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Italian Heritage Month

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June is traditionally a cherished time at Villa Charities, when we have the opportunity to invite our community to celebrate Italian Heritage Month together with an exciting roster of social and cultural events. Unfortunately this year, due to the global health crisis, we can’t physically welcome everyone to the Villa Charities campus.  We can, however, find ways to nurture our sense of belonging, pride and hope by coming together for a new series of Villa Charities Italian Heritage Month digital events.

My Secret Venice with Sebastiano Bazzichetto

June is Italian Heritage Month! In recognition of this annual celebration, we are proud to present “My Secret Venice with Sebastiano Bazzichetto,” a new four-part video series that will take viewers on a cultural and visual journey to explore secret spots in Venice. Travel to grand Venetian houses, museums, and lesser-known enchanting places of Venice that will be sure to leave you spellbound.

Episode 1 – Palazzo Rezzonico

Episode 2 – Palazzo Ca’ Sagredo

Episode 3 – Palazzetto Pisani

Episode 4 – Palazzo Labia

Line-up of artists:
Andrea Ramolo – Singer/Songwriter
Daniela Nardi – Singer/Songwriter
Elisa Citterio – Violin – Artistic Director, Tafelmusik
Romina Di Gasbarro – Singer/Songwriter
Sara Papini – Opera Soprano

VORREI FOSSI QUI – WISH YOU WERE HERE
An online musical homage dedicated to Italian Heritage Month

To celebrate Italian Heritage Month 2020, an online tribute concert was presented on the the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto’s YouTube Channel. Vorrei fossi qui – Wish you were here featured some of the best local Italian Canadian musical talent, performing a variety of genres and styles. The concert showcased a line-up of all-female artists including, Andrea Ramolo, Daniela Nardi, Elisa Citterio, Romina Di Gasbarro and Sara Papini.

Co-presented by Villa Charities, in partnership with a number of Italian Canadian and Italian organizations, including the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, the National Italian Canadian Congress, the Italian Heritage Month Foundation, ComItEs, and Associazione Amarcord.

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