2011 Italian Week

About Italian Week 2011

Message from founder and creator of the Italian Week

Cav. Alessandro Sorbello, Founder and Creator of the Italian Week

Messages from Authorities 

Councillor Graham Quirk, The Lord Major of Brisbane

Dr. Dimity Dornan OA Queenslander of the Year 2010 (rest of achivements)

Cav. Philip Di Bella, founder of DiBella Coffee company

Graeme Smith – President of The Fiat Car Club QLD

Cr. Adrian Schrinner, Deputy Mayor of Brisbane

The Hon. Grace Grace MP, Labor State Member for Brisbane Central

Anna Bligh, Premier of Queensland

H.E. MR. Gian Ludovico DE MARTINO di MONTEGIORDANO, The Italian Ambassador to Australia

Dott. Francesco Capecchi, Consul of Italy for Queensland and the North Territory


Letters of Support/Collaboration

Dott. Francesco Capecchi, Consul of Italy for Queensland and the North Territory
The Hon. Anastacia Palaszczuk MP, The Minister of Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs

Julie Turpie, Director, Brisbane Marketing

Dimity Dornan, Queenslander of the Year and Founder “Hear and Say Centre”
Tony Kisawhi, Director, Australasian Commedia dell’Arte Festival
Sue Coburn – Rain and Horne
The Hon. Grace Grace MP, State Member for Brisbane Central
Lisa Hunt – International Recording artist

Helen Hall, President, Brisbane Metropolitan Bands Inc.

Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk (Brisbane City Council funding support for the year 2011/2012)


Theme for 2011 ‘docle far niente’

About the theme, “Dolce far niente”

About “The Illumination” – films – photo gallery promo and description)

Festa della Repubblica


Media & Communication Partners

New Realm Media

Like many entrepreneurs of the mid 1990’s, the founders, of New Realm Media saw the Internet as a way of reaching an audience that was seldom dreamed of.

Vespa Studios

Vespa Studio’s have been creating online footage for an international audience since 2007.


YourConnection Australia is a digital communicaton consultancy, we provide business and organisations of all sizes a professional road map to thier digital communications.


Qantas is widely regarded as the world’s leading long distance airline and one of the strongest brands in Australia.

Brisbane News

Brisbane News has been delivering a quality magazine to Brisbane’s affluent suburb for seventeen years.

Our Brisbane

OurBrisbane.com.au is a unique, Brisbane-based website which provides up-to-date local information that enriches the experience of people who live in and visit the city.

Brisbane Marketing

No-one knows Brisbane better than us. We’re passionate about what we do and we take great pride and pleasure in our work of championing this great region




Treasury Casino and Hotel
Brisbane City Council
Queensland Government

Elio Moda


City of Ispwich
Commonwealth Bank
Angelo’s Fresh Pasta Products
IBI-Italiquore Brands Internationale


Di Bella Coffee
Dolci Sapori
Tavernetta Function Centre
Il Centro

Cultural Partners

The Accademia Italiana della Cucina

Uncorked and Cultivated

Ciak Junior

The Pellegrino Scholarship

Brisbane Metropolitan Bands

Newstead House


Print Media – Newspapers

Courier Mail

La Fiamma
U on Sunday
Quest News

B Mag

Brisbane News


MX News

Promotional videos

Italian Week 2011 Promo (2 mins)

Italian Week 2011 Promo (1 min)


Posters and promotional material

Italian Week 2011 poster
Bambini ridiamo insieme
Business Lunch
One Night in Brisvegas
Venetian Glass Art
Viva Italia


Italian Week – Dolce Far Niente
Rome-based Sicilian tenor, Antonio Nicolosi, joins OPERATIF! in Australia
Opera Australia Presents Opera on the Big Screen

Big Mamma’s Boy Movie

Program of events Full Program

Brisbane Events

The Girl of the Golden West

Everyone’s got gold fever! It’s the California Gold Rush and this tight-knit mining community is fiercely protective of its saloon sweetheart Minnie…

Viva Italia! Dinner Concert

Join OPERATIF! And special guest, Sicilian tenor, Antonio Nicolosi, who flies in from Rome, for a stunning evening of fine Italian food wine, opera and song in this iconic Brisbane Restaurant…

Trattoria Night at Leonardo’s Café & Deli

Enjoy a tipical Italian Trattoria dinner at Leonardo’s Café & Deli.
THYME2 Interactive restaurant adds bellissimo touch

Dine in a vibrant atmosphere and enjoy the taste of fresh Italian favourites. Wood fired pizzas, fresh pasta’s, sliced Italian meats, gourmet olives, Italian breads and a specialty pesto station.

Oh! So Italiano Package

This May and June at Brisbane Marriott we are showcasing a fusion of Italian culture to celebrate Italian Week Brisbane.

Jan Powers ‘Il Mercato’ Italian Markets

Experience the Italian expression of freshest fruit, crispest vegetables and leanest cuts of meat right here in the city.

Italian Week Official Launch

Italian Week Official Opening and Media Launch at Treasury Casino.

Venetian GlassArt Installation

The 13th century Venetian art form of crafting handmade glass art comes to Australia as part of Italian Week 2011.

Italian Wine Tasting at the Wine Emporium

Come and join Italiquore as they present a range of Italian wines and liquors for you to taste at The Wine Emporium.

The ‘Illumination’ Aperitivo at Il Centro

Il Centro, in conjunction with Italian Week organisers and with the Accademia Italiana della Cucina will host an aperitivo on the evening of Thursday the 26th of May to celebrate the Illumination of the Story Bridge in the Italian Colours.

The Hidden Sardinia

Join Kara Sutton as she takes you through a unique expression of the dance and costume celebrations of the Sardinian carnival.

Italian Week Celebration Dinner

This year we are excited about celebrating Italian Week by inviting you to a special ‘Italian Dinner and Wine Tasting’ on Thursday 26th May.

The Hidden Sardinia Installation

Join Kara Sutton as she takes you through a unique expression of the dance and costume celebrations of the Sardinian carnival.

Wine Tasting at Era Bistro

Come and join Italiquore as they present a range of Italian wines and liquors for you to taste at Wine @ Era.

Italian Waiters Race 

The waiters’ race, or Corsa dei Camerieri in Italian, an annual event during Italian Week features waiters and waitresses mostly from Italian restaurants competing from the title of Queensland Fastest Camerieri.

Fiat Car 100th Birthday Exhibition

The only example still surviving of 50 models of a FIAT Tipo 7 built by FIAT for the US and Australian market will be displayed in conjunction with the Italian Waiters Race and the Italian Week Concerts at the Queen Street Mall.

Queen Street Mall Concert

Monique Latemore



Commedia Viva!

Clayton Smith

Impressions of Italy

Presented by Carole Horne – “In 2010, I went to Italy for three weeks. It was my third visit in as many decades, having travelled there in 1987 and 1997 – the first time with friends, the second time with a new husband. This third trip…

Le Carosse D’Or (The Golden Coach) 1952

‘In this story, set in Peru in the 18th century, Jean Renoir takes as his subject the contrast between theatre and life, focusing on a commedia dell’arte troupe and their temperamental star, Camilla – the luminous Anna Magnani at her comic best.

La Strada (The Road) 1954

Widely considered to be Fellini’s first masterpiece, La Strada features a masterful performance by Anthony Quinn as an itinerant strongman who purchases a tragic, affection-starved waif (the sublime Giuletta Masina) as his assistant for the price of a plate of pasta.

Italian Market Day

Come and share an Italian experience at Angelo’s market day and celebrate our passion of Italian culture & food.

Italian Alfresco Feast

Spend the evening in Italy with authentic alfresco dining featuring five unforgettable courses of Italian cuisine. Presented by Treasury Executive Chef Steven Jones Italian wines a nd traditional acoustic entertainment complete an experience that will bring a touch of the Mediterranean to Brisbane.

Opera Australia- The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Australia will be beaming their new season into cinemas presenting OPERA ON THE BIG SCREEN at Event Cinemas and Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas from Saturday 28 May.

The Black Nonnas at the Italian Market Day 

Two Black Clad Italian grandmothers escaped from the nursing home on the lookout for cheap pasta, good coffee and new husbands – preferably with a big tractor. And they love singing Italian folksongs!

Musica! Musica! at Queen Street Mall Stage

Two Italian musicians, Antonio and Giovanni, take us on a comical musical tour of Italy. Explore the sounds and stories of Italian folk music, from the passionate southern rhythms of the Tarantella to the stirring harmonies of the mountain songs of the north.

Solemn high mass and blessing of the statue of St.Pio of Pietrelcina
Viva Italia! – OPERATIF with Sicilian tenor Antonio Nicolosi

Concert of Opera and Italian song at St Andrew’s, Ann Street , Brisbane. VIVA ITALIA WITH ANTONIO NICOLOSI & OPERATIF!

Mandolins at Sunset performance at Newstead House

Spend an evening with Mandolins in Brisbane on a twilight evening on the verandah of historic Newstead House facing the river, enjoy Italian sparkling wines by ItaliQuore and delicious Italian pastries from Dolci Sapori.

Anniversary Lunch at Viale Canova

Come and celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy at Viale Canova Restaurant. Massimo and Lorenzo menu is inspired to the “Unità d’Italia” with tipical dishes from the Northern, Central and Southiern Italy. 

Black Nonnas Show

Two Black Clad Italian grandmothers escaped from the nursing home on the lookout for cheap pasta, good coffee and new husbands – preferably with a big tractor.

Dolce Far Niente Business Lunch

Join special guests Phillip Di Bella, Director and founder of Di Bella Coffee, Councillor Paul Pisasale, Mayor of the City of Ipswich, Filippo D’Arro` Director, Italiquore for a special business lunch focusing on Dolce Far Niente – Enjoying leisure time.

Bambini – Ridiamo Insieme

Italian Week presents Ciak Junior cartoons and films and Commedia dell’Arte. Join us for an afternoon of short films and cartoons followed by Commedia dell’Arte performances. Italian Week encourages schools and TV networks to support children and teens taking part in Ciak Junior 2012 and see Australia participate in this important international Cinema Festival.

Frutto Magico as part of ‘Bambini – Ridiamo insieme’ program

Two crazy Italian storytellers present this hilarious medieval fable of a spoilt, smelly prince who is cursed by the Fairy Witch Fata Morgana. His quest is to find the magical fruit with the help of the audience.

Musica! Musica! Gondolieri at Queen Street Mall Stage

The Gondolieri (Venetian Gondoliers) will take you on a journey through Italy from South to North.

Dolce Far Niente, Wines and Sweets

Join Master of Wine, Peter Scudamore Smith as he explores with guests a fantastic experience discovering Italy from the point of view of an expert wine and food connoisseur.

Carabinieri at Jan Powers Italian Markets

The roving Commedia Carabinieri are the ever-so-serious white gloved ambassadors for the Italian State Police.

Teaching Commedia Presentation

Teaching Commedia dell’Arte’ is primarily a book for teachers of theatre, but also actors, directors, and anyone interested in creating exciting, immediate performance.

Jan Powers ‘Il Mercato’ Italian Markets 

Experience the Italian expression of freshest fruit, crispest vegetables and leanest cuts of meat right here in the city.

Italian Film – Viva l’Italia (1961, R. Rossellini)

The 1800s sees the emergence of an Italian hero who works to unify his country. The film follows Giuseppe Garibaldi as he liberates southern Italy from the Bourbon Monarchy.

Italian Film – Arrivano i Bersaglieri (1980, L. Magni)

In the year 1870 Rome, then governed by the Pope, was captured by the Italian General La Marmora’s troops…

Italian Golf Day

The Italian Golf Association of Qld in collaboration with the ICCI invites you to the “Annual Italian Golf Classic” on Friday the 3rd of June 2011.

One night in Brisvegas

A spectacular show filled with music & laughter with 2 great acts from our friends in New South Wales and Victoria!!

Cairns Events

Italian Film Night

Chestnuts and Trivia night

Social Bocce & Grigliata

Italian Republic Day Dinner

Wine & Cheese, Gelato & Coffee

Italian Style Lunch

Italian Speaking Presentation

Italian Republic Day Dinner

Esplanade Italian Concert

Italian Republic Day Concert


Ipswich Events
‘Top of Town’ Street Party!

World Music Stage presented by Harding Martin. Our multicultural community join the party mood when Ipswich Multicultural Projects present a spectacular celebration of cultural diversity.

Festival Parade 

The streets of Ipswich will come alive as the annual Commonwealth Bank Festival Parade passes by, see the Italian Week entry into the street parade with Italian cars and enjoy the fun of the day.

Roberto Nobilia at the Global Fiesta 

Roberto Nobilia (who wrote and performed the Italian Week theme song) grew up listening to the radio and his Italian parents’ record collection every day, developing a love affair with the art of “the song”.


Venetian Masks @ Kids Kingdom Family Day 

The elegant masks and beautiful costumes of Venice are a sight to behold, watch the masked actors move elegantly through the crowd. Are they moving?


Two Capitains meet on an Empty 

Commedia dell’Arte – Two Captains, meeting each other on an empty road. Each refuses to give way to the other. What will ensue? Violence? Probably not. Lots of bluster and hot air? Definitely.


Commedia Performance 

Italy’s famous Pulcinella – Loveable Zanni Rogue of the Commedia dell’arte – is out and about, exploring the streets, and he’s not alone. In fact there are four of him!


Sunshine Coast Events


St. Columbian’s Catholic Italian Day Festival

The Italian Culture is celebrated in a variety ways throughout Australia. To further promote and celebrate Italian Culture and its infusion in the Australian way of life, St. Columban’s Catholic College is hosting its own Italian Day Festival.


Opera in the Amphitheatre

The venue has a magnificent natural acoustic, perfectly suited to the big operatic voices of OPERATIF! And evokes images of the famous Arenadi Verona and the Baths of Caracalla in Rome.


Viva Italia! Dinner Concert

In-between courses OPERATIF! will take you through the Italian opera hits all accompanied by renowned Scottish pianist John Woods on a magnificent grand piano . You will hear the very best of Puccini, Verdi and friends.


The Italian Long Lunch

Sunday’s Long Italian Lunch consists of a 4 course traditional menu with also a children’s option: the kids get to come in and build their own pizza’s and then watch them bake in our windowed oven.


Italian Week Merchandising


Venetian GlassArt Merchandising


Italian Club

Italian Club Program

Italian Week End of project reports

Sequel communication



Italian Week report