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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

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 11:00 PM
    • The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, St. Anthony Main Theater , 115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414



    The 2019 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) brings bold, exciting and inspiring works by emerging and veteran filmmakers to the Twin Cities April 4-20, 2019, presenting a carefully curated selection of 250+ new films representing some 100 cultures and countries and welcoming many guests from around the world each year.

    This year, The Italian Cultural Center is very proud to sponsor MSPIFF, in particular the films from Italy! Don't miss the newest film from acclaimed director Paolo Sorrentino, Loro (Them), Matteo Garrone's intense drama DogmanGabriele Muccino's hilarious and harrowing tale A Casa Tutti Bene (There Is No Place Like Home) and more.

    ICC Members get $3 off general admission tickets to regular screenings (available in person at the Box Office; bring your ICC Member Card).

    Show dates, times and tickets information are available at 

    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis MN 55403
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    Join us on Thursday, April 25th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, for a great evening of fun playing a traditional Italian card game while enjoying an authentic aperitivo Italian style.

    Luisa and Ileana will guide you while you play scopone scientifico (NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NEEDED). Scopone scientifico is a variant of the popular scopa, a card game (gioco di carte) that every true Italian must master. And this goes along with an Italian aperitivo, perfect to chill on a Thursday evening. 

    The card games scopa and scopone scientifico are a big fundament of the Italian culture. Grandparents teach them to their grandchildren at an early age, and Luisa and Ileana themselves grew up playing this game in Italy with their grandparents!    

    This event is open to all ICC members and non-members. Any level of Italian proficiency - the game and the rules will be explained in English by Luisa & Ileana -.  NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NEEDED in the game of Scopone, and if you are a PRO come and show off your skills. It’s a simple yet fun and interesting game played in pairs but if you are a single player, we will pair you with another one. 

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

    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!

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

    Contact, with your questions.  

    All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.

    WHEN: Thursday, April 25th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
    WHERE: The Italian Cultural Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    PRICE: Member - $20 & Non-member - $25

    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Location: Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul 55114
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    Don't miss our last Make & Take class before the Summer break!

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    Learn how to make Erbazzone Reggiano (Spinach & Parmesan cheese pie) and Salame di Cioccolato (Chocolate salami), 2 big hits during our latest event Weekend Italiano. 

    Erbazzone Reggiano is a traditional savory pie from Emilia-Romagna. It is one of those simple but very tasteful gastronomic specialties that never traveled too far outside their region. 

    salame al cioccolatoSurprise and delight your guests with Salame di Cioccolato, a classic sweet treat in Italian households. This chocolate dessert with crunchy bits inside has a look that resembles a savory salami!

    To learn how to make Erbazzone Reggiano and Salame di Cioccolato, join our instructor, Modena native, Romina Montanari for a hands-on session.

    The class will be held at Mid-City Kitchen in St. Paul. Romina will demonstrate and guide you through the process of making your very own Erbazzone and Salame! Each participant will sample both preparations and enjoy a glass of wine in a fun atmosphere. Everyone will take home the erbazzone and salame they just made.

    All ingredients are included, but please bring a rolling pin.

    The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  The location is easy to find, conveniently located near the Green line of the light rail. If you choose to drive, free parking is available.

    Register now! Our Make & Take events are very popular and we expect to sell out.

    Contact with your questions. As always, all events must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative costs.

    WHEN: Sunday, April 28th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

    WHERE: Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul 55114

    Member - $50
    Non-member - $60

    By registering to this event, you fully agree on the following terms and conditions: Event Liability Release

    • 04 May 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    La Traviata is coming to St. Paul, and will be performed at the MN Opera May 4-19! 

    The ICC will provide a wonderful opportunity for you to become familiar with this beloved opera, whether you plan to see it in May or just want to learn more. Treat yourself to a relaxed and enjoyable presentation, on Saturday, May 4, 10:30 am-noon, at the Italian Cultural Center.

    La Traviata, a sublime work from Giuseppe Verdi, is one of the most performed of all operas around the world. 

    Verdi is the most celebrated opera composers in history and, with La Traviata, he achieved a delicate balance between a dramatic love story and the most powerful and heartbreaking music ever written. With it, he also sent a powerful message to his society with a politically courageous plot. In fact La Traviata was born from a very personal and painful history in Verdi's life. 

    With a virtual tour of places, Italian native, Mirella Rossi Heimpel, will take you from poor Northern Italian villages to glamorous theaters, and you will discover the extraordinary life of Verdi the man during a tumultuous personal life and Italian history. 

    You will learn about the Traviata plot, the characters, discuss some elements of opera and hear the main arias. By the end of the event, you will feel ready for an unforgettable evening at the Ordway Theater and we encourage you to sign-up for our group outing on Thursday, May 16th. Click here to learn more about the group outing and discount for ICC Members at MN Opera.

    Note:  The presentation will be in English.

    Contact with your questions.

    All classes/events must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to receive a refund less an administrative fee.

    When:  Saturday, May 4th, 2019  10:30 am–noon

    Location: 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    • 16 May 2019
    • 6:15 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Ordway Theater for Performing Arts, 345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102


    On Thursday, May 16th, 2019, join fellow ICC members for a group outing to see La Traviata at MN Opera. ICC members receive a 20% discount on tickets throughout the opera season. Meet the group in the Ordway lobby at 6:15 pm and start at 6:30 pm with a fun and informative half-hour session that includes an overview of the opera, historical and cultural context, and highlights to watch for during the show. Enjoy a complimentary reception back stage during the intermission with fellow MN Opera patrons.



    Verdi’s sumptuous melodies and timeless depiction of tragic love have made La Traviata an undeniable favorite for generations. Violetta, a glamorous courtesan, gives up everything for her devoted lover Alfredo—only to have their idyllic affair shattered by the stern demands of Alfredo’s father. From the frenzy of Violetta’s pleasure-filled life to her heart-wrenching decision to leave her beloved, Verdi’s treasured opera is a captivating tribute to what it means to live and die for love.


    Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage


    Approximately two hours and 55 minutes with one intermission


    Contact or call (612) 295-4111 to receive your promo code (and link that will autoload with code) and enter it in the promo code box BEFORE selecting your performance and seats.


    Contact 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 20, 2019. There are no refunds or exchanges on individual ticket orders. Fees and restrictions may apply. 

Past events

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
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
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