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RE(F)USE ME! From Reclaimed Objects to Artistic Treasure

Held in 4 different parks 4 workshops, each with its own theme, are hosted by “The Blue Bus Project” (TBBP), a school bus that functions as a mobile art gallery and incubator that provides a safe space for artists and communities to merge. Art is used as a tool to connect, interact, explore and stimulate discussion leading to action and social change. NYC- based mixed media Italian artist, Annalisa Iadicicco is the founder (and driver)

Enigmatic Visions: Beauty in the Details

Coming to Agora Gallery the exhibition featuring the artist Antonio Biagiotti. (Opening July 28, 2017 and runs through August 17, 2017), Entrance is free.

Opening Silvia's House in the Leopardi Mansion

On occasion of Italian writer Giacomo Leopardi's birthday (June 29, 1789), the writer's descendants announced the opening of the Leopardi mansion's old stables in Recanati, Marche. This is where Teresa Fattorini "Silvia," from Leopardi's poem "A Silvia" lived. Following last year’s earthquakes in Central Italy, “Silvia’s House” in Recanati has now opened to the public for the first time.

Palermo: A True Melting Pot

Palermo. Which places should I visit first? A small tour to the 'Italian Capital of Culture 2018". The city’s long history, with the remnants of diverse cultures still present in its rich culture, is a testament to its strength and appeal as it has been conquered, visited, and appreciated for centuries.

George Washington Like We’ve Never Seen Him Before

A statue of George Washington created by one of the greatest Italian neoclassical sculptors of all time, Antonio Canova, will be displayed at the Frick Collection starting on May 22nd, 2018 and it provides an entirely new outlook on America’s founding father.

When Art is Life: Magazzino Opens in Cold Spring

“Magazzino Italian Art”–the first space in the United States dedicated exclusively to Italian art from the second half of the 20th century–officially opened to the public last Wednesday, June 28th. An immersion in the green landscape of Cold Spring in New York’s Hudson Valley at Giorgio Spanu and Nancy Olnick’s enchanting warehouse, which opened its doors with the show “Margherita Stein: Rebel With a Cause,” honoring Margherita Stein, one of the pioneers of Italian Arte Povera.

Opera Italiana in Central Park

The 1st ANNUAL CONCERT CELEBRATION “Opera Italiana” Most Loved Music by Rossini, Verdi, Puccini” With Central Park Symphony Orchestra & Acclaimed Opera Stars: Michelle Bradley, Soprano, Renée Tatum, Mezzosoprano, Noah Stewart, Tenor, David Perhsall, Baritone. Music Director: Alvise Casellati

A New Biography—“Toscanini: Musician of Conscience”

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the maestro’s birth, music historian, Harvey Sachs, published “Toscanini: Musician of Conscience," his second biography on one of the greatest conductors of all time.

‘Pompeii like scene’ Found in Rome Metro Dig

Excavations for Rome’s new subway lead to the discovery of two 3rd century edifices near the Aurelian Walls, with archaeologists hailing the find as a “mini Pompeii” in reference to its well-preserved nature.

Fashion in Matera, the European Culture Capital of 2019

In the ninth edition of Città dei Sassi Fashion Awards, an international competition for high fashion stylists, Sardinian designer Mara Piras came out on top in Matera.

When Rome Was Italy’s Film and Fashion Capital

From Florence on down, craftsmanship reigns. Up north is the reign of finance, industry, and media, with Milan at the helm. And at the center presides Rome, like a classy patrician, the ancient capital of Italian couture. Leading us on this first installment of a multipart trip to the heart of Made in Italy is a doyen of the fashion world.

Open Roads 2017: the Present of Italian Cinema

The festival Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2017 returns to Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre for its 17th edition. With a rich variety of this year’s Italian films, the festival offers a chance for the American public to experience the latest aesthetic trends of contemporary Italian cinema. We, here at i-Italy, had the chance to interview a few directors who presented some of the most original and controversial films.

Sofia Coppola Wins Best Director at Cannes Film Festival

On the 70th anniversary of the cinema's most prestigious festival, Sofia Coppola made history as the second female filmmaker to win the best director prize for her film "The Beguiled."

The History and Politics of the last 70 Years of Italian Migration to the U.S.

Italian immigration from 1945 to the present is an American phenomenon too little explored in our historical studies. Until now. In this new collection, Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra edit essays by an elite roster of scholars in Italian American studies.

The Job of Promoting Contemporary Italy

A large part of my job entails presenting contemporary Italy to Americans already familiar with our prestigious past, explaining that our country isn’t just its glorious Renaissance. Contemporary Italian culture is an integral part of our country that we want to promote “as a system.”. Interview with Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, Valeria Rumori.

Coordinating the Italian Presence as a System

"We promote Italian art, cinema, food and wine and other made in Italy products, while also showing tourism opportunities and teaching the audience about our achievements in science, manufacturing, and research. This is what we call a 'country-system approach.'. Interview with Consul General of Los Angeles, Antonio Verde.

Promoting Italy by Thinking Out of the Box

The closest historical equivalent to San Francisco may be Renaissance Florence, where a series of structural, economic and cultural conditions aligned to produce a once-in-lifetime situation. The Consulate General oversees a vast area, from Hawaii to Alaska, Seattle to San Jose. At its hearth lies San Francisco, the “Golden City,” and of course the Silicon Valley. Our conversation with Consul General Ortona cannot fail to start from this point.

The Italian Communities of America’s College Capital

Boston: a vibrant Italian-American community, hundreds of Italian students, professors and professionals, and a vast number of American Italophiles. Interview with Consul General of Boston, Nicola De Santis.

Italian Culture in NYC

Interview with the the head of the Italian Cultural Institute, Giorgio Van Straten. A wave of movies, art, music, and lectures as well as the biggest event of the season—European Art at the Time of the Treaties of Rome. The exhibit aims to show that the road to European integration wasn’t paved by politicians alone, but also by men of culture.

Networking Italophiles in the Tri-State Area

In the Tri-State Area there is a large population of Italophiles—people with a stated interest in all things Italian. One of the missions of the Consulate General is to turn this wide and diverse population of Italophiles into a well-connected community.