ITALIAN DESIGN DAY 2020“Proximity vs Social Distancing”: A Conversation with Arch. Francesco Fresa of Piuarch
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 12:00 NOON
"According to us, architecture is the space that is created between one building and another. Indeed, what is more important is how much it is able of generating with its shape, shadow and silhouette in an urban space. The latter is a crucial theme for the future of design, however contradicted by Covid-19 which sanctioned a new verb, to social distance: living urban space by measures.
Now that we have returned to live in the city but under the aegis of restrictions, what will be the new “rituals” of shared life? It will be necessary to rethink cities by redefining the concept of proximity as an alternative to social distancing. Even in design, we believe it is right to start from human interaction, an essential value of our lives, no matter how smart we want to imagine them." (Arch. Francesco Fresa)
The 4th edition of the “Italian Design Day” is presented in Vancouver by the Consulate General of Italy in cooperation with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West and Piuarch, after a worldwide initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with MiBACT, MISE, ICE Agenzia, Confindustria, Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI), Fondazione ADI-Compasso d'Oro, Federlegno Arredo, Salone del Mobile Milano and Triennale Milano.
After graduating in Architecture from the University of Rome, in 1986 Francesco Fresa moved to Berlin, where he worked until 1991. From 1991 to 1996 he worked with Gregotti Associati, for whom he was responsible for projects and construction sites in Germany and managed relations with German clients and government, in particular those based in Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig. He founded Piuarch in 1996 together with Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini and Monica Tricario. As a partner of the firm, his work focuses primarily on the management of international projects, with particular regard to urban regeneration plans, residential complexes, office and retail buildings.
Register for free for the online webinar HERE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27th, 2020 – 8:00AM ONWARDS
Online Webinar: Building Bridges between Western Canada & Europe
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West has partnered with the Belgian Business Club, eight European Business Clubs and the EU Chamber of Canada West to organize a virtual networking event.
The virtual event will include presentations on Trade, Business and Personal Growth, as well as the possibility to have one-on-one meetings with all European and Canadian participants.
Info and registration (free for members of the Chamber; $10 for non-members): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-bridges-between-western-canada-europe-tickets-123223933101
Other events of Italian interest:
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West is also presenting two other promotional events:
Authentic Italian Table - Discover Italian Cheeses!
Sep. 24th – Oct. 8th at Urban Fare stores in BC and Alberta
A 2 weeks in-store promotion and educational activities about 5 PDO Italian Cheeses: Parmigiano Reggiano, Piave Vecchio, , Pecorino Romano and Mozzarella di bufala campana.
Flavours of Italy – Celebrating Italian Classics
Month of October at 60 BC Liquor Stores
A month-long in-store promotion of an exclusive selection of 12 Italian best-selling classics in 60 selected BC Liquor Stores
More info on these events: www.iccbc.com
OCTOBER 1 - 8
Various stores and showrooms in Vancouver
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West, the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver and the Italian Trade Commission present a series of events called “Italian Design Days @ IDS” during IDS – Interior Design Show Vancouver, from October 1 through 8.
The series, which features open houses in many design-oriented shops and showrooms in Vancouver, will culminate and terminate on November 5th, with Italian Design Day 2020 (Save the date!). Now in its 4th year, this worldwide event will feature this year a free webinar focused on the excellence of Made in Italy design.
On the occasion of this series, the new Italian Design Map website will also be officially and publicly launched. The Italian Design Map is a powerful online tool that features all Canadian businesses and help to promote the beauty and excellence of Made in Italy design, outside of Italy.
To view the details of the events in the series, please click here.
Two special events will also be part of this weeklong initiative:
October 1, 2020, 10am-11am
Italian Design Days@IDS hosts Marina Baracs - in collaboration with Domus Academy
October 5 and 6, 2020, 1pm-3pm
Meet the Alumni - in collaboration with NABA, Istituto Marangoni, Domus Academy
In-presence event @Cappelleria Bertacchi, 131 Water St #121
More info: www.italiandesignmap.com / email@example.com / 604.682.1410
SEPTEMBER 24 – OCTOBER 7
The 2020 edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival will take place via VIFF Connect, which is the Festival’s new online streaming platform. Among the 100+ titles featured in this year’s Festival, a handful are important Italian productions or co-productions, presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy and with the assistance of Il Centro - Italian Cultural Centre. The Italian section of VIFF 2020 includes:
HAMMAMET: Gianni Amelio’s semi-biographical drama about Bettino Craxi, leader of the Italian Socialist Party (1976-1993) and Prime Minister of Italy from 1983 till 1987. The film traces Craxi’s final months with his family at his oasis villa in Hammamet, Tunisia, where he fled to avoid prison for crimes of bribery and corruption. Under a heavy layer of prosthetics, veteran actor Pierfrancesco Favino (star of Bellocchio’s The Traitor) masterfully embodies Craxi’s larger-than-life persona, employing a repertoire of nuanced gestures while commanding the screen with appropriate hauteur.
Italy, 2019, Italian with English subtitles
SARITA: Sergio Basso’s touching “educational musical” revolving around 13-year-old Sarita, a Lhotshampa girl persecuted by Bhutanese police and living in a refugee camp in Nepal (Italy/Germany, 2019, Nepali with English subtitles). As a special introduction to the film, an interview in English with director Sergio Basso (currently in Vancouver), presented by Il Centro - Italian Cultural Centre, will be available for viewing through Il Centro’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ilcentrovan) as of VIFF’s opening day.
BAD TALES (Favolacce): the D’Innocenzo brothers’ contemporary fable about the lives of four deferential schoolchildren in a suburban Roman community.
Italy/Switzerland, 2020, Italian with English subtitles
HERE WE ARE: Nir Bergman’s soulful drama about a stubborn, proud, aging divorcé and his autistic son.
Israel/Italy, 2020, Hebrew with English subtitles
SIBERIA: Abel Ferrara’s 2020 work showing him at his most undiluted, drowning viewers in potent imagery and crude poetry drawn from the tormented psyche of one of modern cinema’s greatest madmen, starring Willem Dafoe.
Italy/Germany/Mexico, 200, English
(Text: viff.org, adapted)
For info and tickets, please visit https://www.viff.org/Online/default.asp
On the day when we celebrate the Festa della Musica (June 21), the new "Estate all'Italiana Festival" is launched this year -- a unique showcase of all major Italian music and performing arts summer festivals for the 2020 season. The initiative is promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy as part of the measures to restart the cultural sector after the pandemic, while at the same time highlighting the excellence of the country's music and performing arts and the beauty of its diverse regions.
Thanks to the collaboration with Associazione Italia Festival, selected high-prestige shows will be made available free of charge via streaming and on demand, through the Association's website: www.italiafestival.tv (registration required). Here are some of the participating Festivals:
For more information and for a complete calendar of these amazing cultural events, please click here .
Rekindle hope in a virtual “passeggiata Italiana”
The cast and crew of the movie “Road to the Lemon Grove”, and many special guests, invite you to join them for a warm-hearted gathering, as they take a virtual trip to the heart and soul of Italy.
Father’s Day, June 21st, 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time
(4:00 pm Eastern, 3:00 p.m. Central, 10 p.m. Central European)
The Italian community in Italy and around the world has suffered unspeakable hardships during the pandemic. It’s time to heal and find joy through a 1-hour interactive online special, multi-streamed on Zoom, YouTube and Facebook.
Celebrities: Burt Young (Rocky), Nick Mancuso (Ticket to Heaven), Rossella Brescia (Italian TV star and Italy's Prima Ballerina), Loreena McKennitt (Multi-Platinum Recording Artist), Charly Chiarelli (Sicilian "Spalding Grey"), and Tomaso Sanelli (Titans), Eric Eremita (Love It or List It), Cristina Fontanelli (Opera Singer), Claudio Vena (Musician), Dominic Mancuso (Musician), Rita Chiarelli (Musician), Ripley Lucas-Tagliani (Opera Singer) and many more.
KCIC joined Il Centro Director Mario Miceli and representatives from Italian Clubs in Kamloops and Prince George for an online discussion about what the various clubs offered in their own communities. You can watch the recorded session on Il Centro's Facebook page. Our portion starts at 6:42 into the video.
By Pietro Arrigoni.
Pietro is a grade 12 student at KSS and with his family is a member of KCIC.
Since this year isn’t going to be one filled with public celebrations and parades, I decided to have a deeper look at special days that define our country and the history behind them. Coming up on April 25th is the Liberation’s Day of Italy, a national holiday that celebrates the liberation of Italy from the Fascist regime and the Nazi troops.
During World War 2, Italy was led by the Fascist party of Benito Mussolini and, because of its alliance with Germany during the war, was helped by Nazi troops that stayed on its territory for protection after the armistice on September 8th, 1943.
Similarly to what will happen in America during the war of Vietnam years later, the people of Italy began to grow sick and tired of the war and a “Resistenza” (resistance) was created in 1943. Made up of mostly young people called “Partigiani”, the Resistenza and its actions were deemed illegal, which caused a proper civil war between the fascist army and the Partigiani.
During these years of civil war, families and friends turned into enemies because of their different beliefs and many deaths occured because of the split emotions of our population.
Despite all the efforts made by the military and the government to stop the Resistenza, the Partigiani were able to keep working secretly behind the backs of the fascists to keep their activities going, especially in the middle regions of Italy where the Linea Gotica (gothic line) was drawn.
As the years of war went along, Germany and Italy suffered great losses and lost many troops. Eventually, the Partigiani supporting the Allies troops, which were fighting hard to free our country from Sicily to the north, were able to free every city in the country and chase many fascists out of Italy. This was the beginning of something new for Italy because a year after, in June 1946, Italy became a Republic and our Constitution was written. As one of our greatest President, Sandro Pertini said, “La Costituzione e’ un buon documento; ma spetta ancora a noi fare in modo che certi articoli non rimangano lettera morta, inchiostro sulla carta. In questo senso la Resistenza continua” meaning that the Constitution is a good tool, but that we need to keep fighting in order to make sure it will be properly applied.
The significance of the efforts by the Partigiani and the importance of the Resistenza are allocated in the many books published in the years following the Liberation of Italy and the assassination of Benito Mussolini. These books were written by those who had lived through the civil war and the events and experiences they had during those times inspired them to write these books. Writers such as Cesare Pavese, Beppe Fenoglio, Italo Calvino, Elio Vittorini, Elsa Morante and many others, described the life of the Partigiani and the war even better than historians.
The “Festa della Liberazione” or “Festa dei Partigiani” becomes an official national holiday a year later. The CLN (Comitato di Liberazione Nazionale) chose April 25th because on that day the city of Milano, where the main command base of the Resistance was located, was finally liberated.
Some good news in BC. The COVID-19 social distancing measures undertaken by our citizens have significantly reduced the number of cases of the C19 virus in our province. That is something we should all be very proud of.
However, we must continue to follow the guidelines advocated by our public health officials and maintain these measures. This is not the time to let our guard down. Social distancing will be a fact of life to some degree for the foreseeable future.
KCIC Board members have been contacting our club members over the past month. We have been hearing stories of family and friends assisting others who require their help. We are impressed with how well we all come together during times like this. After all, we really are one big family.
Should any KCIC members require assistance now, or should your family situation change and you subsequently need help, please email your name and phone number to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to offer you our support.
Please continue with the fight against the virus. It will allow us to get back to being together again soon.