Tours of Tuscany

Tours of Tuscany
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Media Release 17th December 2009

The Australasian Commedia dell’Arte Festival will be officially launched today
in its home town of Gympie, Queensland.

This inaugural festival is being staged from the 28th to the 30thMay, 2010. Commedia artists from all over Australian and Italy will converge on Gympie and the Cooloola Region for thisthree day celebration of a living theatre tradition, including performances, workshops and discussions.
Headlining the event is internationally renowned Italian Commedia artist, director and teacher, Antonio Fava, who will perform his world premiere of “PulcinellataNera” (Black Comedy alla Pulcinella)

With its roots in 16th century Italy, Commedia dell’Arte boasts a colourful history of artistic innovation, political controversy and above all, pure entertainment. This 3-day festival celebrates this living theatre tradition and promises to recreate the magic and mayhem that is Commedia.

The festival will take place at the Gympie Civic Centre and include daytime workshops, presentations and discussions with evening Commedia performances being staged in the beautiful Heritage Theatre. A special Drinks, Chalkboard and Dinner is also being held on Saturday afternoon of the 29th May at local Italian venue, Raffinati’s Restaurant& Bar.
To signify the closing of the festival on the night of Sunday 30th May, the Noosa Botanical Gardens in Cooroy will host MrFava’s World Premiere performance of “Pulcinellata Nera”. This performance, a little opera in words, lazzi and music in the style of the Neapolitan Commedia dell’Arte, will beheld at the stunning Lake Macdonald amphitheatre, Cooroy.

The festival is the brainchild of highly creative performer/director, Tony Kishawi, a Gympie local andex NIDA teacher. With a commitment to the world of Theatre, Tony explains, “I want to share the rich cultural legacy that is Commedia in Australia. And what better place to hold the festival but in Gympie, on the doorstep to the Great Sandy National Park, Fraser Island, Noosa and the Sunshine Coast.”

To be an active participant in the festival and get “inside the mask!”, 3 day festival tickets are now on sale, with early bird discounts available for those purchased by the 30th December, 2009. Special discounts are available for students and emerging artists. Tickets are limited so book early.

Separate performance tickets are also for sale from February 1st 2010, for those wishing to attend the night performances or the World Premiere of “PulcinellataNera”. Performance tickets range from just $25 per adult, $15 concession for the evening performance program and $40 per adult and $30 concession for the World Premiere.
Visit the website for a sneak preview of the lineup. For more information call Lightwire on (07) 5408 2137 or go to the festival website.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Update for Italian Week 2010

Hello friends of Italian Week!

Well, we are well into planning and organizing Italian Week 2010 and thought we may update you on progress.

In order to grow the event and continue with the high level of cultural activities and production, we started as soon as the 2009 Italian Week finished. So on the drawing board for next year, we have a major National retailer collaborating with us and this will add great value – we will reveal the sponsor in due course however, this is a significant opportunity for us to gain commercial collaboration on a large scale from an organization which sees the potential of Italian Week!!

Over the past 6 months, we have had the good fortune to have Sir Llew Edwards mentoring and assisting with strategic planning and development and Sir Llew has discussed Italian Week with the Lord Mayor, who is pleased to assist.

We are working with the Hear and Say Centre, who is our official charity and who has assisted us with various grant applications. Including the Brisbane City Council, Multicultural Affairs, Creative Sparks and a number of others.

Entertainment is the focus for 2010 and we have a great lineup under way – we are looking to collaborate with as many organisations as we can and have already established a great connection with many great orchestra’s, choirs and musicians.

Once again we have the support of the Italian Motor Clubs and we are planning the Italian Motor Expo for the 3rd edition.

Our major partners and sponsors are back on board again for 2010 and the Queen Street Mall will be one of the main focus points for Italian Week 2010 along with a couple of other locations we are currently negotiating with.

Italian Fashion Week is planned once again for next year and we have some strong interest from a leading designer which we hope will produce a signature collection specifically for Italian Fashion Week.

That’s the news so far – more details in due course – in the meantime – ciao! A presto..

Best Regards
Alessandro Sorbello
Executive Producer, Italian Week