great master of contemporary Italian literature. We will miss everything about him. But, even without him, the search for the places and smells of Montalbano’s Sicily continues. A Sicily that many of us will never find because, like Vigata, it doesn’t exist geographically. What does exist is a place made up of colors and flavors, of unforgettable dishes, of dishonest people but also many good ones, who love justice and fight for it despite everything.

'Piranhas,' a Film About Coming of Age Amidst The Camorra

Claudio Giovannesi discusses his new film 'Piranhas', based on the novel by Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano, which will be on view in select American theaters starting August 2nd.

Mount Vesuvius Told Through Digital Art

A new exhibition of works by multimedia artist Gennaro Regina at Ercolano’s MAV museum tells the story of the volcano’s historic eruption in 79 CE in a new and engaging way.

Aspromonte, The Land of The Forgotten

Director Mimmo Calopresti discusses his latest film about a small Calabrian village’s redemption.

“M” by Antonio Scurati Takes the 2019 Strega Prize

Antonio Scurati wins the 73rd edition of the Strega Prize 2019, Italy’s most prestigious literary award. With his 800-page novel, “M. il figlio del secolo” (Bompiani editions), the Neapolitan author obtained 228 votes during the final evening of the Villa Giulia Ninfeo, in Rome, detaching the other four writers. Presiding the board was Helena Janeczek, who won last year with “La ragazza con le Leica.” 556 out of 660 eligible voters participated.

Celebrating Verdi and Italian Opera in Parma, Busseto, and Beyond

The 19th edition of Festival Verdi, dedicated to the Maestro, one of the leading figures of Italian Opera known and loved across the globe, will take place in the towns of Parma and Busseto from September 26 to October 20. We asked Anna Maria Meo, the Director of Parma’s Teatro Regio a few questions about the Festival, the Theatre, their rich and varied programming, and about the music of Verdi today. We also spoke with Francesca Campagna, Executive Director of the New York-based International Friends of Festival Verdi, to learn more about this initiative to promote the Festival here in the US.

Gargano: An Intriguing Spot in Apulia

A journey through the “spur of Italy’s boot,” tracing the path of transhumance in discovery of ancient and evocative sites. The journey begins in Abruzzo and passes through Molise before reaching the rolling hills of Tavoliere delle Puglie, where you will find the Gargano Promontory overlooking the sea. A place of wonderful little villages, ancient cathedrals and deep spirituality, today Gargano is a flourishing tourist destination – a seaside resort with an artistic and gastronomic itinerary of exceptional interest.

Nazi-Looted Painting Will Return to Florence

Germany agrees to return a painting by Dutch artist Jan van Huysum, which had been stolen from a Palazzo Pitti gallery by retreating nazi troops during World War II.

Experience Italian Opera in Central Park

‘Opera Italiana is in the Air’ returns to Central Park Monday, July 1st at 7pm. A free outdoor concert which will feature works from the famous Italian composers, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini and Gioachino Rossini.

Matera’s “Pending Passport” Initiative Makes Culture Accessible

Started by the Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation, This year’s European Capital of Culture launches a cultural crowdfunding initiative for Italians and tourists alike to enjoy.

30 Years of Men’s Fashion Through Pitti Uomo

During the 2019 Summer Pitti Uomo, Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery launches "A Short Novel on Men's Fashion," an exhibition exploring 30 years of menswear which will run through September 29th at the Museum of Costume and Fashion inside Florence’s Pitti Palace.

Contemporary Art Enters The ‘Home of the Italians’

On June 2nd, Italian National Day, the Palazzo del Quirinale or ‘Home of the Italians’ looks to refurbish by incorporating contemporary Italian art within its walls.

A Tribute: Recalling an Afternoon with Franco Zeffirelli

As news of Franco Zeffirelli’s death reached I-Italy, we looked back at our past issues and found a photo taken by Zeffirelli’s adopted son, Giuseppe, of New Yorker Steve Acunto and his daughter, Claudia during a visit to the Maestro’s home in Rome in 2013. We invited Mr Acunto to remember the Maestro, recalling that Spring afternoon.

Fare Cinema 2019 Italian Film Festival in Los Angeles

Organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles the initiative Fare Cinema comes to LA June 13th, 2019. With its purpose of spreading Italian Cinema, the event, which takes place annually, focuses on the various professions of the film industry.

Pitti Uomo: Italian Fashion and Sustainability

The 96th edition of Pitti Uomo embraces wholeheartedly the importance of sustainability. Pitti Uomo embodies the strong push of Italian fashion outlets in making this notion a fundamental lifestyle and message of wellbeing.

New Italian Films Reveling a Complex Reality

Open Roads New Italian Film Festival returns to New York’s Film at Lincoln Center for its 19th edition with a selection of carefully curated recent Italian films offering a glimpse into the world of Italian cinema and some insights into contemporary Italian society.