Italian Day on The Drive

About Italian Day

Now into its sixth year since its return in 2010, Italian Day on The Drive represents the celebration of Italian culture and the contributions made to Vancouver by Italian immigrants and their children.

A vibrant cultural street festival, it spans 13 blocks and shares all that is Italian in a day-long celebration with Vancouver’s diverse and multi-cultural community. Held annually on Commercial Drive (‘The Drive’), the district represents a rich history of over 50 years of Italian heritage and is synonymously recognized as Vancouver’s original ‘Little Italy‘, making it the ideal event venue. Highlighting a unique theme each year, consistent elements remain at the heart of the festivities and bring together Vancouver’s community via the common affection of Italian culture, its history, worldwide and local influence. Like a piazza in full swing in a sea of green, white and red, the street comes alive with food, music, dancing, product exhibits and activities.

The event is organized by the Italian Day Festival Society in conjunction with The Commercial Drive Business Society and collaborating partner, The Italian Cultural Centre (Il Centro); and is dependent upon the invaluable support of our sponsors, community businesses and the City of Vancouver without whom the event would not be possible.  Each year the event grows, along with attendance numbers, participating business revenues, media coverage and an overwhelmingly positive event perception.  With over 350,000 estimated attendees in 2014, Italian Day on The Drive has become Vancouver’s largest and most celebrated cultural street festival of its kind.  With this in mind, it is with gratitude and enthusiasm that we extend this sponsorship invitation to join us for next year’s Italian Day on The Drive set for Sunday, June 14 2015.

About 2015 Theme – ART

Thoughtfully chosen – each year’s theme considers the Italian culture and how it relates to our community and businesses – both Italo-Canadian and other.  This year we weave a common thread which binds the essence of the Italian culture and its impact worldwide and locally, namely – Italian ART: architecture, painting, sculpture, music, cinema, performance, literature, design and culinary art.

Italy has been at the forefront of western civilization for over 2,000 years and has had a profound influence on the development of Europe and the rest of the world in almost every aspect of art and culture: the birthplace of Opera, music writing and ballet; the home to the world’s greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites and over half of the world’s art treasures;  mother to cinematic masterpieces such as La Dolce Vita, Ladri di Biciclette and in recent years – La vita e bella and Il Postino;  home to figures of artistic and worldwide influence like Dante, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo Da Vinci, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Filippo Brunelleschi,  Federico Fellini, Roberto Benigni, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Pavarotti, Bocelli, Armani and many more.

Art involves many things: creativity, expression, values, purpose and progress; and is used by one and all, knowingly or unknowingly in different forms.  It inspires, stirring emotions and intellect, creating a profound influence on society and mankind, as has Italian ART.  It is a theme, although Italian in focus, to which everyone can relate; and a cultural element the city of Vancouver seeks, as is evident in the growing interest of the arts locally.

For Italian Day 2015, the celebrations continue with Italian ART as the centerpiece highlighting Italy’s influence, local Italo-Canadian contributions (individuals and businesses), as well as Vancouver’s fine and performing arts community.  Thematic components will include art exhibits, interactive sketch art panels, architectural displays, theatre, film presentations, street performances and more.

Italian Day Festival Society

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Beppe De Lucio, President
Michael Cuccione, Treasurer
Carmen D’Onofrio
Federico Fuoco
Carmelina Cupo
Irena Demarco
Rob D’Onofrio

COMMITTEE

Brunella Gaudio, Italian Day Executive Director
Dragan Nikodijevic, Italian Day Creative Director, Graphic Design, Barcelona Media Design
Katie Blank, Graphics and Communications Assistant
Nick Pogor, Commercial Drive Business Society, Executive Director
Giulio Recchioni, Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, Cultural Co-ordinator
Neki Kallergis, Vancity Italian Day Advisory Committee
Domenic Bruzzese
Marco Cornale