Carnevale Italian Festival

Carnevale Italian Festival

Wednesday 18th of May, 2016
Legislative Council

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. J.S. Lee:

That this council:

1. Congratulates the Carnevale Italian festival for celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016;

2. Acknowledges the significant work and commitment of the Carnevale Italian Festival Committee and volunteers, past and present, for continuously showcasing the vibrant and energetic Italian culture through the festival; and

3. Acknowledges the importance of their establishment and the work it has done over the last 40 years in the promotion and preservation of Italian heritage and, in doing so, enriching the multicultural landscape of South Australia.

(Continued from 9 March 2016.)

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS ( 17:39 :35 ): I rise today on behalf of the Greens to support this very worthy motion and to congratulate the Carnevale Italian Festival on its milestone 40th anniversary this year. Carnevale, then known as the Italian Festival, began in 1976 with a parade from Victoria Square to Elder Park and then festivities in Rundle Mall. It has since undergone many changes and has grown to become one of the largest (if not the largest) Italian festivals here in Australia, attracting some tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Carnevale showcases the best that Italy and the local Italian community here in South Australia have to offer, from food to fashion to wine, art and culture, language, technology, sport, automobiles and so much more. It is a celebration of Italian language, culture, history and achievements, and the contribution that the large and proud Italian community has made to our state.

I would like to pay tribute to the Coordinating Italian Committee and its army of volunteers for successfully putting on this event each year. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Angelo Fantasia, the president of the Coordinating Italian Committee; Vini Ciccarello, the chair of the Carnevale organising committee; and Eugene Ragghianti, the special events manager.

Carnevale is truly a community event featuring many of South Australia's regional Italian clubs, associations and service groups who cook up a wide array of delicious, authentic Italian dishes. This year there were food stalls run by the Arena Community Club, Bene Aged Care, the Calabria Sports and Social Club, the Campania Sports and Social Club, Cucina Veneziana, the Lions Club of Adelaide Italian, the Rotary Club of Campbelltown, and St Hilarion.

Also at Carnevale this year we had many important institutions and community representatives, as well as advocacy organisations with their most informative display stands, which included: Com.It.Es; Code.As.It; the Dante Alighieri Society of South Australia; ANFE; and the Campania Club Flood Appeal. We also saw an impressive array of cultural and historic exhibitions and food and wine displays, including:

  • an exhibition of Giuliano-Dalmati exodus and their journey to South Australia;

     

  • an exhibition put on the Marche Club about famous people from the Marche region;

     

     

  • an exhibition about the history of Italian migration in the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters;

     

  • a seminar on Italian wine presented by Italian sommelier Alessandro Ragazzo from Bottega Rotolo; and

     

  • a mozzarella-stretching workshop (as noted by the Hon. John Gazzola) led by Vince Salandra from La Casa del Formaggio and Gina Dal Santo from TAFE SA.

The Italian community of South Australia's two radio stations, Radio Italiana and Radio Uno, were present over the weekend to transmit the festivities live.

Carnevale is not just a celebration, it is also a major fundraising event that raises very much needed funds for the welfare needs of elderly members of the Italian community. The proceeds are administered by the Coordinating Italian Committee and used for a range of very important services, including: day care programs for the frail and aged; information and referrals; an in-home visiting program; support and assistance in accessing services; advocacy; a support group for carers; shopping; social luncheons; physical activity programs, including swimming and light exercise for women; and a social support program.

The Coordinating Italian Committee is organising a gala masked ball fundraiser to raise much needed funds for these very important services on Saturday 16 July at the Hilton in the city. The Italian community has made a significant contribution to our state and our nation. It is testament to the success story that is multiculturalism here in South Australia that we have so many people from different parts of the world living and working harmoniously, free to maintain, celebrate and give expression to their distinctive cultural heritage.

We are proud and fortunate to have the Italian community here, not only being included in the rich tapestry that is the multiculturalism of our nation, but playing a leading role in paving the way for successive groups of other people from around the world also settling here and forming part of that rich tapestry.

The Greens, of course, celebrate our multicultural identity in Australia and we recognise it as an intrinsic part of our national identity. The Australian Greens are particularly proud to have their first federal leader of a major political party who is of Italian descent. Senator Richard di Natale is, of course, not only a doctor, but Richard is very proud of his Italian heritage: he speaks Italian fluently (unlike myself); is an amazing Italian cook (with his own pizza oven); has his own vineyard and makes his own wine. The Greens congratulate the Carnevale Italian Festival on its 40th anniversary and wish it all the very best for another successful 40 years. With that, I commend the motion.

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