Cultural Arts

Teacher of Tarantella!

Teacher of Tarantella!

Ancient Folk Dance of Tarantella Arrives to America! Born and raised in Rome, Italy, Alessandra Belloni was introduced to folk music at a young age by her grandparents, who used to play authentic music from southern Italy for her during her childhood.  When Alessandra decided she wanted to pursue a career in the arts, there was nothing that could stop her. Not even her father’s disapproval.    “My father wouldn’t let me be an artist, so I had to get away,” Belloni recalls, and following a family vacation to New York,...

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Elisa Manzini, Actress/Author/Playwright

Elisa Manzini, Actress/Author/Playwright

FROM ITALY TO THE ACTORS STUDIO FOLLOWING HER “DREAMS” Since moving to Los Angeles just four short years ago Elisa Manzini  has  managed to published a short novel, “Dreams” and become a member of famed the Actors Studio West as a playwright.   Elisa started out in Italy as a TV writer for Comedy Central and Endemol in Milan,  but her real passion has always been the theatre and cinema.  She decided to follow her dream and come to the States where she started out writing short films.  Several of those were soon produced and...

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Newport Beach Italian Film Festival

Newport Beach Italian Film Festival

On Tuesday, April 29th 2014 the 15th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will present its Italian Spotlight, an evening celebration of Italian cinema and culture. The event will feature the Orange County premiere of the highly acclaimed film, A Five Star Life (Viaggio Sola), followed by a festive post screening gala. Irene (Margherita Buy, winner of the David di Donatello Award for Best Actress) has a dream job: traveling through Europe to test the service at the leading hotels of the world’s 5-star establishments. Yet in the lap of that...

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Germano Di Mattia, Artistic Spotlight

Germano Di Mattia, Artistic Spotlight

Germano Di Mattia was born in Avezzano, Italy but spent his childhood in Venezuela (Turmero,Estado de Aragua), so spanish became his first language ad then italian followed, he studied french and english as school subject. He lived in many places: Venezuela, Bracciano, Milano, Paris, Abruzzo. At the moment he lives in Rome and works in Europe and over the world. While he’s had a myriad of experiences. Previous work included modelling for catwalks, fashion magazines as well as acting in various tv programs and cinema movies and theater...

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Glitterati Gowns by Capucci

Glitterati Gowns by Capucci

CAPUCCI’S GLITTERATI GOWNS SHOWCASED IN TURIN Not everyone can don meters of silk, satin and velvet, and make it work. Most of all, few designers can craft a mass of fabric and turn it into incomparable elegance. Fashion designer Roberto Capucci, born in Rome in 1930, spent decades doing just that for women like Italian sex symbol Silvana Mangano, princesses Pallavicini and Borghese, American actress Esther Williams and many more. His architecture-inspired creations were worn by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Gloria Swanson and have...

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Dreams, by Italian Author Elisa Manzini

Dreams, by Italian Author Elisa Manzini

Elisa Manzini was born in Lecco, Italy. While she’s had a myriad of experiences, the work she has done for Comedy Central and Endemol in Europe is the most relevant.  While working on three different shows in two years, she was initially hired to be a writer (after winning a writing competition for Comedy Central), but within a matter of few months, her role evolved into casting director and head writer for new projects.  When she decided to move to Los Angeles, she was ready to start a writing career in the movie business as well, but...

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Spring Art Shows in Italy

Spring Art Shows in Italy

The long-awaited and extraordinary exhibition that opens Tuesday at Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale is set to shine the fullest light yet on the genius of 16th-century Venetian master painter Titian. Titian (1485-1576), whose Italian name was Tiziano Vecelli, was the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school. Born in Pieve di Cadore, near Belluno in the Republic of Venice, he was often called da Cadore, because of his birthplace. The collection of masterpieces on loan from around the globe stitches together a repertoire...

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Venice Biennale will feature a Vatican Pavillion

Venice Biennale will feature a Vatican Pavillion

There is no shortage of artistic inspiration between the Vatican walls. ‘Here, at the foot of this magnificent polychrome Sistine Chapel, is where the cardinals – a community responsible for passing on the keys to the kingdom – meet. Here is where they gather. And Michelangelo envelops them in his vision to this day’, John Paul II wrote in his 2003 Polish-language poem entitled Roman Triptych. Pope John Paul was not the only pontiff to reflect on the power of art to move souls. Benedict XVI also believed in how...

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Italian Toys by Quercetti

Italian Toys by Quercetti

Quercetti and Co. is an Italian toy company which has been delighting children for over 60 years. The Turin-based company offers a wide range of educational toys aimed at children aged from 12 months to eight years of age. ‘Our toys are designed to stimulate children’s creativity and natural curiosity while developing their manipulative and motor skills,’ Andrea Quercetti, export sales manager of the company, told ANSA. Quercetti’s (www.quercetti.com) most representative product is the multi-coloured Fantacolor pegs,...

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Fendi and Prada at the Milan Fashion Week

Fendi and Prada at the Milan Fashion Week

Contrast in the romance of feminine pieces layered under the powerful notes of a rustic crocodile coat or matched with sandals towering above thick, military soles vied for ‘crude elegance’, as Miuccia Prada defined her fall-winter 2013 women’s wear collection shown in Milan on Thursday. ‘You want to be romantic but you can’t, it’s a forbidden fantasy’, Prada told reporters. ‘This reflects today’s life, where nothing over the top is allowed. You cannot be decadent, modernity forces you to a...

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