Welcome to Italian Week 2016


“Experience Life Italian Style” at the Brisbane Italian Festival in 2016

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Experience Life Italian Style” at the Gold Coast Italian Festival in 2016
Prepare to savour the tastes, sights and sounds of Italy when the 1st annual Gold Coast Italian Festival descends on Broadbeach on the 26th and 27th of March 2016.
Over the Easter long-weekend experience a taste of Italy, from fine food and Italian wines to music, family entertainment and fast cars, the Gold Coast Italian Festival will celebrate all the best things about la bella Italia and its dolce vita culture.
Celebrated in Brisbane since 2007, the Italian Festival is set to head to the Coast and paint the Town Red, White and Green. The event organisers are bringing the well-loved Italian food and wine festival to Broadbeach to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival.
Fun for all the family as the Italian Festival welcomes you to the taste of authentic Italian food, entertainment and history. The cultural festival will sit on the oceanfront in suggestive Pratten Park in Broadbeach where street vendors will be serving wood fired pizza, pasta and delicious gelato, with Italian wines coming from many regions around Italy.
The Festival’s aims to promote Italian culture in Australia and around the world and highlight the influence of Italian Culture in Australia as a result of immigration and integration. The weekend will be an opportunity to showcase Italian food, wine and culture and to preserve and promote an appreciation of culture and the heritage of Italy.
“We really want to bring an Italian-style street festival to the Gold Coast that gives festival goers a chance to try some real Italian street food. Our intention is to offer a chance to try things our grandmother’s made.” says Alessandro Sorbello, festival producer.
$7 entry fee for adults – Free entry for children under 12
WHAT:   Gold Coast Italian Festival 2016
WHERE:  Pratten Park Broadbeach
WHEN:   26th and 27th March 2016
Festival open hours

Sat 10:30 am – 10:30 pm,
Sun 10:30 am – 08:00 pm
Event cost
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Story Bridge Ilumination 
The Brisbane City Council has confirmed that our application for the Italian Week Light-Up of the Story Bridge will be added to Brisbane’s annual calendar. After first lighting up the Story Bridge in 2011, it will now be an annual feature of Italian Week. In 2016 it will be illuminated for one week!!! How great is that BrisVegas!!
Celebrating the Italian National Day and in its 9th year now, Italian Week 2015 (26th May to 2nd Of June) will once again shine the light on all things Italian in Queensland.
Together with our partners, the Brisbane City Council, Queensland Government, the Treasury Casino and many others, Italian Week 2015 presents ‘An Italian Affair’.
This year we see the addition of an exciting Italian Street festival will be held at the historical New Farm Park on Sunday 31 May, from 11am until 6pm. This delightful family event will feature lots of 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.

From the catwalks of Milan to the Emerald Beaches of Sardinia, from the relics of Ancient Rome, to the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean, Italian Week is your chance to enjoy Italy without the airfare. Italy is the ultimate epitome of classical beauty and contemporary appeal, imbued with renaissance gracefulness and cultural uniqueness. Its fashion, auto-mobiles, leather goods, gourmets and fine wine have long been the world’s envy.
Italian Culture and lifestyle is firmly entrenched in the Australian cultural landscape and continues to grow in appreciation and interest. Italy is a country where you can find tradition fused with innovation. The “Made in Italy” label represents not only the highest quality achieved by all the Italian craftsmen but also the persistency they hold throughout centuries.


Italian Week celebrates the National Day of Italy, presenting the genius and Italian lifestyle and showcases the very unique Italian experience via Art, gastronomy and luxury conveyance. Stories of Italy and Italian Stories’ and follow us on Facebook

Extract from academic research conducted by festival producer Alessandro Sorbello in conjunction with Dr Eliane Karsaklian from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) as part of doctorate research.


Join Alessandro Sorbello on a Tour of Tuscany this year