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Italy has a long and deeply rooted artistic tradition. Even in the Neolithic Age, the inhabitants of Italy produced beautiful artefacts. Many influences from different European regions have enriched the country over the centuries and left Italy with what is possibly the largest collection of artistic treasures in the world. While many regions of Italy have developed independently after the fall of the Roman Empire, the Italian Renaissance represents the pinnacle of the art scene. Artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and later Bernini and Caravaggio have left an unparalleled artistic legacy to humanity.

In modern times, Italian art has expanded its influence and includes interior and fashion designers, music artists and performers whose art has achieved new levels of beauty and sophistication and is admired around the world.

The Italian Cultural Center promotes and supports Italian arts and culture in the Twin Cities. Our partnership with the Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Opera and the Minneapolis Institute of Art is a testament to our continued commitment.

We are proud to bring a variety of interesting cultural events certain to entertain and delight our members and friends. We invite you to sign-up for these events and keep the Italian artistic tradition alive in Minnesota.
 


Upcoming events

    • 31 Jan 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis MN 55403
    • 6
    Register


    It's back! APERITIVO & CARTE 
    THE ITALIAN WAY 

    Join us on Friday, January 31st, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, for a fun evening of playing the traditional Italian card game scopone scientifico while enjoying an authentic Italian aperitivo (aperitif).

    NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY since Italian natives, Luisa and Ileana, will teach you all you need to know in English. However, if you are already a PRO, feel free to show off your skills and join in the fun as well!

    Scopone scientifico is a variant of scopa, a simple card game that many Italians, including our facilitators, grew up playing in Italy with their grandparents.   

    This event is open to all ICC members and non-members. Both individual players and pairs are welcome.  

    Once you have signed up, the rules of the game will be emailed to you to review.



    Per chiunque abbia voglia di trascorrere una serata divertente e giocare al tradizionale Scopone scientifico, il tutto accompagnato da un aperitivo italiano.

    Il torneo è aperto a tutti i soci dell’ICC e ai non soci. Il gioco e le regole saranno spiegate in inglese. Non è richiesta alcuna conoscenza del gioco; se sei un campione, è l’occasione per mostrare la tua bravura. Lo scopone è un gioco a coppie semplice, divertente ed interessante. Se non hai un partner, te ne verrà assegnato uno la sera stessa.


     Bring your friends and register now!


    A big Thank You to Global Minnesota for supporting
    our events as part of their Year of Italy (2019-2020)
     



    Minimum number of participants: 10
    Maximum number of participants: 16


    Contact events@theitalianculturalcenter.org, with your questions. 
    All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.

    WHEN: Friday, January 25th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
    WHERE: The Italian Cultural Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    PRICE: Member - $25 & Non-member - $30








    • 20 Feb 2020
    • 6:05 PM
    • 23 Feb 2020
    • 11:00 PM
    • St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Register


    Dear Members & Friends of the Italian Cultural Center,


    We are thrilled to announce the 11th anniversary of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis-St. Paul (IFF). Organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul in partnership with MSP Film Society, this year's festival opens at St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis on February 20, 2020. Over four days, the IFF will screen the best current Italian cinema from fast-paced Italian comedies to socially-relevant documentaries. Alongside contemporary Italian premieres, the festival showcases Italy's cinematic history by screening a classic Italian film each year. 2020 marks the centennial of Federico Fellini and we are delighted to present a 4K restoration of Lo sceicco bianco (The White Sheik, 1952).


    This time again, the IFF will offer two award opportunities for the best short films made by emerging filmmakers working and living in Italy and Minnesota. The winning films and finalists will screen at the festival. Each winner will receive a 2020 "Building Bridges Award" together with a cash prize and the IFF will cover the director's travel to the festival. This year's theme is WATER (acqua in Italian).
    The "Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards” are dedicated to Massimo Bonavita, former president and co-founder of The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul. Sponsored by KNOCK, Inc. and our generous Give to The Max Donors.


    We are committed to our local community and the festival offers an opportunity to give back by creating dialogue between Minnesota and Italy through visual arts. In order to continue doing this important work, we rely on the support of our community partners and sponsors. Your support makes the festival possible, as sponsorships help us cover the event’s many costs including screening fees, filmmaker travel, and community outreach.

    Below, we’ve detailed some of the ways that you can become a sponsor for this year’s IFF, but we also look forward to working with you on your organizations particular interests and goals. Please be in touch with any questions.

    Thank you for your time. We look forward to discussing more soon!
    Tiziana Cervesato

    Festival Director
    events@theitalianculturalcenter.org



    Sponsorship Level

    Produttore
    di Elite

    $10,000

    Produttore Esecutivo

    $5000

    Produttore

    $2500

    Assistente di Produzione

    $1000

    Regista

    $500

    Aiuto Regista

    $250

    VIP party at festival






    Commercial included before each screening






    Opportunity to introduce opening night film


    Sponsor both Awards






    Sponsor one Award






    Logo on poster and mention in festival advertisement and press





    Still ad included in festival pre-reel before each screening




    Recognition in film introductions



    Promotional materials available at the festival



    Reserved seating



    Recognition on social media


    Logo in festival trailer


    Logo appears on IFF website

    Logo appears in printed program

    Number of Festival Passes (incl. Opening Night Reception)*

    14

    8

    6

    4

    2


    Tickets for Opening Night Reception and movie






    2

    * The Italian Film Festival Opening Night Reception will be held at Pracna's Fireside Room (117 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414) on Thursday, February 20, 2020.



    INDIVIDUAL FILM SPONSORSHIPS
    Individual film sponsorships are available for $150 ($180 for the Opening Night Movie that includes the Opening Night Reception). If you sponsor an individual film, your name / organization will be listed on the website and in the festival program alongside the film. You will also receive two tickets to the film. For more information on this year’s films, please contact Peggy Hansen at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org  

    CLICK ON the REGISTER button (in the upper left blue box)
    to select your film!



    STILL AD IN FESTIVAL PRE-REEL BEFORE EACH SCREENING
    There are also opportunities to advertise your business / organization onscreen in the pre-reel that plays before every screening. The cost for each ad is $300 and it should be delivered as a .jpeg or .tiff file.




    PRINTED ADVERTISEMENTS
    In addition to traditional sponsorships, we also offer a variety of options for organizations and businesses to advertise at the IFF. Advertising space is available in the printed festival program, available before and throughout the festival. There are also opportunities to advertise your business onscreen in the pre-reel that plays before every screening. The cost for each ad is $300 and it should be delivered as a .jpeg or .tiff file.

    Ad Size

    Price

    Specifications

    Full page

    $350

    4.8 in x 7.5 in

    2/3 page

    $250

    4.8 in x 4.8 in

    1/3 page

    $150

    4.8 in x 2.4 in


    CLICK ON the REGISTER button (in the upper left blue box) 

    TO CHOOSE YOUR SPONSORSHIP LEVEL!













    • 16 May 2020
    • 6:15 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Ordway Theater for Performing Arts, 345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102


    OPERA

    Special offer for ICC Members

    Enjoy 20% Off Select Performances at MN Opera




    This year again we are happy to continue our partnership with MN Opera and offer ICC members 20% off select performances.

    MN Opera is presenting two Italian operas this season: The Barber of Seville (coming up in November) and Don Giovanni (coming up in May).

    The special discount also applies to Elektra & Flight.

    Click here for more information.


    TICKETS
    Online:

    Contact secretary@theitalianculturalcenter.org or call (612) 295-4111 to receive your promo code and enter it in the promo code box BEFORE selecting your performance and seats.

    Phone:

    Contact secretary@theitalianculturalcenter.org or call (612) 295-4111 to receive your promo code. Call MN Opera Patron Services at 612-333-6669, M-F: 10am-5pm, and mention your code.

    Not a member of The Italian Cultural Center?
    Join today!


    Limit up to 4 seats regularly $50 or more. Offer ends May 17, 2020. There are no refunds or exchanges on individual ticket orders. Fees and restrictions may apply. 














Past events

23 Jan 2020 Pitturiamo! (Let’s Paint!) EW20
12 Jan 2020 Wine Tasting La Via del Vino: Sunshine in a Bottle. Wines of Puglia and Sicily. EW20
19 Dec 2019 Tombola, Panettone & Pandoro. An Italian Holiday Tradition. EF19
21 Nov 2019 SOLD OUT! WINE TASTING. Le Vie del Vino: Bollicine d'Oro - Golden Italian Bubbles. EF19
18 Nov 2019 EXCLUSIVE! UCCELLINI, a play by Mark Benninghofen directed by Joe Dowling. EF19
17 Nov 2019 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi di Zucca. EF19
14 Nov 2019 LEONARDO 500. With live music! “Leonardo’s Paradise: A Masterpiece of Theatre, Science, and Wonder at Sforza’s Court”, Francesca Bortoletti. EF19
14 Nov 2019 TODAY is GIVE TO THE MAX DAY: support Emerging Filmmakers from Italy and Minnesota
24 Oct 2019 LEONARDO 500. Live demonstration “Exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s Painting Techniques”, Mark Balma. EF19
22 Oct 2019 LEONARDO 500. Live demonstration “Exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s Painting Techniques”, Mark Balma. Reserved for students & faculty of the UofM and the Twin Cities. EF19
21 Oct 2019 LEONARDO 500. Exhibit: “The Theater of the Human Body”. EF19
03 Oct 2019 LEONARDO 500. “The end of the Dark Ages”, Claudia Scarlata. EF19
11 Sep 2019 Happening in the Community: Year of Italy @ Global Minnesota
05 Sep 2019 SOLD OUT! LEONARDO 500. “Leonardo da Vinci and his Unfinished Work”, Carmen C. Bambach. EF19
26 Jun 2019 Join us at the Weisman Museum of Art for a “Made for ICC” tour! . EN19
16 May 2019 A night at the Opera: join fellow ICC members for a group outing to see La Traviata at MN Opera. ES19
05 May 2019 Happening in the Community - Vini d'Italia: Tour 2019
04 May 2019 Morning Opera Lecture: La Traviata. SOLD OUT! ES19
28 Apr 2019 Make & Take Class: Erbazzone & Salame di Cioccolato. ES19
25 Apr 2019 Aperitivo & Cards. Learn how to play Scopone Scientifico, a traditional Italian card game. ES19
04 Apr 2019 Italian Movies at MSP International Film Festival
24 Mar 2019 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini. ES19
10 Mar 2019 Happening in the Community: 15th Annual UNICO Carnevale Celebration
10 Mar 2019 SOLD OUT! Weekend Italiano - Pasta-Making Workshop (Tortellini). EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Visions of Italia. Photography Exhibit. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Seminar: Liquid Gold – Sicilian Artisan Milled Olive Oils. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Seminar: Historical Connections between Health & Food in Italy. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Mini Wine Seminars. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Italian Conversation Table & Card Table. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Mercatino (Mini-Market). EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Pasta-Making Workshop (Ravioli di spinaci e ricotta). EW19
09 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Apericena (Italian-style Happy Hour). EW19
09 Mar 2019 WEEKEND ITALIANO, a contemporary 2-day Italian Food and Social Event. EW19
09 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Wine Tasting. EW19
01 Feb 2019 Happening in the Community - Walker Art Center: Italian Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, dialogue with Scott Foundas + screenings
31 Jan 2019 A night at the Opera: join fellow ICC members for a group outing to see The Italian Straw Hat at MN Opera. EW19
23 Dec 2018 Happening in the Community: The Trylon presents La Dolce Vita
20 Dec 2018 Sold out! Tombola, Panettone & Pandoro. An Italian Holiday Tradition. EF18
06 Dec 2018 Aperitivo & Cards. Torneo di Scopone Scientifico (no previous experience needed). EF18
30 Nov 2018 Happening in the Community: Showcasing Two Digital Projects on Pre-modern Venice
29 Nov 2018 Happening in the Community - Picturing the Venetian State: Celebrations of Dogaressa Morosini and Doge Grimani
29 Nov 2018 Tracing Events of Recent Italian History at the Walker Art Center. EF18
18 Nov 2018 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. EF18
08 Nov 2018 Wine Tasting: Vini del Centro Italia. EF18
27 Oct 2018 DIRECT FROM ITALY! Famed Italian Theater Company. EF18
27 Oct 2018 Meet the Artist! Talk and Puppet Demonstration with Puppet Master Mimmo Cuticchio. EF18
26 Oct 2018 Italian American Studies Symposium. EF18
26 Oct 2018 Talk:I Figli d’Arte Cuticchio, Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Sicilian Puppet Theater. EF18
14 Oct 2018 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini. EF18
04 Oct 2018 Wine Tasting: Vini del Nord Italia. EF18
23 Sep 2018 Frammenti d’Italia al Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. EF18
13 Sep 2018 Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. EF18
21 Jun 2018 SOLD OUT ... again! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. ES18
07 Jun 2018 SOLD OUT! Searching for Bits and Pieces of Italy at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. ES18
29 Apr 2018 Make & Take Class: Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta. ES18
19 Apr 2018 NEW! Italian Excellence in Arts & Sciences. Inaugural Lecture. ES18
12 Apr 2018 SOLD OUT! It's back! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. ES18
12 Apr 2018 Happening in the Community: free screening of "Io Sono Li", 2011 Italian drama movie
08 Apr 2018 SOLD OUT! - Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. ES18
25 Mar 2018 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. ES18
19 Dec 2017 WAITLIST! EF17 Tombola, Panettone & Pandoro. An Italian Holiday Tradition.
07 Dec 2017 EF17 Aperitivo & Cards. Last chance to learn how to play Scopone Scientifico with Luisa & Ileana!
02 Nov 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro. Presentation and live performance
27 Oct 2017 We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!
12 Oct 2017 EF17 Torneo di Scopone Scientifico / Scopone Tournament (no previous experience needed)
12 Oct 2017 EF17 Meet Zoe Cinel, an Italian Artist from Florence
24 Sep 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini
21 Sep 2017 EF17 Wine Tasting: Scrumptious Sangiovese
14 Sep 2017 EF17 Aperitivo and cards. Last session before the GRAN TORNEO! Don't miss it!
06 Sep 2017 EF17 NEW! Italian Higher Education - A Comparative Analysis
12 Jun 2017 Sardinia. The Footstep of the God
21 May 2017 Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Would You Do That? National Tour
18 May 2017 ES17 Preview: the new Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker!
04 May 2017 ES17 SOLD OUT! Mia tours series: Italian Renaissance & Baroque Art Guided Tour
30 Apr 2017 ES17 ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT! Make & Take Class: Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta
27 Apr 2017 ES17 IT'S TONIGHT, join us! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
07 Apr 2017 Neorealism’s Casualisation of Labour - Lecture at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
06 Apr 2017 ES17 “By Italians, for Italians”: Italo-American Movie Theatres
06 Apr 2017 The Cinematic Life of Petroleum - Workshop at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
29 Mar 2017 ES17 Music and Mathematics: an Italian Perspective
26 Mar 2017 ES17 Make & Take Class: Gnocchi
20 Mar 2017 IL VOLO: Notte Magica World Tour
16 Mar 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Mia tours series: Ancient Greco-Roman Art Guided Tour
12 Mar 2017 CW17 Festa italiana in pizzeria! Italian Pizza Party for Families
03 Mar 2017 Issues of Translation: published translations of books by noted contemporary Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi
26 Jan 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
19 Jan 2017 SOLD OUT! EW17 Donna Leon and Venice: The Tale of Two Cities
11 Jan 2017 Cinema! The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
08 Jan 2017 EW17 Viva l'Italia! From our friends of Opera on Tap
01 Dec 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "Visualizing Sanudo's Diarii. The Multimedia Festival in Renaissance Venice"
13 Nov 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: Special Concert Performance "¡Sacabuche!: Venetia 1500"
11 Nov 2016 CONSORTIUM CARISSIMI: Early Italian Baroque Meets Jazz
01 Nov 2016 Ferrante Night at Moon Palace Books
27 Oct 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "A Knight of the Italian Renaissance: Pietro Bembo and the Order of Malta"
20 Oct 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "The Fifteenth-Century Mediterranean: Trade in a Transitional Time"
15 Oct 2016 EF16 Discover the Caponi Art Park
10 Oct 2016 BORDERS (OF THE HUMAN): Naoki Sakai and Sandro Mezzadra: A Winton Chair Cornerstone Event (Oct 10-12, 2016)
19 May 2016 EU16 The Italian Experience in Minnesota - An Overview, Thursday, May 19, 2016
15 May 2016 SOLD OUT! EU16 Make & Take Class:Tagliatelle – Sunday, May 15, 2016
10 Apr 2016 ES16 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi – Sunday, April 10th
30 Mar 2016 ES16 Travelogue: A student in Perugia – Pictures and memories
24 Mar 2016 ES16 Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Formation of Italian Identity - Thursday, March 24, 2016
03 Mar 2016 EW16 Italian Heritage: Puccini’s Tosca – Thur. 3/3
11 Feb 2016 EW16 Mia tours series: Italian Modern Art Guided Tour
09 Feb 2016 EW16 Italian Heritage: Carnevale di Venezia - Tuesday, Feb 9
28 Jan 2016 EW16 Mia tours series: Italian Baroque Art Guided Tour
22 Jan 2016 EW16 Wine Tasting series: Wines of Southern Italy
14 Jan 2016 EW16 SOLD OUT! Taste the Regions: Puglia (Apulia)
10 Dec 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Mia tours series: Italian Renaissance Art Guided Tour - Thursday, December 10
19 Nov 2015 SOLD OUT! EF15 Mia tours series: Ancient Roman Art Guided Tour
07 Nov 2015 EF15 Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di ricotta & spinaci @ American Swedish Institute
24 Oct 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di zucca @ Nonna Rosa’s
15 Oct 2015 EF15 Taste the Regions/Cities: Rome, the eternal city - October 15th
05 Oct 2015 RED DESERT (1964) A film by Italian Director Michelangelo Antonioni
19 Aug 2015 ES15 Cocktail Reception at Historic Clifton House
07 Jul 2015 ES15 SOLD OUT! - Symposium - Leonardo Da Vinci: the Scientist, The Inventor, The Artist: Legacy of the Ultimate Renaissance Man.
22 May 2015 Eurochannel Short Films Tour
25 Apr 2015 University of Minnesota Event
24 Apr 2015 EN15 U of M Film, "Refugees in Cinecitta"- Friday, April 24
19 Feb 2015 ENW15 SOLD OUT! Walker Art Center - “Arte Povera” Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers
03 Jan 2015 Brunello Cucinelli: A humanist enterprise in the world of industry
01 Nov 2014 EF14 Welcome Reception for Isabella Dalla Ragione
30 Oct 2014 EF14 Walker Art Center- Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers -- Thursday, October 30
24 Oct 2014 FREE Screening – Men of the Cloth – Friday, October 24
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