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When my mother was five she spent 20 days on a boat coming to Australia from Calabria, in the south of Italy. Once settled in her new school, she was picked on by the Aussie kids who called her a wog and made fun of her salami and provolone panini while they ate tidy Vegemite sandwiches. She used to cut school to avoid their taunts.
Stories like these are common among migrants who came to Australia during and after World War II in search of a better life and, no all thar long ago, I too ran into trouble for having olives in my packed lunches in primary school.
Now we see paninis and antipasti every second cafe, Italian regularly polls as this nation's favourite cuisine, and Mediterranean cultures are celebrated in popular festivals.
The occasion was the launch of Italian Week (May 26 - June 2), which Brisbane News is proud to be sponsoring, and the venue was Marca restaurant in Albion.
Guests, including the Consul of Italy, Francesco Capecchi, were treated to a fine spread from chef Mario Cali, and Fil D'Arro weighed in with the wine.
Si e' conclusa con il ricevimento ufficiale per le autorita' alla presenza di Annastacia Palaszcuk, ministro del governo statale per gli Affari Multiculturali, la Settimana Italiana 2009 per le celebrazioni del 63esimo Anniversario della Fondazione della Repubblica Italiana. La Settimana, organizzata in Brisbane dal consolato d'Italia, in collaborazione con New Realm Media, ha incluso anche la borsa di studio offerta da Steve Pellegrino.
Kuranda District State College students, some as young as 7, have illustrated a Dreamtime story - written in English , Italian and Djabugay - that has been published in Florence as part of a school project.
And, after the story was featured on Italy's public television network, book sales haven taken off.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Fra gli evnti in programma alla Settimana Italiana (Italian Week) che si terrà in Brisbane dal 26 maggio al 2 giugno 2009, e i molteplici colori che animeranno la città, ce ne è uno che brillerà più degli altri: quello di Lisa Hunt, la sua esibizione sarà simbolo di una mirabile sintesi fra culture.
The restaurant is owned by husband and wife Vittorio Greco and Barbara Fazzi and offers a simple ambience complemented by the owners' passion for quality in their ingredients, resulting in a menu of classic Italian dishes.
The Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT) student is among 18 fashion students handpicked to showcase their garments in the fashion extravaganza which runs in the Queen Street Mall from May 29 to 31.
MSIT Fashion education manager Liz Reynolds said that Italian Week was a fantastic opportunity for students to show creative flair with their designs and work with established designers.
Ms Tait's design was shortlisted with the works of 18 students selected from a 450-strong entry field from Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE.
Melinda is among 18 fashion designers from Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE showcasing their Italian-inspired creations at Italian Fashion Week.
The students were handpicked to exhibit their garments in the fashion extravaganza which will be held in Queen Street Mall from May 29-31.
Up and coming local fashion designer Caitlin Rowe is one of 18 Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT) students who have been handpicked to showcase their garments as part of Italian Fashion Week.
Michele Di Bartolo said the recipes drew on the Sicilian culinary tradition of simple, peasant food so were simple and easy to make.
The Italian Idol vocal coach (whose suspiciously non-Italian-sounding surname hints at a touch of pop star re-invention) ripped out a one-hour set mixing "famous songs of Italy with a lot of songs of American culture".
Memories of sitting in her grandmother's kitchen watching her cook, coupled with a trip to her ancestral home of Sicily in 2005, spurred the lawyer to put pen to paper upon her return.
The result is The Sicilian Kitchen, a memoir with a liberal dash of traditional, homestyles Sicilian recipes scattered trhoughout.
"When I came back after three months, I just felt the need to write about my family's culture and history, and growing up as a migrant in Brisbane," Ms Di Bartolo said.
This year Italian Week is set to impress Queensland's 100.000 strong Italian community - and the rest of Brisbane when it kicks off on Tuesday at the Queen St Mall.
Executive producer of Italian Week, Alessandro Sorbello, looks forward to showcasing the best of Italy's culinary sensations, culture, and fashion.
"It's not just a festival for Italians, it's an Italian festival for everyone," Mr Sorbello said.
"I researched farmers market in Italy and all over the Europe before I launched the concept in Brisbane", Jan said.
"Italian farmers markets from small villages to the big cities, like Venice or Florence, are a delight to the senses!"
Sunday, June 7, 2009
BRISBANE: All things Italian will take centre stage in Brisbane for Italian Week from May 26 to June 2. The CBD will be a hive of activity, including performances of highlights from Romeo and Juliet at the Queen Street Mall stage on May 26, 28 and 30
BRISBANE: Food guru Jan Power will salute Italian food and wine at her Wednesday market next week. “I researched farmers markets in Italy and all over Europe before I launched the concept in Brisbane,” Jan said. http://quest-news.whereilive.com.au/news/story/italy-makes-mark-at-markets
Metropolitan South Institute of Tafe fashion students did a dress rehearsal of their garments, which will be part of Italian Fashion Week parades in the City this weekend - Pictures: Dale Haberfield and Jim Campey See and buy thousands of photos at Newsphotoshttp://quest-news.whereilive.com.au/photos/gallery/top-threads-italian-style
THERESA Lariza’s designs on becoming an internationally renowned fashion designer have taken a stride in the right direction. The Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE fashion graduate was one of 18 handpicked to showcase their Italian inspired creations as part of 2009 Italian Week celebrations. http://quest-news.whereilive.com.au/lifestyle/story/italian-flair-on-catwalk/
THE work of Wynnum fashion students Edwina Tait, 18, and Stacey O’Keeffe, of Capalaba, will be showcased during parades to mark Italian Fashion Week celebrations. Ms Tait’s design was shortlisted with the works of 18 students selected from a 450-strong entry field from Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE. http://quest-news.whereilive.com.au/lifestyle/story/fashion-students-in-italian-week-show/
BROOKFIELD’S Tahli Accad will showcase her Italian-inspired creations at Italian Week celebrations this weekend. The Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT) student is among 18 fashion students handpicked to showcase their garments in the fashion extravaganza which runs in the Queen Street Mall from May 29 to 31.
HER mother is Zimbabwean and her father South African, but Kirsten Reynolds has turned to Italy as inspiration for her latest fashion collection. The Springwood designer’s garments will be paraded on the runway in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall this weekend during Italian Week celebrations. http://quest-news.whereilive.com.au/lifestyle/story/kirsten-has-big-designs-on-success/
THE creations of Morningside fashion designer Melinda Toomey will be on show this week. Melinda is among 18 fashion designers from Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE showcasing their Italian-inspired creations at Italian Fashion Week. The students were handpicked to exhibit their garments in the fashion extravaganza which will be held in Queen Street Mall from May 29-31.
FOOD and family were at the core of Michele Di’Bartolo’s upbringing. Memories of sitting in her grandmother’s kitchen watching her cook, coupled with a trip to her ancestral home of Sicily in 2005, spurred the lawyer to put pen to paper upon her return. The result is The Sicilian Kitchen, a memoir with a liberal dash of traditional, home-style Sicilian recipes scattered throughout.
ALDERLEY: Italians have taken over Alderley in the lead up to a festival which celebrates the culture, history, and food of the boot-shaped country. Italian Week organizer Alessandro Sorbello said the week-long celebration was now in its third year and provided an insight into Italian culture. “We’re bringing the ‘la bella vita’ (life is beautiful) essence of Italy to Brisbane,” Mr Sorbello said. “This year’s celebration will capture the flare and excitement of one of the world’s oldest countries.