Sunday, March 14, 2010

Europa Scooter Club at Italian Week Brisbane

ESC Ride into Italian Week at South Bank in Brisbane 1st June 2008.
www.europascooterclub.com

Italian Week Official Italian Festival

Promo for Italian Week 2008 the official Italian Festival produced by Alessandro Sorbello

Volare - Italian Week 2008 Finale

The Festa Della Repubblica Opening Speech

Opening speech by Dr Francesco Capecchi, Consul of Italiy for Queensland and Northern Territory. Official reception June 2008 Brisbane QUT Art Musuem. Present The Honarable Grace Grace, Santo Santoro.

Grace Grace Opening the Italian Festival Brisbane

Dr Francesco Capecchi, Consul of Italiy for Queensland and Northern Territory. Official reception June 2008 Brisbane QUT Art Musuem Introducing The Honarable Grace Grace.
Grace Grace is an Australian politician, representing the Australian Labor Party in Brisbane Central since the October 2007 by-election.

Peter Cupples performs 'Fly me To The Moon' @ Italian Week

Designer Label DePazzi at Italian Week Italian Festival

Depazzi captures all that is Australian. The Depazzi story began more than 100 years ago. The families of business partners Bruce Tully and James Evert were amongst the earliest pioneers of opal mining back in the late 1800s.

Anna-Maria La Spina sings Love is More than 3 Words

Shandell Tosoni winner of the 2008 Pellegrino Scholarship

Shandell Tosoni

TRUE blue country girl Shandell Tosoni may sing country music and ride horses on the Gold Coast, but if she goes to Italy, the songstress will tackle the undulating notes of jazz.

Alex Raineri Rhapsody in B minor Op. 79 No. 1 J. Brahms

Alex Raineri 15 year old Alex Raineri is a Brisbane based pianist and composer. He currently studies piano performance with Leah Horwitz, OAM at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and also studies composition with Gerard Brophy and clarinet with Graham Evans A.R.C.M.

Alessandro Sorbello promoting Italian Week



The Italian Ambassador to Australia, H.E. MR. Gian Ludovico DE MARTINO di MONTEGIORDANO

The Italian Ambassador to Australia, H.E. MR. Gian Ludovico DE MARTINO di MONTEGIORDANO
interviewed by Executive Producer Alessandro Sorbello for Italian Week, the official Italian Festival in Brisbane Queensland, supported by the Italian Government.

The Italian Consulate in Brisbane

Enza Pantano performs @ Italian Week 1 of 4

Enza Pantano performs @ Italian Week 2 of 4

Enza Pantano performs @ Italian Week 3 of 4

Enza Pantano performs @ Italian Week 4 of 4

Peter Cupples performs 'Fear of Thunder' @ Italian Week

Great South East - Peter and Georgia Cupples

Alex Raineri Dinner at Table 7

Alex Raineri is a Brisbane based pianist and composer. 
He has won many prestigious awards, bursaries and scholarships both in his age group as well as for open age group categories. This debut album contains a mixture of romantic classical pieces and a selection of Alex's own compositions.

Emily Burke O mio babbino caro from G Puccini

Emily Burke sings O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini.

Frank Paolino sings Caruso by Lucio Dalla

Jason Barry-Smith - Il barbiere di Siviglia by G. Rossini

Jason Barry-Smith sings Largo al factotum" from Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini.

Shandell Tosoni - Italian Week 2008

UNLESS you are a diehard country fan, chances are you have not heard her music, nor can you yet download her songs from the popular iTunes music site. But make no mistake, Shandell Tosoni is a name we are going to hear a lot more about.Ivory's Rock Conference Centre is fortunate to have booked the singer and songwriter for its Sunday in the Country open day on July 9,just as she has moved to Brisbane from her north Queensland home to seriously launch her career.

Anna-Maria La Spina sings Perche Lo Fai by Marco Masini

Peter Cupples performs 'You Don't Know Me' @ Italian Week

Peter Cupples performs for Italian Week 2008 produced by Alessandro Sorbello http://www.alessandrosorbello.com Italian Week is an initiative of the Italian Consulate in Brisbane and is the Official Italian Festival in Brisbane http://www.italianweek.com.au

Peter Cupples http://www.petercupples.com from his About Time album with his song You dont know me
 

Anna Maria La Spina sings 7 Days at Italian Festival 2008

Alex Raineri Intermezzo, Nutcracker Ballet.P. I. Tchaikovski

Peter Cupples performs 'Under my Skin' @ Italian Week

Peter Cupples performs for Italian Week 2008 produced by Alessandro Sorbello http://www.alessandrosorbello.com Italian Week is an initiative of the Italian Consulate in Brisbane and is the Official Italian Festival in Brisbane http://www.italianweek.com.au

Peter Cupples http://www.petercupples.com from his About Time album with his song Ive Got you under my Skin by Frank Sinatra

 

Anna-Maria La Spina Medley of Albano Carrisi


Anna-Maria La Spina

When Anna talks about singing in her favourite garden, she is talking about Madison Square Garden. ther favourite performing haunts have included Hyde Park, London and the famed, Roxy in LA.

Stunning in both visual beauty and vocal range she has the ability to take a song to seldom heard heights and leave an audience breathless with devotion.

Anna-Maria La Spina began singing and playing piano from the tender age of eight, only after seeing her older brother perform on numerous TV shows and live performances. Rosario La Spina is an accomplished operatic tenor.

Two world tours under her belt with the 20 million+ album selling "Savage Garden", gave her the opportunity to show both her prowess as a performer and her discipline as a songwriter & vocal arranger. That same tour gave Anna the opportunity to perform on such heavyweight American & European TV dates as the 'Tonight Show with Jay Leno', the 'World Music Awards' in Monte Carlo and 'Top of the Pops' UK. She has also been seen singing alongside rock stars Ozzy Osbourne, Slash from Guns'n'Roses and Meatloaf.

In March 08, Anna-Maria was very happy to learn that her song “MORE”, recently recorded by Japanese superstar Kumi Koda, reached the No. 1 spot in Japan. An achievement every songwriter hopes for.

Being a diverse performer, her lead stage performances have included the broadway-type musical "Jewel of the Orient Express", and female vocal winner of 'Starsearch', broadcast on channel 10, prior to her days with savage garden.
 
And performing both the Australian and American National Anthems on the Gold Coast for the Indy Car Race, which was televised live to over 40 countries, provided an enjoyable foray back in front of the lens.

Anna-Maria La Spina is an incredibly gifted singer/songwriter and an engaging performer who is without doubt, the real deal.

http://www.anna.com.au/

Alex Raineri

Young virtuoso pianist and composer to appear at Italian Week Concert 
15 old Brisbane-based pianist and composer, Alex Raineri will join a number of internationally acclaimed artists appearing at the Italian Week celebration concert at the Southbank Suncorp Piazza on 1 June 2008.

Alex is also a 2008 finalist in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, Australia's most prestigious competition for young Australian performers under the age of 30. Alex will play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Queensland Orchestra at the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre on 13th June 2008, commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets are available through Qtix on 136246 or www.qtix.com.au.

Alex has won many local and national performance and composition awards. In addition, in 2007, Alex was the first young artist selected internationally for a tour of Australia and America with the “Castles and Cathedrals” program. Alex performed in Brisbane, Melbourne and various cities in California, USA. While on tour, Alex was invited to discuss his compositions at a guest lecture/masterclass at California State University at Chico.

Alex has recorded a number of CDs, including When Poets Dreamed (a compilation of neo romantic pieces and own compositions), Tangent (a collaboration with a number of Australian vocalists) and Shadow Sketches (original compositions). A new CD, Shadow Dancing, which will contain original works, is currently being compiled. He has also performed and recorded with Australian vocalists Leah Purcell, Evelyn Duprai, Isis Ashton and Jodi Phillis.

Alex was the subject of a television feature story on Australian ABC television’s The 7.30 Report (2006) and Sunday Arts (2007) and has also appeared on Channel 10’s 9AM show with David and Kim in October 2007. Alex’s music is played on various radio stations in Australia, including ABC, 2MBS, 3MBS, 4MBS, and in California.

Further details can be found at www.myspace.com/alexraineri.

Peter Cupples

Peter first came into prominence in 1975 as lead singer and songwriter for the blue-eyed soul band Stylus.

Stylus released four albums which included such hits as ‘Summer Breeze’ ‘World of Make Believe’ ‘So much Love’ and ‘Work out fine’ to name a few.

Stylus became the first all white band to be signed by U.S. Company Tamala Motown, and had moderate success internationally under the Motown banner.

Stylus split in 1980 and Peter went solo achieving a top twenty with his first release ‘Fear of Thunder’, ‘Blame it on the Weather’ was also a success not only for Peter, but also for John Farnham, as a part of his re-emergence. Peter became a regular on the Midday show after doing a song called ‘Happy Ending’ to close the Opening of the entertainment centre in Sydney, a channel nine spectacular.

Peter became a regular with all variety shows, ‘Hey Hey it’s Saturday’ ‘Tonight Live with Steve Visard’ ‘I.M.T’. ‘G.M.A.’ still today, and fifteen years of ‘Carols by Candlelight’ Christmas Eve at the Myer Music Bowl. Peter works with many charity’s, recently writing songs for the ‘Make a Wish foundation’ and the ‘Sacred Heart foundation’. Peter also wrote the song ‘Best of the Best’ for the racing hall of fame, and the kangaroo’s team of the century tribute.
Peter has done many main events, but none bigger than opening for Frank Sinatra at sanctuary cove.

He has written and recorded many albums over the years, and also has put Stylus back together from time to time for live shows, and in 2003 Stylus recorded a live album called ‘Still Alive’ in 2005 Peter released ‘Bac2Basix’ a real roots album with lots of wonderful story telling song, such as ‘Pioneers’ ‘Family’ and the ‘Poor mans Al Jolson’.

In 2006 Peter put a show together with friend and college Jon English called ‘Uncorked’ a wonderful show of nostalgia and good humour, which has been delighting audiences through out Australia.

In late 2007 Peter released ‘About Time’ an album of standards with some very fine original arrangements, once again to show his incredible versatility.

‘About Time’ was an instant success both here and over seas, with Peter going to Japan in November to perform at a large jazz festival, he is now in negotiations with other major jazz festivals around the world.

The Cupples story is one that is ever changing, the latest project Peter is working on, is a musical, so if the past is any indication of the future, this will be really something to look forward to.

You can check out Peter @ http://www.petercupples.com/ also petercupplesmyspace and there are some live acoustic songs by Peter on YouTube.

Enza Pantano

Enza started singing from a young age, you could say it’s in her blood, coming from a family of singers and entertainers. She started getting attention and accolades very early in her career both here in Australia and overseas, winning various awards throughout Italy in a concert singing tour which featured singers from all over Europe.

Over the years she has worked with many International & Australian artists. With her regular appearances on "Hey Hey Its Saturday" & The "Midday Show" as backing vocalist, she has worked with a very high profile group of people such as: Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Barry Manilow, Thelma Houston, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Daltry, Chaka Khan, The Commodores, Keb Mo and The Doobie Brothers, to name just a few.

Equally the Australia artists have been just as impressive; Tina Arena, Marica Hines, Venetta Fields, Billy Thorpe, Ross Wilson, Jack Jones, Peter Cupples plus many more, from all genres of the music industry.
Enza is a freelance artist appearing as a solo performer, with her own band, as a backing vocalist, or filling in as a guest vocalist with other bands.

Coming from an Italian background, she works within the Italian community in Melbourne, appearing at Various Italian Clubs and Festa’s.
She has appeared on National Television, sung in Studio sessions, appeared on many Australian artist’s Albums, and commercial jingles, and a lifetime of performing live.
She is an accomplished performer singing in both Italian and English, with a wide range of musical styles, and able to perform them all credibly.

Stephen J Pellegrino

Cav. Stephen J Pellegrino 31/10/54 

Stephen has devoted his career to to the property industry and specialises in strategic identification and assessment of opportunities including negotiating and acquisition. He progressed from Real Estate sales and property management to develop his own property portfolio. This included building and refurbishing, trading, sourcing buyers and long term tenants and their strategic development and management of a wide range of properties. 

He was one of the founding directors of the HPV Properties Group. His career then progressed to the formation of Australian Capital Limited in 1998 whose activities are targeted at large scale property projects. Stephen remains as Chief Executive Officer of Australian Capital Limited and is the beneficial owner of 50% of the group together with related interests.

His activities bought him to invest in Queensland in the early 90s which led to his permanent relocation to Brisbane in 2000.

 Brisbane, 30.01.2008 Consolato d’Italia in Brisbane                                                              
      Il  Console

Dear Sirs,

This is to inform that Mr Stephen J. Pellegrino is offering a scholarship for Australian and Italian citizens permanently residing in Queensland in conjunction with the Consulate of Italy in Brisbane.

This year the scholarship will be directed to young Italian/Australian artists and it is inserted in the framework of the Italian Week 2008, the official celebration for the Italian National Day (Festa della Repubblica). During the Republic Day, the Italian people remember the referendum of 1946, example of democratic expression with which Italians chose their form of State and started walking the path which brought Italy to grow economically and politically, to be one of the founding members and supporter of the European integration, and to finally become the modern worldwide respected and admired country which is known to be today.

The Italian Week 2008 is an opening of Italy. An Italy that is interested of not only promoting its culture but to also give an opportunity to the youth of today to be a part of a project that will be beneficial to their cultural and professional lives as a whole.

The “Pellegrino Scholarship” is an important part of the Italian Week, that is a week long experience of food and Italian culture, from the 26th of May to the 1st of June, and a professional and cultural opportunity for young Italian/Australian musicians.

The three finalists of the “Pellegrino Scholarship” will perform live in a Music Festival, on the 1st of June 2008, at Suncorp Piazza on Brisbane’s Southbank. At this event the young musicians will have the possibility to show their musical and artistic abilities to the city of Brisbane. Read the terms and conditions here

After the exhibition of the three finalists, a jury composed also by internationally known artists, will announce the winner of the 2008 edition that will receive the “Pellegrino Scholarship”. The scholarship will allow him/her to further his/hers skills and knowledge in Italy for one month at a prestigious University/Cultural Institution.

The candidates must be aged between 18 and 25 years old and they must perform a piece of music (even if it is not original). The performing pieces, recorded on either CD or DVD, must be sent into the Office of the Italian Consulate, Level 14, AMP Place, 10 Eagle St., Brisbane Qld 4001, by 17 hours, 4th April 2008, together with a curriculum vitae and general details about themselves.

Further information can be acquired from the “Pellegrino Scholarship” information notice attached and from the web site: www.italianweek.com.au.

Hoping in a wide involvement, I send you my best regards.

Francesco Capecchi
Consul of Italy for QLD & NT

Rosario La Spina

Exciting, Passionate, Dramatic, World-Class…..these are just a few words that have described the voice and performance of this talented australian-born tenor Rosario La Spina.He is one of the finest young tenors to have emerged from within the opera world throughout the last few years. Though born in Australia, his Italian heritage is revealed with every aria performed. Rosario was trained at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Australia), and continued his studies at the ‘Royal Northern College of Music’, Manchester under the tutelage of Joseph Ward OBE. During this period, he performed the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He also made guest appearances as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Bern Stadttheater and as soloist in Operatic Galas with the Ulster Orchestra, Belfast and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Egypt.

Having gained first prize in the tenor competition held by L'Accademia di La Scala in 2000, Rosario embarked on the two-year Young Singers’ Course at La Scala, Milan, where he studied with Luciana Serra and Leyla Gencer. This culminated in his La Scala debut as the Messenger in Samson and Delilah, where he appeared with Placido Domingo and Olga Borodina.

In 2002, Rosario won first prize in the "Mario Del Monaco International Opera Competition" and made his principal role debut at La Scala as Riccardo in Verdi's Oberto, reprising the role in Genova. He also sang The Duke (Rigoletto) in Tuscany and Rodolfo (La Boheme) in Calabria.

2003 saw his debut at the Verdi Festival at the Teatro Regio di Parma as Arvino in "I Lombardi" – he also covered the role of Manrico (Il Trovatore) for Welsh National Opera and performed Alfredo (La Traviata) in Modena and Luigi (Il Tabarro) in Osaka, Japan. In 2004, he performed the role of The Duke at the Teatro Argentina of Rome and repeated the role for Opera New Zealand in both Auckland and Wellington.

Throughout the past few years, Opera Australia have engaged the services of Mr La Spina with lead performances in 'La Traviata, 'Turandot', 'Rusalka, 'Tales of Hoffman', 'Rigoletto' and 'Madame Butterfly'.

Debuting in 2007 for the Seattle Opera Company in America, Rosario performed the role of Rodolfo in 'La Boheme'. He has been invited to return in 2008, to sing in the role of Radames in "Aida".

He has worked with many leading conductors including Renato Palumbo, Bruno Bartoletti, Gary Bertini and Daniele Callegari and directors such as Pier Luigi Pizzi, Graham Vick, Lamberto Pugelli, Hugo De Ana and Jonathan Miller.

Recordings include the tenor solos in Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis", “Classical Spectacular” Australia 2005 and recently, the sensational top ten classical album, “Puccini Romance” with soprano Antoinette Halloran and the QLD orchestra, conducted by Stephen Mould. 

http://www.rosariolaspina.com/

Ballandean Estate Wines

Ballandean Estate Wines is without doubt an Icon in the Queensland Wine Industry. Acclaimed for their hospitality by the Tourism Industry, Ballandean Estate is a member of the Queensland Tourism Hall of Fame. Since opening their cellar door in 1970 almost 700 wine medals have been won.

The tradition of winemaking on Ballandean Estate was first established in 1930, when Mr Salvatore Cardillo brought his family to settle in the Stanthorpe area. With the flood of Italian immigrants who settled in certain parts of Queensland in the first half of the century came many customs and values from the homeland… including a love of good food and wine.

Salvatore planted some table grapes on his farm, and from these made quantities of bulk red wine, some of which he sold locally. When his son-in-law, Mr Alfio Puglisi, took over the farm in 1941, this practice continued.

When Angelo and Mary Puglisi took over the farm from Angelos’ parents in 1968, they saw the potential for a new industry in the area and decided to make wine commercially. Angelo and Mary replanted the vineyard, moving from table grapes to several varieties of wine grapes. These were the first wine grapes to be planted on the Granite Belt and to this day, produce the finest quality grapes in the state. A modest beginning for this now multi-million dollar industry.
Today Ballandean Estate produces some 18 styles of wine, from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc to Shiraz, Tawny Port and alternative (Strangebird) varieties such as Viognier and Sylvaner. Each of these styles has been rewarded with medals from the many International, National and Regional Shows entered each year.

The winemaking equipment and expertise of staff are utilised by other Queensland wineries for their own production. Ballandean Estate holds contracts with 2 wine producers around the state for the processing of grapes to wine. The winery boasts the oldest working barrels in the state, these 130 year old relics grace the Barrel Room Café with their overwhelming presence. Ballandean Estate can crush up to 500 tonne. Each year Ballandean Estate stages one of the largest cultural events on the Southern Downs, that is ‘Opera in the Vineyard’. This event presented jointly with the Stanthorpe Rotary Club, attracted 1500 guests in 2007. The outdoor concert was staged in the landscaped venue overlooking the beauty of the vineyard and nearby National Park. This widely acclaimed, annual charity event was held for the 15th time in 2007 and benefits many Queensland charities. In 15 years, we have raised many hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. Added to the repertoire of functions is Jazz in the Vineyard held in October and Priscilla in the Vineyard held in March/April each year.

As a tourist destination, Ballandean Estate has much to offer. The Barrel Room Café offers casual dining and is situated within the winery complex and offers a variety sumptuous meals. The café is open every day. Ballandean Estates most outstanding feature is the commitment of the family to excellence. As a team, the Puglisi family is committed to building a successful business, increasing awareness of the industry and promoting the region by organising events that attract large numbers of tourists and encourage them to return again and again. Individually, members of the family are representatives on local and regional wine and tourism committees that assist in promotion and expansion of the region. As substantiation of their commitment, Angelo and Mary Puglisi were presented with a Tourism Ambassador Award in 1998. In 2003, Angelo Puglisi was awarded as a Queensland Great, during the Queensland Week Celebrations.

The winery employs 14 permanent staff including vineyard, winemaking, cellar, café and administration staff. The Puglisi family who operate the business are Angelo and Mary Puglisi, along with the daughters and son-in-laws, Leeanne and Mario Gangemi and Robyn and Ian Henderson.

The winery is open 7 days per week and offers every tourist: Complimentary vineyard tours, Complimentary winery tours, Complimentary tasting, Casual dining in the Barrel Room Café every day, All inclusive catering for functions and tour groups.

Over the past 30 years, the company has grown in leaps and bounds and has contributed greatly towards enhancing the image and reputation of Queensland wines in both the domestic and international markets.

Situated 250km South-west of Brisbane on Queenslands’ Granite Belt, Ballandean is the area’s largest and oldest winery. Angelo Puglisi’s ancestors first made wine on the site in 1931 and Angelo and Mary and their family now continue the tradition. From 1974 to the present day Ballandean Estate has received an enviable array of awards which now adorn the walls of the tasting room.

Ballandean Estate’s national and international recognition for the production of a quality range of wines is for this family based operation just the beginning. Today, modern growing, production and management techniques are being embraced by the Puglisi family.

A total of 80 acres from two separate properties is still hand picked and every bunch is carefully examined before being processed. This attention to quality control is certainly demonstrated in our products.

The vineyards are 840 metres above sea level and the Granite Belt enjoys summers with low humidity and bracing winters with frosts and the occasional snowfall. Our high country climate ensures that our wines are uniquely Granite Belt.

The Puglisi family is proud of the quality of their wines and hope you will appreciate them also. Next time you are in the Granite Belt, come and enjoy our award winning wines, our hospitality, and why not stay for lunch or coffee in the Barrel Room Café.

Ballandean Estate Wines
P.O. Box 5 Ballandean, Qld., 4382
Ph. (07) 4684 1226Fax. (07) 4684 1288
http://www.ballandeanestate.com/

Sirianni Fine Foods


Since it was first established in Ascot in 1965, Sirianni Fine Foods has been a family-owned business with a focus on quality in both produce and customer service.

Between them, our stores carry the largest range of deli and gourmet items in Queensland, including over 300 varieties of cheese. Our new location in Fortitude Valley also boasts over 30 types of sausage available in-store, all gluten-free.Sirianni Fine Foods Spar Supermarket carries a full range of grocery items at competitive prices. You'll save further with our great weekly specials, and everyday low prices on popular items like Lavazza coffee and San Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water.

We stock an impressive range of gluten free and organic foods. If you're after an item we don't have in stock, we'll do our best to order it in for you.

The Sirianni team would like to invite you to our exquisite display of gourmet delicacies, ranging from imported cheeses to an extensive selection of delicious olives (including the highly popular Sirianni Kalamata, and brie-stuffed olives drowned in sweet chili sauce) and antipasto items (peppadews, various antipasto mixes, sundried tomatoes, marinated artichokes, balsamic octopus, dolmades and caperberries to name a few) and our locally made gourmet pizzas.
We also cater for functions large and small, with desirable antipasto, cheeses and seasonal fresh fruit platters ranging from $20 to $70.

You will be surprised with our competitive prices, while our deli boasts gourmet varieties that are heaven to your taste buds. Come in and taste-test our delectable deli assortment today!
At Sirianni Fine Foods, our selection of gourmet products is second to none. We have your pre-banquet nibbles covered with over 300 kinds of cheese, as well as an extensive selection of extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars, combined with a variety of Moroccan and Middle Eastern spices/dips.For dinner with a difference, we pride ourselves on our diverse selection of sauces, dressings, chutneys, and hand made local and imported pastas. Any one of our tempting taste sensations is guaranteed to make your meal a special one.After dinner, settle back with our range of high-class gourmet coffees and drinking chocolates, or try for something sweeter with a variety of dessert sauces and delicious gourmet biscuits.
http://www.siriannifinefoods.com/

Elio Moda

Sicilian born designer Elio Marzullo has put his heart and sole into styling the city of Brisbane, upping the anti in Australian fashion. Dubbed ‘Brisbane’s Man of Style’ and ‘Australia’s Carson Kressley’ by media onlookers Elio has worked toward a greater style consciousness and has successfully filled a gap in the Australian market with his award winning Elio Moda label.
20 years ago, Elio Marzullo brought the European born concept of the fashion house to Australian shores. Situated on the corner of Edward and Elizabeth streets in central Brisbane, Elio Moda has stood alone as a fashion location; a hub of style and expertise; the address of the best-dressed.

Now with a series of awards to its name and a string of prominent faces dependant on it, the Elio Moda label continues to set the benchmark for tailored wear in Australia. With a carefully plucked team of stylists and an in-house tailor to its credit, the success of the Brisbane born label is unsurprising.

The locally situated label reaches globally to clients on the move, bridging the gap European and Australian style. Its famous menswear and ever expanding womenswear collections have struck the right cord with the fashion elite in Australia. While the label may be most cherished by those with a nose for style, the house greets those in need of some fashion know-how with open arms, offering an educational experience to those who are willing.
Elio Moda are strong advocates of individuality in style, acknowledging the importance the balance between sophistication and individuality. There are some rules that cannot be broken in fashion and others that can be manipulated to create a more personalised look. Elio Moda believe finding the middle ground is essential to creating a successful look.

QUT Art Museum

QUT Art Museum is a modern art gallery located in Brisbane's central business district. The museum has a reputation for displaying the finest works from the QUT Art Collection and presenting thought-provoking exhibitions of contemporary art. QUT Art Museum opened in May 2000 and seeks to enhance the quality of community life through the visual arts. It develops collections and exhibitions which reflect Australia’s cultural achievements and progress, and promote a sense of identity.

The Museum’s main objectives are to present a balanced and challenging exhibitions program which broadens knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, and to facilitate access to the collection and exhibitions through educational services which embrace a diversity of audiences and learning opportunities.

Street Address2 George Street (next to the City Botanic Gardens) Brisbane QLD 4001 Australia
Admission Free
Opening hours
Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am - 8.00pm
Saturday and Sunday 12.00pm - 4.00pm

Closing Times Closed Mondays and Public Holidays
Christmas Closure 200722 December to 7 January, inclusive
http://www.artmuseum.qut.com/

Sebastian Di Mauro

Sebastian Di Mauro is a Senior Lecturer at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Since 1987 he has held over 35 solo exhibitions. His work has been included in excess of 90 group exhibitions and has been exhibited in Australia and overseas. His paintings, sculptures, artist books and installations are featured in the collections of many of Australia's key art institutions, including the Queensland Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Western Australia,McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park (Victoria), Besen Collection and Artbank (Sydney and Melbourne).In September 1998, Between Material, an account of his work to date, was launched and his work was exhibited in Enjoin in Manila. Di Mauro received a ‘New Work’ grant in 1999 from the Australia Council to develop an installation of sculpture for Brisbane City Gallery in 2000  He won the Inaugural Woollahra Sculpture Prize and his work was selected for the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in 2001. In 2003 his work was selected for the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award and Exhibition. And was a finilist in The McClelland Survey and Award 2003, McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin, Victoria. He won the 2003 Montalto Sculpture Prize (Mornington Peninsular, Victoria). Sebastian was awarded a residency with Parks Victoria, Melbourne in 2002, 2003 through the Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, and received a residency at the British School, Rome through the Australia Council in 2002.

Di Mauro has completed several public art commissions. His first commission was completed for 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane in 2002. He has also undertaken the largest single public art commission to date for 33 Charlotte Street, Brisbane and created an artwork for the Brisbane Magistrates Court, Queensland. He has collaborated with architect Alice Hampson on several public art projects including Logan Community Health Centre and Gabba Members Area (Gabba Cricket Ground). Di Mauro recently completed a commission for Taylor, Cullity and Lethlean Landscape Architects in Adelaide.
http://www.sebastiandimauro.com/

Opera Queensland


Opera Queensland is Australia’s second largest opera company and is delighted to perform as part of the Italian Week celebrations, embracing and celebrating Italian culture in Brisbane. It presents annually a major season, between February and November, including at least three major operas as well as concerts and other productions. In addition to the season of opera, Opera Queensland presents smaller operatic productions, musicals, concerts and tours of operatic and lighter musical material in many other venues throughout Queensland. It also offers an extensive and vibrant education program and community engagement program.

Opera Queensland (formerly the Lyric Opera of Queensland) was founded in 1981 with funding from the Queensland State Government. The company was established with the State Government’s expressed desire for a professional state opera company which presented all forms of opera, including light opera and musical theatre.

The mission of Opera Queensland is to enrich the lives of Australians by providing a diversity of opera and music theatre of excellence accessible in every way to the widest audience, while contributing to the development of the art form and expanding the role of the company at all levels in the community.

Opera Queensland is an integral part of the cultural infrastructure of Queensland and performs to an audience often in excess of 120,000 each year.The Company is deeply committed to playing a central role in the education of young Australians. To this end, Opera Queensland has a number of initiatives we take into communities, offering world-class entertainment, and frequently ‘money can’t buy’, life-changing experiences. The portable nature of its
activities allows the Company to tailor an itinerary to include particular regions or communities as required.

In 2008, Opera Queensland is proud to be expanding its education program into New South Wales regional areas.

The Ultimate Coffee Experience

The Ultimate Coffee ExperienceMonday 26th of May and Thursday the 29th of May @ 10am

Traditional Cupping - This 2 hour course will begin will a full detailed factory tour where you will learn about coffee right from crop to cup giving you ‘ The Ultimate Coffee Experience’.

We will then venture into the tasting room where you will have the chance to taste the differences between our unique Di Bella blends. This will be done as a traditional cupping to take us back to where specialty coffee originally started! Get ready for a day full of smelling, spitting and slurping!

Cost $20 with all proceeds going to support the Artists and Performers for the Official Italian Week.

Di Bella Coffee Head Office, 82 Abbotsford Road, Bowen HillsNumbers Strictly Limited and Bookings Essential Phone (07) 3252 5858
 
Di Bella Coffee aims to improve coffee standards in people’s homes and cafes by providing education on all aspects of coffee and its use. We are always happy to take a hands-on approach to teaching you how to use your coffee equipment, offer advice or give tips on how to make that elusive ‘perfect’ cup of coffee.

Italia Cup sponsored by Di Bella Coffee

As part of Italian Week 2008 celebrations, Brisbane City Football Club ‘Azzurri’ at Spencer Park Newmarket, will stage a tournament of ‘Calcetto’ 5-a-side Football on Wednesday 28th May 2008 to kick-off at 6.00pm, proudly supported and sponsored by Di Bella Coffee.
The tournament will consist of 2 groups of 4 teams, playing in a round robin of 10 minute halves, with the winner of each group to play in the Final for the ‘Di Bella Coffee Italian Week Cup’. Teams are to be made up of adult males, females or mixed and be named any region of Italy.
So grab some family and friends together and form a team and be part of this fun night.
If participating in a team is not your cup of coffee, you can relax on our Sunset Boulevard and enjoy a meal of Pasta and BBQ Pork Spare Ribs while watching the games. Our Azzurri Bar is fully licenced and our Di Bella coffee bar will cater for all your hot beverage needs.

For team registrations, table bookings or for further information please contact us
on 3356 8834 between 6.00pm - 9.00pm Monday to Thursday or by email to
secretary@brisbanecityfootbball.com.au

Brisbane City Soccer Club


Brisbane City Soccer Club, now called Brisbane City Football Club as from December 2006, originated in the hearts and minds of a small number of Italian migrants who not only brought their culture to their adopted land but also an undying love for 'calcio' (football). After much deliberation, the 'Azzurri' Club was founded in 1952 and headquarters was set up at Kedron Park.

This band of stalwarts set about the task of gaining promotion earnestly, and in 1959, with little money, great hope and tremendous spirit, won promotion into First Division. The Club then had to restructure its administration to cope with the professionalism of Queensland's Premier League, and in line with this, moved to Pineapple Park at Woolloongabba. The administration over the next few years was quite busy, evident by the change of the Club's grounds to Heath Park in 1962.

In 1963 the Club secured Spencer Park, which has been Brisbane City's home to date. It must be remembered that Spencer Park was a council dump, and part of the playing field was on the banks of Enoggera Creek. Most administrators of other clubs thought that Azzurri was suffering from 'spaghetti poisoning'. But, nevertheless, pursued by their dream, they pressed on regardless, and after 1,700 tip trucks of rubbish, 2 meters of ash and 60cm of topsoil, they had a field that was the envy of all other clubs in Brisbane.

Up to 1967 we produced wonderful and exciting football and the Club boasted no less than six Australian representatives that also wore the blue and white strip.

Brisbane City commenced fielding non-competitive junior teams in 1968. This proved such a success, that in 1969 six competitive junior teams were registered.

Supported by two decades of experience we moved into the seventies with confidence on and off the playing field, with improvements to the grounds, securing junior fields and the construction of the Clubhouse in 1974. The seventies were also known as the golden years, winning the Premiership in 1970, 1971 and 1976. Philips Cup winners, now known as the A-League, in 1977 and 1978 and Grand Final winners in 1970, 1971 and from 1973 to 1976.

In 1981 a 3000 capacity grandstand was built and on 17th May the 'Gino Merlo Stand' was opened. This achievement represented the Club's professional outlook and foresight in creating a tremendous atmosphere for the players and spectators to enjoy. We competed in the Philips League until 1986 and returned to the State League in 1987 and winning the Premiership in 1988.

Success followed in 1990 by winning the Grand Final. We struggled for a few years until 1995 where we secured the Premiership and in 1996 won the Queensland Cup. 1997 saw the beginning of the Premier League, in which Brisbane City was one of eight teams, and went on to win the Premiership and Grand Final. We continued to perform, winning Premierships in 1998 and 2000, Queensland Cup in 1998, 2001 and 2004, and Grand Finals in 1999 and 2001.
Brisbane City Football Club has achieved great success in competition at Local, State and National Level and will continue into the future with great optimism, hope and tremendous spirit, determination and enthusiasm.

http://www.brisbanecityfootball.com.au

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Viale Canova

Lorenzo Spezzamonte and Massimo Bortolazzo have brought authentic Italian cuisine all the way from Venice to Brisbane, Australia.

Arriving in 2002 Lorenzo and Massimo have together created a unique fine dining experience. Some of you may have had the pleasure of tasting Lorenzo's fresh pasta, made every day.

"Viale Canova" is set to score full marks, not only for the food, but also for the friendly service and special atmosphere. The candlelit restaurant has an intimate and homely feel, similar to a family dining room, with beautiful artwork on its walls supplied by Oriel Gallery.

Soft music plays in the background. There may be a harpist, there may be a Carnivale, a fashion show or a masked evening - you never know what will happen next, but keep in touch to find out what special events are taking place.

This small Italian Restaurant, tucked away on Sandgate Road in Clayfield, is a gorgeous feast for all the senses. Opening just more than two years ago by two Italians hailing from a little town called Borso del Grappa, Viale Canova has quickly established a name for itself among gourmands and food critics. The atmosphere in the restaurant is extravagant yet homely, with tasteful works of art gracing the walls, soft candlelight and chandeliers. The service is exceptionally friendly without being stifling.

The creations in the kitchen are care of chef Lorenzo, who uses his extensive experience in the fine food arena to create traditional Italian dishes using quality Australian produce. Bread to start is mandatory and exquisite – nothing beats a freshly baked loaf, especially when it is topped with moist bocconcini, tomato and oregano. Next the sliced baked rabbit topped with truffle sauce is robust and delicious, while the homemade fettuccine with Moreton

Bay bugs and Italian porcini mushrooms in a white wine sauce completes the meal. Lorenzo is famed for his selection of risottos and pastas, but the menu also boasts a variety of meat and fish dishes.

Headed by chef Lorenzo Spezzamonte, the food is rich and authentic, with only the freshest of ingredients used and everything prepared on site that day. The service is also authentically Italian, with business partner Massimo Bortolazzo, who hails from the north of Italy, in charge of the front of house.

The restaurant is divided into two. Inside, the look is classical with pale floor tiles, white and red walls, high-backed wooden chairs and plenty of modern art. A small courtyard out the back offers candlelit, white-clothed tables with elegant wrought-iron chairs.

Viale Canova, 4/828 Sandgate Rd, Clayfield, ph: 3256 1901.
http://www.vialecanova.com/

Dolci Sapori

Dolci Sapori evolved over a cup of coffee between Mario Cali and Aladino Pozzebon discussing Brisbane's food and hospitality industry. At that time both were recently migrated from Italy and noted the lack of an authentic Italian patisserie.


This was obvious to Mario, who was born and bred in the industry thanks to his father's sixty years experience as a pastry chef and café proprietor. Mario himself worked in all facets of his father's business, from serving customers to managing the business.

Aladino noted there was no place to experience a typical Italian breakfast: an on-the run espresso with a freshly baked pastry while finding out last night's soccer result. His years in hotel and restaurant management and working on cruise liners highlighted that the missing ingredient was a café that had its own identity rather that one that tried to be all things to all people.

And from that simple cup of coffee "Dolci Sapori" was born.

Aladino and Mario had no trouble coming up with a menu – they just wanted to provide a good product that would bring people to see, taste, smell and experience a real Italian ambience, without the expense of flying to Italy. However, coming up with a name for the business was another matter! Eventually they decided to appeal to the senses: Dolci meaning sweet, for the sweet tastes and life; and Sapori meaning flavours, of which there are many on offer.

The Clayfield shop opened for trading in 2001 and has attracted a loyal following from all parts of Brisbane. And then there are those who stop in on their way to the airport to collect a box of sweets to take home … to north Queensland, interstate and overseas. It was here that customers discovered the custom of brioche and granita for breakfast, arancini for a savoury snack, ricotta cannoli with coffee and ordering a gift box of mixed pastries for friends and family.

Whether it's a quick coffee, relaxed bite to eat or catering, Dolci Sapori can meet your needs.

Brisbane Turns Little ItalyTraditional Patisserie ‘Dolci Sapori’ Meets Demand of Local Sweet Teeth

Brisbane could soon stake a claim on the title of ‘Little Italy’ if the popularity of local Italian food and culture continues to thrive across the suburbs.

Well on their way to converting local foodies to the sweet side of Italy, Clayfield based patisserie Dolci Sapori offers customers a mouth watering selection of traditional Italian desserts. So authentic, you could almost imagine being served these delicious bites straight from nonna’s kitchen.

All desserts are hand crafted daily on the premises by Mario Cali, a second generation pastry chef who learnt his skills under the tutelage of his father Nino Cali.

‘My father is a great man and a wonderful chef, who even at 82 years of age is still running a traditional Italian patisserie in his native town of Piedimonte Etneo in Sicily’ said Mario.

Mario and his business partner Aladino Pozzebon’s Italian heritage and passion is combined with over half a decade of hospitality experience to bring Brisbane locals an authentic array of traditional and boutique style desserts.

‘It is our aim to spread the Italian passion for good living and great food’ said Aladino ‘As we say in Italy, chi mangia bene, vive bene!’ (He who eats well, lives well!).

Delicacies on offer from Dolci Sapori include a range of biscuits, gelati, pastries and special cakes, many of which are available in gluten or dairy free varieties.

‘We’ve heard straight from the horses mouth that our traditional desserts are the perfect accompaniment to a steaming cup of strong Italian coffee’ said Aladino.

‘One of Dolci Sapori’s biggest supporters is coffee guru Phillip Di Bella, who was so enamoured with the combination of sweets and coffee that he named one of his signature blends after us!’

Dolci Sapori even caters for those rare souls without a sweet tooth, offering a range of savoury treats including traditional Italian favourites vol-au-vents, ‘Arancini’ (filled risotto balls) and, of course, the ‘Pizzette’ (pizza).

Dolci Sapori’s unique Italian products are additive and preservative free and made fresh with natural ingredients. All products can be pre-ordered to size for private functions, weddings and special occasions. They even promise to include language training so you pronounce names and flavours just like a true Italian would!Since its establishment in 2001, Dolci Sapori has built up a loyal fanbase of local consumers and has recently branched out into the wholesale market with the launch of their Sweet Conceptions range.

Dolci Sapori - 828 Sandgate Road (Cnr Junction Rd) Clayfield 4011
p. (07) 3262 2466e.

Danye Alighieri Society Brisbane

2007 was the 55th year of the Brisbane Dante’s continuous existence. With branches worldwide, our parent society in Rome, la sede centrale, was founded in 1889 on the inspiration of the great Nobel prize winning poet, Giosuè Carducci. Its two objectives at that time, that we and all branches still pursue, are to maintain and to resuscitate the use of Italian among Italians emigrants in foreign lands and also to diffuse the Italian language and culture among non-Italians.


Our Activities

Monthly Cultural EventsAcross the years these monthly encounters have ranged from concerts, theatre outings, lectures on Italy, past and present, Italian films (subtitled or not, according to need), music, art, cooking and so on. Cultural meetings usually take place in the 3rd. week of every month and are announced in the Dante News. English and Italian feature as the languages of presentation. We encourage initiatives from members outside the management committee to suggest ideas and speakers for functions.

Language and Culture Courses

For the Brisbane Dante, these represent the greatest expression of the Society’s aims and our most important commitment of time and effort. Courses for the most part are year long in duration with an additional intake of new students in Semester two. All levels of language are taught from Monday to Thursday in the evenings and on some mornings. Children's classes are also available. In addition, circoli di cultura are offered fortnightly in Italian including, of course, un circolo dantesco.

Dante Alighieri Society Inc., Brisbane

23 Foster Street Newmarket

PO Box 3107 Newmarket, QLD 4051

Australia Ph/Fax: + 61 07 3356 7731

http://www.dante-alighieri.org.au/English/Main-English.htm

Susan Parisi

A Canadian-Australian, Susan Parisi's long standing love affair with the Italian culture began when she married an Italian-Australian and was immediately swept up in the passion and love-of-life of a large Italianfamily.


Fascinated by all things Italian, it's no surprise that a particularly intense trip to Italy was the inspiration for her first novel, Blood of Dreams. A murder-mystery set during Carnevale season 18th century Venice, Blood of Dreams is a story of obsession, intrigue and betrayal.

Nominated for fivemajor awards, Blood of Dreams won an Aurealis Award for speculative fictionin January 2008.

Her next book, Mosaic, is a conspiracy-thriller set inRome and Palermo.

"I've got to admit, it was an unconventional upbringing," Susan comments."In a family with complete indifference to mainstream values and opinions you made up your own rules of conduct. It definitely gave me a sense of being an outsider and observer - a perspective not uncommon among writers.

But the odd thing is, I didn’t write . . . I loved reading but was obsessed with painting and sketching from a very early age and wanted to be a book illustrator or portrait artist. The possibility of becoming a writer never even featured . . ." Craving stability after something of a harum-scarum upbringing, Susan went to university, studied psychology (clearly an ironical touch), got an honest job, married and became part of her husband’s large and vibrant Italian-Australian family. But the legacy of delinquent parents ran deep
Most of Susan's working life was spent contemplating the idea that there had to be more to life. In between a variety of jobs, Susan spent her time renovating houses with her husband, pursuing her lifelong love of painting and sketching and nurturing a growing passion for Italy and the Italian culture.

Although an ardent reader and film-goer, the idea of channeling her restless creative energy into writing stories still had not entered her head.

http://www.susanparisi.net/

Barista Skills at Di Bella Coffee

Monday 26th of May and Thursday the 29th of May @ 2.00pm

This 2 hour course will begin will a full detailed factory tour where you will learn about coffee right from crop to cup giving you ‘The Ultimate Coffee Experience’.

We will the move into the training room to put all this knowledge where it counts, through the coffee machine! In this course you will experience an in depth approach to the art in coffee making!

You will learn about the important techniques in coffee extraction and even discover the secret on how to turn milk into silk!

As the coffee industry continues to grow so too will the need for personal attention. At Di Bella we have built our business on providing one on one service to our clients, taking advantage of our years of experience blending and roasting for Australia’s finest café’s.

*Please note that there is a maximum of 20 people per forum.

Di Bella Coffee Head Office, 82 Abbotsford Road, Bowen Hills Numbers Strictly Limited and Bookings Essential Phone (07) 3252 5858

To book in for the forum please contact Mina or Sasha at Di Bella Coffee.Ph. 07 3252 5858

Cost $20 with all proceeds going to support the Artists and Performers for the Official Italian Week.

Di Bella Coffee aims to improve coffee standards in people’s homes and cafes by providing education on all aspects of coffee and its use. We are always happy to take a hands-on approach to teaching you how to use your coffee equipment, offer advice or give tips on how to make that elusive ‘perfect’ cup of coffee.

The Ultimate Coffee Experience

The Ultimate Coffee Experience. Monday 26th of May and Thursday the 29th of May @ 10am

Traditional Cupping - This 2 hour course will begin will a full detailed factory tour where you will learn about coffee right from crop to cup giving you ‘ The Ultimate Coffee Experience’.

We will then venture into the tasting room where you will have the chance to taste the differences between our unique Di Bella blends. This will be done as a traditional cupping to take us back to where specialty coffee originally started! Get ready for a day full of smelling, spitting and slurping!

Cost $20 with all proceeds going to support the Artists and Performers for the Official Italian Week.

Di Bella Coffee Head Office, 82 Abbotsford Road, Bowen HillsNumbers Strictly Limited and Bookings Essential Phone (07) 3252 5858

To book in for the forum please contact Mina or Sasha at Di Bella Coffee.  Ph. 07 3252 5858

Di Bella Coffee aims to improve coffee standards in people’s homes and cafes by providing education on all aspects of coffee and its use. We are always happy to take a hands-on approach to teaching you how to use your coffee equipment, offer advice or give tips on how to make that elusive ‘perfect’ cup of coffee.
Let yourself be a part of a thrilling, amazing, entertaining and above all mystifying adventure through Italy. Italian Week 2008, the adventure awaits YOU..... come feel the passion

The Ultimate Coffee Experience
10am Di Bella Coffee Head Office, 82 Abbotsford Road, Bowen Hills
Traditional Cupping - This 2 hour course will begin will a full detailed factory tour where you will learn about coffee right from crop to cup giving you ‘ The Ultimate Coffee Experience’. We will then venture into the tasting room where you will have the chance to taste the differences between our unique Di Bella blends. Di Bella Coffee aims to improve coffee standards in people’s homes and cafes by providing education on all aspects of coffee and its use. We are always happy to take a hands-on approach to teaching you how to use your coffee equipment, offer advice or give tips on how to make that elusive ‘perfect’ cup of coffee. Tickets $20 Numbers Strictly Limited and Bookings Essential Phone (07) 3252 5858 . Read More

Barista Skills 2pm – 4pm Di Bella Coffee, 82 Abbotsford Road, Bowen Hills
This 2 hour course will begin will a full detailed factory tour where you will learn about coffee right from crop to cup giving you ‘The Ultimate Coffee Experience’. In this course you will experience an in depth approach to the art in coffee making! You will learn about the important techniques in coffee extraction and even discover the secret on how to turn milk into silk! The word barista (plural: baristi [masculine or mixed sex] or bariste [feminine]) is of Italian origin. In Italy, a barista is a bartender', who typically works behind a counter, serving both hot (such as espresso) and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.Tickets $20 Numbers Strictly Limited and Bookings Essential Phone (07) 3252 5858 . Read More

Architecture – Association Toscani nel Mondo for QLD e NT Monday 26th May, 6.00 pm.
The Association Toscani nel Mondo del Queensland & N. T. will organize a conference by Arch. Alessandro Barocchi on the subject: “Firenze, capoluogo della Toscana, genesi d’una citta’ dall’eta’ romana ad oggi”, c/o Cortina Restaurant, Sandgate Rd., Nundah. Refreshment will follow with typical food and Tuscan wine.

Ticket $ 25. Bookings by 23 May: Association Toscani nel Mondo del Qld. & N.T. segreteria@toscaniqldnt.org.au - Tel.no. 32525049 or gvittori@bigpond.com – tel. no. 0404542714.

Tuesday 27th May
Literary evening with Susan Parisi presenting ‘Blood of Dreams’ - At Viale Canova and Dolci Sapori, 828 Sandgate Road, Clayfield - 6pm
The Italian Consulate for Queensland and the Northern Territory and the Dante Alighieri Society of Brisbane are proud to present Susan Parisi, author of Blood of Dreams. You are invited to meet Susan Parisi, author of Blood of Dreams at the launch of her novel of intrigue in the time of Carnevale. Come along and share the flavours and scents and sounds and mystery and passion and colours of the Venice of Casanova’s day.Susan’s award winning novel Blood of Dreams is an erotically-charged story of obsession, betrayal and murder that has been compared with Patrick Suskind’s Perfume and the lush historical fiction of Sarah Dunant. Set during the hedonism of Carnevale in 18th century Venice, Blood of Dreams is a complex journey of splendour and sacrifice. Sponsored by Dolci Sapori and Viale Canova, this literary event proudly supports The Official Italian Week celebrations . Tickets $30.00 Download Booking Form Places are strictly limited. Bookings close Friday May 23rd. Read More .. SOLD OUT

Wednesday 28th of May

Italian Week Cup Sponsored by Di Bella Coffee at Brisbane City Football Club from 6.00pm
A fun filled evening of calcetto (5 a side half field soccer match). As current world champions, soccer is part of daily life in Italy and for this evening you can put together a team and play against other teams in 10 minute a side halves. To organise a team, or book a table for the Italia Cup please direct all inquires to Brisbane City Football Club Phone: (07) 3356 8834
Our office hours are between 6pm-9pm Monday to Thursday. Fax: (07) 3356 5144
Email: secretary@brisbanecityfootball.com.au Brisbane City Football Club, Spencer Park , 42 Newbery Street Newmarket Qld 4051 More Information


Thursday 29th May

The Ultimate Coffee Experience
Di Bella Coffee Head Office, 82 Abbotsford Road,
Bowen Hills 10am till 12.00pm
Traditional Cupping - This 2 hour course will begin will a full detailed factory tour where you will learn about coffee right from crop to cup giving you ‘ The Ultimate Coffee Experience’. We will then venture into the tasting room where you will have the chance to taste the differences between our unique Di Bella blends. Phillip Di Bella Says “Everyone knows Italians mastered coffee, and a lot of the first coffee makers in Australia were Italian migrants. They brought the coffee culture with them, but everyone who’s manufactured coffee here has done it exactly as they do in Italy." Tickets $20 Numbers Strictly Limited and Bookings Essential Phone (07) 3252 5858 . Read More

An Encounter with Gioachino Rossini 6.30pm Lyric Theatre, QPAC.

As part of its 2008 season Opera Queensland presents ‘The Barber of Seville’ . Sung in Italian with projected English translations.
The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution (Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto (based on Beaumarchais's comedy Le Barbier de Séville) by Cesare Sterbini. The première (under the title Almaviva, or the Useless Precaution) took place on February 20, 1816, at the Teatro Argentina, Rome. Act 1 - The square in front of Dr. Bartolo's house. In a public square outside Dr. Bartolo's house a band of musicians and a poor student named Lindoro are serenading, to no avail, the window of Rosina ("Ecco ridente in cielo"/"There laughing in the sky"). Lindoro, who is really Count Almaviva in disguise, hopes to make the beautiful Rosina love him for himself - not his money. Almaviva pays off the musicians who then depart, leaving him to brood alone.
Featuring the Opera Queensland Chorus and The Queensland Orchestra.

Barista Skills
2pm – 4pm Di Bella Coffee,
82 Abbotsford Road, Bowen Hills
This 2 hour course will begin will a full detailed factory tour where you will learn about coffee right from crop to cup giving you ‘The Ultimate Coffee Experience’. In this course you will experience an in depth approach to the art in coffee making!
Tickets $20 Numbers Strictly Limited and Bookings Essential Phone (07) 3252 5858 . Read More You will learn about the important techniques in coffee extraction and even discover the secret on how to turn milk into silk! Read More

Friday 30th May

Sebastian Di Mauro Art Exhibition and presentation 7pm By Invitation
In conjunction with the QUT Art Museum Art exhibition and discussion featuring Sebastian Di Mauro, a significant Australian contemporary. His work was featured in the first National Gallery Sculpture Prize at the National Gallery and has been selected for every major sculpture prize in Australia. Sebastian is a Senior Lecturer at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and since 1987 he has held over 35 solo exhibitions. His work has been included in excess of 90 group exhibitions and has been exhibited in Australia, Europe and Asia.


Saturday 31st May

Italian Style Down Under: QUT Art Museum 10am FREE
Elio Marzullo and Bruce Tully. Italian Born Elio Marzullo of fashion house Elio Moda and Bruce Tully from Depazzi will discuss the influence of Italian design on their respective practices. Elio Marzullo has taken a distinctive and personal approach to fashion, bridging the gap between Italian and Australian styles working towards a greater style consciousness down under. Based largely on the Australian opal, the Depazzi jewellery collection has been uniquely influenced by Italian design due to the training of Bruce Tully who has combined with an extraordinary team of people we have attracted including: Elisabetta Gucci, tutors in Italy, photographer Richard De Chazal, designer Eva Burgija, media advisor Selena Wallace, our craftsmen, the media and many others who have believed in Depazzi from conception.
 http://www.artmuseum.qut.com/

Italian Food and Wine at Sirianni’s Fine Foods at the Emporium - 10.00am to 2.00pm
Hosted by Sirianni Fine Foods and featuring wine tastings from Ballandean Estates Wines. Showcasing Italian producers, Sirianni’s Fine Foods brings together as selection of Italian food and beverage suppliers to offer exhibitions and tastings. Sample exquisite products from famous Italian gastronomic icons During the day, Ballandean Estates Wines, producers of renowned wines and hosts of events such as ‘Opera in the Vineyard’ provide a window into the world of wines made in the Italian Tradition with which to toast the delicacies of the Italian culinary experience.


An Encounter with Gioachino Rossini.
1.30pm Lyric Theatre, QPAC.
As part of its 2008 season Opera Queensland presents ‘The Barber of Seville’ . Sung in Italian with projected English translations. The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution (Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto (based on Beaumarchais's comedy Le Barbier de Séville) by Cesare Sterbini. The première (under the title Almaviva, or the Useless Precaution) took place on February 20, 1816, at the Teatro Argentina, Rome. Act 1 - The square in front of Dr. Bartolo's house. In a public square outside Dr. Bartolo's house a band of musicians and a poor student named Lindoro are serenading, to no avail, the window of Rosina ("Ecco ridente in cielo"/"There laughing in the sky"). Lindoro, who is really Count Almaviva in disguise, hopes to make the beautiful Rosina love him for himself - not his money. Almaviva pays off the musicians who then depart, leaving him to brood alone.
Featuring the Opera Queensland Chorus and The Queensland Orchestra

Rosario La Spina Puccini Spectacular St John’s Cathedral - 8pm
Internationally renowned artist born in Brisbane Italian/Australian Tenor with experiences at ‘La Scala di Milano’ Rosario La Spina recreates the power and passion of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini as we mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.
You will be moved by beautifully stirring arias and choruses from Turandot, Madama Butterfly and La Bohème then experience a full production of Act I of Tosca, culminating in the magnificent Te Deum procession. With a star-studded cast in the majestic surrounds of St John’s Cathedral, this spectacular celebration of Puccini’s extraordinary musical legacy will inspire and uplift. Jacqueline Mabardi as Tosca, Rosario La Spina as Cavaradossi, Jeffrey Black as Scarpia Brisbane Symphony Orchestra & The Queensland Choir, conducted by Antoni Bonetti. Sat 31 May - 8pm - (2 hrs) - St John’s Cathedral - 373 Ann St, Brisbane SOLD OUT

Sunday 1st June

Music Concert Featuring - 12.00pm to 4.00pm Suncorp Piazza Southbank
The Finalists of the Pellegrino scholarship, Since 2000 the Consulate of Italy to Queensland and the Northern Territory, together with the founder of the Pellegrino Scholarship, Cav. Steve Pellegrino, have given opportunities to young aspiring artists to further their skills and knowledge in an Italian prestigious University or cultural institution. At Italian Week 2008 the finalists of these young Italian/Australian artists will perform to a live audience and a panel of esteemed judges. The successful artist will receive the annual “Pellegrino Scholarship”. Young, local and promising artists coming to you live from Southbank’s Suncorp Piazza. Commencing from 2008 the winner will have the possibility to attend the university of music of Giulio Rapetti, MOGOL, C.E.T. (Centro Europeo Toscolano) http://www.cetmusic.it/ Poet, composer, author of the most known songs of the last 50 years, Mogol worked with the best Italian singer ever including Lucio Battisti (whose songs are considered immortal), Mina, Celentano, Gianni Morandi.

Enza Pantano
Enza Pantano started singing from a young age, you could say it’s in her blood, coming from a family of singers and entertainers. She started getting attention and accolades very early in her career both here in Australia and overseas, winning various awards throughout Italy in a concert singing tour which featured singers from all over Europe.Over the years she has worked with many International & Australian artists. With her regular appearances on "Hey Hey Its Saturday" & The "Midday Show" as backing vocalist, she has worked with a very high profile group of people such as: Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Barry Manilow, Thelma Houston, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Daltry, Chaka Khan, The Commodores, Keb Mo and The Doobie Brothers, to name just a few.Equally the Australia artists have been just as impressive; Tina Arena, Marica Hines, Venetta Fields, Billy Thorpe, Ross Wilson, Jack Jones, Peter Cupples plus many more, from all genres of the music industry. Read More

Peter Cupples
His love of Italy resulted in him writing many songs in Italian and performing with his Italian-Australian daughter Georgia. They will sing original material together for the first time in public. Peter Cupples, Australian singer, songwriter and producer whose career spans several decades, commencing as lead singer of 70's band Stylus, first came into prominence in 1975 as lead singer and songwriter for the blue-eyed soul band Stylus. Stylus released four albums which included such hits as 'Summer Breeze' 'World of Make/believe' 'So much Love' and 'Work out fine' to name a few. Peter works with many charity’s, recently writing songs for the ‘Make a Wish foundation’ and the ‘Sacred Heart foundation’. Peter also wrote the song ‘Best of the Best’ for the racing hall of fame, and the kangaroo’s team of the century tribute. Read More

Alex Raineri
14 year old Alex Raineri is a young Australian-Italian pianist and composer currently studying piano performance with Leah Horwitz OAM at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Selected internationally, Alex Raineri was the first young artist selected for a tour of America and Australia with the “Castles and Cathedrals” program launched in Melbourne at St Michaels Church in October where Alex was greeted with two standing ovations. Alex was the subject of a television feature story on Australian ABC television’s The 7.30 Report (2nd October 2006) and Sunday Arts (4th August 2007 and 3rd February 2008). Alex’s music is being played worldwide. Read More

Opera Queensland
Australia's second largest opera company. It performs a season of at least three opera productions each year as well as concerts and other performances throughout the state. Opera Queensland is delighted to be a part of the Italian Week celebrations, embracing and celebrating Italian operatic culture in Brisbane and Queensland. Opera Queensland is an integral part of the cultural infrastructure of Queensland and performs to an audience often in excess of 120,000 each year.The Company is deeply committed to playing a central role in the education of young Australians.

Born in Brisbane, Italian-Australian, citizen of the world, when Anna talks about singing in her favourite garden, she is talking about Madison square garden, her other favourite haunts are Wembley stadium and the Roxy in Los Angeles. Anna, is not one ordinary singer. Two world tours under her belt with the 20 million+ album selling ‘Savage Garden’, gave her the opportunity to show both her prowess as a performer and her discipline as a vocal arranger. That same tour gave Anna the opportunity to perform on such heavyweight American & European TV dates as the 'tonight show with Jay Leno', 'Regis and Kathy Lee', the 'world music awards' in Monte Carlo and 'top of the pops' UK. She has also been seen singing alongside rock stars Ozzy Osborne and Slash from Guns'n'Roses.

Fashion - Sunday 1st June 12.00pm to 4.00pm Suncorp Piazza Southbank
Elio Moda - For over 20 years Italian born designer Elio Marzullo, owner and creative director of the label Elio Moda, has developed a reputation for quality and excellence in fashion and personal styling and has successfully filled a gap in the Australian market with his award winning Elio Moda label. Known nationally for his classically chic and stylish designs, Elio is known locally for his depth of character and unique charisma that has won the hearts of a loyal client following. Through numerous fads and fashion movements Elio has persisted with his own ideas and in a manner unique to the design industry has incorporated passing trends subtly so to preserve a timeless flavour in his work Read More


Italian Motor Expo 2008 - Sunday 1st June 12.00pm to 4.00pm
Southbank Parklands on in Little Stanley Street, the Italian Motor Vehicle Clubs will showcase Classic and contemporary Italian Motor Vehicles. See Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Ducati, Maserati and Lamborghini. The respective motor vehicle clubs will put on display a range of Italian motor vehicles, motorbikes and scooters from private collections, dealers and distributors.





Monday 2nd of June

La Dolce Vita, from 7pm to 11pm
Park Road Milton.In keeping with last year’s event to celebrate the Official Italian Week, La Dolce Vita has organised an evening of live music and entertainment for the ‘Festa della Repubblica’. Eat, drink and celebrate Italian Week at a party which will once again feature the Queensland Ferrari Club who will display a wide selection of cars on Park Road.