Community and Social Engagement

The Italian language is a cornerstone of the cultural identity of Italians living in Australia that must be encouraged to flourish. However, according to Ambassador Paolo Crudele, knowing the language is also an asset.

Sport

Segmento interviewed the event’s President, Franco Rossi, to find out why Eroica was born and how it turned into a global phenomenon.

design

On 30 May 2023, the world bade farewell to Paolo Portoghesi, a visionary architect who died at the age of 91 in his home in Calcata, Lazio. He left an indelible mark on the world of architecture and architectural history

Culture

Pinocchio might have been written for children and interpreted as a coming-of-age story, but it has always been a story about coming into being.

Chefs

Stefano De Pieri developed a lifelong connection with the land and the food it provided, an experience he would bring to Australia, becoming one of the country’s most recognizable advocates for good food and wine.

Travel

Taking in the Tuscan and Ligurian coast by car. It was the trip I had long planned: to travel around Italy by car, stopping in as many towns as possible.

Immigration

Senator Francesco Giacobbe, member of the Italian Senate since 2013 and living in Australia, actively promotes "Turismo di Ritorno" a program to reinvigorate the post-pandemic Italian tourist Industry.

Community and Social Engagement

Tourism that reconnects Italians from around the world with their past.

Community and Social Engagement

Antonio Corsi, a band leader and mayor, has spent his life serving the citizens of his tiny hometown and investing in its musical traditions. Segmento interviewed this folk music hero.

design

Adele and Cinzia from Studio Medea, Olivia Cummings from Cleopatra’s Bling, and Gabriella Picone from Idda Studio talk about the renewed interest in mythology and the timeless stories that inspire their work.

Economy

Disruptions to trade caused by the pandemic had a serious impact on the world economy. As the situation finds a new equilibrium, it is worth taking stock of the trade balance sheet between Italy and Australia.

Cinema & theatre

A celebration of Australia's diversity on the big screen. Segmento spoke with the Multicultural Film Festival’s Project Manager, Dr. Atalanti Dionysus, about the importance of multicultural representation in Australia.

Food trends

Emiko Davies looks at the parallels between Italian and Japanese cuisine with her latest project

Traditions

Italy as a land of ancient myths and legends. With its deep ancient history, it is no surprise that Italy is home to many landmarks with legendary origins. Here are four fantastical places to spark the imagination.

Culture

Musician Breana Stillman credits the Italian community in Victoria for inspiring her love of opera. A talk about a music festival in her adopted town of Todi (Umbria) and OperAffinity’s commitment to bridge cultural gaps

Community and Social Engagement

From sauce day high jinks to salami-making weekends, James Liotta’s hilarious anecdotes about growing up in an Italian-Australian family have resonated profoundly with audiences.

Business people

Over the years I followed the success story of Giorgio Linguanti, and kept eating his products. When Segmento asked me to attend the That’s Amore Cheese’s anniversary event, it felt like attending an old friend's party.

Events

Good vibes filled the air during the second edition of the Segmento Tarantella Festival at Edwardes Lake Park in the Melbourne suburb of Reservoir and in its debut year in the regional Victorian town of Shepparton.

Music

Segmento interviewed celebrated Italian singer-songwriter, musician, and theater actor Alfio Antico, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading interpreters of the tammorra and frame drum.

Traditions

Rebecca Vagnoni realised that her Nonna’s legacy does not just symbolise delicious Italian food but also the value of family, love, tradition and togetherness.

Fashion

With creativity, skill, and an eye for opportunity, these Italian jewelry designers put environmental sustainability and social responsibility at the core of their design philosophy.

Technology

Investors in Italy have been pouring money into the AgTech sector to improve the quality and sustainability of Italian agricultural products. So what is AgTech, and why is it important for the Italian food industry?

Travel

Millions of tourists flood into Italy every year, making it one of the most visited and photographed countries in the world, but how does the deluge of online posts affect the communities behind the posts?

Music

We interviewed Australian Italian singer Ilaria Crociani about her new album Connecting the Dots and the women who inspired it. The singer opened up about loneliness, belonging, finding strength in the stories of others.

Culture

Segmento caught up with Maria Laura Chiaretti, author of "Il coraggio di essere se stessi", a new book exploring Pier Paolo Pasolini’s life through the lens of pedagogy.

Chefs

From kitchens all over the world, the global ambassador of Italian cuisine Andrea Tranchero has tickled the tastebuds of the likes of Giorgio Armani, Roger Federer, Sir Richard Branson. His secret recipe? Simplicity.

design

Ettore Sottsass’ influence on architecture can be seen globally. He also left his mark on design more broadly, and his work continues to inspire and influence contemporary creators today.

Travel

Rome’s surprisingly tranquil Mandrione suburb conceals an unusual piece of Roman history. Segmento took a walk along Rome’s most modern aqueduct through a fascinating district far from the Rome your average tourist sees.

Community and Social Engagement

Former Consul General of Italy to Melbourne, Marco Maria Cerbo, spoke to Segmento about his new role in promoting the Italian language and culture abroad as Head of the Italian Training and Education System in the World.

Lifestyle

Global climate instability is a complex issue we have grappled with for decades. With bushfires, floods, and climate disasters regularly dominating the news, concerns around mass extinction have never been more palpable.

Cinema & theatre

Italian film director Giuseppe Piccioni chose to return to his roots and reconnect with his homeland in his latest masterpiece, The Shadow of the Day (L’ombra del Giorno), completely filmed in the city of Ascoli Piceno.

Food trends

Recently, Italian bakeries have been on a mission to improve bread quality. Superb raw materials mix with tradition and innovation, and new tasty products are born. Segmento took a mouthwatering tour to Rome’s best forni

Culture

Under The Cover, Issue XXXII - A new Era for Old traditions

Travel

Few tourists know that Italy is the most biodiverse country in Europe. Breathtaking scenery, rustic charm, and local Autumnal fare were the order of the day as we enjoyed an out-of-season jaunt in the Apennines.

Economy

The impact of the ongoing war in Ukraine unleashed by the Russian invasion in February 2022 was bound to affect the integrated and mutually reliant economies of Europe and the world.

Fashion

The iconic Italian hat manufacturer celebrates 166 years of tradition and innovation.

Community and Social Engagement

Segmento meets Miriam La Rosa to talk about two organizations, Agency and FARM Cultural Park, committed to fostering connection to place in an authentic way.

Cinema & theatre

At the age of 19, Francesca Montuori found herself starring in "My Brilliant Friend–Season 3: Those who leave and those who stay". She spoke to Segmento about her experiences on set and her most memorable moments.

Travel

Eleonora Sacco, traveler and entrepreneur, has transformed her passion for travel into a successful business. We explore her project and reveal that her secret lies within everyone’s reach.

Fashion

Italian style for business success. The need to make a good impression is ingrained in Italian culture. How does this translate across cultures?

Travel

Visiting the modern Roman suburb at the heart of Europe’s sacred geography

Food trends

Olives are one of the world’s most treasured fruits, and their unctuous product can only be described as an elixir from Mother Nature herself. Follow us on a journey to learn more about this fruit.

Art

One day, as I walked down via Cavour, in the center of Florence, I stumbled upon an art book sticking out from a wobbly stack of assorted second-hand books on a kiosk. It was an edition of I disegni di Giosetta Fioroni.

Cinema & theatre

Domenico De Gaetano, general director of the National Cinema Museum of Turin, arguably one of the most important museums in the world, guides Segmento on a trip through the origins of moving pictures and their future.

Art

Artificial Intelligence is having a significant impact on the cinema industry. Segmento meets film director Dale Crawford to discuss the role of AI in filmmaking.

Art

Home to 200 people, this abandoned factory on the outskirts of Rome is a treasure trove of beauty with more than 650 works of contemporary art.

Travel

Off the well-beaten tourist circuit in Umbria, a fascinating story links three small and secluded abbeys. Follow us along this winding road.

Cinema & theatre

The past and the future of Italian cinema according to Annalisa Insardà. From the vantage point of her career in dramatic arts, Calabrian actress Annalisa Insardà talks to us about Italy’s place in international cinema.

Community and Social Engagement

Rediscovered footage charting the journey of Italian migrants to Australia was central to Fremantle Festival '21. For the local musician who scored the festival’s music, it was also a chance to retrace his family history

Fashion

What happens when creativity, education, and social responsibility come together? TOOLS, the training project created by CLU++ER studio in Milan for young creatives, might just have the answer.

Travel

The North African country of Tunisia has a strong connection with ancient Rome. Many monuments in this country can rival those found in Italy, making it a fascinating place to consider as a travel destination.

Economy

A year after his appointment, Ambassador Mario Vattani shares his commitment to support the Italian businesses in the Asian city-state, presenting its achievements so far and its plans for the future.

Cinema & theatre

The story of the false oasis of Bonegilla will now be told on the big screen in a Ultrafilms-Realworld Pictures coproduction, featuring Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts award-winning actor Vince Colosimo

Culture

Segmento talked to Paolo Baracchi, cultural program manager at CO.AS.IT., about the importance of acknowledging and nurturing multiculturalism in promoting acceptance and unity.

Photography

Public art, industrial heritage, and urban regeneration in Sicily. Retracing the steps of FestiWall, Bitume Platform aims to prompt a conversation around the urban landscape and its industrial memory.

Business people

Confapi Sicilia is promoting initiatives of human capital and economic development among municipalities in Sicily. Dhebora Mirabelli spoke to Segmento about their latest project, Pensiamo a sud.

Travel

Calabria is a land famous mostly for the sea, but full of hidden spots with outstanding scenery and legends about love and jealousy. Le Vie della Perla Tour Operator guides us through the most romantic places to discover

Food trends

“We need to reflect on the way we live and the way we eat – and the south of the world is importantly sitting at the table of the decision-makers.”

Culture

The popular anti-fascist Italian song "Bella Ciao" is a symbol of resistance against any form of injustice. But what of its origins? How has it come to be considered a hymn for humanity in the fight for freedom?

Music

Melbourne-based Argentinian pianist Andrea Katz is steeped in a storytelling tradition. Director of Songmakers Australia, she is as familiar with the Australasian music scene as the international stage

Music

To talk about music is to talk about culture, history, communication, evolution, revolution, thought, progress, and discovery. Innocenza Giannuzzi shares her view on the role of music in the context where it is generated

Business people

Tony De Domenico and his multifaceted career. Journalist, politician, chairman, industry leader, Order of Australia Member and nonno... Meet former ACT deputy chief minister and chairman of Bertocchi Smallgoods.

Travel

Discovering the gems of Ortigia Island with the eyes of a local. There are more than 2,000 reasons to visit the enchanting city of Syracuse, one of the most stunning places in Italy and, dare I say, in the whole world.

design

Milton Glaser, famed graphic designer and cofounder of New York magazine once said, “There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.”

Culture

30 years of Studio Ghibli's Porco Rosso. Porco Rosso is now considered a powerful anti-war film. But can an animated film about a man cursed with a pig’s head actually deal with politics in the real world?

Business people

“There is no change without conflict, and my role is to facilitate the transition.” Luna Angelini Marinucci is the newly appointed Italian consul of Queensland and the Northern Territory, largest district in Australia.

Business people

Closing a business deal is as much about figures as it is about negotiation and behavioral skills. Maura Di Mauro has been researching and consulting with small and large firms in how to succeed with a global mindset.

Art

The great, less-known beauty surrounding Rome. Join us on a tour of the capital’s secluded periphery through art from the bottom up. By Angela Viora & Mia Catalano

design

An experiment in social housing. Some places question and disrupt long-held concepts of beauty.

Community and Social Engagement

Italian ingenuity, culture, and intellect are far-reaching and know no bounds. Positioning Italian-driven initiatives in global markets and local governments across the globe is as fascinating as it is overwhelming.

Economy

The European Union and New Zealand are miles apart, but they have been relatively quick in concluding negotiations for a trade agreement to boost economic relations.

Travel

Rione Sanità is one of the most ancient areas of Naples’ center. The neighborhood has become home to a large piece of the city’s street art heritage, which has played a major role in urban renewal and social inclusion.

Food trends

No one loves exploring and celebrating Italian and Greek cuisines better than Naomi Crisante. She confesses: “Before I have finished eating a meal, I’m already thinking of the next one.”

Community and Social Engagement

‍On Sunday 20 November 2022, the first Segmento Tarantella Festival was held in the beautiful park of Edwardes Lake, Reservoir, Melbourne.

Art

Two of the most famous paintings from the Italian Renaissance feature women. One of them is the Mona Lisa. The other is The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, currently held in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Travel

He stands for almost 2 hours as he recounts his escapades, and I am entranced. I can’t look away. He’s got me. This is Dario Castaldo.

Cinema & theatre

Recently knighted in the Italian Order of the Star, architect Carlo Corallo speaks about family, architecture, and the importance of connecting to our past to design the future.

Fashion

Walking around Joo Chiat Road, one of the most charming roads in Singapore, with pastel-colored shophouses and rich heritage, I spotted A Vintage Tale, owned by Azzurra La Mantia.

Cinema & theatre

On the occasion of the Australian promotional tour of Little Tornadoes, Segmento meets director Aaron Wilson and actor Fabio Motta, who walk us through an intimate journey of film-making.

Culture

Korean soprano Karah Son shares her infatuation with Italian opera, which led her to conquer the stages of many opera houses around the world.

Sport

The story of Beatrice "Bebe" Vio is widely known in Italy as well as abroad. Recently, she achieved being flag bearer for Italy at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. But there is so much more to uncover.

Economy

China is moving from a rural country to a nation competing for its role in the international arena. Aspirations to consolidate economic and political power are fundamental to the Belt and Road Initiative

Chefs

Kara Mallia spent time as a chef in Italy gaining an enviable reputation for her exquisite dishes; in fact, as a chef in Armani's private Tuscan estate.

Business people

Luca Scribani-Rossi is a man of many accomplishments, and, some might say, identities: a proud Italo-Australian, Olympic champion, and captain of business. We meet Luca, the outgoing president of the ICCI Melbourne.

Community and Social Engagement

Listening to his story unfold, however, it would seem the former Federal Court of Australia judge epitomizes a quiet, dedicated approach to contributing to the judicial system and community.

Community and Social Engagement

A story of belonging. Fashion designer and social well-being advocate Lucy Laurita set off on an adventure; unknowingly, it was an opportunity to consider social identity and connection through people's stories.

Community and Social Engagement

Segmento speaks to Vivienne Nguyen, Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, about her experiences as a refugee, her dual identity conflict, and community connection.

Music

Singing for peace, harmony, and healing. From flash mob to balcony stardom, Maurizio sings in the hope of uplifting everyone's spirits.

Migrants

From Rome to Melbourne, Emiliano Zucchi's journey as a migrant has provided him with an appreciation of diversity and equity that has helped shape his role as a community leader.

Economy

Honorary Professor Bruno Mascitelli provides a commentary on the European response to the unfolding crisis with conflict in Ukraine and its impact on global equilibrium as well as Australia.

Migrants

A connection built on tobacco and wine. We love a successful migration story: this one features Piedmont and Macedonia, and how tobacco and wine forged a relationship between two magnificent countries.

Business people

Segmento farewells Trade Commissioner Paola De Faveri, whose 4-year posting at the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) in Sydney comes to an end this November. We talked to her about ITA and the importance of Made in Italy brand.

Travel

From Piedmont to Catalunia, the Occitan area crosses the borders of Italy, Spain, and France, and its heritage is still reflected in today's language, culture, and traditions of the remote western valleys of Piedmont.

Music

Reviving music of southern Italy. Federico Laganàƒ from Kalà scima guides us through the music scene of his land.

Food trends

"“Learn, cook, and enjoy!" is a simple motto that Calabrian-Australian chef Adelina Fiorito Pulford lives by. Segmento had the pleasure of interviewing Adelina on why her Calabrian heritage is so close to her heart.

Culture

Tarantella thrives on southern soil. Rosa Voto shares her love for tarantella paying homage to her ancestors' traditions and rituals and challenging modern-day stereotypes.

Immigration

ComItEs Representing Italians abroad. Ubaldo Aglianà², President of ComItEs Victoria and Tasmania, speaks with Segmento to explain the specific role of this important organization for Italians.

Migrants

The concept of nationality comes from that feeling that binds us to places, people, memories, the one made of tiny everyday gestures. This article is a personal reflection of what it is like to live abroad as an Italian.

Cinema & theatre

From Napoli to Tv screens across the world. Segmento's Carla Trigilia interviews Giovanni Amura, aka Stefano Carracci, from the hugely popular drama, My Brilliant Friend.

Cinema & theatre

Lia Grieco, a young talented actress, is about to become a star in the firmament of Italian cinema and certainly an icon of contemporary Italian beauty. We talk with Lia about her career and beauty in all its nuances.

Politics

Italy went to the polls on 25 September 2022 in what was a confirmation of a victory of the right-wing coalition headed by Fratelli d'Italia [Brothers of Italy] and its leader Giorgia Meloni.

International

On the occasion of the launch of the Perth-Rome direct flight, Segmento meets NicolಠCostantini, Consul of Italy to Western Australia. The aim is to extend the route to the rest of the year, especially around Christmas.

Fashion

Fame fashioned in Hollywood... But designers made in Italy. Fashion is about providing a way to articulate our identity, our mood, our message, through garments, fabrics, and, of course, bling.

Cinema & theatre

Feeling homesick? Don't miss the film Nostalgia, screening from September 13th across Australia at the St.Ali Italian Film Festival presented by Palace Cinemas!

Chefs

The @finefoodexpo is underway in Melbourne where Italian gastronomic is safeguarded by international and national organizations as well as new-generation chefs such as Michelin-starred and multi-award winner Luca Ciano.

Cinema & theatre

Proudly sponsored by Segmento, the Multicultural Film Festival showcases short films delving into identity and belonging in multicultural Australia.

Cinema & theatre

Twenty-two years ago, Elysia Zeccola gave us the gift of what is, by far, one of the most successful film festivals in Australia: the Italian Film Festival, set to delight audiences once again from September 2022.

Culture

Segmento speaks to Vivienne Nguyen, Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, about her experiences as a refugee, her dual identity conflict, and community connection.

Culture

On 2 and 3June 1946, all Italians were asked to choose between Monarchy and Republic by voting in a popular referendum where for the first time in history, Italian women were allowed to vote. . .

Community and Social Engagement

Segmento - unapologetically Italian talks with Silvia Colloca about food, relationships and her role as Ambassador for SecondBite.

Diplomacy

Segmento Magazine and the Italian Community of Melbourne are proud to announce that our Editor in Chief, Dr Teresa De Fazio AOM has been awarded "Calabrese of the Year" 2021.

Art

Segmento - Unapologetically Italian spoke with artist and physicist Matteo Volpi about his exhibition "Back to the Mould" which is a breaking down borders between art and science.

Cinema & theatre

PAOLO ROSSI - Dreams Create the Future" is a 90 min feature documentary tracing the fascinating parable of Paolo Rossi's life story, from being impoverished to achieving his greatest dream: becoming a World Champion.

Lifestyle

This year's fashion statement is a new take on an old look -and it is all about the sleeves. Federica Mancusi anticipates 2022 fashion trends in exclusive for Segmento

Culture

Dante said, 'From a little spark may burst a flame', andhe was right! If he was to return in a time capsule to the present day, he might be quite delighted to find young students

Literature

Lillo Guarneri, director of the Institute of Italian Culture (Sydney), tells Segmento about coming across amazing treasure found accidentally in preparing the program to mark the 700th anniversary of Dante's death.

History

The epic conflict between Guelphs versus Ghibellines tore apart Italy from the 12th to the 16th century. Which side would you have been? Answer the 7 questions below to find it out!

Fashion

For Italians, looking the part is just as important as playing like champions, and the UEFA Final was an opportunity to put away our pandemic fashions of slippers and elasticized pants. . .

Cinema & theatre

Italian film director, Daniele Luchetti talks to Segmento about the challenges and rewards of adapting a beloved Italian novels "The Ties" to the big screen.

Community and Social Engagement

Emanuela Villa Merlatti illustra cosa sono i Comites, a cosa servono e perche' sono importanti per la Cominuta' Italiana all'Estero.

Community and Social Engagement

I COM.IT.ES. hanno il compito di monitorare le condizioni di vita, i problemi e le aspirazioni della comunità  italiana e di elaborare idee, progetti e proposte che aiutino la loro migliore integrazione.

Business people

The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio has a game plan to ensure the community has a range of sustainable solutions in response to one of our biggest global challenges, climate change, and speaks to Segmento about her "mission".

Cinema & theatre

Maurizio Nichetti is one of the most gifted and daring screenwriters, actors, and directors to emerge with the low-budget comedy Ratataplan in 1979. Segmento explores Nichetti's innovative contribution to film-making.

Business people

Sustainability is fundamental to preserving the beauty and balance our world needs. Segmento has spoken with Federico Donato who says financial markets see sustainability as a key factor in any business venture

Fashion

It's impossible not to get excited when the color combo green, white and red are displayed. It screams all things Italian, from style, fashion, food, friends and fun!

Business people

Catherine Cervasio is a pioneer in the skin care industry. In 1994 she founded Aromababy, the first brand to use natural and organic baby care products.

Music

The Italian Cultural Institute of Sydney, together with the Sydney International Online Piano Competition, is thrilled to announce that, after the last final session held on Sunday 18 July, the Italian-Slovenian pianist

Fashion

From humble beginnings in the family garage to building an heritage brand synonymous with elegance and style. Melbourne-based menswear designer Dom Bagnato shares his story of passion, inspiration and drive...

Community and Social Engagement

The World Refugee Week marks the importance of working together to understand and help vulnerable individuals who have been forced to flee their own countriesdue to reason of war, oppression and persecution.

Publisher Announcement

The Executive Team of "Segmento - Unapologetically Italian" appointed Dr. Teresa De Fazio as the new Chief Editor of the magazine.

Literature

Solace during lockdown for Ascolta Women.

Music

Maybe, like me, you have been itching to get back to Italy.

Food trends

The next generation of winemakers in Australia is promising a lot of variety.

design

Milan-based homeware brand Kartell arrived in Perth early last month.

Art

Segmento is proud to present its 1st Unapologetically Italian Photographic Competition!

Events

We are proud to announce that Segmento - Unapologetically Italian is the naming partner for this year's Melbourne Italian Festa.

Literature

Celebrating the Father of the Italian Language.

Chefs

Every day is Sunday lunch with Kara Mallia

Cinema & theatre

The Truffle Hunters is now showing in cinemas nationwide.

Art

For the Love of Music and Art.

Music

An Interview with Author Arnold Zable

Wine

The next time you open a bottle of Prosecco, and before you pour yourself a glass, pause for a moment.

History

During the Medieval and Renaissance period, Casale Monferrato, situated east of Turin in Piemonte, was a town of regional significance.

Culture

Red doors. Red horns. Garlic in bras.. Holy water. Salt in corners.

Food trends

Annalisa Cercone, known to many as ‘Signorina Melbourne', is beyond proud of her Italian and Neapolitan heritage.

Fashion

Solidarity between women can be a powerful force of change, and can influence future development in ways favourable not only to women but also to men.' - Nawal El Saadawi

Business people

After being locked down for so long and seeing the city lose its vibrancy, I wanted to create something beautiful to welcome Melburnians back to Degraves Street,' says Romina Beltrame, of Melbourne's Il Papiro.

Immigration

Dr Maddalena Tirabassi is a Fulbright scholar, Director of the Centro Altreitalie on Italian Migration, Globus et Locus, and editor of the journal Altreitalie.

Medicine

Chances are you might be a little like me these days, vicariously living out a dream of la dolce vita through social media.

Cinema & theatre

When Hayley Egan, the editor of Segmento, asked me to suggest an Italian podcast to Italians living abroad, it was just the excuse I needed to listen to 'Morgana', a podcast by Michela Murgia and Chiara Tagliaferri.

Literature

Arriverà  la Befana a Fremantle? is a bilingual Italian/English children's picture book, written by Perth local, Daniele Foti-Cuzzola, and illustrated by Sicilian native, Daniela Pruiti Ciarello

Tennis

The tennis calendar has taken a bit of a battering of late, with Wimbledon one Grand Slam tournament to fall foul of the recent world situation.

Medicine

Italian breast cancer patients will no longer require permanent tattoo markers during radiation therapy.

News

Zana Bytheway realised in early March that the COVID-19 pandemic would cause dramatic changes to Australian workplaces. (Article published on Victoria Legal Aid the 18 June 2020))

International

We had to stop. We had to put a stop to the hyperactivity into which our lives had plummeted. It was imperative that we slow down, that we stopped in disbelief and a little uneasy in front of our windows.

Food trends

Etruscan Import is the first food operator that imports from one single area in Italy. (In the photo Natalie and Simone, Founders of Etruscan Imports)

Food trends

The North Italian Gorgonzola cheese can be traced back to the 9th Century.

Chefs

Chefs Silvia Colloca, Giovanni Pilu & Stefano Pingue in conversation with Daniele Curto

Chefs

Chef Leo Gelsomino tells Jytte Holmqvist how he learned to master the mystical art of Sardinian pasta Su Filindeu.

Food trends

With the step into the 21st century the Australian food landscape has become widely diverse, with this vast nation's food industry also heavily influenced by foreign values and trends - particularly in the urban areas.

Food trends

Street food and the cultural openness to unfamiliar flavours.

Cinema & theatre

This year Italy is celebrating Fellini who was born in Rimini on 20 January 1920

Cinema & theatre

"“Either a film has something to say to you or it hasn't. If you are moved by it, you don't need it explained to you. If not, no explanation can make you moved by it." - Federico Fellini (1920-1993)

Literature

To honour Dante Alighieri on the 750th anniversary of his birth, 2020 sees celebrations worldwide of his life and great literary endeavours.

Coffee

Since the 1500s, the Italians have developed an enviable coffee culture. A culture many other countries also enjoy today.

Art

Growing up in an Italo-Australian family, Soprano Pia Harris has fond memories of being surrounded by music and food - two essential components of the beloved Hansel and Gretel story.

Music

In conversation with Carlo Aonzo, leader of "Carlo Aonzo Trio" that will be performing at Co.As.It. on 7 February

Chefs

Sassy.x is a highly successful fusion-type restaurant. Modern and funky but still steeped in traditional Italian culinary traditions.

Culture

Rosaria"¯Zarro has acted as VMC Commissioner since 2017, when she was first appointed for this role by Minister for Foreign Affairs Robin Scott acting on behalf of the Daniel Andrews Labour government in Victoria.

Music

Lucia Brighenti is a young and successful Italian pianist currently touring and traveling in Australia. She has garnered numerous awards and accolades both in her native territory and abroad.

Events

Postwar migration saw Australia's first Italians forming small communities around the city of Melbourne, creating "Little Italy" on Lygon street, Carlton.

Food trends

Barbecued, stir-fried or roasted, there's no doubt that Aussies love their meat. Consuming on average nearly 100 kilograms of meat per person per year, Australians are among the top meat consumers worldwide.

Culture

We asked a group of Italian kids living in Australia if there was anything they wanted to know, and our Consulate General of Italy in Melbourne, Pierluigi Trombetta, was only too happy to answer their questions.

Art

Miriam La Rosa is currently involved in the cross-cultural and cross-regional artistic project "Preservation is an act of political warfare. An exchange artist residency between Sicily and Australia".

Cinema & theatre

The Jewish International Film Festival is in full swing and it is a fascinating time of the year for avid cinemagoers looking for films outside the mainstream, that challenge and engage all at once.

Business people

The female who's who of the Italian business community gathered Wednesday evening 23 October for the launch of the Italian Business Women's Network, hosted at Ferrari Brisbane.

Art

Alfredo Malabello, many thanks for taking time out to see me. You are a fascinating and impressive man with many strings to your bow and balls in the air.

Cinema & theatre

Interview with Italian filmmaker Mimmo Calopresti, winner of three David Di Donatello awards.

Cinema & theatre

Sell-out crowd-pleaser show La Nonna is an intimate portrayal of a young man's journey to self-discovery benefitted by his close bond with his Italian grandmother, or nonna, and their cross-generational dialogue.

Cinema & theatre

Director, performer and human rights activist Samuel Dariol engaged in conversation with renowned Deakin University scholar Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli.

Business people

I recently chatted with Gianni Vitellone, Director of Pronto Travel/Vita Italian Tours in Collingwood, about his life and love of all things Italian. (Photo Wide Shut Photography)

Literature

Gianrico Carofiglio, the multi-award winning Italian writer, translated in twenty-seven languages, visited Australia to attend the Byron Writers Festival in early August.

Cinema & theatre

Lemons carry symbolic importance and become a metaphor for life in Ciro D'Emilio's sombre but captivating debut feature and coming-of-age story Un giorno all'improvviso (2018), which premiered at the Venice Film Festival

Cinema & theatre

Winner of two Nastro d'Argento awards and one David di Donatello award, Edoardo De Angelis' dark and sombre Il vizio della speranza (2018) reminds of his narrative and cinematographic style in forerunner Indivisibili.

Cinema & theatre

Feel good movie Bangla, with high audience ratings and awarded a Nastro d'Argento for best comedy in 2019, is light-hearted while at the same time it delivers an important social and political message.

Soccer

Multi-award-winning British filmmaker Asaf Kapadia's eye-opening new documentary on Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona draws a fascinating connection between Maradona and the city of Naples.

Music

Stephen Cuttriss has been praised by the media as one of "Australia's heavyweight tango musicians" and a bandoneon player who "ignites the sonic soundscapes of Argentina on this unique instrument"

Cinema & theatre

Running for its 48th consecutive year, Giffoni Film Festival organised in the small town of Giffoni Valle Piana, near Salerno in Campania, attracts all the more people during this artistically vibrant time of the year.

Cinema & theatre

An aficionado of Italian arts and culture as well as a regular Segmento event attendee, Italo-Australian writer and teacher, producer and filmmaker Vita Catalano is a woman and force to be reckoned with.

Soccer

In 2016, Alessandro Verratti and Matteo Murone returned home from Genova, crushed, thinking all hope was lost. 'I didn't want to do anything but play soccer,' Alessandro says, 'I couldn't accept that it was over.'

Cinema & theatre

The Italian Cine-scapes #2 film festival, running from May to November, 2019, and co-organised by the Italian Institute of Culture and Palace Cinemas, is a visual feast awakening the senses.

Business people

Yes, it's completely possible to engage in a love affair with a city - even more so when it's a city like Rome. Well, actually, let me correct myself: there's no city quite like Rome. (Photo HeartRome)

Food trends

Italy, rich with culture and home to countless culinary traditions, is the inspiration for several businesses that have recently flourished here in Australia.

Cinema & theatre

The Acclaimed Australian Baritone will make his debut as Aldo Marini when the musical premieres at Subiaco's The Regal Theatre on April 9.

Music

Electrifying, hypnotic, cutting-edge and eclectic, uncover the ground-breaking music of Italian award-winning and world-renowned group Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, from Puglia in southern Italy.

Cinema & theatre

Interview with award-winning Italian documentary filmmaker and screenwriter Alina Marazzi, Melbourne, 17 February, 2019

Fashion

When you think of macramé, perhaps images of bell bottom jeans and coloured sunglasses some to mind.

Travel

It's a familiar cycle throughout Italy and all over the world. The humble, traditional ways of living were abandoned, for a newer, more comfortable lifestyle.

Travel

The beaches are packed and the restaurants are all booked out. The bar has a special on Mojitos and a DJ is playing. The council's summer cultural program shows a long list of events to choose from.

Migrants

She told me that she was tall. Very tall. I spotted her arrive from across the bar and from over the top of the coffee machine. She was indeed tall, but also very elegant and refined.

Cinema & theatre

I accept all interpretations of my films. The only reality is before the camera. Each film I make is kind of a return to poetry for me, or at least an attempt to create a poem (Bertolucci).

I couldn't imagine Australia. I did not have a sense of Australia, other than being a place where I would work.'

Music

Watching Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (CGS) play live is a transcendental experience. It's the power and intensity of the voices, the agile hands over the button accordion and the neck of the bouzouki.

This pretty, delicate cake is just the thing to serve at an 'it's a girl!' baby shower.

Immigration

CO.AS.IT. Melbourne the main Italian welfare and cultural organisation of Australia has turned fifty. The anniversary was celebrated last September with a number of events and a social gathering at The Docklands.

Cinema & theatre

You are an accomplished filmmaker concerned with humanitarian and human rights issues.

Cinema & theatre

Valeria Solarino is impressively prolific, starring in several movies almost every year since the inception of her acting career in the early 2000s.

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