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|Main Stage||Cultural Education Stage|
|Taste of Italy Pavilion||Culture Movie Theatre|
|Children’s Stage||Italian Cultural & Community Center Booth|
|9:30 AM||Roman Catholic Mass for Volunteers (open to the public)|
|11:00 AM||FESTIVAL OPENS|
|11:00 AM||Italian Music By DJ Italia, Houston’s Preferred Italian DJ (Featuring the music of Louis Prima, Dean Martin & Laura Pausini)|
|11:00 AM||Let’s learn the seasons and the days in Italian|
|11:00 AM||Fascinating Tuscany.
Tuscany was named after the Etruscans, who were called ‘Tusci’ by the Romans. The kingdom was eventually divided into independent dukedoms and from 1531 the Medici, a family of businessmen and bankers, ruled. The capital of Tuscany is Florence, a city of art and joie de vivre and the home of important artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, plus the writers Dante and Boccaccio and the scientist Galileo Galilei. You will visit other beautiful cities such as Lucca, Pisa, and Siena.
|11:30 AM||Footloose in Italy: Walking in the Cinque Terre and Discovering Venice.
Le Cinque Terre. What better way to see and explore the five dramatic coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso than on foot!The 12 Kilometer coastal path gets progressively more difficult as you travel West from Riomaggiore.
Venice is so unique and so gorgeous that very few people fail to be enchanted by it! Yes, you can take the vaporetti, but there is plenty of land to walk on and make your own haphazard trail through the streets. Getting lost in Venice can actually be a lot of fun especially if you don’t have to hurry anywhere.
Bingo Italian style, “Tombola”! Learn to play this traditional Italian game (similar to American Bingo) and win prizes (5 winners in each session). Fun for the entire family as you race to fill your cards while immersing yourself in a bit of Italian culture and language! Ambo! Terno! Quaderno! Quinto! Tombola! – Limited seating. Cards are $3 each or 2 for $5.00. Learn More about the game.
|12:00 PM||Adult Italian Language Class: An Introduction to Speaking Italian|
|12:30 PM||Adult Grape Stomp|
|12:30 PM||Carranza Puppets|
|12:30 PM||Let’s color and decorate Venetian masks|
|1:00 PM||Aaron Caruso, Nation’s Top Italian Tenor from New York|
|1:00 PM||Sicily Unpacked
Art Historian Andrew Graham-Dixon and Michelin starred chef Giorgio Locatelli take us on a delightful journey around their beloved Sicily. As they explore the island through each other’s eyes and hearts, they reveal how the layers of history have created a unique blend of art and architecture. Together they document how the various conquering forces and the rich variety of different heritages have helped to shape both the food and the culture of this beautiful Mediterranean island.
La Piccola Cucina – Festival Edition: La Piccola Cucina is a hands-on cultural culinary experience for children, aged 3-12 years old. Children will wear chef aprons and toques and learn basic Italian language, metric system and culture while preparing authentic Italian cuisine. The little chefs will learn how to make Italian Breadsticks! Seating is limited. Tickets are only $10. BUY AND PRINT TICKETS NOW to reserve your seat!
|2:00 PM||Learn to Dance the Tarantella|
|2:00 PM||Let’s paint and make the Italian flag with popsicle sticks|
|2:30 PM||The Tarantellas – Italian Folk Dancing|
|2:30 PM||Introduction to Italian Wine: a Premium Italian Wine Tasting/Seminar –
Learn more about Italian Wine by attending this guided tasting, featuring five of Italy’s most interesting wines, including Chianti Classico and the unique Nebbiolo, the Grape of both Barolo and Barbaresco. Join us, as we compare and contrast these amazing wines. Seating will be limited. Tickets are only $15. BUY AND PRINT TICKETS NOW to reserve your seat!
|3:00 PM||Pasta Eating Contest|
|3:00 PM||Carranza Puppets|
|3:00 PM||Adult Italian Language Class: An Introduction to Speaking Italian|
|3:00 PM||Let’s make Italian necklaces|
|3:30 PM||Aaron Caruso, Nation’s Top Italian Tenor from New York|
|4:00 PM||Alberobello and Porto Venere-Cinque Terre.
Alberobello. Come and discover the extraordinary architecture of the unique Trulli and their scenery. The Trulli of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. Alberobello is a small town and commune of the city of Bari in Puglia. Porto Venere and Le Cinque Terre (The Five Lands). Porto Venere is a town located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. In 1997 Porto Venere and the villages of the Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Le Cinque Terre. It is a rugged portion of coast in the region of Liguria to the west of La Spezia. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Rio Maggiore. Six villages amongst sea and hills on sheer cliffs upon the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
La Piccola Cucina – Festival Edition: La Piccola Cucina is a hands-on cultural culinary experience for children, aged 3-12 years old. Children will wear chef aprons and toques and learn basic Italian language, metric system and culture while preparing authentic Italian cuisine. The little chefs will learn how to make Focaccia! Seating is limited. Tickets are only $10. BUY AND PRINT TICKETS NOW to reserve your seat!
|5:00 PM||Italian Music By DJ Italia, Houston’s Preferred Italian DJ (Featuring the music of various Italian artists)|
|6:00 PM||Festival Closes|