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  • Do you know about the Dance of the Giglio in Harlem? If not, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Head to East Harlem on Sunday, August 13 to watch as men and women hoist a 75-foot tower, weighing several tons, into the air and carry it on their backs! This annual festival honors Saint Anthony of Padua and is organized by the Giglio Society of East Harlem, a religious and cultural organization of Catholics of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine Church. If you're looking to see a giglio right away, Our Lady of Mount Williamsburg is currently lifting their own for their 130th annual feast. But hurry! The last day is July 16th.
  • Almost everyone has a favorite Italian dessert. For many people, the traditional dessert of choice is tiramisù. What better excuse to have a bite of this delicious Italian "dolce" than a day dedicated to it? Thanks to Clara and Gigi Padovani, authors of the book "Tiramisù," March 21st will be the first ever “Tiramisù Day.”
  • Italy on the Screen Today - #Wind of Europe Project# Paola Cortellesi and Alessandro Gassman in 'Gli ultimi saranno gli ultimi'
    This past weekend Stony Brook University hosted its 13th Annual Center for Italian Studies Festival of New Italian Cinema. The festival was held in the theater of the Charles B. Wang Center. This year’s festival was organized in collaboration with the Associazione Culturale ArtMedia (Rome, Italy). The event presented “Italy on Screen Today/Wind of Europe,” which is a project that aims to promote Italian contemporary cinema. The festival associate, Giacomo Rocchini, introduced the films and highlighted cultural anecdotes and important themes of each.
  • Three Italian films were nominated for the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival, an annual international film festival held in Cannes, France. It will run from May 13th to May 24th this year. The directors are Giovanni "Nanni" Moretti, Paolo Sorrentino, and Matteo Garrone.
  • Would you like to show the world what island life is? Now you can do it through a short film (maximum three minutes)… If you were born or reside on one of the small Italian islands, get your camera (or iPhone) out! Create your own video on the theme "Islanders yes, isolated no.