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Organized by the Villa Charities’ Cultural Department, Cultural Outings are group activities that provide an opportunity to attend various performances, exhibits, screenings and talks in the local Toronto area. Cultural Outings are a great way to experience the arts in a social atmosphere, celebrate Italian cultural heritage and support the arts community in Toronto. For more information and to register, please call 416-789-7011 ext. 250 or email rsvp@villacharities.com

Upcoming Outings and Events

Librissimi – Toronto Italian Book Festival
Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre
Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5
Admission is free

Villa Charities is proud to present Librissimi – Toronto Italian Book Festival, May 4-5. Librissimi, organized by Com.It.Es Toronto, the Committee of Italians Abroad, is the first annual event dedicated to the promotion of Italian literature and books. The free event will be held at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre on Saturday, May 5, with an opening cocktail reception on Friday, May 4.

Librissimi is organized with support from a number of Italian-Canadian organizations. For its inaugural year, the Book Festival will present public readings, literary panels, and conversations with authors and publishers, to inspire and encourage the love of reading and language in our community. Librissimi will engage readers of all ages and interests, with a wide range of events for adults, youth and children.

Please stay tuned to this page or librissimi.ca for full programming details.

Cocktail Reception: Friday, May 4, 6:30pm
Events: Saturday, May 5, 10:00am–7:00pm

Guided Tour and Special Exhibit
“The World of the Fatimids”
Aga Khan Museum
Sunday, May 6 at 1:00pm
Tickets $60.00 +HST (includes transportation)

The World of the Fatimids bears witness to a remarkable dynasty that built one of the world’s oldest universities, compiled one of its greatest libraries, and fostered a flowering of the arts and sciences. At its height in the 10th and 11th centuries, the Fatimids established one of the greatest civilizations in the world, influencing knowledge and culture throughout the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Near East.

The exhibition marks the first time a carefully selected collection of masterpieces from the Fatimid dynasty are shown in North America. Among the objects are monumental marble reliefs from the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, luxury objects ranging from rock crystal and ivory to ceramic lusterware — a technique mastered during Fatimid times — and masterpieces of metalware. Drone videography and 360 virtual reality films conjure up Cairo, the Fatimids’ flourishing capital, and offer insight into what the city was like a millennium ago.


Guided Tour of the Bata Shoe Museum and Special Exhibit “Manolo Blahnik, the Art of Shoes”
with our Executive Director of Cultural Programming – Emanuele Lepri
Bata Shoe Museum
Sunday, June 10 at 1:00pm
Tickets $20.00 +HST (does not include transportation)

The Bata Shoe Museum presents the highly anticipated travelling exhibition “Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes,” a stunning retrospective by one of the world’s most influential figures within the fashion industry.

For over 45 years, Blahnik’s inventiveness and superb artisanship has crossed boundaries between fashion and art, inspiring elegance and perfection. The underlying theme of the exhibition – that shoes are art – aligns perfectly with Blahnik’s own approach to creating footwear.  The Bata Shoe Museum is the final and only North American venue to showcase this travelling exhibition.  Previous stops on the international tour included Milan, Saint Petersburg, Prague and Madrid.

Deadline to register is Tuesday, June 1.

Shaw Festival’s The Magician’s Nephew
Friday, July 13 at 2:00pm
Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Tickets $120.00 +HST (includes transportation)

WORLD PREMIERE! The prequel to C.S. Lewis’ beloved Narnia series, The Magician’s Nephew is a thrilling adventure about friendship, coming of age and what it means to do the right thing. In Victorian London, young Digory and his new friend Polly stumble onto a magical portal into another world — but accidentally unleash a dark force that could destroy them all. The world premiere of this enthralling show is inspiring for all ages and perfect for theatre veterans and first-timers alike!

Deadline to register is Friday, May 25.

Stratford Festival’s Napoli Milionaria
Wednesday, August 29 at 2:00pm
Avon Theatre, Stratford
Tickets $120.00 +HST (includes transportation)

A Neapolitan family prospers from the black market during the Second World War. But even as the money flows, community ties are tested and a moral price must be paid. A sparkling and warm-hearted comedy from a celebrated 20th-century master.

Deadline to register is Monday, July 9.