THE Italo-Australian Welfare & Cultural Centre was set up more than 60 years ago to help Italian migrants settle into their new home and maintain their cultural heritage.
These days the centre also has a social welfare program for women and youths that includes counselling, support services for people with diabetes, a child care centre and Italian language classes in schools.
Aimed at promoting Italian culture, the cultural centre’s annual festival kicks off on Saturday May 26 with a pasta and porchetta night at the Vasto Club Casa D’Abruzzo in Balcatta.
UWA’s Dr Carlo Peressini is going back to basics with a talk on “mechanical weeding in large scale cropping” at the centre’s headquarters on Fitzgerald Street on Sunday May 27.
The Italian smash-hit comedy L’Ora Legale (It’s the Law) is on at Cinema Paradiso on Monday May 28, and the Corsini Collection at the WA Art Gallery will form a glittering backdrop for a networking evening on Tuesday May 29.
The winners of the annual sweets and wine competitions will be revealed on Wednesday May 30 at the Italian Club, and learn how to make pasta like nonna at the North Perth Town Hall on Friday June 1.
The week’s events come to a glittering close with the Italian National Gala Ball on Sunday June 3.
But before the party, the Messa Della Repubblica–an Italian mass celebrating the foundation of the Italian Republic in 1946 will be held at St Kieran Catholic Church in Tuart Hill at 10.15am.