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Festival History

Second Festival: May 2015

IFA held its second biennial Italian Festival on Saturday 9 May 2015 in Civic Park. It is estimated that some 22,000 people attended the event -- a few thousand more than the previous festival.

IFA was honoured to host the Italian Ambassador, HE Mr. Pier Francesco ZAZO, who travelled from Canberra, as well as Italian consulate officials from Brisbane, who timed their consular visit to Darwin with the Italian Festival.

IFA believes that the 2015 Festival contributed to an increased awareness from interstate residents of Darwin's potential for holding such a high-calibre cultural festival.

The program created for the 2015 festival celebrated Italy's rich history, colour and spirit by including activities for kids and seniors, cooking lessons and free food samples, billboard displays, local and interstate entertainment, diverse performances, art, humour, live music and Tarantella dancing!

The 2015 Italian Festival supported the unique nature-base and cultural heritage of the Italian Community. It also took advantage of its attendee numbers to raise funds for the two selected charities of Alzheimer's NT and Sids n' Kids. This was done in a very unique and creative way: a replica of the Trevi Fountain in Rome was built as an iconic spot for the public to take photos, and in which to toss a charity donation.

•• The 2015 Darwin Italian Festival was nominated and recognised as the "Best Public Event of the Year in Australia" at the 2016 "MEA Industry Awards" in Melbourne. The award was won by Darwin-based Associated Advertising & Promotions, employed as event-managers for the Festival. Not only is this a victory to be shared with ALL the volunteers involved, but an illustrative example of IFA's values of "community engagement".••



First Festival: May 2013

IFA held its first Italian Festival on 18 May 2013 on the grounds of Parliament House. As first-, second- and even third-generation Italians, living in Darwin, the IFA Committee appreciated the chance to showcase their Italian culture, language and heritage and to share this with others in the Darwin community. The results of the Festival exceeded expectations.

The original and prestigious location on the grounds of Parliament House contributed to the success of the 2013 Italian Festival.



In the early 1990’s the Darwin Italian community held two Italian festivals coined “Pasta in the Park”. They were held next to Keith Lane Park, Fannie Bay. These festivals were very successful and showcased the spirit and pride of Italian culture in the Darwin community.

Both events were very well-received by the community and the term “Pasta in the Park” invokes a romantic nostalgia for many Territorians. A festival of this kind was not repeated again until 2013. As a result of the initiative of the Italian Club President, a renewed interest to hold Italian Festivals in Darwin was born. A Steering Committee was formed and first met on 27 June 2011 to discuss whether or not there was an appetite within the Italian community to run another Italian cultural festival. Further interest developed at the Combined Mothers Day and 150 Year Italian History Celebration held at SkyCity Casino on 17 July 2011. At the celebration, there were a number of senior NT Government officials and politicians who encouraged the Italian Festival initiative. As a result of the subsequent efforts of the Steering Committee, the foundations of the Italian Festival Association, Incorporated
(IFA) were laid.

IFA was created as a separate legal organisation established from members of the Italian Community, and administered on a voluntary basis with the aim of enhancing and promoting Italian culture, heritage and traditions. In summary, the main objects of IFA are:

• To share Italian culture with the broader community.
• To enhance the unity of the Italian community.
• To provide a high-quality cultural festival for the community.
• To verbally, visually and artistically recognise the contribution of Italians to Darwin and the Northern Territory.



The Italian NT Portal is the door to anything relating to our Italian Community within the Northern Territory of Australia.

From our beloved Italian Club House located in Darwin, to our now famous biennial Italian Festival, to our local Italian School, you will find everything you need to know about us.

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