Author: Jenna Lo Bianco

06.06.17

In his blood, but on his own terms

Following in his nonno’s and father’s footsteps, the nineteen year old Jack Silvagni promises to add luster to the name of a legendary family of Italian-Australian footballers   Though he wears the famous number ‘1’ on his back, Jack Silvagni focuses on what is in front of him. A young man, confident in himself and … Continue reading In his blood, but on his own terms

10.05.17

Ellis Island, New York Same journey. Different destination.

On a recent trip to the US I was humbled to explore Ellis Island’s National Museum of Immigration. The harsh conditions of the New York winter melted away as I stepped inside the warm and welcoming lobby. After catching my breath, I stopped to admire the world I had stepped into. Millions of hopeful immigrants … Continue reading Ellis Island, New York Same journey. Different destination.

07.03.17

Erika Lancini: Creativity knows no boundaries

March of 2014 signalled the beginning of a new and exciting life for the talented Erika Lancini, her husband Manuel, and their three daughters, Martina, Alexandra and Maya. After long discussions and reflections about what a future remaining in Italy would look like, they packed up their life in Brescia and moved to Melbourne; a … Continue reading Erika Lancini: Creativity knows no boundaries

20.01.17

The Italian-speaking inner voice that can’t be silenced

Do you ever hear voices in your head? I do. All the time. I hear two. One voice, usually the voice of reason and control, speaks English. The other, the voice that pipes up in moments of extreme emotion and passion, speaks Italian. For the most part they happily take turns expressing my opinions, narrating … Continue reading The Italian-speaking inner voice that can’t be silenced

20.01.17

The strengths and weaknesses of Italian language education in Victoria

A few weeks ago, at the Italian Institute of Culture of Melbourne, a group of key stakeholders met a delegation of members of the Italian Senate to discuss the current state of Italian language education in Victoria. The delegation was accompanied by the Italian Consul-General Dr. Marco Maria Cerbo and comprised Sen. Claudio Micheloni, Sen. … Continue reading The strengths and weaknesses of Italian language education in Victoria

28.11.16

From life-long passion to World Pizza Champion

Andrea Cozzolino’s passion for the art of pizza making – and yes, it is quite an art – began in Naples during his school-age years. Andrea was just twelve years old. It all started quite modestly, working at a local family-run pizzeria, making simple pizzas, preparing ingredients and feeding the staff. By the age of … Continue reading From life-long passion to World Pizza Champion

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