An Ital­ian festa

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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.

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