Culture
Chefs
Food & wine

Let food be thy medicine. Healing with food and cultural memory

‘Italians love to celebrate, it’s in our blood, life is a celebration. We have forgotten this in many ways; it is part of our rich inheritance to celebrate. When we sit with our families across the table, time stands still. It teaches us that this is where the heart of the table is’. International Sicilian chef, Carmela D’Amore.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

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8/9/2019

Art
Art & culture

The inner unity of the sacred and the profane

‘From the Imprint of Jesus’ by artist Veronica Piraccini is bound to resurrect the age-old debate surrounding the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin. (Photo Gabriella Carta - Veronica Piraccini in her atelier d’art in Rome)

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Raffaele Caputo

on

1/9/2019

Travel
Lifestyle

Como, Garda and Maggiore: An Insider's guide to the Italian Lakes

The Italian Lakes: Como, Garda and Maggiore and the smaller of islands of Orta and Iseo that may be lesser known but are just as beautiful. They’ve provided inspiration for writers, artists and composers. (Photos Rachael Martin)

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Rachael Martin

on

1/9/2019

Business people
Profiles

Third generation Italian-Australian Gianni Vitellone talks about personal identity and family pride

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)

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

1/9/2019

Literature
Art & culture

Meeting writer Gianrico Carofiglio at the Italian Institute of Culture of Melbourne

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
Art & culture

20th Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Review - 'The vice of hope' by Edoardo De Angelis

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 (released 2016 and also set in bleak and desolate Castel Volturno in the rough outskirts of Naples). - Image published in the Hollywood Reporter 17 September, 2018 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/vice-hope-1144004

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

28/8/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

20th Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Review - 'If life gives you lemons' by Ciro D'Emilio

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 the same year as its release. (Image published in Screen Daily: 6 September, 2018 https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/if-life-gives-you-lemons-venice-review/5131972.article)

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

28/8/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

20th Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Review - 'Bangla' by Phaim Bhuiyan

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. (Photo published by the IFFR, 2019 https://iffr.com/en/persons/phaim-bhuiyan)

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

28/8/2019

Music
Art & culture

In conversation with Tango connoisseur and member of the Melbourne Tango Orchestra, Stephen Cuttriss

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. He explores the roots of both urban tango and rich rural folk traditions" - Photo Stephen Cuttriss (with kind permission by Stephen Cuttriss)

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

12/8/2019

Art
Art & culture

The Art Mile - suburban beauty

120 artists have created 99 murals that have a total length of 1,260 metres, second only to the Berlin Wall. The Art Mile, inaugurated in May this year, in the Roman district of Torraccia, is an explosion of beauty and an example of how public spaces can be turned into surprising works of art. Segmento went to visit an unknown Roman area which is way out of the city’s centre, and definitely way "out of the ordinary". (Photos: Jesper Storgaard Jensen )

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Italian Cine-scapes: Urban space and architecture portrayed in 9 Movies

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. Running for its second consecutive year, the festival honours Italy’s past and present, celebrating its architecture, its people, and both collective and individual emotions.

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

14/6/2019

Art
Art & culture

The facetious and unproven facts about Leonardo Da Vinci's life

Leonardo da Vinci. The artist, scientist, architect, botanist, writer, historian, cartographer, inventor, in other words, the original ‘Renaissance Man’, is one of Italy’s most beloved historical figures, and this May marks 500 years since he died, reportedly wrapped in the embrace of the King of France. (Image - The Death of Leonardo da Vinci by the French artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. The painting is showing Leonardo da Vinci dying, with Francis I of France holding his head)

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Hayley J. Egan

on

28/5/2019

News
Current affairs

Italians and Cordelia syndrome

Surveys, as we know, are usually a waste of time. But the results of the YouGov demographic research, supported by English newspaper the Guardian as well as the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, are quite astonishing. (Photo Pexels)

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Daniele Curto

on

28/5/2019

Music
Art & culture

How "Il Bel Canto" mesmerized Australian Opera singer Rachael Birthisel

Rachael Birthisel, Soprano - a name you may not yet know, but certainly one to keep an ear open for. I first met Rachael close to 15 years ago at The University of Melbourne where we studied Italian together. Her journey has always been one that’s intrigued me.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

28/5/2019

Culture
Art & culture

Teatro alla Scala ballet company graces Brisbane for the very first time

I was just 15 years old when I first stumbled into La Scala opera house in Milan. Truth be told, I had lost my way from the outstretched corridors of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and was in search of directions – no romantic story here at all.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

6/9/2018

Culture
Art & culture

How a “Little Italian School” flourished into a big dream

Perth-based mother of three Tania Pietracatella has been enamoured with Italy and the Italian language ever since she first visited the Bel Paese on a family holiday when she was 12 years old.

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Daniele Foti-Cuzzola

on

28/12/2017

Culture
Art & culture

Federico Fellini was right

Buon appetito, buongiorno, grazie, nonna, nonno, Pasqua, Natale… If you are born into an Italian family in Australia, these words become part of your vocabulary. They were so imbedded in mine as a child, I didn’t realise there was an English equivalent.

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Natalie Di Pasquale

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15/9/2017

Culture
Art & culture

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.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

20/1/2017

Culture
Art & culture

Massimo Cacciari, the faithless philosopher who thinks of God

As well as achieving the status of a leading Italian academic philosopher, the 72-year old Massimo Cacciari has devoted a great deal of his life to politics, holding a seat in the Italian parliament for seven years when he was still relatively young and the office of Mayor of Venice (his native town), for three terms, the last one ended in 2010.

Culture
Art & culture

The masks we live in

In today’s society of modern man I believe that Carnevale is one of those festivities to which only few people give the proper magnitude. Yet the Carnival has deep roots in the history of humanity, and in all its manifestations, throughout the peninsula it is possible to find a common denominator: the propitiation of fertility of the land, through the exorcism of death.

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Daniele Curto

on

29/12/2015

Culture
Art & culture

The man behind the spectacular Presepio Vivente

The “presepe” or “presepio” (also known as Christmas Crib or Nativity Scene) had been for a very long time the only Christmas adornment of the Italian families, a humble and genuine way, deeply-rooted in our culture, to celebrate Jesus’s birth before the advent of Santa Claus and the decorated trees.

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Laura D'Angelo

on

25/12/2015

Culture
Art & culture

Cortesia italiana, the legacy of a forgotten past

Immediately after I met my wife the path that led me from celibacy to the conjugate status had been really short. Only a month passed away since we started dating and we were already living together; six weeks had been long enough for me to decide to propose to her (and for her to say the fateful ‘yes’); the following year for the first time in my life I was visiting Australia and my future family.

by

Daniele Curto

on

12/12/2015

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