An Italian festa
An authentic taste of Italy returns to Wellington with the annual Festa Italiana this Sunday.
The festival, the 18th run by Wellington’s social and cultural organisation Club Garibaldi, is being held at St Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie.
The club organises the festival to showcase the best of their home country, including culture, food and entertainment.
The theme of this year’s festival is a Day in Tuscany, with a special display about the region that is the cultural heartland of Italy and has featured in many romantic books and movies.
The festival features genuine Italian food, from pizza and pasta to homemade sweet pastries and other delicacies, accompanied by imported wines, beer, soft drinks and coffee.
There are activities to keep children occupied, and entertainment that includes children doing the traditional folk dance the tarantella, pop opera trio Tres Belle and a band playing familiar old singalong tunes.
There are also soloists performing Italian songs. Tenor Thomas Atkins has reached the finals of the Australian Singing Competition at the Sydney Opera House multiple times and has had roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( NZ School of Music), Auckland Opera Studio’s Cosi fan Tutti and New Zealand Opera’s Tosca.
Daniela-Rosa Cepeda is in her third year at the New Zealand School of Music. In 2008 she won a scholarship to England to study with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and in 2011 she won the Wellington Aria.
Isabella Moore is another outstanding young opera performer who was a finalist in the 2011 NZ Aria competition and a semifinalist in the Lexus song contest last year.
The festival starts at 11am and ends at 4pm. Entry costs $2.