AFTER a forced cancellation of the Australian Italian Festival in 2020 due to COVID, it is exciting to share with you the news that the 2021 Australian Italian Festival will be held this year.
The committee is eager to present to the region a fantastic event full of great food, entertainment and fun for all ages. The Carnivale in TYTO Parklands which is the feature event, is scheduled for 5 and 6 June and will feature entertainment, great food and fun for all ages. Children 16 and under are free if accompanied by a paying adult. Wilmar is once again the proud sponsor of our “Kids Corner”, where all rides and entertainment is free of charge. This year Tommy the Train is included as part of the entertainment for the children.
There are some changes to the festival design this year, with new events added and venues changed. However, the core ideals of a cultural festival that celebrates Italian migration’s influence on the Hinchinbrook Shire’s cultural identity will still be evident.
The first event is an exhibition TYTO Gallery on 28 May 2021, which traces the Canecutters history. The exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 29th May. On the 28th of May also is a Regional Dinner which is a ticketed event. The dinner will include authentic Italian dishes for all to enjoy and we have entertainment. Come dine under the starts at TYTO and enjoy the ambience of great food, wine and entertainment. The Regional Dinner is sponsored by Coscer Financial Partners.
The Hair and Fashion Extravaganza is a regular feature of the Australian Italian Festival and will be held on the 4th June at TYTO Parklands. This year we have added an upcycle/recycle fashion competition. Local designer Trish Bellero has run workshops for secondary school students to assist them with their designs. This competition is open to adults as well. The Hair and Fashion Extravaganza is sponsored by NQIB Insurance. (North Queensland Insurance Brokers)
New to the Festival is TYTO Ephemera. This exciting RADF (Regional Arts Development Fund) supported installation art event collaborates with Ingham Arts Action, and local artists will bring art to the park. Artists will be asked to respond to either the natural beauty of the parklands and wetlands or the unique cultural mix of Hinchinbrook Shire. This exhibition will coincide with the Festival and beyond the final weekend.
We are fortunate to have Homunculus Theatre Company as part of the Festival in 2021. They will be running a masks workshop on the Saturday before providing roving entertainment around the Festival site. (http://homunculustheatre.com.au/) Regional Arts Network (RASN) have sponsored these performances and workshop.
Come for the Festival and stay for a while is our catchphrase. Stay to enjoy all that the natural beauty of the Hinchinbrook has to offer. In the district we have the best of bush and beach, great shopping friendly accommodation and people.
As you can see there are lots going on both before and after the festival.
Dr Ann Vardanega