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Bella notizia: 2021 Italian Festival to go ahead

Youssef Ben Touati - Pizza Acrobat

AFTER the Covid-forced cancellation of the Australian Italian Festival in 2020 – it has been announced that the event will go ahead this year.

The date has changed, and brand new events are planned for 2021.

The festival will run from 28 May through to 6 June, with events planned for both weekends and activities available for visitors during the week between.

The first event planned for 28 May is an exhibition at TYTO Gallery, which traces the cane cutters history.

There is a ticketed dinner featuring authentic Italian dishes. This dinner is our VIP event and the launch of the festival week.

The Hair and Fashion Spectacular under the management of our new coordinator Jenna Fighera has had a refresh.

This year it will be held at TYTO Parklands under a huge marquee.

With a focus on sustainable fashion, Jenna has secured designer Trish Bellero to run fashion workshops at the secondary schools.

The aim is for students to up-cycle garments instead of purchasing new fabrics.

There will be two categories in the fashion awards, one for students and an open category for adults.

Following the Hair and Fashion Spectacular will be the two-day Carnivale at TYTO Parklands over the 5th and 6th June.

The days are packed with entertainment, food and fun for all ages. Competitions such as pizza and pasta eating, the greasy pole and grape stomping will be included once again this year.

Kiddies corner with kid-friendly and free entertainment is also included.

A collaboration between Australian Italian Festival, Ingham Arts Action and artists of the Hinchinbrook Shire will see another new and exciting event as part of the 2021 Festival.

This is a first for our shire.

This event will be made possible with funding from Hinchinbrook Shire Council and Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

The Australian Italian Festival celebrated its’ 25th Anniversary in 2019.

This success may be attributed to good planning but also enthusiastic and loyal volunteers.

Festival organiser Anna Vardanega said: ‘We are always on the lookout for volunteers to join us. You will get to meet and work alongside some great people and be part of a regional event’s success.

‘Volunteering is one way to contribute to your community.

‘The late Paul Hallam was Secretary for the Festival, but he also gave his time with food art demonstrations.

‘Watch our Facebook page and website for information regarding ticket sales. Hope to see you all there!’

The greasy pole competition is a test of strength and endurance.

Pizza and pasta eating competitions are fun for all ages.

Pizza acrobat Youssef Ben Touati will perform at the 2021 Festival (image courtesy Mostyn Swain)

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