An Italian Affair Street Festival in New Farm Park (FREE ENTRY)

An Italian Affair Street Festival in New Farm Park (FREE ENTRY)

WHEN: Sunday, 31 May 2015

TIME: 11.00 am to 6.00pm

WHERE: New Farm Park, Brunswick Street, New Farm


It’s ‘An Italian Affair’ Brisbane will become a sea of Italian-themed festivities for the ninth edition of Italian Week, with ‘An Italian Affair’. An exciting Italian Street festival will be held at the historical New Farm Park on Sunday 31 May, from 11am until 6pm. A delightful family event, the day will feature all the wonderful offerings of Italy such as delicious Italian food and wines, operas, bands, children’s activities, Italian cars and much more. Throughout the course of the day at this FREE ENTRY event, close to 100 performers will entertain the crowds. New Farm Park was traditionally very Italian. It is the 100th anniversary of the rotunda in the park in 2015, so this will be a perfect way to mark the occasion.


Free entertainment includes:


Selene Pennetta - Southern Italian Dance exhibition 
Selene PennettaThe most popular dance of Salento Italy, the Pizzica. A dance which communicates feelings, life and hopes. Selene Pennetta is Australia’s leading exponent of the Southern Italian dance style known as the Pizzica. The Pizzica dance is seen also as a dance of courtship.


If you come across a group of people dancing frenetically in the Salento area of Puglia, odds on it won't be a rave, but a pizzica pizzica, a kind of  tarantella peculiar to the province of Lecce. Shrouded in myth and legend and dating back many hundreds if not thousands of years, this dance was thought to have been the only cure for a tarantula bite, or, metaphorically, for someone possessed by the devil... Join in as part of a demonstration of this wonderful historical dance during the Italian Festival in New Farm Park on Sunday the 31st of May 2015.

It’s Italian Week in Brisbane with music that celebrates Italy, from traditional folk tunes to sweeping operatic themes featuring Brisbane Municipal Concert Band and Sempre Vocewho provides a fresh blend of old classics, famous musical scores, contemporary opera and romantic melodies. Finishing the set is Brisbane BrassThis event will run on May 31, 2015 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.


Brisbane Municipal Concert Band

Brisbane Municipal Concert BandThe band is the longest playing concert band in Queensland.  They have been entertaining the people of Brisbane for 110 years and are a foundation member of the Bands In Parks programme which started in 1916. 

Brisbane Municipal Concert Band started out in 1903 when a group of musicians met in a coffee shop in Fortitude Valley and from these humble beginnings went on to perform every Sunday night for the Brisbane City Council in Wickham Park as well as at council receptions and vice regal occasions.

During both World Wars the band greeted soldiers at the South Brisbane railway station, playing for troop trains as they passed through.  For over 80 years they have played at Anzac day services at Graceville and Oxley. 
There are about 55 musicians in the band ranging in age from 18 to 80.  By day, band members are doctors, accountants, teachers, nurses, parents, zoologists, retirees and students.  But after hours they come together to share a passion to make music. They connect with the community by providing everyday musicians the opportunity for life-long learning in ways and places that everyday people can enjoy and have brought Brisbane residents together in an appreciation of music.



Brisbane Brass

Brisbane BrassSince it's formation in 1981 Brisbane Brass has been one of Queensland's premier A Grade Brass Bands, having won numerous State Championships and Regional Competitions.  The band blends youth and experience with many of its members being former National and State Champions on their respective instruments. Brisbane Brass Music Association is based in the northern suburbs of Brisbane although players are drawn from all parts of the metropolitan area and comprises four active community and competition brass bands in all grades.  The organisation boasts an active playing membership in excess of 100 members, 80% of whom are under the age of 25.  Brisbane Brass is also very family orientated with numerous families having two or more members spread throughout all four bands.


Sempre Voce

Sempre VoceSempre Voce is a new Brisbane singing group featuring the vocal talents of four young people- Hannah Fuller, Redmond Lopez, Alex Komarowski and Daniel Debattista. Having recently completed several engagements in Turkey as part of the Gallipoli Choir, Sempre Voce provides a fresh blend of old classics, famous musical scores, contemporary opera and romantic melodies. All of them are students pursuing different careers, yet united in their passion for quality music. Under the musical direction of Bernadette Debattista, the group is only just beginning its story on the local entertainment scene.

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