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The biggest Italian party is coming to Auckland!

18 July 2017 – for immediate release

The biggest Italian party is coming to Auckland!

Festival Italiano: 1 October 2017, 11am – 4pm, Newmarket

Italian Festival Season in Auckland: 30 August – 1 October, Auckland-wide

The largest Italian Festival in New Zealand is back in Auckland and bigger than ever — bringing all the culture, music, art and design that Italy can offer in Aotearoa, plus all the fantastico food!

Italians and fans of Italy alike will start celebrating the Italian Festival Season in Auckland from 30 August with a variety of events in the city: movies and art, music and ballet, and of course fantastic food and drink, with restaurant specials and social events. The full list of events can be found here:

The grand finale of the Italian Festival Season will be the annual Italian community street festival in Newmarket — the Festival Italiano — on 1 October in Osborne St, Kent St, Rialto Centre, Lumsden Green and all around Newmarket.

Sir John Kirwan, President of the Dante Alighieri Italian Society of Auckland, the main player behind the Festival, commented: “Kiwis love Italy and Italians love New Zealand. Festival Italiano is the great occasion when we all meet and enjoy life the Italian way, right here in Auckland!”

The Festival is free to enter. On the day we will have al fresco lunches with leading Italian restaurants, plus an Italian market with over 30 stalls. Along with live music and entertainment, art activities for children, delicious tastings, workshops and exhibits, there’ll be a display of Italian sports cars and bikes, spot prizes and the chance to win a fantastic trip to Italy.

Auckland’s Dante Alighieri Society organises Festival Italiano in collaboration with the Newmarket Business Association, and the generous support of the Waitematā Local Board. The major corporate sponsor and partner is Peroni.


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