Migrants
Culture
Art & culture

UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES 90 YEARS OF ITALIAN STUDIES

Back In 1929, the University of Western Australia (UWA) became the first Australian university to appoint a professor of Italian, Francesco Vanzetti. Vanzetti, from Venice, was a true pioneer for the Italian language in Western Australia. When he reached retirement age, he lobbied for the University to create a full Italian department and refused to retire until his dream was realised. 20 years later, the University finally fulfilled his wishes and he retired at the age of 85.

Culture
Art & culture

Q&A WITH MELBOURNE'S FUTURE SPEAKERS

At Brunswick South Primary school, the children are not ‘taught’ Italian, they simply use the language to learn 50% of their curriculum. The school has been running a bilingual program since 2017. One unseasonably cold, windy spring morning, we took the opportunity to get to know some of these students, Melbourne’s future Italian speakers, and find out some of their favourite things about Italy, Melbourne, and life.

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1/12/2019

Sport
Profiles

ITALIAN LEGENDS OF BOXING

Boxing was once very popular amongst Italians and notably children of Italian migrants, who took to the sport as a way to build their confidence and self-defence skills. Many Italians punched their way to the top and made their mark in the boxing realm. We looked back on some of the most famous Italian boxers.

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Daniele Foti-Cuzzola

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25/11/2019

Events
Current affairs

THE ITALIAN'S GUIDE TO THE MELBOURNE CUP

One of the biggest horse races in the world, let alone Australia, the 2019 Melbourne Cup took place earlier this month. True to form, the race that stops the nation gave us plenty of action, drama and reasons to celebrate (especially if you backed the right horse!). (Above: Dunaden and Fiorente, 2013 Melbourne Cup - Photo by Chris Phutully)

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22/11/2019

Music
Art & culture

ARIA AWARD-WINNING KAVISHA MAZZELLA & TRIO RITURNELLA WILL BE TAKING THE STAGE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

Songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha's original song's lyrical ingredients include humour, poetry, social justice and the spiritual. Combine this prowess with the voice of an angel and you have the experience of a Kavisha concert.

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18/11/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Seductive, courageous, and heartbreakingly honest. La Nonna - Performance review

Seductive, courageous, and at times heartbreakingly honest, 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.

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Jytte Holmqvist

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20/9/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Interview with performer, human rights activist and director of 'La Nonna' Samuel Dariol

The evening of 4 September, 2019, saw the CO.AS.IT hosting of a Q&A event on Italian Matriarchy and Queerness: Exploring La Nonna, where director, performer and human rights activist Samuel Dariol engaged in conversation with renowned Deakin University scholar Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli.

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Jytte Holmqvist

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12/9/2019

Food trends
Food & wine

Johnny Di Francesco launches ‘Piatti dei nonni’. A legacy of food from nonna’s kitchen

For the past three months I feel I have walked a very special journey with Gradi Group. Johnny Di Francesco and his team were on a mission to find three talented nonni, with whom they could build the exclusive ‘Piatti dei Nonni’ menu. (Photo Johnny Di Francesco with nonna Elena and family)

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Jenna Lo Bianco

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9/9/2019

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

Immigration
Current affairs

Are you eligible for Italian Citizenship?

People of Italian descent all over the world are becoming aware that their heritage may be more than an emotional connection to Italy. In recent years, Italian citizenship has become a hot topic across the age spectrum for various reasons.

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Marco Permunian

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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

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1/9/2019

Music
Art & culture

Dora and Angelo, leading the revival of Italian folk music in Melbourne

On stage they are mesmerising. She is perfectly coiffed. Her hairstyle defies gravity. The genuine, warm smile never leaves her face. He sits on the seat beside her with his accordion balanced on his lap, looking over to her regularly. (Photo Salvatore Rossano)

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Hayley J. Egan

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28/5/2019

Immigration
Current affairs

Remembering Italian Internment in Harvey

Located 140 km from Perth, Western Australia; Harvey is a small agricultural town renowned for its fresh produce and for being the home of beloved Australian children’s author May Gibbs. Nestled amongst an abundance of orange trees and flora and fauna, this quaint country town appears to be a world away from the chaos and turmoil of international conflict.

Lifestyle
Lifestyle

My Nonna’s Favourite Italian Card Games

For the more seasoned generation of Italians, card games are much like the mobile games the millennial generation can’t seem to do without. But these card games, which at first seem like a nonchalant affair, can quickly flare up for the most passive of Italian pensioners. You still find groups of Italian gentlemen gathered around a small table in a shaded cafe or piazza, playing these cards games that they, like my old Nonna, used to pass the time with. But what are they called?

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3/5/2019

Migrants
Profiles

Paola Bacchia: she learnt it all from her mamma

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.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

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20/2/2019

Migrants
Art & culture

A nuanced tapestry

It was the first very hot day of my first Australian summer. I was in Melbourne on an exchange program, studying at the University of Melbourne for a semester during the last year of my Master’s degree from the University of Bologna.

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Valeria Suriano

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18/2/2019

Migrants
Profiles

When a dream to chase turns into a golden captivity

A departure is always good, or at least ‘good enough’. Joseph Conrad said that even if we leave during gloomy weather we still have the open sea in front of us deploying endless possibilities; intoxicated by a fresh start, we feel the architect of the marvels there are in the world.

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Daniele Curto

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2/12/2018

Migrants
Profiles

The time capsule that our generation lived in

“Are you Italian?” “Yes, but I was born and raised in Australia.” “Well, you’re Australian then.”

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Natalie Di Pasquale

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2/12/2018

Migrants
Profiles

A tribute to Sisto Malaspina

A life taken during a random act of terror, Melbourne icon Sisto Malaspina was cruelly ripped away from the breathing fabric of the city in the recent Bourke Street attack on 9 November, 2018, as he generously offered his help during the commotion – only to be fatally stabbed instead.

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Jytte Holmqvist

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27/11/2018

Migrants
Profiles

Blood is thicker than sugo.

Today’s story is one I have longed to share with you for a while now. It is the tale of two Italian women – one Italian by birth, and the other Italian in spirit. They are Vincenza and Melinda Aloisio. Mother and daughter.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

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6/9/2018

Migrants
Profiles

An old auntie and her secret connection with Australia

Finally, after one year and a half of living my dream in Australia, I decided it was time to go back home to see my family and friends, and to enjoy the Italian summer in my hometown Stigliano, Basilicata!

Migrants
Profiles

The Nonna that has conquered the web

Her Facebook page has nearly 300,000 followers from all over the world; her videos on Youtube are widely clicked: she is known as the web’s best ever Nonna. She’s a little over a metre tall and 80 years old but her smile and charisma are explosive. So is her attitude to certain things; tattoos is one, she hates them.

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Mariantonietta Rasulo

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10/10/2017

Migrants
Profiles

Yes, the world is truly small!

How two "paesani" from a little town in Basilicata happened to meet unexpectedly for the first time in a Queensland holiday suburb

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