For the first time a number of Italian/Australian cultural associations and artistic organisations have teamed up to organise a festival of artistic productions and cultural events in Sydney, as never been seen before. The festival will take place in Leichhardt, the heart of Sydney’s Italian Community, offering an encompassing overview of local Italian artistic and cultural productions.
Double Belonging Festival will contain several forms of artistic expressions including:
Concerts of Folk and Jazz music
Conferences/ Book launches/Poetry reading
Painting / photography exhibitions
We strongly feel time is ripe for the Italian community in Sydney to express its passionate love for the arts, in all its forms. The Double Belonging Festival will be an opportunity for all artists of Italian background to showcase performances and will focus the attention of the public on their creative skills.
For all Italian/Australians, as well as all immigrants, the idea of DOUBLE BELONGING is not just an abstract concept, it is the fusion of our deep feeling of love (sometimes of bitterness) for our two mother countries: Italy and Australia.
Double Belonging festival will be a celebration of our multicultural identity, which lives in our hearts between our new home and our country of origin. The melancholic sadness we sometimes experience can give life to works of art of greater beauty because we naturally combine our cultural and artistic Italian roots – with over two thousand years or history and excellence in the arts – with the free spirit of Australia, the ever-young country that we chose as our new homeland and that claims the oldest cultural heritage human memory can evoke.
Double Belonging Festival will take place at the Italian Forum Cultural Centre in Leichhardt from the 30 October to the 9 November 2014 and intends to become an annual event. Its main objective is to promote the Italian culture among the wide Australian community and to highlight the cultural/artistic contribution of Italian migrants, old and recent, to the forging of the cultural life in NSW.
A great number of artists have already enthusiastically accepted to be part of the festival. And the list is getting longer day by day.Never before has the Italian/Australian community seen a cultural festival dedicated to the arts and discovery of new talents while recognising the richness of our cultures. Double Belonging will promote Italian culture among the wide Australian community and highlight the artistic contribution of Italians to the cultural life in NSW. It will demonstrate how our Italian artistic and cultural heritage is alive and prolific in NSW.
We need over $25,000 to stage our productions, for theatre hire and exhibition space in a state of the art venue in Leichhardt: the Italian Forum Cultural Centre. We do urgently need $10,000 as a deposit upon signing the hiring contract. So we really rely on your kindness and generosity.In exchange for your donations we will provide you tickets for our shows and overseas donations will receive a gift.
Please we need your help!
Make all this possible with generous donations from $5.00 to $10,000.00.
Every dollar will count and will be greatly appreciated!
GRAZIE! THANK YOU!